Management and volunteers at Tippecanoe River State Park were honored recently by the state Department of Natural Resources for the effort they’ve put into the property north of Winamac on U.S. 35. Manager Vernon Gillum, assistant manager Jason Hickman and the rest of the park staff were recognized with a Natural Resource Management Award for promoting, managing and protecting natural resources through prescribed fires and the removal of invasive plants. State officials also honored two members of the Friends of Tippecanoe River State Park volunteer organization for their dedication to the park. Jon Chapman and John Wheeler, both of Winamac, were recognized with Volunteer of the Year awards for their leadership in building a river overlook and other projects at Tippecanoe River State Park. Work on a second river overlook will be done later this year.
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.