Sunday, September 14, 2014


Ceci takes a cat nap on a desk at Nappanee City Hall, where she has lived for the past 13-and-a-half years. Ceci moved to Elder Haus Senior Center in Nappanee on Monday, July 7, 2014. (Photo Supplied/Nappanee City Hall)
Feel good news: Five stories to get you through the week
Posted on July 9, 2014 at 8:32 a.m.

If you’re hitting a midweek slump or reeling from Brazil’s loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals, cheer up with some of these feel-good stories from the last week.

'I Grew Up In Elkhart’ connects lost family members

The “I Grew Up In Elkhart” Facebook page, originally created for “remember when” stories, has reunited two families in the past two months. Goshen native Justin Hardesty found his birth parents through the group, and Andrew Campbell reconnected with his long-lost father, an Elkhart Memorial alumnus.

Nappanee cat retires from City Hall

Ceci the cat retired from public service after more than 13 years of living at Nappanee City Hall. She moved to Elder Haus Senior Center in Nappanee on Monday.

Revolutionary War veterans tie Elkhart County to our nation’s independence

Though Elkhart County wasn’t established until the 1830s, at least five Revolutionary War veterans lived, died and were buried here. Patrick McGuire, Elkhart County Historical Museum curator of education, told their stories in a patriotic Elkhart County History blog.

Fourth of July fireworks light up Michiana skies

If you didn’t make it to a fireworks show on Independence Day, check out this time-lapse video of Mishawaka’s Fourth of July fireworks.

STEM summer school helps kids engage more, principal says

Elementary students made straw rockets, popsicle stick bridges and marble roller coasters to test their science and engineering knowledge after an Elkhart Community Schools summer school program. The program emphasized hands-on learning to teach kids to think critically about engineering.