St. Vincent de Paul Society Spreads Thanksgiving Blessings

St. Vincent de Paul Society Members Mary Kleinfehn, Roseanne VonBampus and Linda Kelly as Mary and Linda prepare to deliver the gift cards.
St. Vincent de Paul Society Members Mary Kleinfehn, Roseanne VonBampus and Linda Kelly as Mary and Linda prepare to deliver the gift cards.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society embarked on a Thanksgiving project this week, to help those in need in order to have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. The Conference is donating 10 $100 gift cards to needy families to purchase the turkey and all the trimmings. Continue reading

Volunteers Clean Up Depot and Visitor Center

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WKVI General Manager Lenny Dessauer trims trees at the train depot.

A group of volunteers spent time sprucing up the depot and visitor center on U.S. 35 at the north end of Knox Wednesday afternoon. Former Mayor Nancy Dembowski spearheaded the effort in collaboration with WKVI.

 Nancy Dembowski's callout for help in cleaning up the Gateway area in Knox was answered by talented gardeners who brought rakes, pruning shears, whippers, kneeling pads, gloves, etc., for the job.  Those arriving early to help were, left to right:  Ed Reiss, Carol Blastic, Mary Perren, Julia Ford, and Nancy Dembowski.  Others joined in the cleanup later.

Nancy Dembowski’s callout for help in cleaning up the Gateway area in Knox was answered by talented gardeners who brought rakes, pruning shears, whippers, kneeling pads, gloves, etc., for the job. Those arriving early to help were, left to right: Ed Reiss, Carol Blastic, Mary Perren, Julia Ford, and Nancy Dembowski. Others joined in the cleanup later.

PNC Women in Engineering and Technology Scholarships

 

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Scholarship winner Melissa Cowan; Dr. Thomas Brady, dean of the PNC College of Engineering & Technology and Martha Garcia-Saenz, PNC associate professor of Construction Engineering and Management Technology and the Women in Engineering and Technology faculty advisor.

Westville – The Purdue University North Central Women in Engineering and Technology organization recently awarded scholarships to Natasha Daugherty, of LaPorte and formerly of Star City, and to Melissa Cowan, of Wanatah, both students in the PNC College of Engineering and Technology.

“These students are very worthy recipients of this scholarship,” said Martha Garcia-Saenz, PNC associate professor of Construction Engineering and Management Technology. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to award these scholarships so that Natasha and Melissa may continue to work toward earning their degrees.”

Garcia-Saenz was instrumental to bringing the Women in Engineering and Technology program to the PNC campus. She knew the importance of having a mentor, someone to talk to and friends who share similar interests, and brought the organization to Purdue North Central during the 2002 spring semester to provide that opportunity to female students. Male students and faculty members are welcome to join and they regularly attend meetings and events.

The program encourages female students to succeed not only academically, but personally and professionally through seminars, talks, and discussion with guest speakers from alumni, industry and academia.

For more information about Women in Engineering and Technology, contact Martha Garcia-Saenz at 219-785-5522, or at mgarcia@pnc.edu.

 

 

“The Dog and the Dolphin” Book Signing at Cat Society Book Sale

Westville –Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin will be signing copies of his children’s book, “The Dog and The Dolphin” at the Independent Cat Society Used Book Sale on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 at the  National Guard Armory, 1502 Linwood Ave., in Valparaiso. Copies of “The Dog and The Dolphin” will be available for purchase.

He will sign books on Friday, July 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 from noon to 2 p.m.  The book sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Most of the donated books for sale will be priced for $1 or less. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Books will be available for purchase. Dworkin will also sign books that had been previously purchased. An Irish setter, similar to the dog featured in “The Dog and the Dolphin” will be on hand to greet guests. “Red” belongs to Carol Schulte who owns Rusty Acres Kennel dog camp in LaPorte County.

The “Dog and the Dolphin” tells the delightful story of two unlikely friends who meet on a beach in Florida.

The children’s story was inspired by an interaction Dworkin observed several years ago while vacationing with his family on Sanibel Island, Fla. During a visit to the beach, Dworkin watched a dog, depicted in the book as an Irish setter named Red, wander the beach. The dog strolled around, sniffed here and there and seemed to be bored, said Dworkin. When the dog gazed into the water, it caught a glimpse of something that interested him. A dolphin was frolicking a short distance away.

Dworkin observed that the dog was clearly interested in the dolphin and it seemed like the dolphin noticed the dog on the beach. The dolphin appeared so interested in the dog that it would swim in the same direction that the dog ran. When the dog ran to the left, the dolphin followed. If the dog ran to the right, the dolphin changed direction too. The dog was so taken with his new friend; he tried to swim out to it with a Frisbee so they could play together. This story of an unusual friendship between a dog and a dolphin teaches valuable lessons of friendship and diversity as the story’s two characters form an unlikely, yet unmistakable bond.

Esteemed portrait artist Michael Chelich, of Munster, illustrated the story. As a first-time book illustrator, Chelich created amazingly detailed, life-like art work to help to tell the story of what took place on the beach that sunny day.

Dworkin is an accomplished author and “The Dog and the Dolphin” is his first children’s book. He already has an inspiration for a second children’s book. Dworkin has written the books, “Owners Versus Players: Baseball and Collective Bargaining” (Boston: Auburn House Publishing Company, 1981), and “Reflections on the Transformation in Industrial Relations” (Scarecrow Press, 1989). He has also written and edited numerous articles and chapters for a variety of professional publications.

The book is also available for purchase at amazon.com , in the Purdue University Calumet bookstore and through the website thedogandthedolphin.com. Information on readings and book signings will be available at www.thedogandthedolphin.com.

The Independent Cat society is accepting donations of used books, CDs, tapes and posters for the sale. Books may be dropped off on July 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Armory. Or contact ICS at (219) 785-4936 or visit www.catsociety.org or the ICS Facebook Event Page.

Oregon-Davis Jr/Sr High School honor roll for the 4th quarter of the 2014-2015 school year.

Oregon-Davis Jr/Sr High School administrators and teachers are pleased to present the students who have achieved honor roll for the 4th quarter of the 2014-2015 school year.

 

High Honors (All A’s)

 

Grade 12:

McCoy, Hunter

Schnekenburger, Carl

Venegas, Paola

 

Grade 11:

Clark, Hannah

Schwenk, Hannah

Trott, Riley

 

Grade 10:

Pinkham, Kayleen

 

Grade 9:

Egger, Haley

Sauer, Kandis

 

Grade 8:

Ash, Kennedy

Basham, Joshua

Seese, Macy

 

Grade 7:

Fosburgh, Annabelle

Worthington, Jayden

Zebell, Elaine

 

Honors (All A’s and B’s)

 

Grade 12:

Cociorvan, Benjamin

Coleman, Jared

Dalton Good

Hurford, Blake

Minter, Jack

Sanchez, Deanna

Shively, Delaney

Watts, Katherine

Worthington, Joel

 

Grade 11:

Awald, Mason

Clark, Cameron

Cociorvan, Rachaell

Collins, Andrew

Erhart, Cameron

Kesvormas, Kelsey

Kranenburg, Taylor

Minix, Alexandria

Moorefield, Braxton

Seese, Zoe

Tucker, Tyler

 

Grade 10:

Berg, Sara

Bope, Alexandria

Clark, Brianna

Murphy, Timothy

Pucel, Robert

Raygoza, Sonia

Stone, Faith

 

Grade 9:

Allen, Jose

Campbell, Lance

Clark, Jonathan

Danti, Louis

Good, Hunter

Hayes, Samuel

Hurford, Jami

Husmann, Emma

Merriman, Kristina

Radtke, Brooklyn

Young, Samantha

 

Grade 8:

Ailes, Tyler

Pinkham, Danielle

Ramey, McKenzie

 

Grade 7:

Danford, Hayden

Danford, Reece

Gregory, Isabella

Johnson, Kasadie

MacMillan, Jenna

Minter, Ryan

Povinelli, Enrico

Purtee, Ainsleigh

Oregon-Davis Jr/Sr High School honor roll for the 2nd Semester of the 2014-2015 school year.

Oregon-Davis Jr/Sr High School administrators and teachers are pleased to present the students who have achieved honor roll for the 2nd Semester of the 2014-2015 school year.

 

High Honors (All A’s)

 

Grade 12

Good, Dalton

McCoy, Hunter

Schnekenburger, Carl

Shively, Delaney

Venegas, Paola

 

Grade 11

Clark, Hannah

Erhart, Cameron

Trott, Riley

 

Grade 10

Bope, Alexandria

Pinkham, Kayleen

 

Grade 9

Campbell, Lance

Clark, Jonathan

Egger, Haley

Sauer, Kandis

 

Grade 8

Ailes, Tyler

Basham, Joshua

Seese, Macy

 

Grade 7

Fosburgh, Annabelle

Povinelli, Enrico

Worthington, Jayden

Zebell, Elaine

 

Honors (All A’s and B’s)

 

Grade 12

Cociorvan, Benjamin

Coleman, Jared

Conroy, Terence

Fields, Justin

Hurford, Blake

Minter, Jack

Watts, Katherine

Worthington, Joel

 

Grade 11

Awald, Mason

Clark, Cameron,

Cociorvan, Rachaell

Collins, Andrew

Hall, Evan

Kesvormas, Kelsey

Kranenburg, Taylor

Minix, Alexandria

Moorefield, Braxton

Patrick, Tayler

Schwenk, Hannah

Seese, Zoe

Tucker, Tyler

 

Grade 10

Berg, Sara

Brissette, Logan

Murphy, Timothy

Pucel, Robert

Raygoza, Sonia

Stone, Faith

Townsend, Leah

 

Grade 9

Allen, Jose

Bertrand, Aliyah

Danti, Louis

Good, Hunter

Hayes, Samuel

Hurford, Jami

Merriman, Kristina

Mulcahy, Alaina

Radtke, Brooklyn

Young, Samantha

 

Grade 8

Ash, Kennedy

Pinkham, Danielle

McKenzie, Ramey

Trott, Logan

 

Grade 7

Danford, Hayden

Danford, Reece

Gregor, Jack

Gregory, Isabella

Johnson, Kasadie

MacMillan, Jenna

Purtee, Ainsleigh

Reed, Sway

Risner, Rikki

Wentz Earns M.D. from IU

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Scott M. Wentz, M.D. has graduated Doctor of Medicine through the Indiana University School of Medicine. He graduated with Highest Distinctions and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He will begin his residency training in Ophthalmology at the Indiana University School of Medicine beginning July 1 st. His parents are Norm and Janet Wentz. His grandparents are Norman Wentz Sr. and the late Patricia Wentz and Lillian Gollnick and the late J. Richard Gollnick. Scott was a 2006 graduate of Knox High School.

90th Annual Pulaski County Extension Homemaker Achievement Program Held

Provided by Purdue Extension Pulaski County

The Annual Achievement Program was held at the Winamac Presbyterian Church on June 1st.  Following a delicious carry-in dinner was a program by Joyce Lawyer on quilting called “Around the Block.” Kelly Ortman gave a memorial tribute to Pam Rausch, former EH County President, who passed away last year after the fair.  The new county officers were installed: President – Lenora Hoover; First VP –Pat Walded; Second VP– Karen Good; Secretary – Jean Rife; Treasurer – Marcia Link; Advisor – Julie Kasten. Congratulations to them!

Special awards given went to:

Club with Most Guests and a tie for Most New Members went to Patchwork Pals

Most New Member Award also went to Extension Chords

Community Service Club award was awarded to Nite Liters EH Club who helped a family in need to learn some cooking skills.

Behind the Scenes Award for 2015 went to Lenora Hoover of Patchwork Pals for all her hard work, many times without recognition.

Homemaker of the Year for 2015 went to Sue Rosenbaum of Patchwork Pals for all her work she has done for Extension Homemakers and 4-H the past 30 years.

Quilted “rug mugs” were made for each member present by the Patchwork Pals. The chair Hostess club for program/meal was the Country Friends, and Happy Homemakers were over the registration.  Thanks to all who  participated!