Join Tippecanoe River State Park officials for a special “state of the park” address tomorrow evening. Park Manager Vernon Gillum and assistant Jason Hickman have worked closely over the past year with the volunteer Friends of Tippecanoe River State Park group on several projects at the park, and have more in the works for this summer. Highlights of the past year include the addition of manure pits in the horseman’s campground, the placement of bird boxes around the property and the ongoing replacement of the overlooks behind the nature center. The Friends of Tippecanoe River State Park also hosted several successful events at the park, including a volunteer day last spring, a Halloween event in October and a Christmas at the Park in December. Plans are under way for a 70th anniversary celebration later this year. Gillum will highlight some goals for the upcoming year as well. The public is welcome to attend his presentation Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. EDT at the Pulaski County Highway Garage on U.S. 35 on the north side of Winamac. The Friends of Tippecanoe River State Park will also conduct a brief business meeting.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.