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The LaGrange County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) handled several year-end variance requests at their meeting on December 20.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Rostochak, 56, Leesburg, Ind., died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at his residence.

Barbara Jean Neeley, 82, Ft. Wayne, Ind., died Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Coventry Meadows.

Harold R. Weppler, 74, Goshen, Ind., formerly of Dallas Lake, died Sunday, December 25, 2016, at Miller’s Merry Manor of LaGrange.

Jack Dwayne Nichols, 78, Kendallville, Ind., died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Orea E. "Tony" Mulholland, 88, Kendallville, Ind., died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Parkview Noble Hospital.

Mary Magdeline Haaser,87, Big Long Lake, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla, Ind.

Ok, here is a very warm and fuzzy Christmas story from Ark. Do you remember Boone and Banjo, the two brothers who came to the sanctuary at the same time?

The LaGrange County unemployment rate was up one-tenth for November, rising to 3.2 percent from October’s 3.1 percent.

William I. "Bill" Mast, 90, Howe, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at his residence.

Leona Becker, 98, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville, Ind.

Isaac Whetstone was stillborn Wednesday, December 21, 2016 in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) was recently selected to serve as chair of the House Committee on Local Government.

Lewis Junior Shears, 86, Centreville, Mich., died Sunday, December 18, 2016 at his residence.

Ellen Conley, 81, Kendallville, Ind., died Sunday, December 18, 2016, at Kendallville Manor Nursing and Rehab.

Olive M. Misner, 90, Wolcottville, died Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla.

Even though our gardens are nestled beneath a blanket of snow, enjoying their winter nap, we can still enjoy a little indoor windowsill gardening and the taste of fresh herbs right now.

50 Years Ago in the Standard

December 29, 1966


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Keep holiday poinsettias and other plants near a bright window. Water as top of soil becomes dry.