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I had the good fortune to meet Linda Yoder through mutual friends a few years ago. It’s always fun to meet a new dynamic friend, but keeping up with her can make me tired!
I’ve only known Linda since she relocated to Marshall County from Nappanee, initially coming here as part of a green energy, electric vehicle start up. From there she took over the Executive Director positions for the Marshall County Community Foundation and the Marshall County United Way. On Friday, April 25th, I got the opportunity to learn a little about her life in Nappanee.
My grandfather, William K. Murphy (Bill), is turning 100 on May 6th. While it’s becoming more common, it is still quite the accomplishment. If you’re around Culver on Sunday, we’ll be having a Open House/Party for him at the VFW from 2:00 to 4:00. My Grandma Murphy hit this milestone before passing a little over a year ago. I think this would have been their 79th anniversary too since they were married on Grandpa’s birthday. Grandpa jokes that was so he would never forget the date!
Grandpa is a World War II veteran, having served in the Navy servicing ships in Puerto Rico. He taught school for several years, owned and operated a Shell Service Station and was an accountant with the Indiana State Board of Accounts, which is where he was when he retired. He and grandma had a good life spending their summers in Culver and their winters in Lakeland, Florida until grandma turned 95 and began having health problems.
You don’t meet a lot of centenarians, so if you want to come out and wish MY centenarian a happy birthday, please do. I”m pretty proud of my grandfather and I’m happy to share him with you.
After seven years of effort, the Metronet extension to Marshall County is going to break ground tomorrow. This is the culmination of a partnership between Marshall County, St. Joseph County and the City of Plymouth. Private partners included Hoosier Tire and St. Joe Regional Med Center. MCEDC helped play a role for which I am proud.
Hopefully this first step into Marshall County will lead to wiring the rest of the county with the same high speed Internet connectivity. More and more we’re finding that access to the Internet is considered as important as water, sewer and roads when businesses are considering their infrastructure needs.
If you want to join the pomp & circumstance, be there tomorrow, May 2nd at 1:00pm. (Invitation to the right)
The standard grab bar offerings are very institutional and look like they are made for hospital or nursing home settings, i.e functional, but not aesthetically appealing. Even in new construction of assisted living facilities we often only put in the blocking for grab bars leaving the installation until they’re needed. Delta Faucet has a new line of decorative ADA grab bars that lose the institutional look, but retain the functionality. The Delta faucet grab bars come in finishes like chrome, gold and oil rubbed bronze with trims that match the Delta faucet collections. They also include anchoring systems to meet ADA standards.
Like most ADA grab bars it is best to plan for these in new construction to allow proper blocking to be placed behind the walls, but these new decorative offerings make it more attractive to install these in new construction before there is a need.