Feel good news: 5 stories to help you get through the week

Got the midweek slump? Here are some uplifting stories from the past week.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 7:37 a.m.

What rides will be at the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair?

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is second only to the state fair in Indiana — but where do the rides come from?

Danny Huston is the Co-CEO of North American Midway, the company that provides all of the food, rides and employees in the midway at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

He has the job that every kid wants when they grow up — to pick out fair midway rides.

Former Goshen College professor leaves classroom for farm life

After the school year ended in May 2013, Patricia Oakley left Goshen College as a math professor to work full-time at Clay Bottom Farm just outside of Goshen.

“I wanted more structure by working on someone else’s farm,” Oakley said. “I wanted to experience the cycle of the whole year, and the daily routine of farming to see if it was something I enjoyed doing and what I wanted to incorporate in my own garden.”

Winners of the Father and Child Look-Alike contest

For this year’s contest, we had 99 entries and more than 1,000 votes from almost 650 people. After an in-office vote was cast to break the tie for first place, Tony and Milo Martinez were this year’s Father and Child Look-Alike Contest winners.

Goshen musician teaches the power of art to teens at the juvenile detention center

Nayo Ulloa visits the Elkhart County Juvenile Detention Center in Goshen twice a week to connect with teens through art and creativity.

He talks with them about Latin American music, poetry and art from around the world.

“He’s got a lot of different cultures in his blood,” said one of the 18-year-old residents. “It’s unique. He’s a fun person and he shows a lot of respect for people. I think it’s good that he goes out and teaches kids how to play instruments.”

Men Alive produce stand provides jobs skills, fresh food for community

A small green and red stand went up at the corner of Oakland and Indiana avenues last week.

Beneath its shade, the participants of Church Community Services’ Men Alive program will seek to fill two needs in Elkhart County: the desire for fresh produce and the practice of hands-on job skills.


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