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Received this from my friend Itchy. Thanks Itchy, always good to know what is going on at the Paws and Claws.

    Eugene Leroy Grimm, 83, Claypool, Ind., died Monday, February 6, 2017 at his residence.

Potted tulips sprouting,

but no blooms

Jacob "Jake" Miller, 79, White Pigeon, Mich., died Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis, Mich.

The LaGrange County Council on Aging (COA) held a public hearing during Monday’s commissioners meeting as it seeks a $500,000 grant to help improve the senior center.

The Topeka Post Office will be hosting a special passport fair from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 129 E. Lake St. in Topeka.

The Shipshewana Town Council is expected to have a first reading on a new draft of its contentious Carriage for Hire Ordinance at their Thursday evening meeting.

The Lakeland School Board adopted a calendar for the next school year that will see students out of school prior to Memorial Day.

It’s no secret – I go to a lot of public meetings. It’s part of the job and, usually, they aren’t too bad.

Jason S. Lorent, 30, LaGrange, died Sunday, February 5, 2017 at his residence.

Stevie L. Neeley, 54, LaGrange, died Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at his residence.

    He was born September 22, 1962, in Detroit, Mich., to Wilma Patrick Neeley.

The next time you eat a piece of chocolate you may not have to feel overly guilty about it. 

Dr. Lawrence Bouton, 85, Champaign, Ill., died Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital.

William R. “Bill” Vanderpool, 87, Wolcottville, died Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville, Ind.

Clayton R. Myers Sr., 80, Millersburg, Ind., died Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Center in Milford, Ind.

Cherish H. Baker, 44, Howe, died Thursday, February 2, 2017 at her residence.

    She was born October 22, 1972, in LaGrange, to Lavern and Arla (Jayaue) Harker.

Lydia Ann Miller, 72, Goshen, died Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at her residence.

Sharon A. Zurakowski, 63, Warsaw, Ind., died Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Westview stayed in the NECC boys basketball title chase with a 69-40 drubbing of West Noble last Thursday in Ligonier.

Camron Bontrager poured in 26 points in leading Lakeland to a come-from-behind, 60-53 victory over NECC rival Churubusco last Thursday night in LaGrange.