2009-10-28 / Front Page

Five businesses/organizations are recognized for bettering our communities

Comet staff report

Award recipients Carroll County Parks Board and Friends of Carroll County Parks were honored for their continuing efforts to improve Deer Creek and French Post parks. They were one of five businesses and organizations to receive Community Enhancement Awards, presented annually by the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation and Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Pictured with the award are representatives from both groups, (l-r): Bob Burton, Bonnie Maxwell, Al Auffart and David McCain. Comet photo Award recipients Carroll County Parks Board and Friends of Carroll County Parks were honored for their continuing efforts to improve Deer Creek and French Post parks. They were one of five businesses and organizations to receive Community Enhancement Awards, presented annually by the Carroll County Economic Development Corporation and Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Pictured with the award are representatives from both groups, (l-r): Bob Burton, Bonnie Maxwell, Al Auffart and David McCain. Comet photo Five Carroll County businesses and organizations were honored Thursday as 2009 Community Enhancement Award winners. The awards were presented at a luncheon hosted by the Carroll County Economic Development Corp. (CCEDC) and Carroll County Chamber of Commerce (CCCC) at the Wabadh & Erie Canal Conference Center in Delphi last Thursday.

Each of the winners were chosen for their efforts to enhance the visual appeal and business atmosphere of the county.

Burlington: Kristen’s Homemade Delights, (l-r), Scott, Kristen and Tamie Arnett. Burlington: Kristen’s Homemade Delights, (l-r), Scott, Kristen and Tamie Arnett. This year’s award recipients are: Burlington - Kristen’s Homemade Delights; Camden - Camden Health Center; Delphi - Delphi Preservation Society; Flora - Sycamore Industrial Park; and County - Carroll County Parks Board/Friends of Carroll County Parks.

CCEDC Executive Director Daryl Smith made the presentations.

Information about the winners follows:

Burlington

Kristen’s Homemade Delights is a family business, founded by Kristen Arnett and her parents, Scott and Tamie Arnett.

The business has its origins from an idea to sell homemade angel food cakes as a way for Kristen to earn money to pay for a trip to Europe in 2006. They used a special family recipe supplied by her grandmother for the cakes and soon began selling homemade noodles, too. The demand for her cakes and noodles continued long after her trip. A family decision was made to establish Kristen’s Homemade Delights and operate the business at 703 S. Michigan Road in Burlington. They have since added to their line of homemade goods.

Flora: Sycamore Industrial Park (l-r), Darin Kuns and Dennis Kuns. Flora: Sycamore Industrial Park (l-r), Darin Kuns and Dennis Kuns. Kristen is now a sophomore majoring in business marketing at the University of Indianapolis. Her mother operates the business with some assistance from her dad and Kristen returns home most weekends and vacations to help, too.

Camden

The Camden Health Center, operated by Logansport Memorial Hospital, opened recently in the building where the late Dr. Tom Anderson operated his medical practice in downtown Camden.

The Town of Camden had the initial work done on the building and the hospital finished the interior. The facility is staffed by two nurse practitioners and two medical assistants. A chiropractor is also establishing hours in the facility. Plans are to add an additional one or two health-related services, along with possibly establishing a small fitness center to promote healthy lifestyles.

Camden: Camden Health Center (l-r), Vicki Byrd, Linda Stapleton, Tom Lane, Andrew VanZee and Brian Shockney. Camden: Camden Health Center (l-r), Vicki Byrd, Linda Stapleton, Tom Lane, Andrew VanZee and Brian Shockney. Delphi

The Delphi Preservation Society, a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of preserving the historic architectural integrity of the City of Delphi, is active in a variety of projects. They have restored the façade of the Assion Ruffing City Hall building, located on the east side of the courthouse square. They are renovating the Lathrope Ruffing Opera House on the third floor of the building and have renovated the ground floor space of the old City Hall building where they have opened the new Gallery of Contemporary Art. The Gallery showcases resident artists and celebrates the cultural and architectural heritage of the community.

Delphi: Delphi Preservation Society (l-r), Anita Werling, Dr. Greg Norman, Carol Wellnitz, Sherry Dickison and Mike Dickison. Comet photos Delphi: Delphi Preservation Society (l-r), Anita Werling, Dr. Greg Norman, Carol Wellnitz, Sherry Dickison and Mike Dickison. Comet photos Flora

Dennis Kuns and his son, Darin, have put a former manufacturing facility in Flora back into productive use. The new facility, Sycamore Industrial Park, is housed in the former Briggs Plumbing/SAYCO building on SR 75.

Acquiring the building took Dennis Kuns of D-K Construction considerable time and patience. After purchasing the building, his company removed load after load of scrap machinery. They completely cleaned the building, made extensive roof repairs, did electrical, work, gave the exterior a facelift, and renovated the interior to make it ready for multiple tenant use.

Flexible space arrangements are available in the industrial park that can be customized to suit interested tenants.

County

 

The not-for-profit Friends of Carroll County Parks was organized to help the cash strapped Carroll County Parks Board following county budget cuts. With sponsorship from Carroll County Focus on the Future and fundraising help form the Eel River Tribe, a Carroll County Operation Round- Up grant, community groups and membership dues, the Friends group and park board have been working hand-in-hand to preserve and maintain the county’s parks.

The two groups have done substantial work at both Deer Creek and French Post parks. Two hundred trees have been planted at Deer Creek Park and another 200 will be planted soon. More work is planned for the future including shelter house work, a tent camping area, and a canoe launch.

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