Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Concord High School senior Kaitlyn Kronemeyer returns a serve during a tennis match against Warsaw on Wednesday afternoon in Elkhart. (Sarah Welliver/The Elkhart Truth)

Beardsley Elementary third-grader Tuzhiuh Wheeler (right) dances as a group of third-graders from all of the Elkhart schools learn a dance during a field trip to the Lerner Theatre on Tuesday, May 13. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

Volunteer Meghann Sullivan (right) stands on a scaffolding awaiting her next task as she builds a support for the roofline over the porch of a home near Bristol on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Many women workers were participating in a Habitat For Humanity Women Build event through Ruoff Home Mortgage Partners and Area Realtors. Of the workers on site more than 75 percent were women. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)
Five feel-good stories for your week
Posted on May 14, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

1. Concord baseball player dedicates award to Sarah Crane.

On Tuesday, May 13, Concord first basemen Brett Neveraski received an invitation to the senior awards banquet Wednesday. He credited Sarah Crane, the Elkhart Memorial student who shared her battle against stage four colon cancer with the Elkhart community before passing away Dec. 7, 2013, for his success on the diamond.

When he Tweeted his thanks, the Sarah Strong account replied with congratulations.

The Elkhart Truth caught up with Neveraski on Twitter and asked him about his connection to Sarah Crane.

“I didn't know Sarah personally, but through her fight with cancer you could tell she was a fighter,” he wrote. “I wear a Sarahstrong bracelet at school and during games, and when things get tough I look at it and know I have to fight like Sarah did.”

Neveraski, a senior, recorded his first varsity home run this season. He has Sarah to thank for that, too.

“My first varsity game I was struggling at the plate and with two strikes I looked at the bracelet and next pitch I hit my first varsity home run,” he said. “From then on I've been batting around .430. She was the definition of strong.”

2. Elkhart third graders were “Happy’’ to visit the Lerner Theatre.

Third graders from Elkhart Community Schools learned about the art of theater from Primer Arts in a field trip to the Lerner Theatre Tuesday, May 13.

The 1,200 students in attendance sang, danced and acted during the workshops. They even performed a choreographed dance to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy,” as seen in the video below.

3. Twisted Cow owners honor late son with opening of frozen yogurt shop.

After Rose and Mark Miller lost their son, Colton, in 2012, the two thought about the importance of spending time with their children. Shortly after Colton died, the Millers took a trip to Honey's Frozen Yogurt in Goshen, where they drew their inspiration to start their own business.

The Twisted Cow opens at 105 W. C.R. 6, in Elkhart, next week. The Millers will dedicate the opening to Colton.

4. Concord tennis player Kaitlyn Kronemeyer overcomes spina bifida limitations on the tennis court.

In her quest to be ordinary, high school senior Kaitlyn Kronemeyer is doing something extraordinary. Though Kaitlyn has spina bifida, a birth defect that has largely restricted her to a wheelchair since age five, she plays tennis for Concord’s junior varsity team.

As of Saturday, May 10, Katilyn has won one match this season. It’s her goal to win three by the end of the year.

5. Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build Week helped build part of a home near Bristol.

Women made up over 75 percent of the workforce during a Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build Week project Wednesday, May 7. The crew helped construct the support structure for the roofline of the front porch of a home near Bristol.