Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Joan Haugh Named Schricker Award Winner

By: Anita Goodan
Published: December 30th, 2013
Joan Haugh
Joan Haugh
The 2013 Henry F. Schricker Award winner was recently announced.
Joan Haugh was selected as this year’s winner. Haugh has been the director of Community Services of Starke County for 30 years and has been involved in many volunteer projects in the county. Some of those volunteer efforts include working with the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Habitat for Humanity, Moving Starke County Forward, Starke United and the Salvation Army. She is active in her church, the SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, and has previously taught CCD classes there as well as marriage preparation classes.
She sees the lack of a homeless shelter in Starke County as a major void in the area. A recent effort to identify those who are homeless resulted in 81 people in desperate need. She worries about these individuals, especially those exposed to the winter elements.
Haugh has the qualities of a true Henry F. Schricker Award winner. The former governor of Indiana and resident of Starke County used as his motto, “service before self,” and Haugh has proved to be a member of the community to look up to in this regard. Her late husband, Mike, was also a Schricker award winner in 2005.
Joan Haugh will be honored during the Starke County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet on Jan. 16 at the Bass Lake Community Center. To get your ticket, call the Starke County Chamber office at (574) 772-5548.

Ancilla College Offers LPN to RN Bridge Program

By: Ben Haut
Published: December 30th, 2013
Dr. Ron May
Dr. Ron May
Ancilla College is taking strides to offer the best educational experience available, and in that quest, the college has for the last four summers offered a program to help nursing students achieve the next level of certification.
Ron May, president of the college, said the class begins in the summer and offers a chance for those with a licensed practical nursing license to take the next step and earn their registered nursing license.
“It’s a way of moving from the licensed practical nursing licensure that people have in the state of Indiana into the registered nurse classification and it gives you an opportunity to have a little bit better salary and those kind of things. It’s a great program to enable young people, or perhaps not so young people, to move from one level of certification in the healthcare business to another and advance their career,” May said.
May said there are 20 seats in the class, and even though it begins in the summer, interested students should get in contact with the admissions office by calling 1-800-ANCILLA and get the process started to snag one of the seats. He said the sooner you call, the better, because there may be prerequisite classes available to prepare for the LPN to RN bridge program.
However, those with LPN licenses who are already employed may find it a challenge to balance their time between their full-time employment and the course. May said it is a demanding program that can dominate your time if you’re not careful.
“Those of you who just experienced care with healthcare know you want the best people you can get there, and you want people who know what they’re doing taking care of you. And so it is a demanding program; they can do that, but they need to understand going in that being a student in this LPN to RN bridge is like another full-time job,” May said.
Call the college at 1-800-ANCILLA as soon as possible if you are interested in bridging the gap between LPN and RN licenses.

Friday, December 27, 2013

1/5/2014 North Judson Area Baseball Board Meeting

North Judson Area Baseball will have a board meeting at the North Judson Civic Center on Sunday, January 5th, at 4 p.m.

All coaches, umpires, board members and the general public are encouraged to attend.

1/2/2014 North Judson Pop Warner Board

The North Judson Pop Warner Board will be meeting in the lower level of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library on Thursday, January 2nd, at 6 p.m.

They will be accepting applications for

  • Board members
  • Members at large
  • Football coaches
  • Cheer coaches
  • Dance coaches
  • Assistant coaches

2014 Indiana Voter Registration

Important Voter Registration Dates

April 7, 2014 Voter Registration Ends
May 6, 2014 Primary Election Day
May 20, 2014 Voter Registration Begins
October 6, 2014 Voter Registration Ends
November 4, 2014 General Election Day
December 1, 2014 Voter Registration Begins
NOTE: Certain military and overseas voters have extended registration periods. See http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2673.htm for more information.
Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked on or before the above registration deadlines.

You have the right to vote in Indiana if:

  • You are both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana; and
  • You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next General or Municipal Election, and
  • You are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime; and
  • You have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election; and
  • You are registered to vote.

Register to Vote Online

Register to vote online by visiting http://www.indianavoters.com/.  Indiana residents with a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana state-issued identification card will be able to use this tool to submit a new voter registration application or to update an existing voter registration record.
In addition to registering to vote online, http://www.indianavoters.com/ provides Hoosiers with the ability to validate their voter registration status, find their polling place location, look into their provisional ballot status information, find county contact information, and determine “Who's on My Ballot?” for an upcoming election.

Register to Vote by Mail or In-Person

To register to vote or update your current registration by mail or in person, you will need to complete and return the  Voter Registration Form (En EspaƱol) 29 days prior to a Primary or General Election (on or before October 6, 2014 for the November General Election).
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of January 1, 2014, ONLY the version of the state voter registration form (VRG-7) and the county voter registration form (VRG-11) published on this website will be accepted by county voter registration offices. Older versions of the VRG-7 or VRG-11 will NOT be accepted for processing. The federal voter registration form referenced below may continue to be used.
Return the completed form to your county’s voter registration office or the Indiana Election Division according to the registration deadline requirements. You can also apply in person at the voter registration or county clerk’s office, any BMV license branch or public assistance office.
Once your voter registration application is received, your county voter registration office will process the application and determine your eligibility. If you are eligible, the county office will send you a voter registration acknowledgment card. Once you receive that card, you will be officially registered. If you are not eligible, or if the application was incomplete, you will receive a notice denying the application or requesting the missing information.
If you have not received a voter registration card or a notice from your county within about 30 days, call your county voter registration office. You can check your voter registration and polling location at anytime at http://www.indianavoters.com/ or by calling 1-866-IN-1-VOTE.
Federal Voter Registration form: The federal voter registration form is also a valid voter registration form for use in Indiana. See http://www.eac.gov/assets/1/Documents/National_Mail_Voter_Registration_Form_English_2%2015%2020121%20Cor.pdf.

Cancel Your Voter Registration

To cancel your voter registration use the Voter Registration Cancellation (VRG-14) form:
VRG-14: Voter Registration Cancellation Form

Ancilla College Offers Free College Course for New Students

By: Ben Haut
Published: December 27th, 2013

Ancilla College is offering a free college course to first-time students to help kick-start a college career. Todd Zeltwanger, executive director of institutional advancement at the college, told WKVI that a number of students have started their college career through the We Believe In You program.

The program offers a chance for new students to give college a shot and get readjusted to a life of education.

“There’s a number of things a person can try, anywhere from a business course or education, science, chemistry, just a general studies type of path, just to kind of get their feet wet in it. As far as being intimidated, we have a number of non-traditional age students that are intermixed with our classes now, and the class sizes are small, so there shouldn’t be any factor of fear,” Zeltwanger said.

As part of the “We Believe in You” program, the college is offering adult learners who are 21 years and older and who have never attended college the chance to take a class with up to three credit hours at no cost.

All students in the program will have an academic adviser to assist them with every aspect of attending college for the first time. Help with registration, filing a financial aid application, choosing education opportunities and more will be given to those students.

“I think one of the things that we try to do at Ancilla, especially with these students, is there are all kinds of other support services available. The faculty, and the staff that we have to do the counseling and just to sit down and talk with the people about what are we interested in, what are we thinking about, and helping them get past that initial fear,” said Zeltwanger.

The first step is to contact the admissions office and get started with the process. For more information, call 1-800-ANCILLA.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

12/24 & 25/2013 WKVI Christmas Radio Special

Don't forget WKVI listeners, tune in this Christmas Eve at 6 pm for a CHRISTMAS RADIO SPECIAL! The way real Christmas programming was meant to be. Starting this Christmas Eve at 6 pm with the 1946 radio version of "It's a Wonderful Life" with the real stars of the program. At 9 pm the original 1940's radio program of the "Christmas Carol" will be aired.

On Christmas Day starting at 6 pm the original "Miracle on 34th Street" will be broadcast, followed by "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby.

It's family entertainment the way you remember and can have again this Christmas Holiday ONLY on WKVI 99.3FM. Bring the family around the radio to enjoy!

WKVI Country Christmas Contest Winners Announced

By: Ben Haut
Published: December 24th, 2013
This weekend, the WKVI crew loaded up into their vehicles and traveled across rural Starke County as they visited the homes of participants in the first-ever WKVI Country Christmas Contest. More than a dozen people signed up to have their homes judged by WKVI staff in the hopes of winning the grand prize of $100. 
The third place prize went to Danny and Debbie Woodward of North Judson for their display at 4700 W. State Road 10, earning them $25. 
In second place was Eldonna Risner of 9023 E. State Road 8 in Knox, earning $50. 
The first place winner and grand prize recipient for the first WKVI Christmas Contest was David Roberts for his stunning display at 1105 S. 1100 E. in Culver. 
Several people from the radio station traveled to each home on the contest list Saturday night before making their decision.

Track Santa this Holiday Season with NORAD

Here’s one last thing I wanted to share with you.  – Anubis

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) helps boys and girls all over the United States to look out for Santa.  

NORAD is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America.  NORAD’s headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado. NORAD’s track Santa site gives a countdown to Santa, and provides information about Santa and other holiday traditions.  

You can start to track Santa’s travels on December 24th on Cesium maps to see how close he is to your house.  If you need help getting into the Christmas spirit, you can listen to music provided by the U.S. Airforce Academy Band!

12/24/2013 Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #19

1 partridge in a pear tree on each of the 12 days. 1 x 12 = 12
2 turtle doves on the last 11 days.                         2 x 11 = 22
3 french hens on the last 10 days.                         3 x 10 = 30
4 calling birds on the last 9 days.                         4 x 9         = 36
5 gold rings on the last 8 days.                                 5 x 8  = 40
6 geese a-laying on the last 7 days.                         6 x 7  = 42
7 swans a-swimming on the last 6 days.                 7 x 6  = 42
8 maids a-milking on the last 5 days.                         8 x 5  = 40
9 ladies dancing on the last 4 days.                         9 x 4  = 36
10 lords a-leaping on the last 3 days.                        10 x 3 = 30
11 pipers piping on the last 2 days.                        11 x 2 = 22
12 drummers drumming on the last day.                12 x 1 = 12

A total of 364 gifts

That’s enough to take you through to next Christmas, when the gift giving would start all over again.

(This chart does count the partridge and the pear tree as one gift, but if you are one of those people who would consider them to be two presents the number goes up to 376.  Of course if you do that then you probably should count all the cows being milked, the pipes being piped, the drums being drummed, and the drumsticks being used to play the drums.  MATH OVERLOAD, CALL MR. KELLAM!!!!!)

Well, tomorrow is Christmas so this will be my last bit of trivia.  Have a Merry Christmas and I hope to see you in the New Year!

- Love, Anubis

Monday, December 23, 2013

12/23/2013 Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #18

No, Doc, Grumpy, Sleepy, Dopey, Happy, Sneezy or Bashful didn’t ride in the sleigh.  They live in a forest and are probably cousins to the North Pole dwarfs who rode in Santa’s sleigh.  (Someone should write a song or poem about them so it’s easier to remember their names!) 

The Three Little Dwarfs who went along with Santa were Hardrock, Coco, and Joe. 

If you were lucky - or unlucky - enough to receive all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" how many presents would that be? 

I wouldn’t mind receiving all those birds.  I’d even be generous enough to share them, and the milk, with Daisy the cat.  She’s pretty small and doesn’t really eat much.

- Anubis

Friday, December 20, 2013

12/21/2013 Starke County Humane Society Open House

Christmas Open House at the Animal Shelter Saturday, December 21st 10-2 CST.

Refreshments, Door Prizes & Raffle Baskets.

Santa Photos for $ 7.00 donation for the animals.  You get a 4x6 photo with a cute photo Christmas Card.  Bring your pets & kids for photos

Santa will be handing out gifts to the kids while supplies last.

Please share this post and we hope to see you there!!!

12/20/2013 Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #17

“The children were nestled, all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.”  Sounds so nice and sweet, but what the heck are sugarplums?  Mom thinks they are candies like gumdrops.  When I did a search on Google it came up with a recipe for a cookie, some chocolate covered marshmallows, soaps, diapers, nail polish and even Ale (whatever that is).

I also found a link to an article written by a person who did a lot of research about them.  She said that they are “a sweet made of sugar hardened around a central seed or kernel in successive layers using a process called ‘panning.’”  Just think of jawbreakers or Jordan almonds.


Christmas will be here on Wednesday!  Bet the elves are starting to load Santa’s sleigh with all kinds of goodies.  Everyone knows that Santa has plenty of elves busy making toys in his workshop.  But in 1951 there were “Three Little Dwarfs” who accompanied Santa on his sleigh to deliver presents.  Do you know who they were?

Hope we get some more snow before Christmas.

- Anubis

Thursday, December 19, 2013

12/19/2013 Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #16

Some people might consider this a trick question.  In Polar Express Tom Hanks provided the motion-capture and the voices for 1) the father, 2) the conductor, 3) the hobo, 4) Scrooge, and 5) Santa Claus.  He also, along with Josh Hutcherson, provided the motion-capture for the hero boy while the boy’s voice was provided by Daryl Sabara.  Whew, that makes 5 characters for whom he provided both voice and animation plus 1 for whom he did part of the animation!

While the children in Polar Express took a train to the North Pole and saw Santa Claus, most children spend Christmas Eve nestled, all snug in their beds while visions of what treat dance through their heads?

I know there will be visions of doggie treats dancing in my head when I fall asleep on Christmas Eve.

- Anubis

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

12/17/2013 Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #15

If you are a Jean Shepherd fan then you know that quote comes from the movie A Christmas Story, which takes place in Hohman, Indiana.  In fact, Jean Shepherd provides the voice of the narrator, the grown up Ralphie, and has a cameo role as the angry gentleman who tells Ralphie, “The line ends here! It begins there!”

Actor Tom Hanks played several roles in the animated movie Polar Express.  Do you know how many characters he voiced?

- Anubis

Monday, December 16, 2013

12/16/2013 Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #14

Our sentimental singer is “dreaming of a White Christmas, with every Christmas card I write.”   Now where did the original singer live that they had to dream of a white Christmas?  The introduction, which does not appear on most versions of the song we hear, explains that:
The sun is shining; the grass is green
The orange and palm trees sway.
I’ve never seen such a day
In Beverly Hills, L. A.
But it’s December the 24th
And I am longing to be up North.
The snow we had over the weekend made everything much more festive (as long as you didn’t have to shovel it).  Soon it will be "Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved."

Do you know what movie/book that quote comes from?

Well, I’m ready to take a nap now and dream of what Santa will be bringing me.  See ya later.

- Anubis

Saturday, December 14, 2013

12/18/2013 NJ-SP Band Christmas Concert

The North Judson-San Pierre middle and high school bands will present a holiday concert under the direction of Chase Sprouse.  The program begins at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  Admission is $1.00.

12/14/2013 Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #13

Johnny Galecki was 14 when he played Billy Quinn in ‘Prancer’ and Rusty Griswold in ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.’  He currently plays lead character Leonard Hofstadter on ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

Well, that white stuff is making its presence known so hopefully we will have a White Christmas.  And speaking of that song, what activity is the person doing while they are “dreaming of a White Christmas?”
Hope you enjoy the snow.  I’ll have the answer on Monday.

- Anbuis

Friday, December 13, 2013

Monkey Business @ Story Hour at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library

Come and join in a little monkey business.
February 6th—March 13th
Ages:  3 Years to Pre-Kindergarten
Day:  Thursdays
Time:  11:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Preschool Story Hour is for children ages 3 - 5 years not yet in kindergarten.  During Story Hour your child will experience an hour of stories, songs, crafts, games and movies.  Preschool Story Hour is  designed to give your child a fun, independent learning experience.

January 2nd—31st , stop in at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library or call 574-896-2841

If school is cancelled due to bad weather, programs will be cancelled that day.  Please call the library to confirm dates and times.

Tot-Time in the Forest Starts @ North Judson-Wayne Township Library

You won’t want to miss reading about some of your favorite forest animals.
February 5th—March 12th
Ages:  17 months - 35 months
Day:  Wednesdays
Time:  11:30 a.m. - 12 noon
COME JOIN US.  You and your toddler can share stories and crafts at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library.  Tot-Time is a great interaction, listening, and art program for you and your child

January 2nd—31st , stop in at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library, 208 Keller Ave, North Judson, Indiana or call 574-896-2841

If school is cancelled due to bad weather, programs will be cancelled that day.  Please call the library to confirm dates and times.

12/13/2013 Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #12

Christmas Trivia #12

While you would think that Jack Frost would be the one, it’s actually Suzy Snowflake who comes “tap, tap, tappin’ at your windowpane.” Mom always associates this song with the late Rosemary Clooney (aunt of George Clooney) who recorded it in 1951. In 1953 it was made into a short stop animation feature which was a staple on WGN for many years.

And since the topic of TV came up, do you know which star of a very popular current comedy series appeared in both the 1989 Christmas movies “Prancer” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation?"

- Anubis

Thursday, December 12, 2013

12/12/2013 Notes from Nubi - Looking for the 2014 Indiana Festival Guides?

Well, they’re back.  I thought we had a whole bunch of them last year, but the UPS guy was in and dropped off 400 of those 2014 Indiana Festival Guides!  He must be really strong!

Hey, how about this for an idea?  Pick up one of the 2014 Indiana Festival Guides from the library and put marks by all the festivals that interest you.  Then you can give it to anyone who wants to know what you want for your birthday, anniversary, Mother’s/Father’s Day, vacation or just because.

Now don’t you worry if you can’t make it in to the library to pick up a copy right now, after all it is almost Christmas. Mom said that once the State makes changes to their website you can download the 2014 Indiana Travel Guide and the 2014 Indiana Festival Guide to your computer from Visit Indiana.  She said that they have over 50 other guides and brochures – broken down by North, West, East, Central, South Central, and South  - if you're looking for something special to do in Indiana.

Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #11

There have been many actors who have supplied the voice of God but very few who actually played him. George Burns and Morgan Freeman have taken on the role in several movies, but in 1969 it was E. G. Marshall who played God. Marshall often was cast in powerful roles as doctors, lawyers, and senators.

There is a certain little lady who tells you she’s in town by “tap, tap, tappin’ at your windowpane.” Do you know who she is and what she is bringing?

Hope you and your furbabies keep warm.

- Anubis

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

12/14 & 15/2013 Another Weekend Full of Christmas Events

December 14th

Make plans to attend a Christmas Bazaar at the Knox Moose Lodge on Saturday, December 14th from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT.

Breakfast and lunch items will be available, along with bake sale items and vendors selling things. This will be a great time to get those stocking stuffers and last minute gift items in time for Christmas!

Backstage Studio of Dance will be having a Bake Sale on Saturday, Dec. 14th at Mark Baileys from 8:30 til 3:30.

The money raised will help send the girls to Indianapolis for their dance competition in the new year.  Please come out and support the dancers.

(While this isn't a Christmas event, you can get homemade goodies to put into your freezer and save yourself some baking time.)

Visit the Starke County Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and have a picture taken with Santa (4x6 pictures for $5.00).

Cookies, crafts, and activities will be available for purchase. All proceeds will be going to the American Cancer Society (Starke County Relay for Life- "Crazy for a Cure" team)

The Harry L. Keller American Legion, Post #92, is sponsoring a Holiday Feather Party at 208 N. Collins St., North Judson, Indiana, from 12 noon to ?

There will be tip boards including Meat, Gift Baskets, Holiday Gift Items, & More!!!

All Proceeds will benefit their annual Christmas baskets for the community.

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!  Tickets are still available for trains at 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets visit Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum.

December 15th

Sunday, Dec 15th is the Backstage Studio of Dance Christmas Dance Recital at the NJ-SP High School Auditorium at 2:00 p.m.  If you want to get into the Christmas Spirit these are the dancers to watch.  You will leave the school humming and dancing.

112/11/2013 Simple Shelters for Strays

Simple, insulated shelter to make this winter for strays.
Be careful not to use blankets in the shelter, as they get wet easily and freeze.

Nominations for Henry F. Schricker Award Due Friday (12/13/2013)

By: Anita Goodan

Published: December 11th, 2013
Henry Schricker
Henry Schricker
You have until this Friday, Dec. 13 to submit a nomination for the prestigious Henry F. Schricker Award.
This award is given to a Starke County resident who has exemplified the former governor’s attitude of “service before self.”
The Starke County Chamber of Commerce will review all submissions and a committee of former award winners will select this year’s recipient. You may nominate a candidate for consideration for this award by submitting a resume along with a cover letter outlining the qualities and deeds of your nominee. The resume should include the person’s voluntary contributions and benefits to Starke County.
The information should be submitted to the Starke County Chamber of Commerce no later than Friday, Dec. 13. Mail entries to the Starke County Chamber, P.O. Box 5, Knox, IN 46534. Entries may also be delivered to the chamber office in the Gateway Depot at 400 N. Heaton St. in Knox.
The winner of the Henry F. Schricker award will be announced by Dec. 26 and that person will be honored at the chamber’s Annual Henry F. Schricker Award Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at a place to be determined. The 2014 Business of the Year will also be awarded. To make your reservation, call (574) 772-5548.

12/11/2013 Christmas Trivia #10

If you’ve read “The Littlest Angel”, or seen either the 1969 movie or the 2011 animated version, you know that he had a problem keeping his halo on straight. 

The 1969 movie version had an all-star cast for that time period, Johnny Whitaker played Michael (the Littlest Angel), his guardian angel was played by Fred Gwynne, and Cab Calloway played Gabriel. Can you make a guess as to who played the role of God?

- Think hard, Anubis

Monday, December 9, 2013

12/12/2013 Christmas Concert @ Hamlet United Methodist Church

At the request of the Marshall County Church Orchestra Hamlet United Methodist Church will Host a Christmas Concert, Thursday December 12th, 2013 starting at 6:30p.m CST. A free will Offering will be taken.

12/9/2013 Christmas Trivia #9

Janean and David Richards' display uses 502,165 LED lights that, laid end to end, would stretch for more than 31 miles.  How close did you come to this answer, without going over?

Well, we’re going to delve way back into the past again.  In 1946 Charles Tazewell wrote a children’s book called “The Littlest Angel.”  This little guy has a problem wearing something.  Do you know what it is?

Don’t you just love Christmas lights?

-      Anubis

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #8

Well, they say you learn something new every day, or if you don’t you should. While looking for trivia topics I learned that in 1882, Edward H. Johnson had the first Christmas tree lit by the use of electricity. Christmas lights were mass produced around 1890 and by 1900 department stores started using the new Christmas lights for their Christmas displays. By the way, Edward H. Johnson was one of Thomas Edison's muckers, an inventor who worked under the direction of Edison. Johnson eventually became vice-president of Edison's electric company. 

Keeping on the subject of Christmas lights, recently an Australian family recaptured the Guinness World Record for having the most Christmas lights on a residential property. Last year’s winner had nearly 350,000 lights, what’s your guess for the new record?

Friday, December 6, 2013

WKVI Hosts First Country Christmas Contest

By: Ben Haut
Published: December 6th, 2013

Get those Christmas lights and other holiday decorations hung up; WKVI is hosting the first-ever WKVI Country Christmas Contest, giving residents of rural Starke County the chance to participate in a tradition often left to the city folk. WKVI General Manager Jerry Curtis said yesterday that the idea came about as the result of a post on WKVI’s Facebook page.

“It happened this morning in response to a posting on Facebook. Someone wrote in, ‘Well, how about something for some of us out in the country?’ And in about five minutes, the idea came up and we put it all together and it was a result of that Facebook posting that was on Facebook this morning,” Curtis said.

To participate, you must be outside city limits in Starke County and have a decorated home. The first place winner will receive $100, second place $50 and third place $25.

Curtis said there’s no particular “look” the judges will be seeking, so get to decorating and enter your home in the Country Christmas Contest.

“We are looking for what we think is the best looking house or yard or display. What that is, exactly, I don’t know sitting right here, but I think I’ll know it when I see it,” Curtis said.

To sign up, call (574) 772-6241 and submit your name and address. On Dec. 21 beginning at 6 p.m., WKVI station members will visit your home and judge your decorations.

Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #7

Mom was a Gene Autry fan back in the day so she knows that he considered the following ways for Santa to get to town if there wasn’t any snow for Christmas:

1) “In case of rain, will there be a train.”

2) “If he breaks down on his way to town will they let him use a bus?”

3) “I'd really feel much better if I knew he could fly a plane.”

If you’ve NEVER heard “If it doesn’t snow on Christmas” check it out on YouTube.  One other tidbit, this was the “A” side of the record, the “B” side was “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.”  (You younger folks might want to ask your grandparents about records and the meaning of A and B sides. OR contact the library, they should be able to answer your questions.)

Hope you enjoy the Christmas tree lighting tonight, 6 p.m. at Norwayne Field.  Which is a smooth transition to this bit of trivia - Edward H. Johnson created the first known electrically illuminated Christmas tree at his home in New York City with eighty small electric light bulbs.  Can you guess what year this occurred?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

12/21/2013 Book Signing "In His Embrace" by Carol Louise Weddell Grubbs

Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #6

I’m sure you all made your elementary teachers proud when you did the math and came up with: 9 reindeer x 4 hooves each = 36 hooves.

(Mom came up with 45 on her first try!  She was thinking about Rudolph and apparently included noses when she did the multiplication.)

Tomorrow is the day that Santa will be arriving in town, so I think this next bit of trivia is very appropriate.

Back in 1949 Gene Autry asked the musical question, “If it doesn’t snow on Christmas, how is Santa going to use his sleigh?”  Three alternative forms of transportation are mentioned.  Do you know what they are?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

12/7/2013 Iris-Elm Garden Club to Feature Mid-19th Century Christmas Arrangements

By: Anita Goodan
Published: December 4th, 2013

Pulaski County’s Winter Wonderland is this Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET in the downtown area. 
Among the many deals the downtown merchants will have, along with cookies and cider and caroling at the courthouse, the Iris-Elm Christmas Arrangements Show will be in the Historic Railroad Freight Depot on West Main Street in Winamac. The elegantly decorated arrangements will be out for viewing throughout the day at no charge for you to enjoy. The show will also feature a bake sale/gift bazaar table. 
The theme will be “1862 Christmas” and the garden club members will assemble holiday arrangements that follow the mid-19th Century era. 
The Iris-Elm Garden Club has been participating in this holiday feature since 1958. It is a chance for the members to show off their abilities and inspire others to create unique holiday arrangements for display in their own homes. 
The garden club itself will be celebrating its 83rd anniversary this year and is said to be one of the oldest garden clubs in the state.

Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #5

OK, be honest. How many of you had to mentally go through “A Visit From Saint Nicholas (The Night Before Christmas)” to get the names of the three D reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, and Donner? (Mom used the introduction to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to jog her memory.)

For tomorrow let’s try a quick bit of reindeer Christmas math. How many tiny reindeer hooves pull Santa’s sleigh, including Rudolph’s? (I’ll let you know right now - Mom got it wrong.)

- Anubis

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

After-School Program In North Judson Offers Art Activities for Students

By: Anita Goodan
Published: December 3rd, 2013
Students in the eighth grade all the way through college are invited to take part in a community event every Tuesday in North Judson. 
If you enjoy art, this will be the ticket for you. Starting today, a free after-school program will feature art, literature, music, poetry and some other skill building event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. CT every Tuesday at The Studio, 424 Lane Street in North Judson. 
Hannah Minix told WKVI that this is an opportunity for students to develop a skill in some aspect of art, whether it be drawing, writing musical lyrics or discussing literature. She noted that it’s a safe place to go after school and get away from the stresses of school. 
A nutritional snack will also be offered. If you need more information, contact Hannah Minix at (219) 205-2608.

Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #4

In “Jingle Bell Rock” everyone is “dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square, in the frosty air.” Huh, wonder if everyone will be doing that Friday evening when Santa comes to North Judson?

Mom always has problems remembering the names of the 7 Dwarfs and all of Santa’s reindeer. Can you remember the three reindeer whose names begin with "D"?

- Anubis

Monday, December 2, 2013

12/6 - 8/2013 This Is A BIG Weekend For Christmas Activities

December 6, 2013
The Tree Lighting in North Judson will be on Friday evening, December 6, at 6 PM. At 5:45 PM, the Christmas Parade will begin at Lane and Sycamore streets, proceed down Lane to Main, and to Norwayne Field, where Santa will help light the trees. The North Judson-San Pierre High School Band will be in the parade, and the NJ-SP Choir will sing at the lighting. Parade participants should line up on Luken Street near Sycamore at 5:30. Following the tree lighting, join Santa at the Community Building (old firehouse) for cookies and hot chocolate, where Back Stage Studio of Dance will also perform. The Christmas spirit arrives in North Judson in a big way December 6.

December 7, 2013
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! There are still a few tickets left for the 10 a.m. December 7th train. 
A 2nd Annual Christmas Bazaar will take place Saturday, December 7th, at St. Peter Lutheran School Gym.  There will be 28 crafters/vendors from offering a variety of goods from 9 am-2 pm CST.  Mini Christmas Photo Sessions w/Elle Z Photography call for an appt. or walk-ins welcome (574)806-2254.

December 8, 2013
There will be a Cookie walk and a Taco Bar on Sunday, December 8, from 12:00 p.m -2:00 p.m. at St. Mathew Lutheran Church in Hamlet.  A large variety of homemade cookies will be available for sale. 
The Taco bar will be $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 10 and under. this event is Sponsored by St. Matthew Lutheran Church Sunday School and Thrivent Insurance.
The annual community Christmas Cantata at the Knox United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 8 with performances at 2 p.m. and at 6 p.m. CT.
This year’s Cantata, “The Winter Rose”, is under the direction of Jim Oliverius, assisted by Brian Lietchy and Nan Folkers.
This year’s Cantata will be a complete unique music experience that will warm your heart for the Christmas season. Admission is free, but a free will offering will be taken.

Notes from Nubi - Christmas Trivia #3

Whether you've read the book or seen one of the many movie versions, you know the name of Scrooge's partner was Jacob Marley.

There are several radio stations that have started playing Christmas music round the clock, so if you don't know this answer just find one and eventually you will.

In "Jingle Bell Rock" everyone is dancing and prancing. Where do they do it?

- Anubis

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Notes From Nubi - Christmas Trivia #2

I’m sure that you all knew that yesterday’s line - "Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings." – is from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

This time we’ll try some easy book related trivia.  What was the name of Scrooge’s partner?

- Have fun, Anubis