Saint Mary’s Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OSCE) will offer students an opportunity to get away from finals studies for a few hours this Friday when it holds its fifth annual Christmas Craft Show. The OSCE’s 12 Days of Christmas program uses the show to raise money for families and individuals in the South Bend area with holiday gifts and necessities. According to a Nov. 4 press release, the Reignbeaux and Stapleton lounges will be filled with over 50 booths, including local and regional crafters. Each vendor’s booth fee will go to the program, while vendors may choose to donate a portion of their proceeds as well. Carrie Call, director for OSCE, discussed the impact of the show on local families in the press release. “We support the community by supporting the local artists, and we support families in need through the 12 Days program,” Call said. Denise Veatch, a staff assistant in the Communications Studies, Dance and Theatre Department, will be showcasing her jewelry for the first time. Veatch said she began making jewelry for fun around three years ago. Her earrings and bracelets consist of large and small pearls, Swarovski crystals and seed beads. Sets will sell for $25 along with a few individual pieces, she said. “I put a lot of hard work and love into each piece. It brings me peace and happiness to do this and see someone else enjoy my work,” Veatch said. Junior Kari McClowry plans to be a repeat customer at the show. McClowry said the show is a win-win for students and local families benefitting from the proceeds. “The craft show enlivens the holiday spirit across campus,” she said. “The proceeds bring the holiday spirit to the community in which we reside.” The Christmas Craft Show will run from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Le Mans Hall.
Twenty-seven-year old Corwin Cooper, of Lot 50 Powis Crescent, Amelia’s Ward, Linden, was released on $500,000 bail when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on charges of causing death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. Magistrate Dylon Bess read the charge which stated that on December 22, 2019, Cooper caused the death of 78-year-old Lindener Juliet Cornelius while driving under the influence. He was not required to plea to the charges. Reports are that the pensioner of Lot 55 West Watooka, Linden was killed on Sunday morning after she was reportedly struck down by a speeding car at about 07:15h on the Burnham Drive Public Road, Wismar.The Prosecution is contending that motorcar PVV 2251, which was driven by Cooper, was proceeding south along the eastern side of the road at a fast rate of speed and whilst negotiating a left bend, the driver suddenly lost control of his vehicle and ended up on the southern parapet. There, he reportedly collided with Cornelius who was walking, heading west on the southern side of the roadway. As a result of the collision, the woman fell onto the roadway and received numerous injuries about her body. She was picked up by public-spirited citizens and transported to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) where she was admitted. The woman subsequently died while receiving medical attention.Police said a breathalyser test was conducted on the driver and he was over the prescribed limit. He was released on $450,000 on the causing death charge and on $50,000 for the driving under the influence offence.The case was adjourned to January 20, 2020