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Feel Good News: four reasons to feel good this week

Here are four new stories that'll put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 7:27 a.m.

Heartland volunteer Kari Horton learns not to judge a dog by its breed

Heartland volunteer Kari Horton and her family foster dogs, just not the small ones. Smaller breeds usually do not tolerate her younger children or her larger dogs, so Horton used to request bigger canines.

Yet Horton took Gloria, a Chihuahua Pug mix, home from an adoption event one day. She didn't really give it much notice, except when Gloria was around her children. Horton separated Gloria from the other dogs and her children, worried that she might snip at them.

But Gloria surprised Horton. She would scratch at the door and whine to be let into a room with Horton and her family. Gloria even became best friends with her one-year-old son. She would ride in his play cart, sleep by his side, bark at the other big dogs if they came too close and wait every morning for him to wake up.

They began affectionately calling her GiGi and kept her. That's how Horton learned to not judge a dog by its breed.

Do-gooders and leprechauns leap into Goshen's icy waters for a good cause

Men and women gathered around the pond near the Goshen Moose Lodge on Saturday to leap into its cold waters, even though the ice covering the pond was more than a foot thick! That's not a problem for these do-gooders though (who were dressed in swimwear and leprechaun costumes) because they were helping to raise money for charity.

The Leprechaun Leap has been going on for nine years in conjunction with St. Patrick's Day, and it has raised $125,000 dollars for the United Cancer Services over the last eight years.

This was the sixth time that Todd Donoho has taken the leap. His daughter, Teigan was diagnosed with cancer when she was just four months old. Donoho and his team, Teigan's Polar Bears, raised $2,000 for the nonprofit organization two years ago.

"If my daughter can go through everything she did, this is the least I could do," Donoho said.

Goshen police officers celebrated for rescuing children from house fire

The Goshen Boys and Girls Club thanked five police officers who rescued five children at the scene of a house fire.

Jeremy Welker was one of those officers, and he said he was the third or fourth officer to respond to the fire. He went up to the second floor of the house where he found 10-year-old Randy. When Welker got the door open, large amounts of smoke came out.

"The fire was really loud. I couldn't hear anything," he said. "I scooped him up and ran him to my car. Then I drove him to the ambulance about half a block away because he was telling me he was having trouble breathing."

Patrolman Dave Miller was also one of the patrolmen celebrated at the event.

"I truly think that if it was anybody else, they would have done exactly the same thing," Miller said. "I have no doubt about it. We didn't do anything other than what anybody else would have done."

Adrianne Penner, education and community outreach director, said the event is also a good opportunity to "show off the good in the Goshen Police Department" to their 360 kids.

Six-year-old girl brings extra pair of snow boots to school with her so her friend can play outside

This message was posted on the Elkhart Pays It Forward Facebook page on March 12.

"Posted by Thomas Koscher: So I'd like to share a story that made me proud today. This morning, as I'm getting my daughter ready for school, I look through her backpack and see that she has her extra set of snow boots in it. I ask why do you have to take two sets of boots with ya to school. And without hesitation, she looks up with her face of an angel and says, "Dad, I have a friend at school who doesn't have any boots, and she can't play outside for recess unless she has boots so I let her wear the other pair." Very proud that, at six, my daughter is displaying the emotion of compassion."

Aren't little kids the greatest sometimes?


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 Trace Adkins sings before a packed audience at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in Goshen Monday evening July 25, 2011. Adkins is returning to Michiana for a Christmas-themed performance at the Morris Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.
 Jeff Burbrink

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