Good news snippets

The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), March 27, 2003:
snipped from a story about National Merit Scholarship finalists:

Seven members of the Manlius Pebble Hill School class of 2003 have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. They are ... Randy M. Shayler II.

Ledger (Lakeland, Florida) February 9, 2003:
snipped from the wedding pages:

Meet Patrick Semprini and Cheryl Semprini (nee Bridges):
In 1999, Cheryl's best friend was interested in Pat, and they all went out dancing with a group of friends. Pat and Cheryl's friend didn't click, but Pat and Cheryl did. For their first date, they rode their motorcycles. Pat proposed at dinner on Cheryl's birthday in April 2002. Their wedding was Aug. 17, 2002, at sunset on the beach at Anna Maria Island. Pat's son was best man; Cheryl's daughter was maid of honor. Cheryl made all of the decorations and candle centerpieces from hundreds of seashells and starfish. Tiki torches burned during the ceremony, and there was a surprise ending: As they said, "I do," and kissed, there was a clap of thunder and two rainbows appeared before the sun set. The reception featured a seashell-and-sandcastle-decorated wedding cake, and the couple flew to Cancun for a week before returning home to Lakeland.

SB Trib, Oct. 22, 2002:
snipped from a story about 'therapy dogs':
Jane Amos has an Airedale and two border terriers that work as therapy dogs. They and other members of the Echo Training Club in Buchanan, where Amos teaches agility classes, take turns visiting the children and adults at Madison Center and Hospital. Amos' dogs also visit nursing homes.

SB Trib, June 9, 2002:
snipped from a list of finishers in a race:
Will Pooley ran & finished in the 2002 Sunburst 10K race. Time: 1:05:08

SB Trib: May 7, 2002:
snipped from a commentary about principles in accounting
-- by Mark Hildebrand
It should be illegal to lie to an auditor. It's a felony to swipe mail from the post office. It's fraud to lie on insurance applications. But you can lie to your auditor.
Tough, enforceable criminal or civil penalties for public companies would increase sound financial reporting.
We should return to the days when accounting was governed more by principles than rules. As we've instituted more rules, creative accountants have found more exceptions.

SB Trib Jan. 13, 2002:
snipped from a story about a car museum:
Last week, museum visitors Al and Pat (Adams) Marchant of Edwardsburg were inspecting a two-tone raspberry 1929 Ruxton Roadster.
Pat just bought a 1936 Pontiac as a retirement gift for her husband. Al worked much of his life for AM General, where part of the time he helped make the Hummer military vehicle.

SB Trib, July 23, 2000:
Snipped from a story about the library:
Tamara (Reed) Asher, a children's librarian at the St. Joseph County Public Library, remembers working with a girl who had the largest vocabulary she'd ever heard in a preschooler. "Her dad was a graduate student, and he'd read to her every night from whatever text he was reading." Asher selects and reads books to children as part of the library's story-time program.

SB Trib, July 2000:
snipped from a list of births,
HOSKINS -- Beth and Jeffrey Hoskins, 114 St. Lo Ave., Mishawaka, son, July 16, 2000.
[Jeffrey Hoskins is the son of Dave & Danae Hoskins. St. Lo is in Dave's childhood neighborhood, Normain Heights.]

SB Trib, May 29, 2000:
snipped from a story about teacher awards:
Brenda (Pfaller) Dhaeze was named Emmons School's Teacher of the Year. She has taught third grade at Emmons School in Mishawaka since 1982. She was employed as a kindergarten teacher and nursery school teacher for School City from 1979 to 1982. Prior to that she taught at Kericho Teachers Training College and Cheptenya Secondary School, both in Kenya.

SB Trib, April 1999:
snipped from a list of births:
GOODWIN -- Heather M. Shorb and Jeffery D. Goodwin, 17832 Harbour Town Ct., Granger, son, April 25; maternal grandparents, Brett Shurb, Bluffton, and Cherrene Deury, Mishawaka; paternal grandparents, Dean Goodwin, Granger, and Connie (Shaffer) Dipert, Fort Myers, Fla.

SB Trib, Nov. 29, 1998:
snipped from a story about Patchwork Dance Company:
Debbie (Werbrouck) Shubert's business acumen has led her into the national dance scene, with a high profile position in the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, comprised of some 400 dance studios from all over the United States. Shubert recently became president-elect.
"Debbie is extremely talented in dance, and very business savvy," says Dennis Andres, director of the Moreau Center for the Arts at Saint Mary's College. "She has energy for everything she attempts to do. A lot of artists tend not to have that business sense. At the same time, you see her on stage working with all these children."
Andres says Shubert is not just concerned with her studio, but has been very active "in bringing better things into the community, like choreographers from Chicago. She's real interested in building dance in Michiana."
"Dance is cerebral, it is intellectual," says Shubert. "Schools are talking about 'multiple intelligence' now. Well, we've known all along that some kids learn kinesthetically, others by hearing."

SB Trib, Nov. 10, 1998:
snipped from hometown news:
Marine Pvt. Kristopher J. VanCamp recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejuene, N.C.
He is the son of Terri L. Hock and Larry R. VanCamp, both of South Bend. The 1994 graduate of Riley High School joined the Marine Corps in April 1998.

SB Trib, Sept. 27, 1998:
snipped from a story about an Indian powwow:
Sharon (Gill) Vanden Bossche believes that it's time for children to learn the importance of simplicity of life on Earth.
That's why the Mishawaka woman was there Saturday helping others learn about American Indian beliefs and practices at a powwow co-sponsored by two South Bend-based groups-- The Northern Hoop and LaSalle Council No. 165.
"What we're trying to do is bring the children back to the arena, back to Mother Earth and back to their heritage," she said. "Basically, they need to know where their ancestors came from so that they don't feel alone."
More than 400 Girl and Boy Scouts attended the 11th annual Wood Lake powwow.

SB Trib, March 1998:
snipped from the obituary for Connie Gilvin's father
Since his retirement, he worked on refurbishing bicycles. He would then sell them to people in the community. He loved providing this service to the people, and it meant a lot to him that he was able to meet and talk with them to see the smiles on their faces.
Russell was a Christian man who was devoted to his family. His two great-grandchildren, 12 grandchildren, five daughters and sons-in-law, and his beautiful wife Betty were so very blessed and fortunate to have him in their lives along with many others. He was very much loved and will be missed dearly, although we all know he has gone to a better place where we will all join him someday. Russell R. Gilvin lived a full and wonderful life and, because of the love he gave and the love he received, he died a very rich man.

SB Trib, Feb. 22, 1998:
snipped from a special wedding story:
Becky Gevaert's daughter married on Becky's parents' 50th wedding anniversary, and the family had two parties at once. Becky's parents danced to "their song" -- 'Misty' by Johnny Mathis -- at Becky's daughter's wedding reception. In addition to the wedding cake, there was the golden anniversary cake, and decorations included memorabilia from Becky's parents' wedding.

SB Trib, June 17, 1997:
snipped from a story about a zoning change to permit building 2 new houses:
MISHAWAKA--Add two new homes to the list of things being built in the Princess City this year.
Common Council members Monday approved a rezoning so Timothy and Janet (Skiles) Hesch can build two homes at the southeast corner of Main and 12th streets.
"This is good news for the neighborhood," said council president Steven Emmons.

SB Trib, April 21, 1997:
snipped from hometown news:
Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Mark Mroczek, son of Toby (Roose) Mroczek of Mishawaka, has finished Coast Guard Recruit Training at Cape May, N.J.
He is a 1995 graduate of Penn High School. During the eight-week training program, Seaman Apprentice Mroczek completed a vigorous training curriculum consisting of classroom academics, and practical instruction on military customs and courtesies, seamanship skills, first aid, fire fighting, water safety and survival, and marksmanship. A major emphasis is also placed on physical fitness and health. Seaman Apprentice Mroczek and other recruits also received instruction on the Coast Guard's three core values - honor, respect and devotion to duty.

SB Trib, March 27, 1996:
snipped from a story about hometown heroes:
Byron Aldrich was among nine honored at a "Hall of Fame" dinner by the St. Joseph Co. Chapter of the American Red Cross. Aldrich was one of two volunteer firemen who helped an auto accident victim who had been ejected from her driver's seat, then thrown back into the vehicle. As the other car exploded and caught fire, the firemen shielded the driver from the fire with their own bodies.

SB Trib, June 9, 1995:
snipped from a story about a man and his motorycycle:
Leroy Lekens, who's been biking since the age of 16, is a member of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE). His brother, Larry Lekens, and his sister, Linda Singleton, also of Mishawaka, are both motorcycle safety instructors as well as members of ABATE. "It's a family thing. It's something we all do together."