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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Serving Elkhart County and parts of Noble, LaGrange & Marshall Counties

Know Your Neighbor. . . . . 2➤ Speak Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Good Neighbors . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Goshen (574) 534-2591

Vol. 49 No. 40

134 S. Main, Goshen, Indiana 46526

- ' % %\ 5$< %$/2*+ 6WDII :ULWHU Camino is Spanish for “way” or “road.” For Adam G. Fleming the word embraces a clarifying epiphany and cleansing recalibration as much as it does the topological features of his recent 186-mile Camino hike from Porto, Portugal, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Ten years after Myron Bontrager, owner of the Electric Brew in Goshen, sparked a flame in Fleming’s soul by recounting his own experiences on a Camino trek, Fleming requested time off from his position as CEO and leadership coach at Evergreen Leaders and left for his 20-day odyssey Oct. 31. “I had been a leader there for seven years and needed to take a sabbatical,” he said. “I expected to find some new direction for myself” as he scrupulously shed the suffocating paradigm of “assuming I was always going to be doing what I had been doing.” He deliberately severed himself from social media and the countless familiar daily distractions that beleaguered him at work and home and plunged himself into the “deliciously unfamiliar” experience of a foreign language and culture. In doing so, Fleming stripped himself of the trappings of piecemeal identification. “I wasn’t there as a husband or father, life coach or author (he has written and published 12 books since 2012). I was just a hiker and there was no reason to be someone else. “There was no point trying to

impress everybody. It is a time to get serious clarity and be real honest with yourself about what you want, both in the moment and for the future,” he said. Fleming did receive the direction he sought. “I found what I was looking for the last day or two of the trip: to increase the focus on my writing.” Along the way, he picked up some serendipitous treasures. “What I did not expect, but probably should have, was to find so many friends. And I did not expect to find those friendships forming so quickly and at such depth.” But friendliness is one of Fleming’s signal qualities, and he discovered, “When you leave all other aspects of your identity behind, like work and family, and take only who you are, other people will recognize some of those core character traits immediately.” Even so, Fleming estimated he traveled about two-thirds of the Camino alone. He hiked through cities and towns, forests and fields, along streams and rivers, past olive gardens and vineyards, and ascended two mountains, each about 1,500 feet. In the middle of his trek, he took a day off in Pontevedra, Spain (population 83,114), the largest municipality Fleming encountered. There he spent “a wonderful time” touring a chapel and basilica, visiting an art museum, walking in the park and spending some time with his newfound friends, including a young woman, Sammy, from Germany and Joe from Ireland,


who called Fleming “the friendliest guy on the Camino.” Fleming started training for the Camino excursion April 24 and put in “775 miles of hiking around Goshen and at the Indiana Dunes. I trained really well and was fit and ready for the trip.” Not surprisingly, Fleming is writing a book of his adventures, under the working title, “Old Roads, New Friends.” He is also planning to lead a small group to the Camino this October. “Sometimes you just got to pick something you have dreamed of and go for it. Don’t be afraid. It sounds so trite, but the truth often does. It is that simple.” Fleming lives in Goshen with his wife, Megan, and four children ranging from 11 to 18 years old. For more information, contact Fleming at (574) 238-7872 or



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munity. The school serves those in Elkhart city and county. “When I was growing up, my mother worked at a nursing facility. I volunteered there and loved working with the elderly. Eventually, I became the activities director of a nursing facility. One of my favorite activities was fixing the women’s hair and nails.” During the pandemic, Chitwood heard the residents lamenting because they could no longer get their hair and nails done during

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the lockdown. “It was sad. They were away from their families. And they couldn’t get their hair done. I stepped in to do what I could.” Chitwood met her boyfriend Kenny Laurita through a mutual friend. “Kenny is a barber. One of his coworkers introduced us. Kenny helped me see how badly I wanted to be a cosmetologist. He knew how much I would enjoy making people look their best. Our future goal is to someday go into business together and have our own salon/barbershop. We believe we’ll make a good husband/wife team.” The couple moved from Michigan to Elkhart this past May. Laurita has family close by. Chitwood began her studies at the beauty school in June. “I hope to graduate in the spring.” After she graduates, Chitwood wants to continue learning. “I hope to get a job at a high-end salon. I want to grow familiar with the business side of running a salon, honing into the trade. I need more experience before I can run my own salon.” When she began her training, Chitwood was the new kid on the block. “A lot of the other girls have family and friends in the area. I knew no one. But I truly enjoy my clients. I have gained a lot of regulars already. The relationships I am making with my clients motivates me to wake up each day,

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Stylists are often confidants to those getting their hair done.” Even as a student, Chitwood hears happy stories and sad stories from her clients. “One of the ladies lost her dog for weeks. One day she came in and told me the dog was found and I rejoiced with her. Another lady’s granddaughter is having twins. I know my clients are feeling comfortable when they share news about their families.” One of her biggest challenges is educating her clients about what’s best for their hair. “Some of my ladies have hair that is overprocessed. If they request that I bleach, perm or dye their hair, sometimes I have to tell them that it might cause their hair to break off or fall out. A client’s healthy hair is my number one priority.”

Everence scholarship application deadline Everence Financial is accepting applications for college scholarships for the 2022-23 school year until Feb. 28. Everence will award 45 regional scholarships of $1,000 to students chosen by local Everence offices. Three students also will receive national scholarships – one of $2,000 and two of $1,000 – so the top three recipients will have Everence scholarships totaling $3,000 or $2,000. Everence scholarships are a member benefit. Students, their parents or legal guardian must own or be using an Everence product. Purchasing an Everence product or opening an Everence Federal Credit Union account provides immediate eligibility. More than 200 students from across the country applied for Everence scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year. Anyone with questions may email More information also is available on the Everence website,

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Not a scientist

Goshen (574) 534-2591 Phone After 5 P.M. Monday Thru Fridays Anytime Saturdays Or Sundays, Or Send An E-mail To: Please Put Speak Out In The Subject Line. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Callers are asked to limit their comments to 150 words and one call per week. ‘the PAPER’ reserves the right to edit comments and make final publishing decisions.)

The video is finally out, ordered to be released by a federal judge from under the cover of a government seal of a Minnesota woman being beaten by a Metropolitan Police Department supervisor. She was pepper sprayed twice, suffered 30 blows from police batons, received seven punches to the face, head and neck and was twice grabbed by her hair and shaken. This woman was unarmed. Did your news cover this story?

Feel bad I feel bad the Democrats do not respond to losing like the Republicans respond and have responded.

If Joe is so popular he supposedly got 81 million votes, how come nobody is wearing Build Back Better hats?

False assertions

The Marxist Party has no regard for the common good of American citizens if one just takes notice of the flood of illegals who are turned loose here without any COVID testing measures. Hypocritical for sure. Go to and find the article by Art Moore published Dec. 29 about Aaron Rodgers bombshell, “NFL secretly administering derided COVID drugs.” These overworked hospitals could be history very quickly if they would do what the NFL and Congress does with their COVID infected members where they incorporate hot-button drugs such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. The problem is big pharma can’t make the huge profits so policy is made to favor them. Rodgers went on to say, “If science can’t be questioned, it’s not science anymore, it’s propaganda.” Insightful indeed.

Good old days How many long for the “good ole days” when we had a fine vice president in Dan Quayle? Maybe he had trouble with potato or potatoe, so do I. But he was not chosen because of his gender or genetic make up or his skin color.

Don’t mandate All people should not be required to get the COVID vaccine or booster by mandating our freedom of speech and our right as humans. Do not mandate.

We will pay Products from crude oil are many such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, cargo ship fuel, grease, oil, varies lubes, synthetic rubber, asphalt, countless cosmetics, countless plastics and nylons, medical supplies, aspirins, steel processing, paints and varnishes, naphtha solvents, lacquers, etc. Natural gas and propane come from oil wells. If we work toward


Who is being misinformed? In Christian love I wish to ask you “Who is being misinformed?” The one side claims the other one is telling lies and then vice versa. Where is either side getting their information? The side that is pro-vaccine gets their information from big pharma, hospitals, doctors, nurses, the politicians, health officials and experts, magazines, news media, newspapers, etc. The side that is anti-vaccine gets their information from doctors, nurses, journalists, politicians magazines, newspapers and people you know wouldn’t lie to you tell you how over 13,000 people have died following the vaccinations. Stories I think that are true. Also hospitals, quit quarantining patients from love, let their loved ones visit them. Remember God is love!

Not working Just a question: The hospitals appear to all be using the same treatment on COVID patients; most are dying. Why use the same treatment on everyone if it doesn’t work? One particular drug being used shuts down the kidneys, vent, death. HCQ and Ivermectin denied even when the patient’s family requests it. I’m not looking for harsh judgements, I know there are many good health care workers. I’m sure the protocol is coming from the CDC and Fauci and big pharma. The government now runs our health care. They can rarely run




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Very simple. The smart way to stop the coronavirus in this country is to shut down the border. Very simple.

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It has been a year since the insurrection at the Capitol building and they are trying blame President Trump and others for what happened. My dad told me a long time ago it takes two to tangle. Got to blame the swamp and the swamp, part of them is Pelosi, Reid, Biden and many others and Thomas Jefferson the president said there were times where blood needs to be spilled and this looks like we need a fresh revolution here in America and we got to take out the swamp. I am serious. Take out the swamp. We have to bring back the guillotine. Enough is enough.






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anything as well as the private sector. I don’t think our lives matter to them. We are considered useless eaters now per Gates and Fauci. I do believe doctors and health care workers may not have a choice. They need to make a living and they don’t want anything bad to happen to their families or themselves.


The caller who claimed it’s been proven over and over Trump and the Republicans had nothing to do with the violent attack on the legislative branch of the U.S. government (“No Insurrection”) needs to explain why, when his associates, and even his son, were frantically telling him to call off the assault, Trump did nothing for hours? Also, why is Trump fighting tooth and nail to keep evidence out of the hands of the Jan. 6 Committee if he’d not been involved? The caller claims the FBI found no evidence of Trump’s wrongdoing. There’s no basis for that assertion. That the Capitol Police “moved the gates and let the people in.” That’s false. That


The Wall Street Journal reports the United States’ economic output jumped more than 7% in the last three months of 2021. Overall growth for 2021 should be about 6%, the highest numbers the U.S. has seen in decades. China’s gross would be about 4% and the European unions 2%. Bloomburg reports America’s economy improved more in Joe Biden’s first 12 months than for any other president during the past 50 years. Biden has rebuilt our strained alliances and modernized the war on terror. He rejoined the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accords. He is supporting democracy at home and abroad to combat the authoritarianism rising around the world. Biden said we have to show the world we can deliver for people and refute the lie authoritarian countries have a better way to meet people’s fundamental needs and hopes.

an “oil free” society by 2040, the rest of the world will supply all these items for our economy, at a price. We will pay dearly. Again, money from our pockets to theirs, the rich don’t care about cost. The American people will pay dearly for the government’s arrogance. As of 2019, the leading crude oil producers in the world (in order from No. 1) USA, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Canada and Iraq. So when environmentalists say it won’t cost that much, think again. The middle class “will” pay plenty.


No hats

Why are the Democrats of Goshen trying to act like the Nazis? We are not Germany. If you want more information, ask the Arnolds of South Main Street of Goshen. Their freedom of speech is being taken away from them just because the Democrats don’t agree with it.


Video is here

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Not Germany


The central government in Washington, D.C., does not control the vote in our national elections. National elections are run by county government election officials. That means thousands of counties (3,006 to be exact) are managing elections at the local level in 50 states. There was no conspiracy among those counties and state officials to alter the accurate vote count in their counties. The big lie by Donald Trump charges these thousands of county officials somehow conspired to defraud him of votes. More than 50% of Republicans believe the lie even though all the conspiracy theories have been thrown out by the courts. Thankfully in 2020 both Republican and Democrat officials certified the accurate vote count in their counties and states according to the law. It’s interesting Republican majority states (like Indiana) did not have their vote counts challenged by surrogates for the former president.

“six times Nancy Pelosi denied requests for the National Guard.” Again, that’s false.


Big lie

Omicron is a major threat? It is not. Best do some research. It is reported to be no worse than a common cold and no healthy person has died from it. Stop falling for what Doctor Fauci and the media says. He is not a scientist. He is an M.D. with no advanced degrees.


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Editor’s Note: The Good Neighbors column is for people looking for hard-to-find or old items or for people seeking advice, not for items you can find in a local store or sell through the help of a classified ad. —o—

Old bicycles/parts — Retired Goshen resident looks for old bicycles and parts. Will pickup any you no longer want or just want gone. Can be reached at (574) 238-6160. If no answer, leave message. I will call back.

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Furnace fuel oil — Is there anyone interested in furnace fuel oil? Call (574) 377-0131.

Good Neighbors: A necklace was found in the Neighborhood Fresh “Lances” parking lot Dec. 29. Call and describe it and I will see you get it back. Call (574) 528-0724.

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Instamatic company is no longer in business and I have been unable to find one at any local thrift or used furniture store. These frames were light blue in color, were not adjustable and had no nuts, bolts, clamps or moving parts. The end, side and middle (if queen) rails simply slid into each other. You can contact me at or (574) 675-1014.

DVD recorder/player — I am looking for a DVD recorder/player or DVD/VCR recorder/player that works. Call (574) 653-2311 Sunday-Friday. Twin bed — We are looking for a good but used twin bed without the mattress. Please call (574) 377-3597, leave message and phone number. Custom Cabinet — I’m looking for a carpenter or welder who can build a custom wood or metal cabinet for the Middlebury Public Library. We are building a “book bike:” a tricycle with a box on the back that has shelves for books. If you know of someone who might be able to build something like that, please reply through this column or call the library at (574) 825-5601 and ask for Sarah.

Trine SME chapter receives top award For the second year in a row, Trine University’s student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers has received a first-place award in the student recruitment category from the national organization. The honor, given on the basis of overall percentage increase in chapter size, includes a $500 award toward supporting club activities. The chapter’s student leadership team includes Michael Deaves of Washington, chair; Jose Emenhiser of Albion, secretary; Riley McGuire of Macy, treasurer; and Conner Johnson of Goshen, chapter officer. All are design engineering technology majors. “Winning the student recruitment award shows how fortunate

Trine’s SME chapter is to have the officers and students we currently have. They are a great group,” said Jarred Finnerman, faculty advisor and assistant professor of design engineering technology at Trine. “The winnings will allow the chapter to continue to go on different trips and develop further.” “This is a great accomplishment and I want to say thank you to Professor Finnerman for becoming the advisor of this engineering group and immediately guiding the student officers to an award-winning level of involvement for our students two years in a row,” said Tom Trusty, associate professor and chair of the department of engineering technology. “A huge thank you to the lead-

ership team for your efforts to run a great student organization.” The SME chapter at Trine University was founded to help students explore manufacturing technologies and processes. SME provides information, resources and opportunities to learn about manufacturing and the career opportunities it offers. Trine University’s SME members get hands-on manufacturing experience and gain skills and knowledge about manufacturing technologies. Most recently, the chapter toured the Ford Assembly plant in Detroit to get a better understanding of the scope and scale of a vehicle assembly facility in operation.

Local students named to dean’s list The following local students have been named to the dean’s list of their respective colleges/universities: University Of Maryland Global Campus Elkhart — Jonathan Dicks, Kristin Jones Granger — Matthew Cornett DePauw University Bremen — Evan Manges

Elkhart — Rachel DeShone Granger — Eva Henderson, Margaret Sullivan Nappanee — Blake Wilmot, John Wysong University of Evansville Elkhart — Joey Shreve Saint Mary’s College Bristol — Kalyn Borger Elkhart — Monica Alvarez,

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Nappanee Legion hosting Friday dinners for public American Legion Post 154, 201 W. Lincoln St., Nappanee, hosts dine-in and carry-out dinners for the public at a reasonable cost (usually $7 to $9) from 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday. All dinners include sides, coffee and dessert. The remaining menus for January are: • Jan. 14, tenderloin sandwich. Sponsored by the American Legion. • Jan. 21, chicken and noodles.

form of gift cards will be awarded to the winners. For another $5 attendees can sample and vote in the chili competition throughout the afternoon. Other events include a 50/50 drawing and meat boards. The event is sponsored by the Post 154 American Legion Riders. For more information, call Bob Juarez at (574) 304-7002.

Emerick nets second NACC weekly award The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference announced recently Rockford University senior guard Brandon Emerick, Elkhart, has been named the NACC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. This marks the second time in the last three weeks and the fourth time in his career Emerick has received the award. Emerick also becomes the first Regent this year to be named the conference’s

player of the week on multiple occasions. Emerick poured in a team-high 23 points to lead Rockford to a 75-68 upset win over North Park University this past week. He shot 50% (8-of-16) from the floor and drained a game-high five three-pointers. He also added four steals, four assists and two rebounds to his totals.

Goshen Reading Camps need several volunteers Looking to get involved in the community? Goshen Reading Camps are an opportunity to work with one or two students wanting to improved their reading skills. Students are from the secondgrade and identified by teachers as needing some extra help with reading. The program will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. Jan. 25-March 17. “Traditional” camp at Parkside does not require vol-

unteers to have a personal device for use at camp, all other sites are using a new app called BookNook which does require volunteers to have a laptop or iPad. Volunteers can sign up for both days per week, one day per week or as a sub. All volunteers are required to wear a face shield or mask while on school grounds. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer contact Sharon Sarber at ssarber@goshenschools. org.

‘Sound of Goshen’ now available on podcast Goshen Chamber of Commerce launched the “Sound of Goshen” podcast series in the fall of 2021 and have 14 episodes available for listeners pleasure. The “Sound of Goshen” takes a look at Goshen through the lens of the sound of service, the sound of the economy, the sound of success and sounds around town.


Sponsored by American Legion Riders. • Jan. 28, ham and scalloped potatoes. Sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary. Proceeds from the dinners go to the various American Legion organizations for charitable work in the community and support for veterans. For more information, call (574) 773-7686.

Nappanee Legion to hold Wii bowling tournament Nappanee American Legion, Post 154, will host a Wii bowling tournament and chili cook-off beginning at noon Saturday, Jan. 15, at 201 W. Lincoln St., Nappanee. The event is open to the public. Bowling contestants may sign up starting at noon. The entry fee is $5 per person. The double elimination bracket tournament will begin at 1 p.m. Prizes in the

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Hospital sees record number of COVID-19 deaths The number of patients who died of COVID-19 at Goshen Hospital in December was 25, the highest number of patients to die in any month of the pandemic so far. “We are heart-broken for all the families who have lost their loved ones to this pandemic,” said Dr. Dan Nafziger, Goshen Hospital chief medical officer and infectious disease specialist. “It doesn’t get any easier for us to lose the patients we’re doing our best to care for.” The number of COVID-19 pa-

tients at Goshen Hospital was high the last two months of 2021 and is expected to remain high through January, due to holiday gatherings, low vaccination rates and low mask use in the community. “We continue to stand by vaccination as the best way to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization,” said Nafziger. “Wearing masks when indoors is also important and reducing your exposure to indoor events when you might be in close quarters with people outside your household. This will

be critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the upcoming weeks. Also, if you do get sick, stay home and get tested.” Surgeries and screenings are being postponed for patients in need because local health care systems are overwhelmed fighting COVID-19. Health care workers are exhausted and discouraged. Get vaccinated, get boosted and keep COVID-19 risks low. It will take the work of the entire community to fight back this virus, decrease hospitalizations and lower COVID-19 death rates.


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The Center for Career Connections announces events and programs A New Year’s resolution does not have to be impossible to keep. At the Larry Neff Center for Career Connections they can help people achieve their career goals. The Center for Career Connections can help you with your resume, computer skills, applying for a job, or connecting with potential employers. It is here for you during this wonderful time of the year. Clients are asked to be aware of the following guidelines set in place for clients safety: • Follow CDC guidelines and do not enter if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, or a sore throat. • Masks are strongly recommended for guests who are working closer than 6 feet with anyone else. • Masks are required for those who have not been vaccinated. • Increased cleaning and sanitation processes are in place. • Follow safe social distancing and stay 6 feet away. Drop-In Digital Skills Workshop — 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday in January No need for an appointment, just drop-in and get started on any of the workshops described below. Participants will explore free training, tools, assessments, and events to advance their digital skills to get them to their next job. Career Connection will provide

one-on-one, group, and self-directed instruction. Join it for: “Jobs Near Me” This online tool by Google helps participants search popular, and not so popular, job posting websites. It collects job leads near you in one easy to use webpage. Participants will save the time and headache of searching multiple websites, just to see the same old posting repeatedly. Career Connection will also cover how to fill out online applications and how to save and upload a digital copy of your resume. “Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator.” Participants will look at what it takes to gain a competitive advantage in today’s evolving economy and prepare for the career they want by learning new digital skills. Take a serious look at what it takes to launch their career in information technology support. The Google IT Support Professional Certificate prepares participants for a career in IT, helping take them from beginner to entry-level job ready for top employers looking to hire IT support specialists. Church Plumbing & Heating hiring event — 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 Start a new career with Church Plumbing & Heating. The Goodwill Center for Career Connections will conduct a hiring event 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. No need to RSVP

for this free event. Bring copies of your resume, dress professionally and be prepared to speak to local employers at the Elkhart Center for Career Connections. Vocational Rehabilitation Workshop — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 The Goodwill Center for Career Connections will partner with the

Vocational Rehabilitation Program in a question-and-answer session to help individuals with disabilities reach their employment goal. The session will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19. No need to RSVP for this free event. All Center for Career Connections Events are free and open to

the public. Larry Neff Center for Career Connections is located at 3808 E. Mishawaka Road, Elkhart, adjacent to Goodwill Retail Store. These events are sponsored by Goodwill’s Workforce Development Services and are among many outreach activities that help change lives in the community.

Library’s Cleveland Branch reopens Elkhart Public Library Cleveland Branch’s renovation, part of EPL’s ongoing branch renovation project, is completed and reopened recently. The renovated location, serving Cleveland Township, is located at 53715 CR 1, Elkhart, and opened for browsing following the first

phase of the library’s branch renovation project. The first of the four branches to be renovated, Cleveland’s renovated building features inviting spaces for browsing and reading, as well as rooms for studying or meeting. Hours for Cleveland Branch

are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. EPL’s three other branches; Osolo, Pierre Moran and Dunlap are currently closed for their renovation construction. Dunlap is the next branch slated for completion.

Parks department starts year with walking program Meet other community members with shared goals and together take the first steps to a healthier lifestyle. The City of Goshen’s Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with Goshen College and Medicine Reimagined DPC to create a local chapter of Walk with a Doc, a national program that combines creating a habit of walking with health education.

Through this program, all scheduled walks, the first Monday of each month, are free and open to the public; a registration will be required. All walks will start at 6 p.m. and they will be held at the Goshen College Recreation-Fitness Center February– March and Pringle Park, 1912 W. Lincoln Ave., April–December. Each month, the walk will start with a short session in which participants will learn about a health

topic from a health care provider; the rest of the hour is for participants to enjoy a healthy walk and fun conversation. To register, go to walkwithadoc. org/join-a-walk/locations/goshenindiana/ and follow the instructions on the right-hand column under sign-up. For additional questions about the program or registration, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (574) 534-2901.

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‘The Life of Dr. Franklin Miles,’ chronicles man who began famous local company Elkhart County Historical Museum will be presenting the virtual program “The Life of Dr. Franklin Miles,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13. The program is free to participate in and will be presented virtually over the Google Meet platform. Pre-registration is required to attend and you can register by going to the Elkhart County Parks website,, and finding the event on the events calendar page. Registration for the program closes Wednesday, Jan. 12. Franklin Miles came to Elkhart in 1860 at 15 years old after the death of his brother, sister and mother. His mother

told a young Franklin to study sciences, which led to his study of sciences and later medicine. After he completed college and built a practice in Chicago, Miles returned to Elkhart in 1875 and continued to practice medicine with a specialization in the nervous system, eyes and ears. Seven years later, Miles developed his product, “Dr. Miles Restorative Nervine,” in 1882 which would launch the Miles Medical Company. The museum program will cover Miles’ life and career which included the growth of his company, the development of his practice, his published writings, and his experimentation with

farming in Florida after his retirement in the early 1900’s. “Dr. Miles’ legacy in Elkhart County has been felt for over a century,” said curator of education Patrick McGuire. “It’s amazing to me that what Miles started when he created Nervine in his kitchen grew to international company that employed hundreds of people in our community and developed some of the most well-known medicines we have today. Even though the Miles Company is no longer in Elkhart, the connection to Dr. Miles still resonates through former employees and many stories and remembrances of the company.”

Nappanee Chamber nomination request for annual awards Nominations are being accepted for the Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce annual appreciation and awards dinner. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Citizen of the Year, Educator of the Year, (three) Excellence in Business Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 4. Anyone wishing to submit a nomination should fax (574) 773-4691; mail, 302 W. Market St., Nappanee, IN 46550; e-mail jeff@nappaneechamber. com; or deliver a short, 500 words or less, letter detailing why your nominee should receive which award. The dinner will take place March 28, at Coppes Commons Event Center, 401 E. Market St., Nappanee. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The Citizen of the Year award

will be awarded using the following criteria: 1. Must be civic minded and dedicated to church, club or community service 2. Have good moral character 3. Own a business or reside in Nappanee 4. Have made a significant contribution to Nappanee through his or her work in business, government, service club or volunteer organization 5. Does not have to be a member of the chamber of commerce The Educator of the Year is based on the following criteria: 1. Dedication to the profession of education 2. High academic and moral standards for self and community 3. Motivator of self, colleagues, students and community 4. Inspired initiator of programs and projects of education

5. A team builder cooperating with community, educational system and citizens to insure excellence and productivity 6. Resides or teaches in the WaNee area 7. Nominations from students are encouraged 3 Excellence in Business awards are based on the following criteria: 1. Must be a member of the Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce 2. Have significantly impacted the community through growth of their respective business 3. Have contributed to the community above and beyond most normal expectations 4. Have partnered with the city, schools or service organizations to help promote a particular project or event for Nappanee 5. Have a track record of commitment to Nappanee

Concord High School educator earns Diamond Coach Award The National Speech & Debate Association announced Jeff Stutzman of Concord High School as a winner of the Diamond Coach Award, recognizing a professional career that combines excellence and longevity in speech and debate education. This is his third Diamond Award. Since 1925, the National Speech & Debate Association has been recognizing student and coach achievements in speech and debate. Coaches earn points in the national honorary through team participation, student achievement, public service and leadership work. To earn a Diamond Award, a coach must be a member of the National Speech & Debate Association for at least five years. Coaches earn additional awards with more points

earned in the honor society. A coach who attains 15,000 points is awarded a first Diamond; they receive a second Diamond for 30,000 points, a third for 60,000 points, and so on. Five years must pass between each Diamond Award. “Our Diamond Award winners provide access to the life changing benefits of speech and debate for thousands of students,” said National Speech & Debate Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. “We are proud to recognize these educators for their service, and thank them for their hard work.” All Diamond Award winners will be recognized at the world’s largest academic competition, the National Speech & Debate Tournament, in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June. More than 10,000

Bob Jones students named to fall president’s list The following students are among approximately 660 Bob Jones University students named to the president’s list for high academic achievement during the fall 2021 semester. To qualify for the president’s list, students

must earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester. Goshen — Eden Swihart Nappanee — Ashlyn Feller, Kayla Willis New Paris — Matthew Lehman

students, coaches and parents from across the nation attend the national tournament every year. The National Speech & Debate Association is the authority on public speaking and debate in the United States. The association builds the infrastructure for speech and debate competitions around the world by providing topics, educational resources, training for students and coaches, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition for 140,000 students and coaches every year. For nearly 100 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has built a platform for youth voices that culminates in the national tournament, the Olympics of public speaking. For more information, visit



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OBITUARIES William C. Bearndt Willian C. Bearndt, 47, Bristol, died at 2 p.m. Jan. 3, 2022, in his home. Born March 6, 1974, he is survived by his mother, Carrie Wojdyla, Wolcottville; sister, Christina Baker, Wolcottville; and brother, Dennis Wojdyla, San Antonio, Texas. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lettie H. Bontrager Lettie H. Bontrager, 81, Ligonier, died at 7:35 p.m. Dec. 30, 2021, in her home. Born Oct. 10, 1940, she married William E. Bontrager Oct. 19, 1961. He survives with daughters, Arlene Herschberger and Vera Fry, Ligoner, Marietta Lamdon, Goshen, Ada M. Yoder, Middlebury, and Leanna Yoder, LaGrange; sons, Orla Bontrager, Shipshewana, Wilbur Bontrager, Rose, Okla., Vernon and Herman Bontrager, LaGrange, Mahlon Bontrager, Sears, Mich., Mervin Bontrager, Middlebury, and Marion Bontrager, Goshen; sister, Mary Miller, Shipshewana; brother, Mervin Eash, Shipshewana; and brother-in-law, Elmer M. Bontrager, Shipshewana. Services were held Jan. 3, 2022.

Roger W. Bontrager Roger W. Bontrager, 63, Middlebury, died Jan. 1, 2022, in his home. Born Oct. 2, 1958, he married Cheri L. Telschow June 11, 1977. She survives with sons, Nathaniel Bontrager, Goshen, and Anthony Bontrager, Millersburg; daughter, Cati Bontrager, Middlebury; brothers, Melvin, Ronald and Richard Bontrager, and Arthur Baer, Goshen, and Mahlon Bontrager, Elkhart; sisters, Elna Hussey, Goshen, and Mary Ellsworth, Mishawaka. Services were held Jan. 8.

Theresa L. Botwinski Theresa L. Botwinski, 75, Bristol, died Jan. 2, 2022, in her home. Born Oct. 15, 1946, she married Michael Botwinski in September 1993. He survives with her mother, Mabel L. Wortinger; daughter, Lisa Honey, Elkhart; sons, Jason Kramer, Wakarusa, and Mark Kramer, Goshen; stepsons, Benjamin, Michael and Christopher Botwinski, Grand Rapids, Mich.; sister, Patricia O’Brien, Indianapolis; and brother, Charles Wortinger, Goshen. Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, was in charge of arrangements.

Floyd L.G. Cook Floyd Lee George Cook, 69, Elkhart, died Dec. 29, 2021, in his home. He was born Dec. 17, 1952, and married Lorain Helsel. Survivors include his wife, Lorain, Bristol; daughters, Rachel Sollman, Dowagiac, Mich,. Elizabeth Bliss, Bristol, and Jessica Lawrence, Middlebury; son, Andrew Cook, Elkhart; and sister, Marilyn Miles, Elkhart. Services were held Jan. 5, 2022.

Edward L. Detwiler Edward L. Detwiler, 77, Elkhart, died Dec. 25, 2021, at Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, Mich. Born April 25, 1944, he married Diane L. Hartman June 3, 1989. She died in October 2020. He is survived by a son, Eddie C. Detwiler, Elkhart; daughter, April Van Giesen, Alabama; stepsons, Roger G. and Darren L. Eby, and Damon Swoape, Elkhart, and Roy Swoape Portage, Mich.; brothers, David Detwiler, Bristol, and Ken Detwiler, Lake Placid, Fla.; sisters, Mary Butcher and Cindy Bontrager, Elkhart, Bonnie Nicolai and Patty Carpenter, Goshen. A memorial homegoing service was held Dec. 31.

Joe Evans Joe Louis Edwards Evans, 38, Goshen, died Jan. 2, 2022. He was born Feb. 26, 1983, and is survived by his mother, Linda Evans, Goshen; his siblings, Alicia Evans and Chris Mack, Goshen, Kiyona Herrera and Bobbie N. Edwards, Elkhart, and JoAnn Cooper-Knight, Blytheville,

Ark.; and his girl friend, Angela Parks, Warsaw. Services were held Jan. 8.

10, 1960. His family will hold services at a later date.

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Ida Mae Frey, 97, Topeka, died at 3:50 p.m. Dec. 29, 2021, in her home. Born July 27, 1924, she married John W. Frey Oct. 25, 1945. He preceded her in death Aug. 7, 2002. Survivors include a daughter, Lizzie E. Wingard, Topeka; sons, Kenneth and Maynard Frey, Goshen, Leonard and Elvie Frey, Shipshewana, Mahlon Frey, Topeka, and Dan Frey, LaGrange; sisters, Orpha Miller, Arcola, Ill., Lizzie A. Lehman, Goshen, and Leah F. Hostetler, Shipshewana; and brother, Lavern Hostetler, Anderson. Services were held Jan. 1, 2022.

Troy D. Jones Jr., 72, formerly of Milford, died Dec. 25, 2021, at Courtyard Healthcare Center, Goshen. Born Dec. 5, 1949, he married Mary Ann Hall Feb. 14, 1976. She survives with his mother-in-law, Evelyn Tschupp, Milford; and sister-in-law, Patty Yoder, Goshen. Graveside services were held Jan. 7, 2022.

Joseph W. Fry Joseph W. Fry, 79, Goshen, died at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 3, 2022, at Courtyard of Goshen. Born Dec. 24, 1942, he is survived by a brother, Ivan Fry, Middlebury; and sister-in-law, Cheryl Fry, Middlebury. Services were held Jan. 8.

Merritt Gardner Merritt Gardner, 87, Goshen, died Dec. 30, 2021. He was born April 14, 1934, and married Ruth Ann Liechty March 26, 1961. She survives with sons, Tim Gardner, Bronxville, N.Y., Jon Gardner, Greenbelt, Md., and Dan Gardner, Atlanta, Ga.; daughters, Angela Gardner, Princeton, N.J., and Christa Gardner, Bentonville, Ark.; and sister, Frances Kelly. Services will be held at 1 p.m Jan. 15, 2022, on zoom (https://zoom. us/j/9995275153). A slideshow remembrance will be held at 12:50 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be given to Goshen College.

Martin Gaspar-Tapia Martin Gaspar-Tapia, 57, Goshen, died at 11:20 p.m. Dec. 29, 2021, in his home. Born Sept. 6, 1964, he married Ma G. Garduño de Gaspar June 19, 1995. She survives with daughters, Daisy Loera and Araceli Gaspar, Goshen; siblings, Jorge Gaspar, Elkhart, and Carmen Garcia, Iowa. A celebration of his life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 22, 2022, at Rieth-Rohrer Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen. Services will follow at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to the funeral home to help with expenses.

Jesus Gonzalez Jesus Gonzalez, 69, Goshen, died Dec. 30, 2021, at Goshen Health Hospital. He was born April, 27, 1952. Services were held Jan. 6, 2022.

Esther I. Graybill Esther I Graybill, 91, Delphi, died Jan. 1, 2022. She was born Jan. 5, 1930, and married Lester J. Graybill May 8, 1955. He preceded her in death July 1, 2005. Survivors include sons, Raymond Graybill, Logansport, Benjamin Graybill, Flora, Rollin and Wesley Graybill, Delphi, and Virgil Graybill, Trenton, Mo.; daughters, Regina Brumbaugh, Camden, Vesta Morris, Trenton, and Sylvia Morris, Flora; brother, Robert Ramer, Goshen; sister, Viola Hartman, Edmonson, Texas; sisters-in-law, Martha, Carrie and Marcille Ramer. Services were held Jan. 7.

Charles Hall Jr. Charles Hall Jr., 65, Goshen, died Dec. 9, 2021, in his home. Born Feb. 6, 1956, survivors include daughters, Constance Hall and Krystal Compton, Culver; his mother and stepfather, Ruby and Daryl Hovey, Sebring, Fla.; and sister, Penny Welch, Oklahoma City, Okla. Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, was in charge of arrangements.

Stanton J. Hoover Stanton J. Hoover, 61, Middlebury, died at 5:05 p.m. Jan. 4, 2022, at Vibra Hospital of Northwestern Indiana, Crown Point. He was born Oct.

Charles Kaufman Charles Kaufman, 69, Tucson, Ariz., died Dec. 28, 2021. Born March 30, 1952, he is survived by a sister, Gail Brumbaugh, Wakarusa; brother, Don Kaufman, Pegram, Tenn.; stepfather, Harold Bontreger; stepbrothers, Kent Bontreger, Middlebury, and Tim Bontreger, Goshen. Services will be held at a later date.

Sarah J. Kilmer Sarah J. Kilmer, 89, Goshen, died Jan. 1, 2022, in her home. Born Dec. 19, 1932, she married Willard Kilmer June 9, 1951. He preceded her in death. Survivors include sons, Stephen Kilmer, Elkhart, and Brian Kilmer, Fort Wayne; daughter, Linda Yoder, Goshen; foster son, Patrick Trainer, South Bend; sisters, Sylvia Daniels, Sturgis, Mich., and Yvonne Craig, Charlotte, N.C.; and sister-in-law, Clara Kilmer, Goshen. Services were held Jan. 6.

Joshua R. Miller Joshua R. Miller, 27, Nappanee, died Dec. 24, 2021. He was born Jan. 19, 1994, and is survived by his moms, Debra Miller, Nappanee, Melinda Miller Barber and Kisha Barber, Terre Haute; his girlfriend, Kerri; his siblings, Jessica Stanton, Brazil (Ind.), Jeffrey Miller, Florida, Rory Miller and Isaac Miller Barber, Terre Haute. A celebration of Mr. Miller’s life was held Jan. 1, 2022.

Stuart D. Miller Stuart D. Miller, 46, Butler, died Dec. 29, 2021, in his home. Born March 21, 1975, he is survived by his parents, Elroy and Glenda Miller, Goshen; brothers, Cory Miller, Goshen, and Shawn Miller, Middlebury. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Mary J. Norell Mary JoAnne Norell, 66, Bristol, died Jan. 1, 2022. She was born Jan. 12, 1955, and married Bob Norell Aug. 2, 1986. He survives with daughters, Joanne, Granger, and Amanda, Chicago, Ill.; son, Bobby, Bristol; her father and stepmother, Bernard and Mary T. Hester; sisters, Elizabeth and Diane Hester and Colleen Wracker; stepsisters, Teresa Olson and Nancy King; and sister-in-law, Jeanne McLaughlin. Services were held Jan. 6.

Louis Norfolk Louis Norfolk, 49, Goshen, died Dec. 19, 2021, at Goshen Health Hospital. Born May 6, 1972, he married Georgina Fanning. She survives with their children, Cody and Ariana; and brother, Richard Norfolk Jr. Services were held Jan. 8, 2022.

Richard D. Riegsecker Richard D. Riegsecker, 91, Goshen, died Dec. 28, 2021, in his home. He was born July 15, 1930, and is survived by sons, Dale Riegsecker, Venice, Fla., Don and Darryl Riegsecker, Goshen; daughter, Deb Garber, New Paris; sister, Doris Keim, Goshen; and brother, Duane Riegsecker, Goshen. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 11, 2022, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 12, 2022, at Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen. Memorial contributions may be given to Goshen Home Care and Hos-

pice or Goshen Boys and Girls Club.

Robert L. Rose Robert L. Rose, 85, Bristol, died Jan. 5, 2022, at Center for Hospice Care, Raclin House, Mishawaka. Born May 7, 1936, he married Sandy Cook Sept. 14, 1998. She survives with daughters, Cheri Rose and Amber Carmichael; sons, Jason Rose, Michael Martin and Troy Minegar; and sister, Darleen Rose. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Terry A. Ross Terry A. Ross, 76, LaGrange, died Jan. 1, 2022, in his home. Born July 24, 1945, he married Carolyn M. Freed March 6, 1971. She survives with sons, Gary F. Ross, South Milford, and Scott A. Ross, Georgetown, Ky.; daughter, Melissa D. Bradford, Crawfordsville; sister, Tammy Finnerman, Sturgis, Mich.; brothers, Jack and Brian Ross, Sturgis, and Mark Ross, Shipshewana; sisters-in-law, Cindy Devine, LaGrange, and Marilyn Baird, Wolcottville; and brother-in-law, Ed Freed, Mormon Lake, Ariz. Services were held Jan. 6.

Lorilee Schumacher Lorilee Schumacher, 63, Goshen, died Dec. 23, 2021. Born May 3, 1958, she married Arnold F. Schumacher in 1982. He survives with their children, Adam, Lorin and Amanda; daughter-in-law, Jill; son-in-law, Kaleb; her siblings, Lisa, Leon and Jeffery. A memorial celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

William D. Shafer William D. Shafer, 62, Shipshewana, died Dec. 19, 2021, in his home. Born June 24, 1959, he is survived by daughters, Dawn M. Nelson, Artesia, Calif., and Kasey Yackee, Defiance, Ohio; son, James Cyndari, Coralville, Iowa; brothers, Rick Shafer, Mongo, and Terry Shafer, Mishawaka. Mr. Shafer’s life will be celebrated from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2022, at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 West Michigan Street, LaGrange.

Eleanor J. Shoup Eleanor J. Shoup, 90, Oskaloosa, Iowa, died Dec. 31, 2021. She was a former resident of South Bend. Born March 31, 1931, she married Owen E. Shoup May 23, 1954. He preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Steven Shoup, Iowa; brother, James Davidhizar, Huntsville, Texas; and brother-inlaw, Don Parcell, Wakarusa. A private graveside service will be held for Mrs. Shoup.

Donita A. Shrock Donita A. Shrock, 74, Goshen, died Jan. 1, 2022, in her home. She was born Oct. 21, 1947, and married David Shrock. He preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Wayne Shrock, Goshen; and daughter, Samantha Buys, Union, Mich. Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, was in charge of arrangements.

Earl R. Smothers Earl R. Smothers Jr., 71, Goshen, died Jan. 5, 2022, in his home. Born Feb. 19, 1950, he married Kathy Carter Feb. 11, 1973. She survives with a daughter, Gidget Dailey, Goshen; son, Justin Smothers, Elkhart; sisters, Marilyn Martin, Middlebury, and Vicky Laws, Goshen; brothers, James D. Smothers, Tennessee, Walter S. and Tony Smothers, Goshen. Services were held Jan. 11.

Russell A. Steele Russell A. Steele, 73, Bremen, died Jan. 4, 2022. He was born July 30, 1948, and married Judy Ressler Sept. 20, 1969. She survives with sons, Phillip Steele, Goshen, Matthew Steele, New Paris, and Kenan Steele, Bremen; daughter, Arlana Garrard, Wakarusa; his mother, Lucille Steele, Holmesville, Neb.; brothers, Ross and Joe Steele, Nebraska; sisters, Mary Frazier, Ha-

waii, Lavina Wall, Kansas, and Amy Cox, Oklahoma. A time of remembrance and reflection was held for Mr. Steele Jan. 8.

John J. Swank John J. Swank, 72, Bremen, died Dec. 31, 2021. Born Feb. 14, 1949, he married Katie Ton July 1, 1989. She survives with a sister, Sheila Sowder, Silver City, N.M.; brother, Jeff Swank, Bremen; and brother-in-law, Ray Ton, South Bend. Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen, was in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Turner Carolyn Turner, 70, Goshen, died Jan. 3, 2022, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. Born Jan. 27, 1951, she married Joel S. Turner I June 25, 1982. He survives with a daughter, Sherry A. Hill, Goshen; sons, Barry W. Weldy and Joel S. Turner II, Goshen; sister, Phyllis Vaughn, Mississippi; brothers, Clark and Douglas Bowen, Mississippi. Services were held Jan. 8.

David VanDeKeere David R. VanDeKeere, 63, Topeka, died Jan. 4, 2022, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born July 8, 1958, he married Florence E. Broom Aug. 4, 1979. She survives with their children, Brooks VanDeKeere, Montgomery, Mich., Sarah VanDeKeere, Topeka, Angie Rodgers, Goshen, and Marcus VanDeKeere, Elkhart; sisters, Barbara Clouse, Sturgis, Mich., Karen Adams and Frances McCrory, Millersburg; brothers, Edward VanDeKeere, Fort Wayne, Michael VanDeKeere, LaGrange, and Scott VanDeKeere, Indianapolis. Services were held Jan. 10.

Donald R. Wagner Donald R. Wagner Sr., 76, Elkhart, died Jan. 3, 2022, in his home. Born June 18, 1945, he is survived by his son, Donald R. Wagner Jr., Bristol; sister, Betty Frost, Elkhart; and daughter-in-law, Toni Wagner. Services were held Jan. 7.

Talton M. Wicker Talton M. Wicker, 58, Ligonier, died Dec. 29, 2021, in his home. Born Jan. 14, 1963, he married Vivian Leslie Sept. 6, 1980. He is survived by a daughter, Trina Wicker, Ligonier; sisters, Donna Flores and Ellen Wicker, Ligonier. Services were held Jan. 8, 2022.

Rachel M. Wise Rachel M. Wise, 79, Goshen, died at 11:28 a.m. Jan. 5, 2022, at Goshen Health Hospital. Born April 6, 1942, she married David R. Wise Sept. 10, 1966. He survives with a sister, Karen Pierce, Avon. Services were held Jan. 10.

Paul W. Witmer Paul W. Witmer, 93, Goshen, died Jan. 2, 2022, in his home. Born Jan. 4, 1928, he married Edna Fay Wenger Aug. 14, 1949. She survives with sons, Max Witmer, New Madison, Ohio, David Witmer, Elroy, Wis., Galen and Timothy Witmer, Goshen, and Stanley Witmer, North Manchester; sisters, Mary Hoover, Goshen, and Mable Skiles, Wakarusa. Services were held Jan. 6.

Mary L. Yoder Mary L. Yoder, 74, Goshen, died at 2 a.m. Jan. 4, 2022, in her home. Born Sept. 20, 1947, she married Dennis Yoder Oct. 27, 1972. He survives with sons, Todd Yoder, Goshen, and Brad Yoder, Brownsburg; brothers, Richard Nagle, Ohio, and Alan Nagle, Mishawaka. A celebration of Mrs. Yoder’s life will be held at a later date.

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Former police officer now a journalist, author %\ 3+2(%( 087+$57 $VVRFLDWH (GLWRU Scott Morales was a 6-year-old boy when he decided he wanted to be a police officer. “I grew up watching ‘Batman’ and ‘Adam-12,’” he said fondly. He grew up in Baton Rouge, La., and went to Louisiana State University. “My uncle was a Secret Service agent under John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson,” Morales said. He went to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Academy and worked

for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. In 1990, he moved to Fort Wayne and attended the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He worked for the Fort Wayne Police Department for 23 years. He retired in 2013 from law enforcement after 40 years. He said he has enjoyed “making a difference in everything I did and making someone’s life better.” In 1996, he authored “Illegal Use of Body Armor,” a state law. “It was about drive-by shootings in Fort Wayne,” he said of the law. “I

studied law, so I actually authored a law.” Other memorable experiences as an officer were delivering a baby, saving people’s lives, and helping to evacuate an apartment complex during a fire in the mid-1990s. He is also an author. He just wrote his first novel, “Strawberry Concrete.” “It is a historic crime fiction. I have five more books I am working on,” Morales, adding they are also crime fiction. A retired detective, Morales is married to wife Angela, a nurse. He

inches long. Maternal grandparents are Michael Kronk and Jean Kronk, Wakarusa. Paternal grandparents are John Linton and Kathy Linton, Elkhart. Lucas joins a sibling: Leah. Landon Eric Detweiler Danny and Darlene (Graber) Detweiler, Bremen, are the parents of a son, Landon Eric, born at 1:08 a.m. Dec. 31, 2021, at Blessed Beginnings Care Center, Nappanee. He weighed 7 pounds, 0.5 ounces and was 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are David and Lucy Graber, Norwood, Mo. Paternal grandparents are William and Corene Detweiler, Bremen. Landon joins a sibling: Alyssa Nicole. Elliott Mateo Maldonado Juan and Erica Maldonado, Middlebury, are the parents of a son, Elliott Mateo, born at 1:29 a.m. Dec. 31, 2021, at Blessed Beginnings Care Center, Nappanee. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 inches long. Elliott joins a sibling: Amaia Maldonado. Carl F. Yoder Fred and Esther (Miller) Yoder,

Middlebury, are the parents of a son, Carl F., born at 2:46 a.m. Dec. 31, 2021, at home. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Carl joins three siblings: Emily, Jolene and Lynette. Weston Wayne Stutzman Kaylene Stutzman and Gerald Hochstetler, Etna Green, are the parents of a son, Weston Wayne, born at 6:42 a.m. Jan. 1, 2022, at Blessed Beginnings Care Center, Nappanee. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 18 inches long. Janette Faith Kuhns Mervin and Julie Kuhns, Nappanee, are the parents of a daughter, Janette Faith, born at 10:42 p.m. Jan. 3, 2022, at Blessed Beginnings Care Center, Nappanee. Janette joins five siblings: Kenton, Julianna, Elijah, Daniel and Jesse. Justin Luke Helmuth Mark and Marilyn Helmuth, Nappanee, are the parents of a son, Justin Luke, born at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Blessed Beginnings Care Center, Nappanee. He weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounce and was 20 inches long.

BIRTHS The following Elkhart County area babies were recently born at Goshen Hospital: Brynlee Elizabeth Kirksey Tinley Grant and Dylan Kirksey, Shipshewana, are the parents of a daughter, Brynlee Elizabeth, born at 8:16 p.m. Dec. 31, 2021. She weighed 6 pounds, 1.4 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. BIRTHS ELSEWHERE Kenlyn Matthew Schwartz Joseph and Glenda (Burkholder) Schwartz, Milford, are the parents of a son, Kenlyn Matthew, born at 11:23 a.m. Dec. 28, 2021, at Blessed Beginnings Care Center, Nappanee. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Glen and IdaMae Borkholder. Paternal grandparents are Vernon and Linda Schwartz. Kenlyn joins four siblings: Lyndon, Sherilyn, Alyssa and Bethany. Lucas Lee Linton Kyle and Tiffany (Kronk) Linton, Elkhart, are the parents of a son, Lucas Lee, born at 3:33 a.m. Dec. 30, 2021, at Blessed Beginnings Care Center, Nappanee. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19 1/2

COUNTY REPORT Marriage Dissolutions The following couples have filed for marriage dissolutions in the Elkhart County Superior Court III and Circuit courts: De Luna-Quintanilla — Imelda M. Garcia De Luna, Elkhart, and Orlando A. Luna Quintanilla, Elkhart. Minor child(ren). Medina — Tania A. Medina, Goshen, and Jose F. Medina, Goshen. Minor child(ren). Macias-Vasquez-Ibarra — Veronica Macias-Vasquez, unknown, and Pedro Antonio Gomez Ibarra, Elkhart. Minor child(ren).

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The following petitions have been filed in Elkhart County Circuit Court, Judge Michael A. Christofeno presiding:

Complaints Midland Credit Management Inc. v. Gary Presswood, Elkhart, $975.30; Eric Spicher, Goshen, $3,052.66 Synchrony Bank v. Jonathan Ibarra, Elkhart, $3,526.17 LVNV Funding LLC v. Steve Franks, Goshen, $636.94; Karilys Rivera, Goshen, $1,138.21; Jeanette Hernandez, Wakarusa, $1,299.72 Protective Insurance Company a/s/t Patriot Parcel Delivery v. Randy Gottyey, Goshen, and Chelsey Deppe, Goshen, $15,524.51 Ronald Davidhizar v. Annette M. Starner, Goshen; Citifinancial Mortgage Company Inc. c/o CT Corporation; Citimortgage Inc.; St. Francisville LLC MERS as nominee; all

unknown heirs and legatees of Annette M. Starner; any and all persons who claim any interest in the property; Business & Professional Services Inc.; Elkhart County Building Department; and Mortgage Electronic Registration System, order that plaintiff has adversely possessed the subject property for the requisite period of time and quieting title to the subject matter property in the Plaintiff and for all other just and proper relief in the premises.

Superior Court III

The following petitions have been filed in Elkhart County Superior Court III, Judge Teresa L. Cataldo presiding:

Complaints Credit Acceptance Corp. v. Zachary Bailey, Goshen, $10,484.34; Leslie Miller, Osceola, $10,300.43 TD Auto Finance LLC v. Brandon Weaver, Goshen, $13,964.23 Discover Bank v. Laurie A. Bonta, Bristol, $19,895.32 LVNV Funding LLC v. Kimberly Shively, Elkhart, $727.13; Kenneth Scott, Bristol, $1,326.26; Tyler Thach, Elkhart, $1,244.08

Superior Court IV

The following judgments have been entered in Elkhart County Superior Court IV, Judge Gretchen Lund presiding: Complaints and Small Claims LVNV Funding LLC v. Brayden Bowlin, $662; Christina Cotherman, $922.42; Rebecca Schenk, $778.83; Natasha Sizemore, $1,813.08 Midland Credit Management Inc. v. Brittany Burnett, $760.19; Silvestre Zamora, $2,833.96 Elkhart County Probation v. Shawn Renee Disher, $340 Aegis Trusted Dentistry PC v.

Sherman Fuller, $2,093.73; Devontay Lewis, $890; Myranda McDonald, $865; Shannon L. Miller, $876; Billy Williams, $850 Pamela L. Shultz v. Angel and Nate McCord, $10,000 Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC v. Anthony Sanchez, $1,000.85

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The following fines, costs and court-related fees were levied in Goshen City Court: Authorizing or knowingly permitting unlicensed individual to drive motor vehicle — Eduardo J. Aguirre Uzcategui, 42, $170 Disregarding official traffic control device — Alexander V. Shendel, 18, $170 Disregarding official traffic control device/failure to signal for turn or lane change — Leon Elijah Prioleau, 22, $204.50 Disregarding official traffic control device/GSN — Tige A. Williams, 48, $310.50 Driving while license suspended — Christopher A. Nettrouer, 23, $170 Driving while license suspended/speeding — Humberto Diaz-Duarte, 19, $204.50 Learner’s permit violation/ speeding — Cody O. Clements, 21, $180 Parking violation in handicap space/GSN — Dylan Z. Perkey, 23, $285 Passing in no passing zone — Michael D. Getz, 66, $170 Possession of marijuana — Walter E. Allen, 31, $730, 180 days reporting probation Speeding/GSN — Samantha R. Rancourt, 21, $315.50; Cesar Josue Alvarez Baca, 32, $310.50

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State coding event open for middle-high school students Indiana 4-H recently announced it is providing an upcoming statewide opportunity to engage youth and volunteers in the art and science of video game design with an eye toward career development. Youth in grades six to 12 will form teams of three to five along with two adult volunteer mentors to develop a video game that will address a challenge they see in their local community. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate. More details are located at bit. ly/4hgamedesign22. Teams will work together be-

ginning in late January through late March and submit their electronic notebooks and game samples by April 1. Indiana 4-H will hold a statewide culminating event Saturday, April 9, at Purdue Fort Wayne, where 10 finalist teams will present their games to a panel of judges. Additionally, participants will hear from industry professionals and have the opportunity to gain career development insight from panel discussions throughout that day. Contact Robert Kelly, county extension director, at kelly115@ to sign up.

Friends of the Library January book sale Do you want to grow your athome library? Visit the Friends of the Goshen Public Library January book sale from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, in the auditorium at GPL. Patrons will find a little bit of everything. The January book sale will feature newer fiction and nonfiction titles. Patrons will also find children’s books along with biographies, foreign language titles, educational books, medical texts, inspirational fiction and spiritual titles. A selection of history titles about World War I, World War II, the Civil War will be available for patrons to browse. Audiovisual items will be available from audio books, CDs, vinyl and DVDs. Patrons may discover surprises with $1 paperbacks, vintage TIME/Life magazines and framed art prints. Remember the books and magazines in the ongoing lobby book sale are always 25 cents. All proceeds from the January book sale support special projects at GPL. Are you interested in becoming a Friend of the Goshen Public Library? New members are always

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First State Bank announces recent staff promotions First State Bank announced several recent promotions for 2022. Lance Weirich has been promoted to senior vice president of residential mortgage lending. Weirich, who works primarily from the Middlebury location has a B.S. in finance from Indiana University, Indianapolis, and completed his studies in 2021 at the graduate school of banking at the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Indiana Bankers Association Leadership Division and has been a part of the First State Bank team for more than 12 years. Jim Neff has been promoted to vice president & commercial lender in the Middlebury office. Neff has been with First State Bank for more than four years and has more than 13 years of financial services experience. Neff holds a B.S. in business from Goshen College, is the current board chair for the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce, is a board member for Menno-Hof, and a member of the Goshen Rotary Club. Kirsten King has been promoted to assistant vice president in deposit operations.

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Elkhart County Suicide Prevention Coalition launching LOSS team Dear Editor: Grief is complicated. It is a journey all of us have walked, are walking or will walk. Holidays are one of those times we are keenly aware of the absence of our loved ones. The Elkhart County Suicide Prevention wants to walk beside those who have lost a loved one by suicide. In 2022, the coalition will be launching a Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors. The goals of the LOSS Team approach are to: • Provide immediate support and encouragement to new survivors. • Give permission for families and loved ones to talk about their experience. • Link new survivors in their community so they do not feel so alone.

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then or a sharp shinned hawk. I see birds every day, and I’m always looking for more. For example, a year ago, my eldest daughter and I drove to Ithaca, N.Y., and on the trip, we kept a list of the birds we saw we could identify as we drove. We saw turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks and kestrels, starlings, redwinged blackbirds and many smaller birds, which we couldn’t identify as we drove. But we kept track of them. We were surprised and disappointed at the totals. There just weren’t many birds. Christmas bird counts, breeding bird surveys and nesting reports have all shown a decline in bird numbers. But I had no idea how great the decline has been. There aren’t half as many birds in North America as there used to be. The decline, according to the figures I’ve seen, is 60%. If we could have identified more of the small birds we saw, our total for this trip would probably have been about 40% of our total this trip, a decline of 60%. We kept track of birds seen as we drove home and the numbers were about the same as the numbers we saw as we drove to New York. Birds of North America have declined by 60%. Incredible. I’ve never tried to count the little birds, the sparrows, chicka-

Recognized as one of the largest county fairs in the nation, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in Goshen has been a long standing partner with the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League in featuring the best in truck and tractor pulling competition. For 2022 the Elkhart 4-H Fair expands to three sessions of pulling that kicks off with an all-new session slated for the evening of 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. ARP Super Stock Diesel Trucks, Optima Batteries Super Modified Two Wheel Drive Trucks, Unlimited Super Stock Tractors and AirDog Super Farm Tractors are set to take the track for that 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, is a full day of competition beginning at 11 a.m. Summit Racing Mini Rod Tractors, ARP Lightweight Super Stock Tractors, AirDog Super Farm Trac-

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tors and a new addition to the program, Light Pro Stock Tractors running for Silver Series points. The exciting action in Goshen concludes with Big River Steel Super Modified Tractors, Pro Stock Tractors, ARP Super Stock Diesel Trucks and Optima Batteries Super Modified Two Wheel Drive Trucks. Elkhart County 4-H Fair representative Fred Jessup commented, “The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is excited to add a Wednesday evening session to go along with Thursday’s two sessions. We are excited to add the Super Stock Diesel trucks and Light Pro Stock tractors to our lineup. You’ll want to plan ahead and purchase reserved seating for this event, so you don’t miss any of the exciting action on the track.” PPL Series Director Kristi Asher added, “We are excited to see the Elkhart County 4-H Fair expand with another session of Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League competition. It gives the fantastic fan base that attends the fair a chance to see more and different classes from our elite group of competitors.” More information on the Elkhart County 4-H Fair can be found at It’s never too early to make summertime plans; don’t miss out on this tripleheader of Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League competition. Pencil it into your calendar for

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dees, nuthatches, titmice, juncos, finches, and the somewhat larger birds, blue jays, and cardinals that flit in and out to our bird feeders. But they seem to be as numerous as ever. So, do the robins and mourning doves in the yard in summer and the red-winged blackbirds, in the cattails, around the marsh out by our pasture. But there are definitely fewer meadowlarks, brown thrashers and catbirds, song sparrows, chipping, field and vesper sparrows. I don’t remember the last time I saw a Henslow’s sparrow, or a cuckoo, black or yellow billed. The numbers of birds have changed and so has the weather. The temperature was 50 degrees a few days ago. Imagine, 50 degrees in northern Indiana at Christmas time.

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dinals and a downy wood- OUTDOOR NOTES pecker or two. I see a hairy woodpecker now and then and a red-bellied woodpecker. When I finished eating breakfast, I moved By Neil Case to a room I call my study. It’s the room where I write, the room where my computer is. It has a large windows and outside the window a bird feeder, of course. There I see the same species of birds I see at the feeders outside the dining room window: chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, goldfinches, blue jays, cardinals, and a downy woodpecker, or two. Occasionally, there are other birds at my feeders. I’ve seen whitecrowned and white-throated sparrows. I’ve seen a purple finch. In the summer, I see house wrens almost daily. House wrens made a nest in the light fixture on the front porch one summer. I see flybys regularly in winter and summer. I see a turkey vulture almost every day, often several. I see crows, a Cooper’s hawk now and


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Jan. 22 Local Quilt Shop Day In recognition of the importance of independent quilt shops to local economies, Saturday, Jan. 22, is proclaimed to be Local Quilt Shop Day throughout Indiana. Local Quilt Shop Day is an annual arts celebration focusing on the rich tradition and history of quilting in communities. This internationally celebrated holiday emphasizes the importance of Local Quilt Shops and their significant contributions and economic impact on local communities. Local quilt shops not only provide supplies for quilting, but also serve as a center of learning and creativity for quilters and sewers embracing quilting. Through this unique art form, communities and history are stitched, layered and bound together. Celebrated Jan. 22, this year, Local Quilt Shop Day was established by the Fabric Shop Network, a trade association that represents more than 5,000 local quilt shop owners globally. To participate is easy - the Fabric Shop Network encourages the public to visit their local quilt shops in person or online Saturday, Jan. 22. Check with your local quilt shop for hours and days open as they may be impacted by local/state health guidelines.