The Greentown Grapevine – 1998-06, 05:06 - Page 1
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Volume 5, Issue 6 ' 6a paper for the veovle" June 1998 Banners Proclaim Sesquicentennial Just before Mothers' Day, several men worked various shiRs fiom 7: OO a. m. to 900 p. m. on May 9 to install 40 banners on poles on the main thoroughfares in Greentown. Twenty of the banners carry the sesquicentennial logo. The remaining twenty are " Welcome to Greentown", which will be usable at any time of the year. The banners were purchased by the Greentown Sesquicentennial Committee with the assistance ofa grant from the Howard County Visitors Bureau. Special thanks are due to the following who worked to hang the banners: Jim Wise, Jim Custer, Dennis Vallosia, Jason Wise, Darwin Freeman, Craig Trott, and Jerry Myers. Max Hueston not only labored several hours but loaned his truck. George Howell loaned a fork lift and Stan Zirkle loaned a generator for the operation of the electric drill. Marshal Shrock Retires Friends Gather to Wish Him well Can a secret be kept in Greentown? The answer is a resounding " Yes." Nearly two hundred people responded to an invitation to a surprise retirement party for Marshal Menill Shock on Sunday, May 17, at the Kokomo Shrine Club. Asked if the surprise was successful, Shrock replied that it was, that he did not know about the party until he anived. The new Greentown Marshal, as of May 1, Jeff Bennett, started planning the party in February. The dinner was served by Barton's with the assistance of members of Eastern's Students Against Driving Diunk. Some of those students, Greg Nicholson, Todd Nicholson, Jake Medlen, and David Northcutt provided some light entertainment as they portrayed famous sports figures. Former deputies under Merrill recalled events both humorous and nostalgic. Those deputies were Doug Bentley, Don Whitehead and Harold Vincent. Tom DiNardo, of the Kokomo Police Departntent, was a special deputy under M ddu ring the time DiNardo lived in Greentown. He read a glowing tribute to Menill, laced with memorable instances in which Menill earned a reputation for being a " bad piece of news'' to those fleeing the police. He recounted one time when many members of the Kokomo Police Depariment listened on their radios as a chase and capture unfolded in Eastern Howard County. " The KPD knew that the pursued wasn't dealing with some common mortal law enforcement officer, but with the Armageddon of police pursuit predators, Greentown One, otherwise known as ' Shrockie'. It was like Super Bowl Sunday with the star quarterback entering the field." Drawing subtle reference to St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of police officers, DiNardo said, " I, along with Countless others, will never forget that while residents of eastern Howard County slept peacemy in their homes, a gdl fiom God, an archangel made manifest in the tunic of blue and the body and spirit of one Menill Gene Shock stood steadfast at the gate with sword raised, a line in the sand he drew Inside for all who would do evil to see, a silver shield upon his chest that read ' This line you shall not cross."'. Jeff Bennett then paid his personal respects to the man who brought him onto the Greentown Police Force. Greentown Town Council President, Robert Armstrong, presented Shock with a plaque recognizing his service. Special guests were Merrill's mother, Helen Shock, his wife, Cindy, and his brothers, Glen, Melvin and Pud. M d ' s father- in- law, Robert Hilligoss, presented him with a memory book of clippings, photographs, awards, and letters. The members of the Town Council were recogtllzed. Taking the microphone, Merrill acknowledged Herschel Jacobs, President of the Town Board when he was hired November 2,1970, and other members of that Board. Responding to the accolades and revealing his sense of humor, Merrill said, " If1 had known I was that good, I would have asked for more money." Merrill says he plans to spend many retirement hours at golf and fishing " fiom his boat". Herschel Jacobs and MerriII Shrock at Merrill's retirement party. Merrill was presented with a retirement badge.
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 1998-06, 05:06|
|Subject, Local||Greentown, Howard County (Ind.)|
|Technical Metadata||Digital images captured by Imaging Office Systems 2008|
|Local Item ID||Greentown History Center – newspaper collection|
|Usage Statement||The Greentown Area Residential Association has granted permission to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Greentown Historical Society to copy any and all issues of the Greentown Grapevine. Permission granted to view and print items from this digital collection for personal use, study, research, or classroom teaching.|
|Publisher||Greentown Area Residential Association, 1993-|
Local News depicting eastern Howard County in Indiana.
Headlines: Banners Proclaim Sesquicentennial; Greentown Sesquicentennial Information and Schedule Inside; Marshal Shrock Retires
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, June 1998, Volume 05, Issue 06|
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