Kayla Peetz Parents: Scott and Shannon PeetzClub: Ripley WranglersMajor Projects: Foods, Cake Decorating, HorsesFavorite Project: HorsesFuture Plans: Kayla plans to attend school to become a Registered Nurse and possibly become a Nurse Practitioner.Samantha Rohrig Parents: John T. Rohrig III and Julie RohrigClub: IndependentMajor Projects: Sewing, Floriculture, Garden, Scrapbooking, Wearable Arts, Fine ArtsFavorite Project: SewingFuture Plans: Samantha plans to attend Purdue University.Kurt SarringhausParents: Late Brent Sarringhaus and Ann LeskoClub: 4-H PioneersMajor Projects: Goats, Swine, Dairy, SheepFavorite Project: GoatsFuture Plans: Kurt plans to farm.Logan SchweringParents: Doug and Brenda SchweringClub: Country KidsMajor Projects: Photography, Corn, BeansFavorite Project: PhotographyFuture Plans: Logan plans to attend Butler University to study Entrepreneurship and Innovation.Levi Speer Parents: Daniel and Michele SpeerClub: Hopewell Clover BeesMajor Projects: Swine, Electric, Small EnginesFavorite Project: ElectricFuture Plans: Levi plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima, Ohio and major in Diesel Technology.Austin Wagner Parents: Dennis and Flora WagnerClub: Napoleon 4-H Country ClubMajor Projects: Compact Tractor and SportsFavorite Project: Compact TractorFuture Plans: Austin plans to attend the University of Indianapolis to major in Business and minor in Spanish.Kristen Weber Parents: Mike and Deb WeberClub: Faithful WorkersMajor Projects: Rabbits and GiftwrappingFavorite Project: GiftwrappingFuture Plans: Kristen plans to attend Ball State. Elizabeth WernerParents: Jean and Ray WernerClub: Morris ShamrocksMajor Projects: Sewing, Rabbits, PoultryFavorite Project: RabbitsFuture Plans: Elizabeth plans to study Forensic Science and German at Ohio Northern University and also run track.Benjamin Wessel Parents: David and Mary Jean WesselClub: Country KidsMajor Projects: Photography, Shooting Sports, FoodsFavorite Project: Shooting SportsFuture Plans: Military, College, Law EnforcementDustin Westerfeld Parents: Jeff and Darla WesterfeldClub: Napoleon 4-H Country ClubMajor Projects: Shooting Sports, Poultry, GoatsFavorite Project: GoatsFuture Plans: Dustin plans to join the Marine Corps. Samantha WilhoitParents: Melissa WilhoitClub: Friendly 4-Her’sMajor Projects: Scrapbooking, Cake Decorating, GenealogyFavorite Project: Cake DecoratingFuture Plans: Samantha plans to attend Purdue College of Technology to major in Organizational Leadership and Engineering/Supervision. Ripley County 4-H Ten Year Members:Kiersten AbelParents: Tricia and Scott White & David and Jen AbelClub: Napoleon 4-H Country ClubMajor Projects: Goats and PhotographyFavorite Project: PhotographyFuture Plans: Kiersten plans to get her Associates Degree in Photography at Ivy Tech Community College.Garrett AdkinsonParents: Aaron and Ruth Ann AdkinsonClub: Hopewell Clover BeesMajor Projects: SwineFavorite Project: SwineFuture Plans: Garrett plans to attend Ivy Tech and major in Criminal Justice then go to the Police Academy to become an Indiana State Trooper.Karissa BockstahlerParents: Chris and Kathy BockstahlerClub: Morris ShamrocksMajor Projects: Goats and FoodsFavorite Project: GoatsFuture Plans: Karissa plans to attend Ivy Tech, undecided on career.JC BoykenParents: John and Camille BoykenClub: Friendly 4-H’ersMajor Projects: Electricity, Action Demonstration, GoatsFavorite Project: Action DemonstrationFuture Plans: JC plans to study Petroleum Engineering at West Virginia University.Jacob BrinsonParents: Marsha and Tad BrinsonClub: Olean VolunteersMajor Projects: BeefFavorite Project: BeefFuture Plans: Jacob plans to work for UPS and farm.Kelsey CumberworthParents: Michael and Lynn CumberworthClub: Friendly 4-H’ersMajor Projects: PhotographyFavorite Project: Black and White Salon PrintsFuture Plans: Kelsey plans to attend Trine University and major in electrical engineering.Jacqueline EcksteinParents: Andrew and Holly EcksteinClub: Faithful WorkersMajor Projects: Wood Science and PhotographyFavorite Project: WeldingFuture Plans: Jacqueline plans to attend school for Nursing.Matthew EcksteinParents: Karen and the late Paul EcksteinClub: Country KidsMajor Projects: Welding, Electric, Woodworking, Forestry, PoultryFavorite Project: WeldingFuture Plans: Matthew plans to receive his plumbing license.Chad EmswellerParents: Doug and Marlene EmswellerClub: Country KidsMajor Projects: Corn, Soybeans, Compact Tractor, TractorFavorite Project: Compact TractorFuture Plans: Chad plans to attend Purdue University to major in Crop Science.Nichole FlaspohlerParents: Nick and Kathleen FlaspohlerClub: Morris ShamrocksMajor Projects: Swine, Scrapbooking, Dairy Feeder Steers, Junior LeadersFavorite Project: SwineFuture Plans: Nichole plans to attend Purdue University in the fall and major in Pre-Pharmacy.Isaiah FreyParents: James and Betty FreyClub: Country KidsMajor Projects: Foods, Forestry, Health, GenealogyFavorite Project: Foods and HealthFuture Plans: Isaiah plans to major in Electrical Engineering at the University of Evansville.Dalton GarnerParents: John and Sherry GarnerClub: Elrod StarsMajor Projects: Horses, Swine, Goats, Poultry, Dairy, Beef, DogFavorite Project: Welding and animal projectsFuture Plans: After his graduation from Milan High School, Dalton will be leaving for the Marines.Tyler GauckParents: Bart and Tammy GauckClub: Pierceville HaypalsMajor Projects: Electric, Hay, Tractor, Swine, BeefFavorite Project: ElectricFuture Plans: Tyler plans to become an electrical lineman.Dustin GindlingParents: Matt and Jenny GindlingClub: Faithful WorkersMajor Projects: Swine, Pygmy Goats, Wood ScienceFavorite Project: Wood Science and SwineFuture Plans: Dustin plans to attend Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology.Kaylyn GindlingParents: Jeff and Anita GindlingClub: Faithful WorkersMajor Projects: Pygmy Goats, Junior Leaders, Veterinary Science, Cake Decorating, Floriculture, Arts and CraftsFavorite Project: Pygmy GoatsFuture Plans: Kaylyn plans to become an Environmental Engineer to make the world a better place.Mariah GrunkemeyerParents: Dale and Linda GrunkemeyerClub: Morris ShamrocksMajor Projects: Goats, Swine, Photography, Foods, FloricultureFavorite Project: SwineFuture Plans: Mariah plans to attend the Aveda Fredric’s Institute and major in Cosmetology.Emily Gunter Parents: Nora and Jerry GunterClub: IndependentMajor Projects: Soil & Water Conservation and WildlifeFavorite Project: Soil & Water ConservationFuture Plans: Emily plans to attend Purdue University, West Lafayette.Austin HarmeyerParents: Gerry and Mindy HarmeyerClub: Country KidsMajor Projects: Swine and Compact TractorFavorite Project: SwineFuture Plans: UndecidedBrooke HartmanParents: Cindy & Joe Volk and Randy HartmanClub: IndependentMajor Projects: Scrapbooking, Photography, Food Preservation, Gift Wrapping, Foods, Arts & CraftsFavorite Project: ScrapbookingFuture Plans: Brooke plans to attend Kettering Medical College in the fall to study Pre-Med/Human Biology. Then she will earn her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies or apply to Medical School.Donald HofffroggeParents: Don and Diane HoffroggeClub: Ripley WranglersMajor Projects: Horse & Pony and Game BirdsFavorite Project: Horse & PonyFuture Plans: Donald plans to attend college for heating and cooling.Sarah Hoseus Parents: Nancy and Richard Ricke & David Hoseus and Caretta PriceClub: Ripley WranglersMajor Projects: Horse & Pony and MicrowaveFavorite Project: Horse & PonyFuture Plans: Sarah plans to attend Xavier University this fall. She will be majoring in Psychology while also taking pre-law programs.Jenna Huber Parents: Thomas and Jacqueline HuberClub: Busy BeesMajor Projects: Foods, Photography, Child DevelopmentFavorite Project: PhotographyFuture Plans: Jenna plans to attend Ball State University and major in Radiography.Lindsey HuffmeyerParents: Douglas HuffmeyerClub: Napoleon 4-H Country ClubMajor Projects: SwineFavorite Project: SwineFuture Plans: Lindsey plans to attend Hanover College and she is undecided on her major.Jamie JohnstonParents: Brian and Kimberly JohnstonClub: IndependentMajor Projects: Horse & Pony, Dairy, Poultry, Fine Arts, RecyclingFavorite Project: RecyclingFuture Plans: Jaime plans to study Media Informatics at NKU.Cheyenne Kern Parents: Gina and Rusty KernClub: Ripley WranglersMajor Projects: Horse & Pony, Photography, ScrapbookingFavorite Project: Horse & PonyFuture Plans: Cheyenne plans to attend the University of Indianapolis to major in Exercise Science. After, she plans on earning her Master’s Degree in order to practice physical therapy. She hopes to work with veterans and children.Alaina McPhersonParents: Allen and Tricia McPhersonClub: Busy BeesMajor Projects: Photography, Foods, Child DevelopmentFavorite Project: Photography (Salon Prints)Future Plans: Alaina plans to attend the University of Evansville to major in Music Therapy and minor in Psychology.Jessie Minneman Parents: Julie and Jim MinnemanClub: Ripley WranglersMajor Projects: Horse & PonyFavorite Project: Horse & PonyFuture Plans: Jessie plans to attend the University of Indianapolis to study Pre-Veterinary Medicine, then transferring to Texas A&M to study Equine Sports Medicine.John Muckerheide Parents: Thomas and Joyce MuckerheideParents: Thomas and Joyce MuckerheideClub: Napoleon 4-H Country ClubMajor Projects: Wood Science, Foods, PhotographyFavorite Project: Shooting Sports, Wood Science, CattleFuture Plans: John plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio to study Automotive Technology and High Performance Motorsports. Dustin Osborne Parents: David and Karen OsborneClub: Hopewell Clover BeesMajor Projects: SwineFavorite Project: SwineFuture Plans: Dustin plans to work and attend Ivy Tech Columbus for Ag Management.
Hammersmith’s George Groves has been named Britain’s best young boxer.The unbeaten 23-year-old added the British super-middleweight title to his Commonwealth crown when he beat arch rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale in May.That split-decision victory enhanced Groves’ growing reputation and put him in the frame for a possible world title shot next year.“I am chuffed to have been voted Young Boxer of the Year,” said Groves.“There are a lot of talented fighters in the UK at the moment and to just be considered for this award is fantastic.”Groves won a close fight against Harlesden’s DeGalePast winners of the Boxing Writers’ Club’s prestigious award include Amir Khan and former world champions Ken Buchanan, John Conteh, Barry McGuigan, Frank Bruno, Nigel Benn, Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton.Last year’s award went to current WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly.“Our aim is to do this award justice by turning this young boxer into a world champion,” said Groves’ manager Adam Booth.Groves will return to action on 5 November, when he will face former British champion Paul Smith, who lost the title to DeGale.It will be Groves’ first fight since linking up with promoter Frank Warren and will be screened live on the newly-created boxing channel BoxNation.“I think BoxNation’s a great idea and can do a lot of good for boxing,” said Groves.“I’m looking forward to the Smith fight. I’ve got under his skin so it should be a good one.”Warren added: “It’s fantastic news that George has been awarded the Best Young Boxer of the Year award.“He’s got a big fight coming up against Paul Smith and there will be fireworks in that one.”
“The road is gone. Destroyed. The landslide covers everything.”I stared intently at my neighbor in the passenger seat. I had picked him up after dropping off another neighbor at the spot where, as of Wednesday, Oct. 11, the road to Monteverde was almost – but not quite – open.My neighbor had just told me that the main road in Santa Elena, in front of the Banco Nacional, was wiped out. I tried to imagine how, six days after the storm, the main road in Santa Elena could be destroyed by a landslide when in fact there is only one small hill in that relatively flat spot.“Are you sure?”“Positive.”I could not let it go. “But I was just there a couple of hours ago and it was fine.”He nodded, understanding my reluctance. “Yes, but it just happened.”I dropped him off in front of his house, then headed out to investigate the massive landslide. If true, this was a huge hit to the community.A few minutes later, after walking a short distance because of road work beginning on a culvert, I stood in front of Banco Nacional. As I had suspected, the road was fine.As I made my way back to my car I thought through all of the other rumors I had heard in the past few days, after Tropical Storm Nate wreaked havoc in our mountain community. They were always sensational. They tended to the negative (the house fell off the cliff, catching fire as it went), but sometimes featured wildly optimistic statements as well (the bridge was fixed last night!). Courtesy of the Monteverde Friends School. An impromptu ‘vacation camp’ for public and private school kids alike helped families get through a tough time.In a way, this is akin to the fact that everyone here responds to a request for directions even if they have no idea what you are asking or where it is you want to go. Culturally, “I don’t know” is not considered an acceptable response.Now, in a time of crisis, people want to share information they have heard. They want to be helpful. Unfortunately, much of the time this information is just gossip they heard from someone else and has already been expanded upon a few times before it got to them.Our particular situation is not being helped by media reports such as one television segment that aired on Oct. 13. The segment used week-old footage and presented the area as a total loss with no recognition of the massive amount of work, and progress, that has taken place.I say all of this as a preface to my follow-up on my initial account of the storm. My goal is to provide people – here in Costa Rica, and abroad – with firm footing regarding the status of our community. The information that follows is not rumors, but is instead a verified list of progress and achievementsFirst, due to the work of many, many parties, including the National Emergency Commission (CNE) and its local committee, the Tourism Chamber, the Municipality, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) and many, many local volunteers, I can confirm that almost all of the roads leading in, and through, the Monte Verde District are open, including the road down to the San Luis Valley. This is a huge change as much of the area was cut off, isolated, due to damage from the storm. Marshall Cobb / The Tico Times. We’ve got road! The route to Monteverde is now open once more.Second most major attractions and reserves not already back in business were expected to reopen by Monday Oct. 16.Third, with credit also due to those parties mentioned above and, of course, water and electrical authorities, water and telecommunications services have been reestablished for the vast majority of the District. Related: gas stations have been open for over a week, and all grocery stores are fully stocked. Public buses are running, and the regular fleet of taxis is available.Fourth, recognizing that some portion of this group is typically closed in October because it is the low season for tourism, the vast majority of hotels and restaurants are now open. Courtesy of the Monteverde Institute. Community members gather at the Monteverde Institute for a daily update session in the wake of the storm.How did all of this happen so quickly? After many conversations with many different parties, I can say that the spirit of collaboration and the willingness to act were, and still are, operating at levels rarely seen here – or anywhere. In terms of problem solving, pura Vida is often more of a, “Relax, take a deep breath and know that this, like a bad shrimp, will eventually pass.” The version of pura vida reflected now is much more of a, “We’re all in this together—now let’s get out. Quickly!”There are too many groups and individuals contributing to this effort for me to attempt a full accounting, a worthy effort that should eventually take place. For now I can convey a small sampling of these success stories that focuses largely on those who were trapped within Monteverde proper:Per Sue Gabrielson, Head of School for the Monteverde Friends School: “We opened a ‘vacation camp’ so families — all families, not just students from our school — could drop off their kids for the morning and know that they were safe. More than 30 kids, ages three to fourteen, participated daily. The ‘counselors’ included teachers from both MFS and other schools in the zone, as well as teen volunteers.“MFS also used donated food from community members — particularly Hotel Fonde Vela, which butchered and prepared their chickens when they ran out of feed, to prepare snacks and lunches for community members,” she wrote.Debra Hamilton, Executiye Director of The Monteverde Institute, told The Tico Times, “We are pleased that the MVI was able to serve the community by opening our doors to act as the daily meeting center where all members of the community could receive updates on relief efforts, the progress of repairs to roads and utilities and the sharing of resources. MVI also provided an area for cooking, and provided water for residents in need.”Radio Zona Alta also played a prominent role by providing everyone in the community with first-hand accounts of relief and repair efforts throughout the District. This reporting took place via videos shared from their Facebook account. Coincidentally, Radio Zona Alta was visiting the Monteverde Friends School for an update when a mysterious helicopter made a couple of landings to distribute supplies that had been donated to the main relief center in San José.There is still work to be done. The road to Tilarán, to my knowledge, still requires a great deal of work. Similarly, depending on the day, the Coastal Highway/27 from San Jose has either partial or complete closure due to the problems with landslides that predate Nate. And, of course, the bridge in the community of Guacimal, which sits about forty minutes down the mountain, was completely destroyed — as were a large number of houses and buildings when the river came out of its banks. This landslide nearly swept a local family off of the mountain. All emerged bruised by otherwise unharmed. Jorge HincapieHow can you help? One local family, whose destroyed home is shown above, started a Kickstarter campaign. There are also families all across Costa Rica that have lost their homes, and all of their possessions. This story in the Tico Times lists a number of different options for donations around the country, including a link where U.S. tax-deductible donations can be made to the Monteverde Community Fund. You can also donate to the Monteverde Friends School (MFS) and the Monteverde Institute (MVI). MFS donations will largely go to cover the cost of tuition for many local parents who will no longer be able to afford it; MVI donations will be channeled to the local Emergency Commission for use in supporting the local recovery.Costa Rica’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism. The ripple effect of the direct costs of this storm, as well as the loss of jobs and income for many of the residents here, has the potential to carry on for months, likely years, to come.I give you my word that the information above is true, and has nothing to do with a purported landslide in front of Banco Nacional or a miraculous bridge that appeared overnight. I can also promise you that you were never going to like the roads here anyway, which is part of the fun, and the Pura Vida.Note: I have received queries from many abroad seeking to know about the condition of various towns and roads throughout Costa Rica. As I said above, there are unfortunately more rumors than facts floating about, and the situations in many communities is changing frequently. I recommend that those planning to visit Costa Rica in the coming weeks contact the appropriate hotel, tour operator or attraction directly for the most up-to-date information.Marshall Cobb and his family moved to the Monte Verde district in 2015. He takes breaks from working on his novel by posting blogs on his website and can be reached at: [email protected] Facebook Comments Related posts:One community’s story of Tropical Storm Nate: landslides, fear and resilience Bike rides with Paul Smith – and other dangerous pursuits The day I rode my bicycle to see the president Government decrees state of mourning; donation, volunteer efforts increase