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Retired teachers pair up for LaGrange County mural

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LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - Over the weekend in LaGrange County, retired DeKalb High School teachers Amy Buchs and Dave Schlemmer continued installation of their artwork, on North Detroit Street in LaGrange.

It features two Holstein cows, with a radiant Lone Star quilt behind.

Buchs and Schlemmer both taught over three decades and use each other's unique sets of skills to pull off what will be a vibrant centerpiece for the community.

"I taught at DeKalb for around 30 years. The last 13 I taught CAD graphics, and that lends itself to a lot of the design work. Make no mistake about it, Amy is the artist, I just help her blow stuff up," said Schlemmer.

"When you teach art that many years, you're going to get good at it," explained Buchs. "You always say you're going to do this and this and this, but you never have time. But now, we have time!"

Buchs says she hopes the mural will give those who live in and around LaGrange a sense of pride.

She says their reception has been great. She and Schlemmer even let some children passing by paint spots on the cows.

Krista Miller

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