Thursday, November 29, 2012

Notes From Nubi - Eat A Red Apple Day

One of my favorite fruits is apples.  And when Mom learned that Saturday is "Eat A Red Apple Day" she thought it would be a good theme for our Saturday READ Jr. Tail Time.  She said it was a very good day to tell stories about apples anyway because that's the night that Santa Claus is coming to North Judson and, just like him, a lot of apples wear red "suits."

So we've got apple stories, apple coloring pages, and a craft - but Mom says the craft has nothing to do with apples, except we will be using the color red.   I'm looking forward to seeing you here at the library at 11 a.m. this Saturday.  Hey, maybe we should all wear red just like apples and Santa Claus!

(Here's a picture of me from last year guarding the Angel Tree.  My Aunt Sue got me the suit but it was a little too small.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SCHS Christmas Open House

The Annual Starke County Historical Society Christmas Open House is scheduled for this Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1–3 p.m. CT at the Starke County Historical Society Museum, located 401 S. Main St. in Knox.

A new exhibit is on display just in time for this year’s Open House. Kaylee Krom brought in 65 Beanie Babies from her collection, including three of her favorites.

The Knox Community High School Showstoppers will performing Christmas favorites from 2–3 p.m. to help everyone get into the mood for the season.

You are invited to tour the museum, listen to great music and enjoy cookies and hot cider.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2012 Library Angel Tree

Did you know that by picking up one extra item when doing your Christmas shopping you can bring as much joy to an unknown child as you do to the children in your own family?

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library is accepting new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to go under our annual Angel Tree.

OR, if you prefer, we have a list of 21 children who would benefit by being “adopted” into your family.

Our deadline for these items is December 15th so they can be delivered in time.  So when you do your shopping shine up your halo by picking up an extra item or two and then listen for the bells to signal that you’ve received your wings.

Items can be dropped off at the library Monday through Saturday during regular business hours.

(Here's a picture of Anubis guarding the 2011 Angel Tree.)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Benefit Dinner For Korie Howard

A benefit dinner for Korie Howard is set for Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m. CT at the California Township/Bass Lake Fire Station.

Nine-year-old Korie Howard has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, which is cancer of the bone. The benefit dinner will be a carry-in style and several fundraisers will be held throughout the evening including an auction, bake sale, pictures with Santa and more. Karaoke will be featured along with music from the band Overdue.

Ticket price is $10.00 for adults and children 10 and under are $7.00.

For more information, or to help, contact Amanda at (574) 270-0849 or Crystal at (574) 242-0889. All charitable contributions can be mailed directly to the family at Korie Howard, in the care of Amber Stacy Howard, 304 North Roosevelt Rd. Knox, IN 46534.

Country Christmas Bazaar

The Country Christmas Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT at the Community Center (old firehouse) in North Judson.

20 vendors will have a variety of items including handmade jewelry, wood crafting, scarfs, crocheted baby and children's hats, decorative wooden holiday displays, candles, painted gourds, crafts, silk floral Christmas arrangements, primitive wooden cabinets and picture frames, and Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons and hats.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Decorate a Tree at Norwayne Field

The North Judson Park and Recreation Board invite you to decorate a Tree at North Judson’s Norwayne Field to help bring the warm spirit of Christmas to Our Town.  (Trees may be done in memory of a loved one and signs will be placed at each tree stating who did the tree and for whom.)  To choose your tree & for more information call 896-3258.

Decorating needs to be done by Friday, November 30th as the Christmas parade and tree lighting will be on Saturday, December 1st at 6 PM Central time at Norwayne Field.

Santa Arrives at Hensler Nursery November 24th

Christmas Fest officially begins at Hensler Nursery with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus!  The parade will  begin at 9 a.m. CST.

You’ll also be treated to performances by the Knox High School Jazz band and WKVI will be there to capture it all as they broadcast live!

Friday, November 16, 2012

22nd Annual Madrigal Dinner

The 2012 Royal Court of the 22nd Annual North Judson-San Pierre Madrigal Dinner invites you join them for feasting and merriment.  You have your choice of time and place:

  • December 6th or 7th, 6 p.m. at the Shore Club, 3698 S. County Road 210, Knox, Indiana  46534
  • December 8th, 6 p.m. at Grand Central Station, 301 Lane Street, North Judson, Indiana  46366
  • December 9th, 1 p.m. at Grand Central Station, 301 Lane Street, North Judson, Indiana  46366

Tickets are $18 for adults; $10 for children K-12.  Advance sales only, tickets MUST be purchased by December 3rd.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact 574-896-2158 (ext. 255) or 574-896-5041.

Santa Arrives in North Judson December 1st

Coat Drive November 17th

A drop-off coat drive is scheduled for Saturday, November 17 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Knox South Side Fire Station. You may drop off coats, hats and gloves to help those in need.

If you have questions, contact Kari at (574) 249-1439.

Girl & Boy Scouts Collecting Goods November 17, 2012

The North Judson Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be collecting for the Starke County Food Pantry on November 17th.  You can drop off food and toiletries at:

  • Dollar General from 9 a.m. to 12 noon  
  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Parking Lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Their goal is to fill a trailer with goods for the community.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Starke County Historical Society Annual Meeting

Don't forget, the Starke County Historical Society's Annual meeting is at 6:00 p.m. CST, November 15, 2012, at the Knox High School Cafeteria.

It is a Carry-in dinner.  You bring a covered dish.
We are providing meat, beverages, silverware, cups,  plates, and napkins.

If you cannot come for the meal, come at 6:45, anyway, to a short business meeting and to hear:

Simon Kenton, Frontiersman ---  Dave Altman presents a historical narrative of the settlement of the Indiana Territory, highlighting the life of Tecumseh and his conflicts with the advancing Americans. The story of Tecumseh, his brother the Prophet, William Henry Harrison, and others is told by the frontiersman, Simon Kenton, as he lived it. This narrative gives insight and details of our history that are not usually found in history books.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mom Made A Boo-Boo!

I found out why no one made it to our last READ Jr. Tail Time - Mom made a mistake!

You see, next year we're moving our sessions from the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month to the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.  (Mom says that she has some group thing that often has programs on the first Saturday of the month that she needs to attend.)  Sooooo, that meant moving the Tail Times.

But when she told the people attending, she sorta said that we would start the change in November, not January.  So it's ALL her fault that no one came on the 3rd.  But it's OK, I forgive her (sorta have to because she controls all the treats at home); I just hope the people who showed up for READ Jr. Tail Time on November 10th can forgive her.

Anyway, this Saturday we will have a Tail Time so make sure you come.  I'll be looking for you.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Safe Sitter Course

IU Health Starke Hospital offers a Safe Sitter® class to teach adolescent babysitters how to care for children. The one-day class is offered to those ages 11 and older.

Safe Sitters will learn: babysitting business skills, basic childcare skills, what to do when a child chokes, safety for the sitter and how to call for emergency help. Cost is $50 per babysitter. A parent or guardian must complete a registration form at time of payment. Class size is limited to 10 babysitters.

To register, call 574.772.1171.

From Our Friends of the Library

The Friends of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library would like to say THANK YOU...

to everyone who made a contribution to our collection for CADA, they are very thankful for everything they received.  We've pinned their thank you note to the bulletin board in our lobby.

to everyone who made a purchase at our Cookie Walk out at Bailey's Discount.  Our Friends group made a total of $630 which will be used toward children's programming and for a new video projector.

to Bailey's Discount for allowing us to have our Cookie Walk at their business.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Create A Wreath

Judy Nielsen and the North Judson-Wayne Township Library are offering a hands-on wreath making session Friday, November 16th, at 7pm in the Library's lower level meeting room. Mrs. Nielsen will start by showing how to create a lovely, inexpensive decoration to grace your holidays.

Then, with her expert assistance, you will craft your own wreath.  For $3.00 for Mrs. Nielsen will supply a 12" frame and wire. You need to bring with you:

  • 2 bushels of 12" evergreen branches
  • heavy leather gloves
  • pruning cutters
  • and any special items you want on the wreath
To register call the North Judson-Wayne Township Library at 896-2841.

2013 4-H Enrollment

Are you going to be a first time 4-H parent but you're not sure where to get forms or information?  Between November 1st and January 31st you can sign up on line at home, at the library, or at the Starke County Extension Office.

Enrollment for the 2013 4-H Year will begin on Thursday, November 1st. You may complete the online enrollment process at  If you are unable to complete the online enrollment process, please contact the Extension Office for assistance. A computer will be available in the Extension Office for those families who are unable to complete the online enrollment at home.   The deadline for enrollment is Thursday, January 31st.

As you are aware, there is now a State 4-H Program Fee of $15.00 per member; with a maximum of $45.00 per family. You can pay this fee online at the time of enrollment or in person at the Extension Office. Please keep in mind that your enrollment will not be completed until the fee has been paid. If you or someone you know needs assistance with the $15.00 State Program Fee please have them contact Elisabeth Smith at 574-772-9141.

We've Started A Community Calendar

It took some time to enter the information, but as of November 7th we've added a Community Calendar to the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library  website. You'll find it listed in the directory to the left of the page under "Starke County Activities."

We hope you will make use of it to see what's happening locally, and that you will contact us with information about your organization's plans and events. You can send your information to:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Veteran's Documentary On WYIN

Veteran's Day will be celebrated November 12, 2012, but PBS channel WYIN in Merrillville will start the celebration on November 10th.

As an addition to Ken Burns documentary “The War,” Lakeshore Public Television gathered twenty six local World War II veterans to share their incredible stories . On Saturday, November 10th, WYIN will rebroadcast their stories at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Tune in to watch and honor these veterans and all who served in World War II.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh

A documentary of the Grand Kankakee Marsh will be presented on PBS this week. Jim Shilling has sent us the following information as to time and station. Will you watch?

I have mentioned the Grand Kankakee Marsh before. My father was born north of Hamlet in 1893 on an "island". Any little sand knoll or rise out of the water of the marsh was called an "island". All of the islands were named. There was Crab Island, Coon Ridge, White Woman's Island and on and on. These names are often mentioned in the old history books, but very seldom identified as to where they are.

Before 1900, the only way my father and his family could get to Hamlet (the nearest trading area) was by boat. Or perhaps in a real dry season, by horseback. Or walking in the winter time on top of the ice. Grandma didn't really like this type of pioneer living, so eventually she and Grandpa sold the land and moved to Knox in 1897. Grandma liked a little more social life. Remember, no cell phones, not even a land phone, no TV's, no radios, no mail service out in this location. They were on their own.

That was before the area was drained.

A new documentary has just been produced about this marsh, which included much of Starke County. It is called Everglades of the North - the story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh. A promo of this great video can be seen at -
The full one-hour program has just been released and can be viewed:

Monday, November 5
WYIN, Lakeshore Public Television in Merrillville, IN - 8 p.m. CST.

Thursday, November 8
WNIT Public Television in South Bend at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST).

Former Starke County Historian, Marvin Allen, was interviewed at our museum by the production crew, and will appear in the film. This story is part of Starke County history. I hope you enjoy it.

Jim Shilling
Starke County Historical Society

Saturday, November 3, 2012

It May SEEM Early, But...

As of December 2nd all  of the Santa Trains for 2012 have been Sold Out.

Just visited the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum to see if they had anything scheduled for November and found the following:
Visit with Santa Claus as we take you on a holiday journey through rural northwest Indiana. Children will receive a special surprise gift from Santa. These trains are extremely popular, so make sure you get your tickets early!
 So if you're interested in getting tickets for the 11:00 a.m. train December 15th just click on the words Santa Trains and you can find more on pricing and availability.

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