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Carolyn Gochenaur named 'Homemaker of the Year'


Brighton resident Carolyn Gochenaur was recently named “Homemaker of the Year” by the LaGrange County Purdue Cooperative Extension Homemakers Club.

She was nominated for the award by one of her peers for her outstanding leadership and service to the Extension Homemakers during both the past year and during her tenure in the organization.

Gochenaur has been a member of the Greenfield Mills Club since 1969. She is the daughter of Lois Larimer, one of the founding members of the Greenfield Mills Club.

The local organization is made up of five clubs from various areas of the county. They include Greenfield Mills, Newbury, Patchwork Patterns, Plato and Springfield. To be nominated for the award, a homemaker must belong to a LaGrange County Extension Homemaker Club and the nomination must be made by a club member.

Gochenaur's award was made during the club's recent annual achievement night and dinner held at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange.

Neil Case, a retired Indiana Department of Natural Resources officer, was the evening's guest speaker. His presentation was about Indiana birds and being a birdwatcher. His list of Indiana birds included 692 species.

New officers for the year were named. They included Barbara Maskow, president; Mary Beth Lemmings, vice president; Kathy Arnett, secretary; Ruth Bontrager, assistant secretary; Lisa Hochstetler, treasurer; and Alverna Carpenter, assistant treasurer.

“Patchwork Chicken” by Nancy Cain was selected for entry at the 100th Home and Family Convention to be held at Purdue University June 12-16.

A “Sew-In” has been planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 22 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church. Members are asked to bring a can of vegetables to add to the pot of “stone soup” being made for the noon lunch.