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Volunteer of the Year juggles many cases

Elsie Hummel was recently named Child and Parent Services’ “Marv Yoder Volunteer of the Year.” Elsie is a retired school teacher from Baugo Community Schools where she taught math at Jimtown High School for 43 years.

She has been a CASA volunteer for five years and is dedicated to the children of Elkhart County. She has continually worked on multiple cases at one time. “I’m working with six families and I’m going to get another. It is very tough job but it is rewarding,” she said.

Although retired, Elsie says she is still hard at work but this time without pay.

Child and Parent Services is a local nonprofit agency with the mission to prevent child abuse by valuing children and strengthening families in Elkhart County. CAPS has seven programs that are aimed at this mission.

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Kristin Hansen was the big winner on Wheel of Fortune on the Feb. 26 show. Kristin is a former South Bend resident who now lives in Florida. After a slightly slow start, she took a swing and connected on several puzzles including “It’s a jungle out there,” lemon meringue and sweetie pie” and the final puzzle “firehouse.”

She took home $52,850 and a trip to Costa Rica.

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Don Pope-Davis, vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame, will leave in July to become provost at DePaul University in Chicago.

Pope-Davis, a psychology professor, has served as vice president and associate provost for the past six years. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2000, and served for five years as an administrator in Notre Dame’s Graduate School and for three years as chair of the university’s Faculty Board on Athletics.

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Building a dream. Breanna Stachowski, a senior at the University of Notre Dame, received a third place and $1,000 in the 20th annual Student Design Competition, which is sponsored by the International Housewares Association.

Breanna designed “The Neat Seat” for children age three months to 2 years and older. It is a versatile chair that sits on the floor, clamps to the table or straps to the chair. The kid is restrained with a T-bar and the seat is easily cleaned. The kid might have a few juice stains.

Breanna, who is from Elma, N.Y., received an honorable mention in last year’s competition for a snow shovel.

And by the way, one of Breanna’s professors, Mike Elwell, is a former winner and judge in the competition.

Another ND design student, Sunoh Choe from Hawaii, got an honorable mention this year and $250 for “The Rack Over.’’

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Jennifer Colanese, acting assistant professor of criminal justice at IUSB, said the Phi Sigma Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association collected $570 in just a few days of selling the K9 calendars on the IUSB campus. The calendars are part of a fundraiser for the South Bend and Mishawaka police to get a canine training location.

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From back in January, there was an item on author Georgia Candoli. She has her roots in Mishawaka but now lives in California. She said her book has been placed in the local author collection of the Family History Department of the St. Joseph County Public Library.

She also said the evaluation committee approved “The Cat in the Window” book for the Orange County library branches, and not the San Clemente library. She just wanted us to know in case we go looking at San Clemente for it.
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