Thursday, May 23, 2013

Notes from Nubi - Want a Better Copy of the Mint Festival Schedule?

If any of you are interested, and I think there might be a few people out there, the 2013 North Judson Mint Festival flyer came out in this week’s edition of the Starke County Leader.  Mom scanned the schedule and added it to both our blog and website (she hid it under “From the 2013 Indiana Festival Guide”).

The schedule is on an 11”x17” page; black writing on a green background and then mom had to size it down to fit onto the allotted space for each page, so it isn’t very easy to read.  The blog won't accept a PDF file, only JPG, GIF, or PNG.  Mom said that once she gets back on her computer at work she’ll attach a PDF copy to MY page on the website so everyone will be able to open it on their own computer and resize it without distorting the writing.

So visit Notes From Nubi Friday afternoon and we’ll see if mom was able to work out the problems.

Yeah, mom!! She was able to attach the Mint Festival Schedule as a PDF file.  So when you visit my page on the library website (just click on the underlined Notes From Nubi up above) you can have your very own copy so you know what's happening when and where.

North Judson Pop Warner Football, Dance & Cheerleader Signup

North Judson Pop Warner will have a signup for football, dance and cheerleader at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library on Saturday, June 1st from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cutoff date for cheer & dance is June 1st.  Football will have additional signups on June 29th and July 20th.

Special price of $65 for 1st child, $60 for 2nd child of same family.

Please bring a copy of the child’s original birth certificate.

For more information contact
     Anita Gougeon 574-806-1623
     Shannon McManaway  574-806-3368

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Interested in Hoosier Immigration?

Allen County just added its naturalization records to the Indiana Digital Archives along with 40 other counties! Interested in Hoosier Immigration? Check it out at Indiana Digital Archives.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Have You Noticed a Difference?

2013 hasn't been the best so far (a fact that I blame on two particular numbers found in the year).  But, since January, the staff has been working on implementing changes to make things run more smoothly.  New books are finding their way onto the shelves much more quickly and we'll soon be adding a listing of new titles to our website.  Gaps in series by some of our more popular authors have been filled in - provided the books were still in print.  A much needed weeding is providing space on the shelves for newer, more topical non-fiction materials.  And just this month we've been working on some needed physical improvements to the building as well.

While they aren't visible when you drive by the front of the building, the library has been gifted by the Friends of the Library with solar shades which will reduce the amount of heat entering from the windows facing Norwayne Field and help cut the cost of cooling the building in the summer.  (They will also keep the staff from going blind when they are working at the circulation desk and the sun goes each evening but that's just an added advantage.)  If you ever wondered what happens to the money our Friends group makes from their cookie walk and Mint Festival book sale, now you know; so be sure to support them in June.

Keep checking us out in the days to come and let us know if we're heading in the right direction.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Notes from Nubi - WE'RE #6 IN THE NATION!!!!!!!!!!

Give the sparkling water a vigorous shake before opening!  Toss the confetti high into the air!  Release the helium filled balloons!

You didn't hear much about this - I understand the kids are very modest about their achievements - but the North Judson-San Pierre Academic Decathlon Team placed 6th out of 14 teams nationwide!  Back in February I told you that this great team of kids took first place in the Small School State Championships, and I've been waiting to hear how they did in the nationals.  Then on May 6th I saw a teeny, tiny article about how they took 6th place but nothing since then.

So I'm going to stick my nose in their business - and it is a very nice long nose - to let this year's NJ-SP Academic Decathlon Team know  just how proud I am of them.  Thank you Samantha Amrine, Jonathan Hileman, Jacob Kieszkowski, Rhiannon Millard, Robert Miller, Steven Miller, Cheyenne Minix, Anna Mullens, and Nicholas Sierzputowski for the time and effort you put in to bring this honor to the Town of North Judson.

From your adoring fan, Anubis.

Friends of the Library Book Sale @ the Mint Festival

Book lovers will rejoice June 15th & 16th when the Mint Festival returns and brings with it the Annual Book Sale by the Friends of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library.  Just like last year, the Friends Book Sale will be held in the ultra roomy Bank of Indiana building, kitty-corner to the library.

As in the past, the Book Sale will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 15th with hardbacks & trade paperbacks @ $1 each; pocketbooks @ .50 cents each; children’s books @ .25 cents each. Sunday, June 16th. is our big “BUCK A BAG” blowout from 12 noon to 4 p.m.   All the books you can stuff in a standard grocery bag (12” x 7” x 17") become your treasures for just $1.

We've been doing quite a bit of weeding in our non-fiction in preparation for a new automation system, so if you love to read factual material this is your year to visit.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pacific Garden Mission Choir, May 19th

Pastor Hager Tolson and the Knox Community Outreach Tabernacle invite you to come and listen to the song and testimony of the Pacific Garden Mission Choir on May 19th, 4 p.m. at the Knox Community Center.  Refreshments will be served after the program.

Maxinkuckee Singers Makin' Music May 20th

The Maxinkuckee Singers will be "Makin' Music - 2013" at the Knox United Methodist Church - 201 S. Shield Street, Knox - on May 20th.

Showtime is at 6:30 p.m. and the admission is free.

New Vision Band concert May 17th

The Community Gospel Baptist Church invites you to join them for performance by the New Vision Band at 6 p.m. on May 17th.  Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

The church is located on the corner of E. New York & S. McGill Streets in Knox.  For more information contact 574-249-1417 or 772-3399.

Women of the Moose Hillbilly Breakfast May 18th

The Knox Women of the Moose will have an A.U.C.E. Hillbilly Breakfast at the Knox Moose Family Lodge on May 18th from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.   The Knox Moose Lodge is located at 115 Main St., Knox, Indiana.

Tickets are $7.

North Judson Volunteer Firemen's Fish Fry June 8th

North Judson Volunteer Firemen will have their first fish fry held in the new firehouse on June 8th.  Ocean perch and original style potato salad - prepared by the San Pierre Fire Department - will be served starting at 4:30 p.m. to ??  There will be plenty of room in the new firehouse so come visit with old friends while you support the Fire Department.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and carry outs will be available for $8 or $10 for fish only.

The new firehouse is located on the corner of Main and Cincinnati Streets (just down the hill from Fingerhut Bakery and across from the Carpenter's Yard).

Monday, May 13, 2013

Motorcycle Ride-In May 18th

Are you a biker or do you know a biker? Share this post and help us support the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund on May 18, 2013! The ride will start at Kersting's Cycle Center south of North Judson at 1:00 PM EASTERN TIME and includes lunch and a 45-minute train ride.

May 18th and June 1st - & 2nd are Free Fishing Days

By: Ben Haut (WKVI)
Published: May 13th, 2013

Grab your fishing poles and tackle; Free Fishing Day is coming up in Indiana, giving anglers the perfect opportunity to get out to the water and cast out their lines. Free Fishing Day on May 18 is the second of four Free Fishing Days this year, the first of which was April 20. Indiana’s adult residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish public waters in the state during Free Fishing Day.

DNR Go FishIN Coordinator Clint Kowalik encourages fishing enthusiasts to take advantage of the event and head out to the water, bring a friend, or take your family to a local city park pond.

Youth ages 17 and younger are exempt from purchasing a fishing license, but on May 18 and June 1-2, all Hoosiers do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish public Hoosier waters.

5th Annual Tri Ancilla, May 18th

Come join us for the 5th Annual Tri Ancilla on May 18th.  The scenic grounds of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center, home of Ancilla College, will provide an enjoyable morning of racing for area competitors.  Check out the website at Ancilla College to find out more and to register for the event.

For additional information you may also contact:

Todd Zeltwanger, Race Chairperson

574-936-8898, ext. 345

We hope to see you on May 18th.  Save money by registering early.  See website for fee structure.  Team rates also available!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Notes from Nubi - Boy, Are Mom's Fingers Tired!

When mom started entering the local festival activities for June she didn't realize how many there were.  Usually she just has a few to enter, but festival season really gets into high gear next month.  If you check the listing under our "From the 2013 Indiana Festival Guide" you will find thirteen (13) festivals in our area alone.  Now can you imagine how many there are across the state?

And these are only the festivals that have write-ups in the Festival Guide.  There are some pages in that booklet that list events but don't give any information.  Makes me wonder what goes on at those festivals.  Hey, maybe they don't advertise more because those are the one's that have some of the best stuff!  You know, like the hidden treasure that you really have to dig to find.

Actually, all of the Indiana Festivals are like hidden treasures, you just have to be searching for that particular type of treasure to really appreciate it.  Like when mom puts my dry food in my food ball dispenser and I roll it all around the house.  I never know what is going to work it's way out of the hole or when, which is what makes it really fun, but it's always a treat that I really like.

You should approach your visit to summer festivals like my food ball dispenser.  Travel around a lot and see what special treat falls out, you might just find a hidden treasure you didn't realize you were hunting.

Living History Days at the Old Fort, Fort Wayne

Travel back in history May 18th & 19th to hear the cannons thunder and muskets fire.  Experience American frontier life with colonial artisans, battle reenactment, merchants and tours at the Historic Fort in Old Fort Park, Fort Wayne.

No admission charge, donations accepted.  Limited handicap accessibility.  For more information call 260-437-2836 or visit Historic Fort Wayne.

5/12/2013 Knights of Columbus Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast

The North Judson-San Pierre Knights of Columbus Council #12489 will have a Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast on May 12th.  Serving begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m.

ALL Moms eat for FREE!  Prices are $5 for adults, $2.50 for ages 6-12, preschoolers eat for free.  Carry outs will be available.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Are YOU Smarter Than an 8th Grader?

You can find out on May 14th because Mr. Mueller's 7th & 8th grade classroom at St. Peter's Lutheran School is challenging everyone to a fun filled trivia night.  Categories include:  history, literature, memory work, and things every young scholar should know.

Bring a team to pool your knowledge, or will you drown together in a pool of ignorance?  Could your team ace the test and wind the Grand Prize? There will be concessions, skits, door prizes, and other great entertainment!

Where:  St. Peter Cafetorium

When:  Tuesday, May 14th.  Doors open at 6 p.m., competition begins at 6:30.

Cost:  $50 for a team of up to 6 ($10 for each additional member).  OR come by yourself and for $10 get placed on a team.

Registration forms and trivia night rules are available in the St. Peter school office. 

Have your business advertise during the event!  They'll even write/perform a skit!

Other questions?  Contact Paul Mueller at 618-314-3572 or email him at

You must register by Sunday, May 12th.  All proceeds go to the 7th & 8th grade trip fund.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Notes from Nubi: Can YOU Lend A Hand?

It's not very often mom lets me jump on a soap box and let rip, but this is something really important to me.  You see, way back when, I was a 4-H dog.   Now I was only in for one year and my older sister, Babe (she was a Bedlington Terrier) was only in it for two because our boys and their family moved to North Carolina, but we really enjoyed ourselves.  Great times with great dogs and their people.

And that's why I'd like for your help to find the Starke County K-9 Kadets a new place to train.  The place they've been using for the last 20+ years has seen better days, the roof needs attention, and electrical problems have developed so they don't have lights right now.  That's where you come in.

If you have a building you are not using would you please consider letting them use it?  I've attached a flier that lists their needs and who you should contact.  Please let them know if you can help.

Quote of the Month - May 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Knox & North Judson Masonic Lodge's 3rd Annual Pancake Breakfast & Consignment Auction

You can start out with a good breakfast and then stick around for the auction at the the Knox & North Judson Masonic Lodge's 3rd Annual Pancake Breakfast and Consignment Auction.  The action will take place at the Knox Masonic Lodge, 208 North Main St., Knox, Indiana on Saturday May 4th.  Breakfast will run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m with the auction starting at 12 noon.

Spring Bingo @ All Saints Catholic Church Parish Hall

Come and have an evening of fun, prizes and fellowship at Spring Bingo from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church Parish Hall, San Pierre. Refreshments will be available.

Knox-Center Township Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

The Knox-Center Township Fire Department is holding a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 5th from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice, and milk will be served.

Tickets are $6 for adults; $3 for children 8 and under.

Come out and support your local fire department.

Relay For Life Port-A-Pit

Relay for Life is holding a Nelson's Port-A-Pit Chicken & Bake Sale at Smith Farm Store, Saturday, May 4th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

$7 for 1/2 chicken & $3 for Pit-Tators.

There'll Be Dancing In The Streets!

In honor of National Dance Week, Backstage Studio of Dance is offering you a choice – watch the Dance Olympics or slip on your dancing shoes and joining the Dancin’ Thru the Decades Dance Mob.

The Dance Olympics will be held on Friday, May 3rd from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The competition is open to all dance students and there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals in all events.

For those who prefer to strut their stuff, the Dancin’ Thru the Decades Dance Mob will learn a dance routine on Saturday, May 4th, at 10:30 a.m. and then perform it in the street in front of the studio at noon.  While there is no cost for this fun time, Backstage Studio of Dance is asking for a freewill donation – either monetary or supplies – to help the Starke County Humane Society.  And to add  that extra bit of fun, come dressed as your favorite decade.