Mrs. Lauragene (Cutter) Filsell, age 74, of Versailles, Indiana, entered this life on January 29, 1942, in Milan, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Clarence Robert and Aldean Irene (Cleeter) Cutter. She was raised in Fairview, Indiana and later moved to Abingdon, Virginia where she attended high school through her junior year. Lauragene moved back to Switzerland County, Indiana where she was a 1960 graduate of Vevay High School. She earned her Bachelors in education in 1964 from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. Lauragene was united in marriage on July 10, 1965 in Evansville, Indiana to the late, Donald Ray Wittmer and to this union arrived two daughters, Laura and Laurene to bless their home. She earned her Masters degree in education in 1966 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Lauragene was later united in marriage on September 22, 1984 at the Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana, to the late, Bruce Edward Filsell. Lauragene and Bruce shared nearly 31 years of marriage together until he passed away on February 22, 2015. Lauragene was a former Teacher for the Lawrenceburg High School in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and for South Ripley High School where she taught English and Spanish, retiring in 1971. Lauragene was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church in Versailles, Indiana. She resided the past 50 years in the Versailles community. Lauragene enjoyed spending time with her grandsons and will be remembered for her love of sewing, cooking and working crossword puzzles. Lauragene passed away at 7:50 am, Friday, July 15, 2016, at the Waters of Batesville in Batesville, Indiana.Lauragene will be dearly missed by her daughters: Laura Freese and her husband: Paul of Batesville, IN and Laurene Wittmer of North Vernon, IN; her grandsons: Justin Wittmer and Levi and Eli Freese; her step-grandsons: Eric and Kyle Freese; her brothers: Arlen Cutter of Fairview, IN, Denzil Cutter of Fairview, IN and Dean Cutter of Versailles, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Clarence Robert Cutter, died October 30, 1981 and Aldean Irene (Cleeter) Cutter, died March 10, 2004; her 1st husband: Donald Ray Wittmer, died July 16, 2005 and her 2nd husband, Bruce Edward Filsell, died February 22, 2015.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Dick Burcham, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Panama City Beach — A Florida woman’s nerves are shot after a Panama City Beach hospital allegedly mistakenly declared her husband dead from coronavirus. Kristen Chapman was on an emotional roller coaster after she got a call last week from the hospital that her husband died from the virus, then seven hours later, she got another call saying that her husband was still alive.“Seven hours later, I received another call saying they were running more tests and his heart is beating on its own and the doctor misspoke,” a rather frazzled Kristen Chapman said in an interview Monday. “That’s not something you misspeak about. I don’t know how in the world that could happen.”Chapman’s 39-year-old husband has since been moved to a different hospital and the new hospital is making sure she stays informed.Her husband, who was allegedly declared deceased in error on Wednesday at Ascension Sacred Heart Bay, is now fighting for his life at a veterans hospital in Gainesville.Family and friends of 39-year-old Jake Chapman began protesting outside of the hospital Friday night upon learning Chapman had not died Wednesday, though put on life support. The group was primarily comprised of Chapman’s fellow members of Destiny Worship Center, where he is a worship leader.Chapman’s wife of 16 years, Kristen Chapman, said she received the reverse prognosis over the phone on Wednesday evening, about seven hours after initially being told her husband and father of their five children was deceased.ASH Bay declined to comment Wednesday, citing HIPAA restrictions. The company also declined to comment about COVID-19-related visitation rights of family members of declared deceased patients.“Because of the context of your questions, the HIPAA law restrictions still apply. We cannot comment because of the federal HIPAA law that protects the privacy of information about a patient’s health or healthcare,” officials wrote.According to Kristen, she was barred from seeing her husband due to coronavirus red tape, dead or alive, during his stay at the hospital. Since Wednesday, however, she was permitted to spend a half hour a day with him.He was transferred to the VA hospital Sunday night at a request by Congressman Neal Dunn (R-Panama City). Chapman served as a medic in the Army.“It’s such a heartbreaking story for a young family, young guy,” Dunn said in an interview Monday, noting that kind of “confusion and miscommunication” doesn’t happen a lot in the medical industry. “I was pleased to help the family get him to a center where they’re comfortable. He’s certainly going to get the help he needs.”The new medical environment has given Chapman’s family time and confidence to focus on his recovery.
LINCROFT – Doug O’Malley, interim executive director of Environment New Jersey, will discuss his organization’s recent report on New Jersey’s deteriorating water quality at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, at Brookdale Community College’s Warner Student Life Center.The meeting is open to the public, the college’s students, and members of the N.J. Friends of Clearwater and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Group of the Sierra Club.O’Malley will explain how the state legislature’s actions have contributed to the pollution and what regulatory actions should be taken to reverse this deterioration. In particular, O’Malley will discuss Raritan River and Bay, the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, and Barnegat Bay. Only one creek, originating in a northwestern state park, is pollution-free. All of the state’s other bodies of water are polluted.In the past few years, the state legislature has loosened a number of state Department of Environmental regulations on water quality and pollution controls. In opposition, environmentalists argue that, given the state’s pollution problems, controls should be stricter.The DEP’s commissioner, Bob Martin, has said he will include economic considerations in addition to environmental rules when assessing developers’ applications. Last month, Gov. Christie vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have blocked the transport and treatment of controversial gas “fracking” wastewater generated from both in-state and out-of-state gas exploration.O’Malley’s presentation is hosted by Brookdale Community College’s Environmental Club to encourage BCC students to be involved in statewide and national debates on the importance of strong environmental regulations.During the Lincroft meeting, a cash buffet begins at 6 p.m. and O’Malley’s presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA ANITA OAKS ON APRIL 8 NEXT TARGET FOR 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY BY TAPIT ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2017)–Unique Bella reigned supreme once again in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes against 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles over the main track in 1:43.11. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Mike Smith, favored Unique Bella defeated five rivals in preparation for the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park on April 8.“It was pretty eventful,” quipped Smith after dismounting the massive filly by Tapit out of the Unbridled’s Song mare, Unrivaled Belle. “Sometimes you just have to stay out of the way of the good ones and they’ll run for you.”After a slow start from the rail, Unique Bella sat behind Tap It All, with Santiago Gonzalez aboard, into the first turn. Not wanting to be trapped down by the rail, Smith made a quick decision and mounted an aggressive move in between horses, forcing stablemate Spooky Woods wide in order to get to the outside.“I was wondering if Mike would stay on the rail or get out in the open,” stated Hollendorfer following the race. “He chose to get out in the open.”Abel Tasman, off since her win in the Grade I Starlet on December 10, launched a game move at the 3/16 pole turning for home but never quite reached Unique Bella and was quickly put away when Smith waved his stick at “Bella” keeping his filly on task.“Hats off to the winner,” stated Joe Talamo, who was aboard Abel Tasman. “What a special filly she is. I had a lot of horse and we had a beautiful trip.”“When I saw her come into the lane I felt she was waiting on horses a little bit,” said Hollendorfer regarding Unique’s Bella’s stretch run. “Mike had to wave the stick but she responded right away. I wasn’t too worried.”When asked what is next for his newest budding superstar, Hollendorfer confirmed that he would keep Unique Bella running against fillies and will point towards the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on April 8. “It’s a perfect progression. We’d like to go for the Santa Anita Oaks and if we win, or do well, then we’ll try to go to Kentucky for the Oaks.”Unique Bella, owned by the Don Alberto Stable was off at 1-9 and paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10.With $60,000 awarded to the winner, Unique Bella now has lifetime earnings of $342,400 and a record of 5-4-1-0.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Abel Tasman, trained by Simon Callaghan, was off at 5-1 and paid $2.40 and 2.10Fractions on the race were 23.35, 46.23, 1:10.70 and 1:36.73.Live Racing returns on Sunday, with a massive Pick Five carryover of $335,216 into the day’s nine card. The Pick Five will be comprised of races one through five, including the Grade III, Las Flores Stakes which is slated as race three. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and first post is at 12:30 p.m. For morning line information, scratches and changes, visit: http://www.santaanita.com/live-racing/.