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A Thank-You from the Plymouth Public Library

July 28, 2013

  The Plymouth Public Library Summer Reading Program, DIG INTO READINGwas very successful due to the generosity of our local businesses, organizations, and friends.  A sincere thank you goes to the Friends of the Library for funding the fabulous entertainment, reading prizes, and special programs that were enjoyed throughout the reading program.  We are...
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Donnelly-Collins WSJ Op-Ed: Definition of Full-Time Needs Revising

July 19, 2013

07/19/13 In Lafayette, Ind., a school district cut the hours of 200 support staff to no more than 29 per week. In Bangor, Maine, the school system is preparing to track and cap the number of hours worked by substitute teachers to ensure that they don’t work more than 29 hours a week. Elsewhere,...
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Strawberry Upside Down Cake

July 17, 2013

  2 Cups fresh crushed strawberries 1 (6oz) Pkg Strawberry Jello 3 Cups miniature marshmallows 1 Pkg yellow cake mix, prepared   Preheat oven to 350 Spread crushed strawberries on bottom of 9×13 pan. Evenly sprinkle dry Jello powder over berries and top with mini marshmallows. Pour prepared cake mix over marshmallows and bake...
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Fear of the Unknown

June 11, 2013
Fear of the Unknown

  06/12/13 Last month, Angelina Jolie shocked the world with a New York Times piece regarding her decision to have a preventative double mastectomy. For women whose mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and even fathers and grandfathers, have been diagnosed with breast cancer, there is the immediate concern for their loved one. But once the initial...
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Try Prayer! MAKING WAVES OpEd for May 2013

May 8, 2013

  05/09/13 Reflecting back over the past couple of weeks on the tragic events in Boston and the deadly explosion in Texas, the strength and kindness of humanity showed resilience that I don’t think the U.S. has seen since the aftermath of September 11th. Millions of people came together across the country, showing their...
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Rep. Harman: Legislation to benefit Hoosier teachers

April 17, 2013

04/18/13 Where would any of us be without those who educated us? From pre-school teachers to college professors, we all have at least one educator in our lives that made a lasting impact on us. They believed in us. They showed us patience. They taught us how to be better students and better people....
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Concern on location of proposed new tennis courts

April 11, 2013

04/12/13  To whom it may concern:       It has been brought to my attention that the Tennis Courts in Centennial Park need to be replaced in order for Plymouth Schools to host tournaments, sectionals, ect.  The present courts are cracked and can’t be brought up to standard because they lie in the, “Flood Plain”....
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ISTA Reacts to Senate Passage of HB 1003

April 10, 2013

Today the Indiana Senate narrowly passed HB 1003, an expansion of Indiana’s private school voucher bill. The close vote reflects the controversy that this bill rightfully engenders, expanding a program that is not even two years old. No meaningful data support the expansion of this entitlement program. ISTA continues to believe that expansion of...
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Never Stop Learning

April 2, 2013
Never Stop Learning

  04/02/13 Hopefully over the next few weeks, Western Pennsylvania will start to see a change in environment as the weather turns from a cold and dull gray into a brighter and warmer atmosphere. When spring arrives, hopes for a fresh start come along with it – we shed our winter coats, deep clean...
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Radical Change is More Than a Band-Aid or New Pill

March 11, 2013
Radical Change is More Than a Band-Aid or New Pill

  03/12/13 February is always a special month of remembrance for the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation as February 18 is the day of John Kanzius’ passing; it marks four years since John succumbed to a rare form of B-cell leukemia. During this time of year, we always take time to remember John, his experiences,...
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Legislators make a fashion statement in fight against cancer

February 1, 2013

02/04/13 Guest Column St. Rep. Tim Harman, House Dist. 17 The Statehouse sounded more like a basketball gym on Monday as the squeak of sneakers could be heard throughout the day. I joined other House legislators and staff, sporting sneakers to work with my suit to raise awareness of preventative measures to fight cancer....
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Coats Op-Ed: An imperfect fiscal cliff deal, with more financial challenges ahead

January 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – In Sunday’s edition of The Indianapolis Star, Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) discusses his vote to avert the fiscal cliff and prevent massive tax hikes on Hoosiers and the need for Congress and the White House to focus the new year on reining in out-of-control government spending.     An imperfect fiscal...
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Change for a New Era

January 2, 2013
Change for a New Era

01/03/12 People look forward to New Year’s Day because it brings feelings of renewal, a promise of new beginnings and an acknowledgment for change. Most importantly, January 1st gives people a sense of hope. A hope that the New Year will bring prosperity and that perhaps major change will be made in our own...
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OUR DREAM FOR A BETTER WAY

December 9, 2012
OUR DREAM FOR A BETTER WAY

12/10/12 Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation has always had one goal in mind: to get research to the FDA in order to treat the very first human patient. I want to revisit our mission this month to solidify the importance of everything we do. The mission is simple: to create national and global awareness of...
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NILES HAUNTED HOUSE RAISES MORE THAN $57,800.00 FOR LOCAL GROUPS

November 26, 2012

11/27/12 The Niles Haunted House Scream Park, one of Michiana’s most popular autumn attractions, recently completed another successful season at its always changing 44 acre site on Mayflower Road between Niles & Buchanan. This year, the 33rd consecutive year for running the project, raised over $57,800.00 for more than 65 area children’s organizations, civic...
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SINCE THE PASSAGE OF INDIANA’S RIGHT-TO-WORK LEGISLATION:

October 31, 2012

83 companies have communicated to the IEDC that Indiana’s enactment of right-to-work will factor into their decision-making process of where to locate current projects. 66 of these projects have progressed to the pipeline stage and account for the potential of more than 8,750 projected new jobs and more than $2.5 billion in investment. Of...
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Where was Joe Ruiz at the WSBT Debate?

October 31, 2012

2nd District U.S. House candidate Joe Ruiz was excluded from the Tuesday night debate by WSBT, who cited Ruiz’s lack of “active” campaigning as the reason for his exclusion. Yet, before the debate on both WSBT Radio and SBT2, ads from the Ruiz campaign ran reminding voters that not all their options were included...
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Concern on News Coverage of Eddingtons

October 9, 2012

I am somewhat shocked at the amount of times the Eddington’s names are going to be in the news for only 3 plants.  I would like to see the news reported without prejudice and everyone be treated fairly.  We have many larger drug busts (if you even want to call it that) than the...
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Opinion Show

October 4, 2012

Tony & Kathy - I could tell that the conversation on Tuesday was a tender one for you.  I so appreciate that you and WTCA offer a forum such as this to express opinions.  Opinions can represent a minority and can also be opposite of others.  I also appreciate that you are willing to listen to...
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MAKING WAVES OpEd for October 2012

October 3, 2012
MAKING WAVES OpEd for October 2012

  10/03/12 When the first of October comes around, most people can be found reveling in the changes of the season, adapting to the colder weather and beginning preparations for Halloween.  That holiday is the one night of the year when children and adults alike can wear masks to become their favorite superhero; but...
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