This week we have dogs, bunnies, a poet and a few bits and pieces.
First, we have Halle McMillen, of Mishawaka. She received a $1,000 Career Pathways grant to create a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). An SAE takes a classroom experience and builds on it for the real world.
Halle said she will use the money to build more cages and raise more bunnies. Her goal is show them at the 4-H Fair. Her grandfather, Dale Huston, got her involved in raising rabbits.
Ultimately she wants to go to the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio, and get a degree in equestrian studies.
And now a few words from Ray Chamberlin. Ray is known as the Postal Poet. The rhymes come spewing from his head like, like … oh, poetry is not easy.
Ray was recently honored as the Poet Laureate of Mishawaka. Mayor Dave Wood presented a proclamation in his honor at the Mishawaka High School Alumni Luncheon last week. The mayor said Ray has touched many lives with his poetry and has been an outstanding citizen.
Ray wanted to know if there is a salary that comes with being the head poetry man. The mayor said the city budget was a bit tight right now for that.
Our man in rhymes is a retired postal carrier who came up with poems when he was walking his route. Back in1977, he submitted a poem to Jon Thompson at WSBT radio. And that was the start of a second career. He retired from the post office in 1992 but has kept busy writing ever since.