Community News Archives for 2020-12

Another Boilermaker to make mark on moon

Purdue University graduates Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan were the first and last humans to set foot on the moon. Now a Boilermaker will be on the team tasked with returning to there. Astronaut Scott Tingle is one of the 18 members who will make up the Artemis Team, NASA announced this week.


Tingle, has spent 168 days in space and performed one spacewalk. While aboard the International Space Station in May 2018, he famously hooded fellow Purdue graduate Drew Feustel with an honorary doctorate degree, a moment streamed live to Purdue commencement ceremonies in West Lafayette.


Pictured:  Purdue alumni astronauts Andrew Feustel (left) and Scott Tingle, play guitars in 2019 aboard the International Space Station, some 250-plus miles above Earth.


Purdue, known as the Cradle of Astronauts, counts 25 alumni as astronauts. Loral O’Hara, a 2009 Purdue graduate, is the newest, moving from candidate to astronaut last January.


Tingle earned a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1988, with a specialty in fluid mechanics and propulsion. He was one of nine astronaut candidates originally selected by NASA in 2009 from among more than 3,500 applicants.


He has accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours in 48 types of aircraft, including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. His decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, six Navy Commendation Medals to include a Combat V, four Navy Achievement Medals and various unit commendations.


Tingle and his wife, Raynette, have three children, Amy, Sean and Eric.

Happy Birthday Indiana

Today is Indiana's 204th birthday.


On December 11, 1816, President James Madison made Indiana the 19th state.


Corydon was the first state capital for nearly the first decade of Indiana's existence, until Indianapolis became the capital in 1825.

Santa Claus is coming to Kewanna Public Library on December 12

Santa will make a special appearance at the Kewanna Public Library on Saturday, December 12 from 10:00-11:00. 


Due to social distancing restrictions, Santa will be outside the library.   Families will be able to drive up to see him.  He will have his Christmas mailbox available so that the children can add their letter of Christmas wishes.  Santa will be passing out a prepackaged treat. 


The library is located 210 E. Main St., Kewanna.


Children of all ages are welcome to attend this holiday event


For more information call Kewanna Public Library at 574-653-2011, visit our website or check out our Facebook page.


Join us to see Santa, and don't forget your Christmas list!


Psychologist Dr. Frank Choate's new therapy, woodworking.

Living in the old Sandhill Church off Old Us 31, Dr. Frank Choate, a retired psychologist, has switched his therapy sessions from the office to the woodshop. 


A hobby-turned-career that started 20 years ago, Choate is careful to not get burnt out from his passion. 


Chaote says he can make almost anything. All he needs is a photo and estimates are free. 


He not only makes furniture and furniture repairs, he also does custom gifts. 


The amount of time he takes on each piece varies, as he takes his time personalizing and perfecting until it's complete. 



You can find some of Choate's work at several stores around Rochester. 


For the most part, everything is made after an order has been placed. 


Flirt Boutique: New owners, same vibes

Flirt Boutique's hands have changed but the vibes have not after mother-to-be and dentist Dr,Caitlin Rich and husband Michael Rich bought the Rochester establishment from former owner Treva Mattingly Mulligan over the summer. 


Rich wants to keep the same vision for the store as the original store owner had. 


The nostalgia and bringing people together is an important part of what Rich wants to keep. 



Giving Tuesday - Blood donations requested

December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that celebrates generosity and community impact. Instead of monetary donations, Versiti Blood Centers is asking community members to commit to giving a donation of blood.


One donation of blood takes less than an hour and can help save up to three lives. Although blood is typically used by a patient within 24 to 48 hours of being donated, it can be safely stored for 42 days until it’s needed.


Due to COVID-19, safety precautions will be in place, including social distancing and mandatory masks. COVID-19 antibody tests are being performed on all donations as part of Versiti’s standard testing. The test will inform the donor if they have antibodies reflective of a prior COVID-19 infection.


On December 1, Giving Tuesday, the public is asked to visit to commit to making a blood donation during this holiday season.