Wednesday, July 31, 2013

8/3/2013 Tom White Memorial Canoe Float

The 3rd Annual Tom White Memorial Canoe Float will be held August 3, 2013.  Launch into the Yellow River will be at Starke CR 700 East at 10:30 a.m.  Bring your canoes, kayaks, and life jackets.

For more information contact

8/17/2013 Bluejay Golf Outing

Register now for the 15th annual Bluejay golf outing which will take place on August 17th, 12:30 p.m. CST at Chesapeake Run Golf Club.  There is a team price of $220 or $55/player.  Included in the price are lunch before you take the course and a catered dinner after.

All proceeds will benefit NJSP Boy's Basketball.  For more information or to register visit NJ-SP Bluejay Basketball or call Coach Phil Shabi at 587-896-2167, ext. 333.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

7/30/2013 Notes From Nubi - Would You Like to Buy a Yard?

I overheard Mom talking about the town having a yard sale on August 10th.  Boy, would I like to attend that!  People who want to take part in the yard sale are supposed to signup at the Water Department by 4 p.m. on August 5th so they can be put on a map.

Now I've got a reasonably nice backyard.  It's not too big (although it could be twice the size - hint, hint) and it's reasonably clean.  But there are a few other yards I've seen in town that would be nice to have.  Let's face it, my yard is really uneven and the only shaded area is between the house and the garage, good thing I like the sun.

See a couple of years ago, when we had an ice storm, one of the trees in the backyard dropped some branches which broke part of the fence and hit the electrical wire running from the pole to the house.  That summer we had both of the trees in the back taken out so they couldn't do any more damage.  It's a good thing too, because the one that dropped the branches was beginning to hollow out, and the other one was a walnut tree that dropped nuts all over the place and made it hard to mow.

Mom would like to do something with the backyard, but she's not exactly the outdoors type.  So I was thinking that we should get one of those maps and look at those yards that will be for sale on August 10th.  Maybe we can find something that isn't too fussy, has a nice patio area, and maybe a bush or two for me to use for shade.  I'm just not sure how we would get it moved to our house.

Signup for Town-Wide Yard Sale by 8/5/2013

Christmas in July?!?

Well, not quite, but tickets are on sale for the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Santa Trains this December. These trains always sell out, so make sure you get your tickets early!  The dates for this year are December 7th & 14th; trains will run at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets visit Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

7/29-31/2013 Wings of Freedom Tour

Three of America’s most famous WWII aircraft will be in Porter County next week and three regional veterans will be flying on one of them. The Collings Foundation based in Stow, Mass. will be hosting the Wings of Freedom Tour, featuring the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and the North American P-51 Mustang at the Porter County Regional Airport from July 29 to July 31.

The tour runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 30, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on July 31.

For more information visit Wings of Freedom @ WKVI.

Preschool Scholarship Program @ Starke County Community Foundation

Why should a child go to preschool? To be more likely to read at the proper grade level. To be more likely to graduate from high school and to go on to further education after that. And, simply to be ready when they do start school.

The Starke County Community Foundation may make it possible for your child to attend preschool through its Preschool Scholarship Program. Call Sarah Origer at 574-772-3665 for more information.

There’s still time to apply for a preschool scholarship. Scholarships are for 4-year-olds. Applications are available at participating preschools (found in the brochure) and at the Starke County Community Foundation.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Northwest Indiana Community Action

Help for Seniors, families, information and assistance Northwest Indiana Community Action.

Northwest Community Action Corporation is a regional not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to people of all phases and walks of life. We are the designated Area Agency on Aging and Community Action Corporation, as well as Northwest Indiana’s 2-1-1 Information and Assistance Call Center.  Our agency offers a variety of services to individuals and families in order for them to maintain independence and self-sufficiency; while strengthening our community’s local economy.

Below is a listing of programs that may be of interest to you, your family, friends or neighbors:  Map
          Asset Building & Tax Preparation
          Family Caregiver Support
          Family Development
          In-Home Assistance
          Energy Assistance
          Nursing Home Pre-Admission
          Section 8 Housing
          Nutrition Services
          Weatherization Assistance
          2-1-1 Information & Assistance

Last year alone, NWICA reached over seventy-six thousand individuals, implementing action plans with transparency, integrity, sincerity and passion.  

For more information on the items above or on any of the programs NWICA offers, please dial 2-1-1or 1-800-826-7871 for an Information & Assistance Call Specialist, or click for live chat.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

8/17/2013 North Judson Kiwanis Club Ride for Riley's

Participants in the North Judson Kiwanis Club Ride For Riley's are encouraged to walk or ride their bicycles in order to raise money for Riley Children's Hospital. Call Dave Altman at 574-896-5001 for more information.

For more information visit North Judson Kiwanis Ride for Rileys.

8/3/2013 It's a Picnic & a Flick

Calling all young adults (18-35) come hang out on Saturday, August 3rd, at St. Peter Lutheran Church & School at 6 p.m.

Come hang out with some old friends and meet some new ones. There will be a cook-out, games (corn hole, ladder golf, etc), and an outdoor movie - Monsters Inc.

Meat, buns, plates, and cups will be provided. Please bring chips, drinks, OR cookies to share. Be sure to also bring something to sit on during the movie and maybe some bug-spray. Can't wait to see you there, and make sure you invite friends! :)

Yearbooks Needed to be Digitized

Monday, July 22, 2013

7/23/2013 NJ-SP Soccer League Call Out

This is for most ages, from those 4 by August 1st through high school.  Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate.

Sign up will be in the North Judson-Wayne Township Library basement July 23rd 5-7 p.m.

The cost is $35 per child; $60 for 2 children in the same family; $95 for 3 children in the same family.
For late signups there is a $10 per child late fee.

For more information contact Jen Madsen @ 896-3244, Shannon Hillers @ 896-2042, or Lisa Hughes @ 896-3634.

School Registration Starts August 1st

Knowing how the kids are just "dying" to register for school and how the parents can't wait to get them back there, here are the dates and times that you can register your children for classes at the North Judson-San Pierre school system.

7/26/2013 Celebrate Your Aunts & Uncles

Okay kiddies, Friday (July 26th) is Aunt & Uncle Day. Be sure you get in touch with these very important folks who often stand in as backup parents.

For more information go to Aunt & Uncle Day

Starke County Humane Society Electronic Recycling Days 8/2 & 3

The Starke County Humane Society will be having Electronic Recycling Days on August 2-3, 2013. They are working with NWI Tech Recycling, who will be making a donation to the shelter for holding this event  You must be able to unload items by yourself. 

You may bring in the following electronic items: 
Computer Components
Monitors/TV's  (we are asking a $ 10.00 donation to receive these) Printers/Copiers/Fax
Phone Systems
Video/Security Systems
Cell Phones
UPS Battery Backup Units
Gaming Devices
Test Equipment
Hospital Equipment
If you are closer to their facility than the shelter, you may drop your items off directly. Just make sure you tell them it's for Starke County Humane Society. The Starke County Humane Society is asking a $ 10.00 donation to receive TV's and Monitors.

 Their address for NWI Tech Recycling is: 
          14493 Lincoln Hwy, Plymouth, IN 46563

7/29 - 8/1 North Judson-San Pierre Youth Football Camp

The North Judson-San Pierre youth football camp for incoming fifth-to-eighth graders will be July 29-Aug. 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. CST at Liberty Field. Cost is $30. Registration will be July 29 at 9 a.m. CST at Liberty Field.

Friday, July 12, 2013

7/14/2013 Free Community Movie Night

Come to the corner of Sycamore & Lane in North Judson to enjoy a night under the stars and watch the movie "A Dolphin Tale"  for free.

The fun starts at 7 p.m. with hot dogs, cookies, nachos & cheese, lemonade & water; facepainting by Twist & Smile Balloon.  At 8:30 p.m. there will be the movie and popcorn.

Bring your own chairs, blankets, and bug spray.

7/13/2013 Turkey Tracks Poker Run

The Eric Corey Foundation presents the Turkey Tracks Poker Run, July 13th at the Washington Township Community Building on the corner of State Road 23 and Division Road in Knox.

Sign in from 11 a.m. to 12 noon CST; ride leaves at 12 noon from Washington Twp building and stops in Monterey, Rochester, Bourbon, and Argos.

Cost is $25 for one rider, $40 for two riders.  Dinner, entertainment, a poker hand, and a drink chip included in riders' price.  (Dinner will be available for non-riders for a donation of $10 per person.

All bikes and vehicles welcome.  For more information contact Harry Rust @ 574-806-6146.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

It isn't just because it's July, with the Starke County 4-H Fair starting this weekend we all know that next week will get hot and humid. These tips will help you keep your cool and stay healthy.

Stay Cool In the Summer Heat

Monday, July 8, 2013

7/13/2013 Diamond Dawgs @ Advanced Auto

Come out and support the Diamond Dawgs, 12U Travel Softball Team, Saturday July 13th from 10-2 at Advanced Auto in Knox.

They are the 1st ever ALL Starke County Softball team to qualify for the World Series of Softball.
• Port a Pit Chicken $6 and Pit Potatoes $3
• Car Wash
• 50/50 drawing
If you are willing to donate to a World Series Banner as a Individual or Company please call 574-806-4750

7/13/2013 Poker Run For MDA

Sign up for the Poker Run to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. EST at Kersting's Cycle Center (8774 W. 700 N., Winamac, Indiana  46996).  The cost is $15, which includes the price of a meal.  All bikes are welcome.

The group ride will leave Kersting's at 2 p.m. and will be approximately 60 miles to the final stop - Wooden Nickel in North Judson.

There will be prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and low hand.  All proceeds will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The first 200 riders to register will receive a 2013 Harley Davidson MDA collector pin.

NJSP Soccer League Call Out

This is for most ages, from those 4 by August 1st through high school.  Please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate.

Sign up will be in the North Judson-Wayne Township Library basement:
July 10th from 5-7 p.m.
July 13th from 10:30-1:30 p.m.
July 17th from 5-7 p.m.

The cost is $35 per child; $60 for 2 children in the same family; $95 for 3 children in the same family.
For late signups there is a $10 per child late fee.

For more information contact Jen Madsen @ 896-3244, Shannon Hillers @ 896-2042, or Lisa Hughes @ 896-3634.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Starke County 4-H Fair Schedule

Did you know that Basenji's are sighthounds?  That means that I use my eyes more than my nose for hunting.  Maybe that's why I found a copy of the program for the Starke County 4-H Fair.

Since a lot of people are interested in what will be held when, I made mom copy the web address so you can get your own copy.  Just here and go to the website that has the short two page schedule; for a really, really detailed preview of events, fair officers, officials, awards, etc., click here.

Looking For Medical Information?

Looking for medical information but not sure where to go?  Not sure if what you found on the internet is really medically sound or just an advertisement?

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library has added a Medical Reference page to our website.  While most of the sites listed came from a list of the top 15 medical sites, we also added a few trusted sites that weren’t on the list.

There are three divisions – General Medical Information, Drug Information & Interaction, and Managing Your Health.  Hopefully these will provide you with the information you want, but if not, you can always stop in for a visit.  If we don’t have what you need, we’ll be glad to try to get it for you from another library.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

7/7/2013 Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Continue the fun of the holiday by attending the Starke County Historical Society Ice Cream Social on Sunday. A great way to cool off on a hot day.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Notes from Nubi - Did You Know There's A Mint Festival in the United Kingdom?

I found out the most amazing thing!

When Mom was checking out how many hits the Library’s website and blog had for Mint Festival information - statistics really make her happy - she noticed that we were getting several from Europe.  Now why, she wondered, would people in the United Kingdom be interested in a Mint Festival being held in North Judson, Indiana?

Well, they aren’t!  I mean don’t get me wrong, I like our Mint Festival and have a great time at it, but I wouldn’t travel 3,828 miles over the Atlantic Ocean to get here!  Turns out that in September there is a Mint Festival in Leeds, United Kingdom - which makes much more sense if you live in Europe and are searching for Mint Festival information.

Compared to our Mint Festival, which originated after the Bicentennial in 1776, the Leeds Mint Festival, originated in 2012, is just a toddler.  “The folks behind Mint Club, Mint Warehouse & Cocoon In the Park in Leeds launched the 10,000 capacity festival in 2012.­ Mint Festival takes place at Lotherton Hall, in Leeds and hosts DJs from underground techno and deep house to Drum & Bass, Dubstep, House and Trance.”

So if you will be in the UK in September, check out their website (UK Mint Festival) and make your plans accordingly.  Hope they have as much fun there as we did here.

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