A high seas adventure. Ken Poling, from Mishawaka, has a great summer story. He participated in the Teacher Field Experience with Shedd Aquarium. “Biology in the Bahamas” is a professional development program for teachers interested in scientific research.
Ken teaches environmental science, earth and space, and oceanography at Penn High.
It was a week at the Shedd, a week in the Bahamas and then three days to wrap up. All told, it was an incredible experience. Each day in the Bahamas was a different undersea site. He had a chance to study dolphins and sharks. He was particularly studying zooplankton, small floating organisms.
Ken said he was grateful to have the chance to take this back into the classroom.
Good job. Some good people were recently recognized for saving the life of Charles Johnson, 73, a retired pastor from Buchanan. He collapsed on his driveway while working on a friend’s car. Buchanan police officer Wally Casto, along with David Iler, Scott Colpitts and Samantha Wilson-Brown, who are medics with the Southwestern Michigan Community Ambulance Service, all played roles in reviving Charles.
SMACS director Tim Grey issued the awards at the Buchanan City Commission meeting. Tim said it is important to start CPR on a cardiac arrest victim as soon as possible.
Charles said he is getting his strength back.
Roger and Jeannie Tinti, of Mishawaka, will be celebrating their 50th anniversary on Oct. 30. It hardly seems like 50 years since that first time Roger, who was serving in the U.S. Army in Korea, saw Jeannie (Chong Hwa Hong).
He met her after a meeting of the Army and South Korean officers. That was in February 1962. Roger often went to visit her and soon love bloomed. One of the deciding factors was that he jerry-rigged electricity to her room. “I got her hot plate to work.”
That is a man worth keeping.
In a few short months they decided to marry. They married on a Monday morning at the U.S. Embassy and he left that day to return to the States. “I didn’t go through Army channels (which would have taken months). The officers knew and didn’t say anything. And the other men (enlisted) were tickled pink that I beat the system.”
Jeannie filed paperwork and got to the states in March 1963. “I met her at O’Hare and she thought all the cars would be shiny and new. I met her in my rusty Studebaker.” He later had a flat on the Skyway. It got better after that.
Roger retired from Allied Signal in 1997 and Jeannie retired in 1985 from Burcliff Industries. She still volunteers at Saint Joseph Medical Center.
Roger said his bride “still lights up a room when she walks in. She is always happy.”