Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Who We Are 2013

February 28, 2011

INTRODUCTION: We are a community that goes way beyond statistics

We dedicated the pages of our annual progress edition to an informal examination of who we are as a community. It’s a sample size and there are sure to be omissions, but the people in this publication serve as excellent representatives to what we’re trying to illustrate.

We are also encouraged that, despite challenging economic times, the essence of our community is on display pretty much wherever we look. We can see this strength of character in the hearts of people in Nappanee, Syracuse, Millersburg, New Paris, Goshen, Bristol, Middlebury, Shipshewana, Topeka and all spots in between.

We are a collection of people whose different experiences and contributions help enhance how we live.

We are Bob Conrad and LeRoy Lambright (page 4), who dedicated their lives to chronicling this community before retiring to Naples, Fla., and Greenville, S.C., respectively.

We are Ebeneezer Chamberlain, John W. Foreman and Merle Shanklin (page 8), all of whom were so important to the history of this community that a school, a football field and a city park now bear their names.

We are Joe Liechty, Richard Aguirre, George Smucker, Sreekala Rajagopalan (page 12) and others who serve on Goshen’s Community Relations Commission with a goal of opening our minds to our own diversity.

We are Al Lane (page 18) who stormed the beach at Normandy on D-Day before moving to Goshen to run convenience stores; and Thavisak Mounsithiraj (page 23) who spent most of his childhood in Laos and is now the men’s soccer coach at Goshen College.

We are Steve Chupp (page 20), who dreamed of being a firefighter as a kid and grew up to become the chief of the Elkhart Township Volunteer Fire Department more than 30 years ago.

We are Anna Montgomery (page 26), Ian Rogers (page 27) and Shawn Dechant (page 34), who each grew up in Goshen before heading west to become highly successful in the fields of music, online music marketing and sports videography, respectively.

We are Jim Hoke, Mitch Herschberger and Brent Bontrager (page 30), friends since adolescence, who are now neighbors in Goshen enjoying life and raising their families near each other.

We are Jason Samuel (page 36) who has helped turn the Goshen College radio station, WGGS, into a regional gem that has helped change how many think about our community.

We are Paul Steury (page 40), who through promotion of sustainable living habits, is trying to leave the community, and the world for that matter, in better condition than he found it.

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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