Wednesday, September 20, 2017

10/7/2017 Taco Dinner

Okay everyone! Get ready for a delicious Taco Dinner! Mint Festival Committee will hold a Mint Taco Dinner on Saturday, October 7 at the Lutheran School in North Judson from 3-8 CST.   $8 per plate = 3 Tacos, Rice and Beans

The proceeds will be used to help bring in new attractions and to continue our great Mint Festival! You can purchase tickets for our Mint Taco Dinner from any of our Mint Committee members - Donna Henry, Paige Barnett, Matt Hamilton, Sharen Barnett, Bob Barnett, Phil Rodriguez, Andrea Wireman, Katie Collins, Cheryl Tellman, Terry & Deb Young.

Plan to join us for some delicious tacos and a fun evening! We also plan to have a bake sale.

Meeting Room Rules & Fees @ North Judson-Wayne Township Library

The Board of Trustees of the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library invites any group of community residents whose purpose for meeting is in harmony with the social, cultural and intellectual purposes of the Library to use the meeting room.  The Board of Trustees believes that as a community agency, when conditions permit, an area should be available for public use, subject to Board policy.

1.  Hours of use:  The room may be used during the Library's open hours. After hours, special arrangements for opening or closing must be made with the Library Board or delegated representative.  All participants must be out by 10:00 (ten) p.m.

2.  Application for use:  Reservations for use must be made in writing at least two weeks in advance of the meeting.  Application forms are available at the Library.  All applications are taken on a first come basis and must be approved by the Library Board or delegated representative. 

3.  Cancellations:  Notice of cancellation must be given at least 48 (forty-eight) hours in advance.  If the cancellation is not made in a timely manner, a fee of $25.00 (twenty-five dollars) will be assessed.  The Library retains the right to cancel a reservation  but only in order to use the room for Library purposes or as a disciplinary action.

4.  Conditions of Use:
a.  Library programs and uses have first priority. 
 b.  Civic, community, educational organizations and groups, whose purpose is non-commercial, non-profit may use the meeting room at no charge with approval of the Library Board or delegated representative and by abiding by the policy of the Board of Trustees. 
 c.  Commercial or for-profit organizations or groups may use the Lecture Room upon payment of $35.00  (thirty-five dollars) a day,  approval of the Library Board or delegated representative and by abiding by the policy of the Board of Trustees. 
 d.  No fees may be charged by any group, except to cover costs of materials used during the meeting. 
 e.  Groups of children such as 4-H or scouting may use the meeting  room provided the group is constantly supervised by one or more adults. 
 f.  Tables, chairs, dry marker board, video projector, VCR and TV monitor are available for use.  A $25 (twenty-five dollar) fee may be charged if Library staff sets up the meeting room for an activity.  If the dry marker board is used,  check with the Library as to the type of markers permissible. 
 g. All trash - edible and otherwise -  must be removed by the group using the meeting room. 
 h.  The Library reserves the right to access $25.00 (twenty-five dollar) cleaning fee if the meeting room and rest rooms are not returned to their original condition after an activity. 
 i.  Smoking, alcohol and illegal substances are prohibited on the premises. 
 j.  The Library Board of Trustees does not assume any responsibility for the security of personal or group possessions. 
 k.  All groups using the Library meeting room  are responsible for their own accident and liability  insurance. 
l.  Any infractions may result in denial of use of the meeting room.

Adopted 8/12/97
Revised 1/13/98
Revised 10/9/2001
Reviewed 4/13/2004
Reviewed 6/12/2007
Revised 8/14/2012
Revised 2/9/2017

9/23/2017 Spaghetti Dinner by Girl Scout Troop #553

Saturday at 4:30 PM - 7 PM at the Hamlet American Legion Post 356, 504 Railroad St, Hamlet, Indiana 46532.

Delicious Spaghetti dinner prepared by the moms of Girl Scout Troop #553.

Doors open at 4:30 so you can make your last minute purchase of raffle tickets for our great gift baskets. (Donated and presented by Troop 553 moms).

Dinner served 5-7 pm
All you can eat. Spaghetti, marinara (add meat to your liking) Garlic bread, dessert & beverage (pop available for purchase)

Gift Basket drawing will be held at 7:15 (winners need not be present).

10/1/2017 Henny Penny Chicken Dinner

North Judson Animal Ordinance Discussion Continues

Posted on September 20, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI

During the North Judson Town Council meeting Monday evening, members confirmed that rather than adding an urban chicken ordinance, they will instead be amending the current animal ordinance to address the concerns brought before the council the last several meetings.

Prior to the meeting, council members received a working document from Town Attorney Justin Schramm. In the working document he provided place-holder numbers and language based off similar ordinances from other towns and cities in the surrounding area. He encouraged the council to let him know where they’d like to see changes or what else they’d like to cover in the ordinance.

Council member Jane-Ellen Felchuk listed a few things that she felt weren’t mentioned in the document provided such as the inclusion of rabbits and pigeons, as well as registration, restrictions on the number of pets, the potential of hiring an animal catcher and how the town responds to rabies, non immunized animals, dangerous animals and cat colonies. She also added that the matter of who is responsible for impoundment and where the animals are taken should be addressed.

Schramm commented that some of the matters Felchuk is concerned about, such as rabies and immunization are actually addressed in state law so it would not need to be included in the ordinance. However, he added that proof of rabies shots and immunization can be required as a part of the ordinance in order to ensure registered pets are sufficiently protected. Felchuck said she worries too many people won’t know about the state laws and feels these matters must be addressed in the ordinance.

Schramm also provided a recommendation of how to go forward with efficient registration techniques.

“I think there should be a separate permit form. I know the city of South Bend does that, where instead of putting it in the ordinance, there’s just a separate permit form where you list the type of fowl you have, for example.” Schramm stated, “That should probably be separate because that’s a good way to tag and identify your animals rather than try to make it exhaustive in the ordinance.”

The council members also discussed matters related to lot size and the distance chicken enclosures would be required to be from a neighbor’s residence and property line. No definite decisions were reached during the council meeting but various council members are continuing personal research to ensure the amended ordinance will address issues expressed by the public during the course of this process.

North Judson-San Pierre School Board Approves All Items Up for Adoption

Posted on September 20, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI

North Judson-San Pierre School board held a public hearing for a proposed lease agreement as well the 2018 school budget prior to their regularly scheduled meeting last night. They were specifically addressing the Capital Projects Fund and the Bus replacement fund during the hearing.

Treasurer Guy Richie explained that approximately 40 percent of the capital project funds go toward technology with the remaining funds being disbursed among things such as insurance, utilities and repairs. He also mentioned that the bus replacement fund is set up to allow the corporation to purchase three new buses in 2018.

Attorney Thomas Peterson addressed the board about the proposed lease agreement. He informed the board that the County Council’s approval of the lease agreement was received on Monday. Later Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin clarified that the lease agreement is how the school will be funding the $5.6 million worth of proposed projects. These projects include replacing damaged sidewalks, repairing roofs and other exterior issues, replacing lighting, upgrading the water heater system and a number of other needed repairs and renovations.

No public comments were provided during the hearing which allowed the board to adjourn and move forward with adopting the 2018 Capital Projects Plan, Bus Replacement Plan, advertised budget reduction resolution and the tax neutrality resolution.

The capital projects and bus replacement plans were adopted after receiving unanimous approval from board members. Before the budget reduction resolution was adopted, Richie explained the purpose of this resolution.

“When our 2018 budget is reviewed by the Department of Local Government Finance, they may find it necessary that some line items need to be reduced.” Richie said, “What you’re doing here is giving myself or the superintendent the power to make the decision on what items, you don’t have to come back and do a special meeting and we continue with budget at that point.”

The board members unanimously agreed to adopt the resolution, granting the treasurer and superintendent the power to make the call on what gets cut if the DLGF decides certain line items need reduced.

The final item up for adoption was the tax neutrality resolution. Richie said that the school has a severance pension fund that must be at a neutral cost to the tax payer. In order to do that other funds may need to be reduced, so the tax neutrality resolution grants the treasurer the ability to carry through with that action. The board unanimously approved the final item up for adoption.

The proposed lease agreement was discussed further during the regularly scheduled meeting.

Starke County Receives Railroad Crossing Marking and Signs Grant

Posted on September 20, 2017
Author Anita Goodan, WKVI

The state recently awarded Starke County a grant to update railroad crossings and signs.

Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the Starke County Commissioners Monday that there are no matching funds for this grant.

“The good news is $36,000 is 100 percent paid for. We don’t have to pay anything. We do have to keep the records. Even better news is that TCS (Traffic Control Specialists) can do it cheaper than we can. They have a painting machine and it keeps the money in Starke County. It keeps the tax money in the county and all of their workers live in Starke County. It’s a good thing,” said Ritzler.

The grant will cover all of the railroad crossings in the county.  Ritzler said 15 of them will be getting both markings and signs while 8 other crossings will get markings and four will only receive signs.

Commission President Donnie Binkley signed the necessary paperwork to get the process rolling as soon as possible.

SCCF Grants Awarded Year-Round, Funds Still Available for Interested Non-Profits

Posted on September 20, 2017
Author Jacque Ryan, WKVI

This year the Starke County Community Foundation eliminated deadlines for their grant applications which allows them to accept applications and award grants all throughout the year. Nearly $23,000 of community grant money remains available to Starke County non-profits who submit grant applications to the SCCF.

So far this year, the SCCF has awarded more than $284,000, with around $12,000 going toward community grants. The foundation is looking to award the remaining $22,900 by the end of 2017.

Organizations that have benefited from the deadline free SCCF grants this year include Starke County A.B.A.T.E, Kid’s Closet, Starke County Community Corrections, HealthLinc and the North Judson-San Pierre High School Memorial Committee. Each of the three Starke County Schools also received an education grant.

If you have any questions about a grant or would like to talk about a funding idea, contact SCCF Director of Development Sarah Origer at 574-772-3665. To access grant applications follow this link.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Know Your Charities and Where Your Money Is Going

Indiana State Police - Public Information Office

With all the charities that are asking for your hard earned money, there are people and organizations that are posing as legitimate charities or fund raisers who are putting your money in their bank accounts.  They say they represent nonprofit organizations and they are scamming people out of cash and credit card numbers to benefit themselves.

People who have donated money to the Flora Fire Fund or to the Abby and Libby fund, be sure and check to see they are legitimate charities.  Information has been received that there are scams going on using these two charities to try to work on your sympathy to send money.  Be sure and ask questions when you are called or if you call a number you found on the internet for those soliciting funds to support any legitimate causes.  Questions that a scammer does not like to be asked are;

  1. May I have your business license number?
  2. Do you belong to the Chamber of Commerce?
  3. May I call your local Chamber of Commerce?
  4. What is the name of your banker so I can verify your statements?
  5. May I have your broker's license number?
  6. What sort of references can you provide?
  7. Can you give me addresses where I can see samples of your work?
  8. Do you mind if I get a second opinion?
  9. Do you mind if I check with the local authorities?
  10. May I have your contractor's license number?
  11. Do you mind if I verify that procedure with my banker and/or my attorney? 

After asking a few of the questions, scammers will usually hang up.  They want to be the ones to ask questions not answer them.

If you feel that you are being scammed, hang up and notify your local police department or the Indiana State Police.  If you have given money or used a credit card or have sent a check, cancel the check and notify your credit card company immediately to stop payment.  We only investigate the alleged scam.  It is the opinion of the local prosecutor if there is sufficient evidence to file charges or not.  If a credit card is used and you are not liable for the charges, the credit card company is the victim not you.  It will be the opinion of the credit card company to pursue charges or not.

Always check into any type of fund raising organization if you are not familiar with them.  It is better to spend a little time and save your money than to try and get the money back after it is gone.

Trick or Treating With Allergies

We've started our Halloween page on the Library's website and it made me think that not ALL children find Halloween to be as much fun as their friends.

When I was a child we never thought about allergies when we went trick or treating, if we knew some type of treat “didn’t agree with us” we just traded it to our brother/sister/friend for candy that did agree with us.  The thought that the dislike was caused by an allergy never occurred to us, and I’m not sure it occurred to our parents either.

Now allergies often seem to rule children’s lives, there are so many different types to consider and treats that were staples at school events are now banned from the buildings.

Some children actually might find Trick or Treating to be a danger to their very lives.  That’s one of the reasons that we have included sites where you can find treats appropriate for children with allergies.  Some sites offer allergy-free recipes if you are hosting a party or sending something to school, while some offer alternatives to candy treats.

One suggestion is to create some homemade craft kits to hand out.  If you are of the “crafty persuasion” this gives you a chance to clean out all those odds and ends you have left over from earlier projects.  You include all the items needed (except for the glue or sewing needles) to make simple beaded necklaces/bracelets/pins, puppets, bookmarks, a little pompom creature, etc. If you aren’t crafty there are store bought items:  small tubs of clay, puzzles, card games, pencils/pens, spider rings, stickers, etc.

There’s even a color – Teal – that you can display at your house that will let parents know that you offer allergy free treats or alternative items.  You can learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project at

So this year you can be prepared for all those little spooks and goblins that go door to door asking, “Trick or Treat!”