Feel good news: 5 stories to brighten up your weekend

A local group wants to share stories of good things happening around Elkhart, Marshall County Tourism is giving away a free hot air balloon ride and more stories to put a spring in your step.

Posted on Aug. 17, 2014 at 8:02 a.m.

Three Elkhart County brothers honored on memorial for World War II service

Leon Anglemeyer’s daughter lobbied for years to get her father’s name on the war memorial in Elkhart City Hall. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, Theresa Lewis finally saw her father and uncle’s nameplates installed on one of the three wooden boards commemorating the service of military veterans during World War II.

“It brings tears to my eyes. We finally got it done,” Lewis said.

It all started when Lewis visited city hall five years ago and noticed that her father’s name was not included on the memorial. The Elkhart woman called around, hoping to fix the oversight. After a story in The Elkhart Truth documented her efforts, the head of the Elkhart County Veteran’s Service Office and city officials looked into the matter and determined the Anglemeyers deserved to be on the wall.

Throwback Thursday: Robert Anderson worked to secure military honors for brother killed in WWII

Robert Anderson succeeded in securing military honors for his brother who was killed in World War II in 1995, more than 50 years after his death. The Elkhart man died Thursday, Aug. 7, in his home. He was 84.

His brother, Jack Cooper, was a radioman in a U.S. Navy torpedo plane that was shot down by the Japanese near Iwo Jima on June 15, 1945. Cooper survived, but he was left adrift at sea on a rubber life raft for more than a month. The U.S.S. Tinosa submarine found his body and the diary he kept on the raft. The soldier had scratched his last words on his wallet using a safety pin.

Anderson succeeded in getting his brother the Indiana Distinguished Service Medal, which was presented to Cooper’s family during a ceremony at Elkhart Central High School on Memorial Day in 1995.

Middlebury woman to ring NASDAQ opening bell Monday

A Middlebury woman will ring the NASDAQ opening bell Monday, Aug. 18, to start the day’s trading in New York City, thanks to her company’s performance in this year’s first quarter.

Katy Pickett is the northern Indiana district manager for Fastenal, which distributes industrial products. She earned the chance to ring the bell because her district’s sales exceeded its quarterly goal by 201 percent, the highest mark of any of Fastenal’s districts throughout the country.

New Good4Elkhart group will spotlight the positive

The Yes4Elkhart group launched its website in February to encourage voters to vote ‘Yes’ for Elkhart Community Schools’ referendum. Now that the school referendum is over, the group has rebranded itself as Good4Elkhart.

The goal of the group is to share stories of good things that happen around Elkhart, engage the community in respectful conversation about local topics and bring attention to nonprofits that are trying to help the city.

The group also helps people find lost pets.

Marshall County gives away free hot air balloon ride at Blueberry Festival

Marshall County Tourism is giving away a free hot air balloon ride for two during the Marshall County Blueberry Festival.

Visit the Marshall County page on Facebook for a chance to win the ride, which is being given away in celebration of Marshall County Hot Air Affair’s 20th anniversary of its annual Balloon Fest. There will be more than 20 other hot air balloons flying at this year’s festival, which will take place from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.

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