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This year marks two years in a row that one of my nieces aced the 3rd Indiana iRead test. Aced it. As in 100% on a state test. Pretty remarkable. Or perhaps I think it’s remarkable because I could never have aced the iRead test when I was in 3rd grade. Why? Because I was a Red Devil. Maybe they still do it, but back in the day, Reading Groups were all the rage. It made sense. Give the students a pre- test, find out what reading level they were on, and group them accordingly. This is where theory and practice wreak havoc. In theory, it had some educational legs to stand on and seemed relatively efficient. In practice, I was in the low reading group and everyone knew it. I was in a group with a bunch of cootie-ridden boys. As the sole girl in the group, when it came time to vote on our reading group name, they all thought the Red Devils would be amazing. Me, not so much. I was outvoted.   Later in my school career, I watched friends excel in art and music, some were Spelling Bee champs, others were trophy-winning athletes.  There were many standard ways the...

For Immediate Release September 14, 2016 The Refinery Business Center announces new Director MARION, IN – The Refinery Business Center announced a new Director of Community Relations Wednesday. Marion native and Indiana Wesleyan graduate, Jess Holland is excited to get started as Director of The Refinery. "I'm looking forward to meeting Grant County entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said Holland. After graduating from Eastbrook High School and IWU, where she earned a General Studies Degree with a focus in Graphic Design, she continued to work in Marion and has become a strong advocate for Marion and is eager to get involved in building the community. “I just love this community and see so much potential and opportunity for growth,” said Holland. She hopes to serve Marion and Grant County by working with other local organizations to provide resources to create and grow jobs in the community. As she gets started in her role at The Refinery, she'd be so excited if you stopped by and introduced yourself. “Connecting with entrepreneurs and business owners will be a big focus of my role here,” she said. Coincidentally, former Director, Alexis Deirker, is leaving to devote more time to growing her photography business, Alexis Imagery. Alexis will also be supporting another successful local entrepreneur, Cathy Kerton-Johnson,...

It was as if FedEx had made a special delivery straight from the Olympic pool in Rio.  We found ourselves staring at the most wicked green water to ever jettison out of a decorative fountain.  Or should I say Wicked green water?  That’s right, a few friends and I went to see the emerald-green Elphaba befriend the bubbly-blonde, Galinda (pronounced Glinda, the Ga is silent) in the Broadway production of Wicked this past weekend.  And, outside of the Morris Performing Arts Center on the loveliest September day in South Bend, Indiana was a beautiful water fountain spewing water the color of the Wicked Witch of the West.  I loved that special touch.  A little splash of green added to the water made a beautiful backdrop for pictures and memories. Because experiences like this will change you for the better.  Sharing them with others will change you for good. The Land of Oz is full of much innuendo and , as you will quickly discover.  The music is  and the dichotomy of Glinda and Elphaba was so cleverly written.  Seriously, the genius behind this Wonderful Wizard of Oz prequel  my own creativity and reminds me that things aren’t always what they seem.  We’re...

Independent Colleges of Indiana is pleased to introduce 31 Answers to Your Questions About College, a new web-portal where students can find relevant information about college, as well as qualify for a $5,000 college scholarship. The 31 Answers portal is aimed at helping students navigate the college preparation and selection process with a special emphasis on the affordability of private colleges in Indiana. Each weekday, from Monday, September 19, to Monday, October 31, ICI will post a frequently-asked question about college (see list attached) on the portal at www.indianacolleges31.org. Each question will be answered by representatives from ICI’s member institutions via videos created on their campus. Alongside these videos will be English and Spanish transcriptions and additional supplemental web resources. Additionally, the website and all its contents will stay up after the campaign ends for students and their families to refer to. At the end of the campaign, students who have followed along can enter into a drawing to receive one of two, $5,000-Wilhelm Construction 31 Answers Scholarships, sponsored by F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc., an ICI Corporate Partner. The scholarship contest will be open to current 8th-12th grade students. Awards can be used at any one of Indiana’s 31 private, nonprofit...

Greetings! Main Street Marion has a unique opportunity through partnering with the News Herald to do a profile on a downtown business once per month!  As downtown stakeholders, they want to highlight your businesses and tell your stories! If your business would like to be highlighted in an upcoming issue of the News Herald, please fill out the survey below, and return it to Main Street Marion at: director@mainstreetmarion.com Please respond to each question in full sentences, as this question and answer format will go directly into the newspaper. Thank you all for everything you do for downtown Marion! Taylor Hawk, Executive Director Main Street Marion | director@mainstreetmarion.com 422 E Fourth Street | Marion, IN 46952 | 765-662-1192   Small Downtown Business Survey  1. Why did you decide to open your own business? 2. Why did you choose to open it downtown? 3. What do you like/love about downtown, Marion? 4. What are some important features of your business? 5. What do you wish people knew about your business? 6. What advice do you have for someone wishing to open a business? 7. What would you like to see downtown? 8. What is your greatest need? 9. How do you hope to grow/improve in the next 3-5 years? 10) What is the best way for people to find out more about...

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS A PROACTIVE GRANT TO THE MARION POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR PROTECTIVE BODY ARMOR The Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. will award a proactive grant for $13,600 tonight at Marion’s Concert in the Park event to the Marion Police Department for the purchase of protective body armor (rifle plates and carriers) for their 68 police officers. Executive Director Dawn Brown stated, “After a few conversations with Chief Haley and Deputy Chief Kenworthy, I learned of MPD’s need to upgrade their current body armor.  Essentially, soft body armor vests are excellent for fragmentation and pistol protection but will not stop rifle bullets; therefore there was a pressing need to provide iron rifle plates and the carriers or vests that have the necessary pockets for such plates.  Police work is growing increasingly dangerous in times such as this.  Therefore, as a demonstration of confidence and support in our local law enforcement agencies, the Community Foundation utilized the entire balance of the Law Enforcement Safety Fund as well as an additional grant from the Irving Family Fund to fulfil the current need of the Marion Police Department.” Thankfully, in 1993, donor Bill Jackson established the Law Enforcement Safety Fund for the sole purpose...

Lather, Rinse, Repeat.  We’ve all heard this. We’ve all read this.  Though, for the life of me, I do not know why we all read the back of the shampoo bottle.  Are we that bored while taking a shower?  I guess it’s our desire to quench our thirst for knowledge.  Like when one of my sons asked as a child if shampoo as a compound word.  Or maybe it just stems from growing up reading cereal boxes—back in the good ole days when you didn’t need to take out a short-term loan to buy cereal.  Nonetheless, you can imagine my surprise when I recently read an article that undermined a lifelong beauty ritual of mine and advocated to condition your hair before the lather, rinse, repeat loop.  BEFORE!  I think even Elle Woods would object to such blasphemy since she taught us all that “The rules of hair care are simple and finite. Any Cosmo girl would have known.”  Alas, I did not.  But, I do read more Seth Godin than Cosmo these days, so I’ll blame Seth.  (Bald may be beautiful, but I think we can all agree that it doesn’t make you a haircare expert.)  This is an...

25 things awesome board members do Hi everyone. A colleague asked me to write about what board members can do to be helpful to staff. Nonprofit board members are critical to the success of organizations. We rely on y’all for so many important things and are deeply grateful for all the time, skills, connections, and resources you give, especially considering that the majority of board members are volunteers. However, boards are also the direct cause of 39% of brain aneurysms in the sector, according to statistics that I made up. So I asked the NWB Facebook community to help develop a list of what awesome board members do. This is not a list of board roles and responsibilities, which you can google, or find at BoardSource, but actual, down-to-earth, sometimes seemingly minor stuff. One colleague writes this of one of her board members: “When your fundraiser is on the same night as an ice storm, he personally salts the sidewalks and parking lot. Then when all the salt runs out he goes to the gas station down the road and buys more salt to finish the job. He also demands car keys from me and coworker at the end of the night to...