Thursday, February 28, 2013

March Quote of the Month

March 30th - Starke County Humane Society Port-a-Pit Chicken

It's time for the annual Starke County Humane Society Port-a-Pit Chicken.

Advanced tickets are $5.50 and can be purchased at the Humane Society or from members.  On-site tickets are $7.00.  You can pick up the chicken at the Knox Five Star parking lot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the North Judson Burger King parking lot from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
As an adoptee from the SCHS I encourage you to buy lots of tickets, especially if you are having company.  If you don't know where to get tickets ask mom to get them for you, and by the way, this chicken freezes very well. - Anubis

Notes From Nubi: March 4th - Hug a GI Day

I can't wait for Spring to arrive - warm weather, no more freezing my paws in the snow, fresh green grass to eat!  As a matter of fact I've been so bored with this weather that while mom is at work I've been getting on her laptop and browsing the internet (but if she asks, you don't know anything about that, OK?).

Anyway, while checking out some of the sites that mom has bookmarked I came across The Ultimate Holiday Site and decided to take a look around.  Some of these holidays are really strange!  But there is one that everyone should celebrate - Hug a GI Day.  Now I'm not really sure what a GI is, but if they're trying to save the world they must be REALLY important.

So on March 4th find as many GIs as you can and give them each a big hug.  I'd hug them but my arms just don't work that way.  Do you think they would like a nice doggy kiss instead?
It's March fourth, so march forth and find yourself a GI to hug. Though try not to bother them if they look busy. They might be trying to save the world or something. And come to think of it, what are you doing on the base? Who gave you clearance?  (Hallmark Ultimate Holiday Site)

Back to the Future with Starke United

Starke United will be hosting the “Back to the Future with Starke United” at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center, 55 E. Lake Street in Knox.

The event  will feature dancing, a cash bar, live music  provided by Category 5, food from a variety of decades – 50s, 60s, and 70s – will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to dress casually in the style of their favorite era.

Social hour begins at 6 p.m. on March 9, while dinner starts at 7 p.m. with dancing immediately afterward from 8 to 11 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Janice at Integrity Trade Services at (574) 772-0200, or Barb McLaughlin at (574) 896-2000. Tickets are $20 per person or $150 for an eight-person table.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss and thanks for the memories!

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss 
(Theodor Seuss Geisel)
March 2, 1904 - September 24, 1991.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

18th Annual Starke County Young Artists Conference

The 18th Annual Young Artists Conference will be held on Saturday, March 9th at the North Judson-San Pierre Liberty Elementary School. It is open to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th graders.

Conference cost in $5 per child. Registration must be received by February 25th. Make checks payable to Psi Iota Xi.   You can copy and paste the Young Authors Registration form below or check out a copy of the February 20th Market for more information.

A new security policy will be enforced for the safety of all the children.  Parents must have proper ID and come in to sign out their children.

Questions? Contact Marilyn Lukac - 574-896-3177. Tammy Fletcher - 574-772-4384. Matthew Uffmann - 251-404-6018.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Notes from Nubi: I'm So Confused!

It's almost impossible for me to help mom decide which theme she should use for READ Jr. Tail Time!

The obvious choice would be International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.  BUT mom gives me biscuits every time she comes home from work, so it really isn't all that special.

Then there's Play Tennis Day.  Boy, do I love a good tennis ball; pulling all that fuzz off of it and spreading it on the carpet.  Love, love, love!  After a large portion of the fuzz is removed I do my best to destroy the ball.  Bits and pieces go flying over the furniture, under the tables, it's just exhausting.

Bananas aren't my favorite fruit - they're too slimy for me- so National Banana Bread Day isn't high on the list.  Ugh!  However, when you mush them up, mix them in batter, and bake them - well, that's something else.  When it's toasted and thickly buttered, love the crunchy edges (when mom lets me have some that is, she likes that part even more than I do!)

Yeah, it's going to be tough to make a decision.  Which would you choose?

2013 Visit Indiana

Thinking of doing some traveling in Indiana this year?

You can download the 2013 Indiana Travel Guide and the 2013 Indiana Festival Guide to your computer at Visit Indiana.  While there you can also browse through and order from 40+ other guides and brochures.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Easter Train Ride, Egg Hunt, & Visit With the Easter Bunny

It's never too early to start thinking about the holidays - just ask any child.  Now that Ash Wednesday has come and gone you just know that it will be March 31st - Easter Sunday - almost before your child can say "Bunny Rabbit."

If you don't want to miss the March 30th Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Easter Train Ride visit their site and order your tickets for the 2013 train, Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny.

Quick Overview

Hop aboard the popular Easter Train at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson, Indiana! The train ride includes the Easter Egg Hunt and a visit with the Easter Bunny.

Hurry: Seating is limited and these trains always sell out.

Destination: English Lake / Easter Egg Hunt
Round-Trip Distance:
 13 miles
Length of Trip: 75 minutes (approximately)
Trains depart:  10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Which Do You Think Nubi Would Choose?

Our next READ Jr. Tail Time will be on February 23rd, which just happens to be National Banana Bread Day, Play Tennis Day, and International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.  Which one do you think Anbuis (aka Nubi) would like to celebrate?

Let us know what you think by emailing your response to:

March 11th Deadline for Starke County Community Foundation Scholarships

The following article was written by Ben Haut and appeared on the WKVI website February 14, 2013.

Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, the Starke County Community Foundation continues its mission in offering more than 20 scholarships every year to high school seniors, college students, and non-traditional students from the Starke County Area. The Foundation invites all qualified students to apply for the scholarships, and urges them to do so in advance of the Foundation’s deadline of March 11. Because many scholarships require essays and letters of recommendation, it is wise to submit applications early. 
The newest scholarship to the Foundation’s wide variety of scholarships is the Carl and Josephine Wozniak Scholarship, an award that is open to graduating seniors from Oregon-Davis High School who plan to attend Purdue University in pursuit of a degree in engineering, science, or agriculture. The amounts and criteria of the scholarships vary widely, as they were all created by donors who believe in the value of a good education and want to empower Starke County students.
For more information, contact the guidance department of any Starke County high school to receive specific criteria and instructions. Alternatively, call Alison Heyde, the scholarship coordinator for the NICF, at (877) 432-6423, or by email at 
For more information about the Starke County Community Foundation or to start a scholarship fund, please contact Sarah Origer, Director of Development, at (574) 772-3665.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February 18, 2013 Closed President's Day

North Judson-San Pierre Decathlon Team Goes National!

Congratulations to the North Judson-San Pierre Decathlon Team on going national!

Read the story at:

Starke Co. North Marshland as Seen Through the Life of A Frontiersman

Starke County Everglades of the North Marshland as Seen Through the Life of a Frontiersman,  PRESENTED BY DAVE ALTMAN, HISTORICAL NARRATOR on Thursday, February 14th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m at the Henry F. Schricker Library in Knox

Dave Altman, retired North Judson teacher and a historical narrator for 17 years traveling throughout Indiana speaking at schools & organizations, will present a program for us about the role Starke County played in the largest marshland of northwest Indiana.  As Simon Kenton, the famous frontiersman, he will be giving his thoughts on the Grand Kankakee Marsh during the settling of Indiana in the early 1800s.  Kenton served as a scout on the famous 1778  George Rogers Clark expedition to capture Fort Sackville and also fought with  "Mad" Anthony Wayne in the  Northwest Indian War in 1793-94.

This will be a most intriguing program and you will not want to miss it. This program is for children, teenagers and adults. Please sign up by Feb. 13, at 574-772-7323.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Railroad Township-San Pierre High School Alumni Association Directory

To all RAILROAD TOWNSHIP graduates from North Judson-San Pierre High School

The Railroad Township-San Pierre High School Alumni Association is preparing a directory of ALL high school graduates who lived in Railroad Township at the time of their graduation.  So whether you graduated from San Pierre High School or from the North Judson-San Pierre School system, we would like to hear from you.

Directories will be available this Spring, at the annual Railroad Township San Pierre Alumni gathering, scheduled for April 20th at All Saints Parish Hall.  Anyone wishing to attend should contact Jeanette Wobith for reservations.

Information forms for the directory are available at the North Judson and San Pierre library and may be deposited there.  These forms should take 5-7 minutes to complete and will be greatly appreciated.

Should you wish to have a directory reserved, the cost is estimated at $30 each.  Please indicate any orders for directories on your information sheet. Make checks payable to the San Pierre Alumni Directory Committee.  If you order a directory, please include your name, address, phone number, and the number of directories to be reserved on your completed information form.

Click this link to access a copy of the Railroad Township San Pierre Alumni Information Form.

Reference and Entertainment Sources

Have you ever picked up a book, fallen in love with the author, and wanted to read everything they wrote?  Or discovered that the book you just read was part of a series that you would like to continue reading but you don’t know the proper order?  Or heard that your favorite author has a book coming out this year, but you don’t know when?

We can point you in the right direction.  Just visit our website ( and from the left column choose “Reference and Entertainment Sources.”  One of the reference sources we list is Fantastic Fiction (the perfect name for that site).  There you can find when an author's next book is scheduled to come out, the order in which their books should be read, and any pseudonyms they used for other types of books.

We’ve also listed connections for libraries and museums both local and worldwide, local theaters, the Park division of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and a variety of alternative search engines.  So pay our website a visit anytime, we’re always glad to help.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Notes From Nubi - National Toothache Day?

Whew, was I busy today; but it made me happy because there were 7 - S*E*V*E*N - children here today for READ Jr.!  Most of them had a good time, a few were a bit scared of me - which I don't understand because I'm REALLY a nice dog and I love kids (especially with ketchup and mustard -  just kidding).  If you ask mom....well, maybe you should talk to some of the other kids instead.  Yes, when I was younger and got excited there was a tendency to jump up so I could give kisses.  But we worked on that and now I know that jumping is not an acceptable behavior (even though I still jump on Mom).  Oh well, I'll work hard and be on my very best behavior when they come again to help overcome their fear of me.

Remember I told you last time that today was National Bagels & Lox Day, National Toothache Day, & Read in the Bathtub Day?  I really campaigned for mom to use yummy bagels and lox for the theme this week.  Who wants a toothache or to take a bath when they can have lovely food?  But mom found some books about tooth fairies so she read those instead.  (Did you know that in France children leave their teeth for le petite souris, the little mouse?)  After the stories everyone decorated their own tooth pouch so they have a special place to keep their teeth for the tooth fairy's visit.

Since I got my adult teeth I've only lost one tooth.  My vet said that I have good teeth for my age, mom said that's because I only get wet food on Sunday, the rest of the week it's just dry food and dog biscuits .  I guess that crunchy stuff keeps the gunk from building up on my teeth, but I REALLY look forward to Sunday dinner.

And do you know what Thursday is?  That's right, it's National Ferris Wheel Day and National Organ Donor Day!  So be sure to give your heart to someone who sends you round and round and wish them a Happy Valentine's Day!  (I gave out early Valentines to the kids at READ Jr. because I won't see them for two whole weeks!)

Better get off the computer now, some of those keys are uncomfortable when they get stuck between your toe pads.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

North Judson-San Pierre Financial Aid Night

North Judson-San Pierre High School will be hosting their annual Financial Aid Night in the high school library starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 11th.

A college representative will be present to discuss the financial aid process.  The representative will walk parents through the process of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that must be completed online.

If you have a senior planning to attend post-secondary education, then you do not want to miss this important event.  The deadline for the federal processor to receive the FAFSA is March 10, 2013.

2013 La Porte Hospital Foundation Healthcare Scholarship & Award/Loan Program

The 2013 La Porte Hospital Foundation Healthcare Scholarship & Award/Loan Program is now taking applications for submission.

Students eligible for all scholarships must be one of the following:

  • Resident of the IU Health La Porte and Starke hospitals service area, which includes La Porte and Starke counties as well as eastern Porter County, northern Pulaski County, Marshall County, northwest Kosciusko County, western St. Joseph County and southwest Berrien County, Michigan.
  • Current employee or child of an employee of IU Health La Porte or Starke hospitals, IU Health La Porte Physicians or IU Health Lakeshore Surgicare.
  • La Porte Hospital Auxiliary member or volunteer.

Applications available at

All completed applications and required documents must be returned or postmarked by Friday, March 15, 2013. Interviews may be required, and semi-finalists will be notified of their status. Final selections will be announced in June.

For more information, call 219-326-2471 or toll-free at 877-265-4539, email or visit

North Judson Baseball Sign Up

Baseball sign ups will take place at the North Judson Civic Center on:
Saturday - Feb. 16th from 10am - 2pm
Sunday - Feb. 17th from 3pm - 6pm
Monday - Feb. 25th from 5pm - 8pm

Please bring birth certificate to sign-ups.  If you are unable to make sign-ups this weekend, please contact a board member to not be penalized!!

$45 per child (+ must sell 5 Raffle Tickets)
$20 each add’l (+ must sell 10 Raffle Tickets)

•4-5 T-BALL (must be 4 by May 1st)
•6-7 ROOKIE •8-9 MINOR
•10-12 MAJORS •13-15 JUNIORS
Please bring birth certificate to sign-ups.

Eric Materna 896-2317
Jamie Bales 896-0090
Craig Benson 896-2886
Mike Wilcox 249-1800
Greg Allender 896-3248
Michele Grinder 806-0331


In 2012, a group of over 40 citizens met to discuss what a "Healthy Starke County" would look like.  They identified key opportunities related to our quality of life and developed several small projects.

Please join us on Thursday, February 21st from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Knox Community to learn what you can do to help create a Healthy Starke County!

  • Learn about a new group - MOVING Starke County FORWARD - and how you can be involved. 
  • Support early childhood education by learning about Starke County's preschool project and advisory council. 
  • Impact youth by joining a youth mentorship program. 
  • Hear what community organizations are doing to address local drug abuse and health outcomes. 
  • Discuss how we can get the community living a healthy lifestyle. 

Please RSVP to:
Mary Ann Livovich
219-462-7173 (x2468)