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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

June 13, 2018

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of June 16-17. May be updated. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Indiana bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or indy@ap.org.




HUNTINGTON — Audrey Marjamaa is first in her class at Huntington North High School, but she’s third in her family. Her mother and maternal grandmother preceded with valedictorian honors. Sara Marjamaa, 51, was Columbia City Joint High School’s valedictorian in 1985. Her mother, Thelma Geist, was the top student in 1944 at Washington Center School in Whitley County. “It’s pretty cool how we can connect to each other through the generations,” said the teen, who graduated as co-valedictorian June 3. By Ashley Sloboda. The Journal Gazette. SENT: 450 words, photos requested.


SEYMOUR — In Seymour High School’s home economics classroom, 4-H’ers work under the watchful eye of an adult volunteer. Some of the kids have sewed for several years, but just in case they have a question or need help, there is an experienced adult right there next to them. A few kids are doing 4-H sewing for the first time, so they are learning the basics and getting an opportunity to apply those newfound skills. Either way, the 4-H’ers find the time valuable because they are getting a good start on their projects or in many cases completing them. By Zach Spicer. The Tribune. SENT: 850 words, photos requested.



HAMMOND — Serena and Lara Varela spent part of a recent morning testing Lake Michigan water samples for dissolved oxygen levels. As volunteer scientists, the girls, aged 9 and 7, got the chance to mimic research methods aboard the W.G. Jackson Research Vessel, a nearly 65-foot-long research boat after it left from the Hammond Marina. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency arranged for the boat’s small crew to take the public on tours out in Lake Michigan to learn more about how scientists can monitor its ecosystem. By Meredith Colias-Pete. Post-Tribune. SENT: 350 words, photos requested.


GOSPORT — Four ounces of homemade fudge packaged in a cardboard cup with a plastic spoon. Gourmet dog treats dipped in animal-friendly vanilla fudgy goodness. Can one find success in business through such simple products? Oh yes. Alyssa Rice, who never intended to open a candy store, can explain how she has become a rural candy queen. Twenty miles northwest of Bloomington sits Gosport, a town of 800 known for the bed race conducted every year during the Lazy Days Festival in August. There’s a store on Main Street, called Nate’s Candy Jar, where Rice concocts fudge, caramels, taffy and other sugar-based confections. By Laura Lane. The Herald-Times. SENT: 650 words, photos requested.

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