Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Quote of the Month - October 2014

Correction On North Judson Water Bills

From the Town of North Judson:
October's water bills have a typographical error on them. The due date is NOT the 25th, it is the 12th. The back of the card has the due date and when penalties are assessed printed on it, as well other important information. The 25th is the due date to avoid disconnection. We will not be waiving any late fees. I apologize for any confusion this may cause any of our customers. ~ Jennifer

10/1/2014 Starke County Meet the Candidates Night

The Starke County Chamber of Commerce will host their annual "Meet the Candidate's Night" Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will run from about 6 − 9 p.m.

This is a non-partisan event that gives voters a chance to hear where each candidate stands on the issues.

10/27/2014 80/20 Landlording

Meet Scott Stellhorn and Sheamus Clarke, the authors of The Importance of 80/20 Landlording, and learn how to increase your 80 and decrease your 20.

This program helps you focus more on the 20% of your work that matters & less on the 20% of your tenants that cause all the headaches. Learn tricks and tools that work from over 45 combined years of landlording experience. Renting property can be easier and more rewarding than  you think!

To reserve a seat contact the North Judson-Wayne Township Library at 574-896-2841 or email us at lib.norjud@gmail.com.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Register to Vote by October 6th

Planning on voting in the General Election in November? Not sure if you ARE registered to vote because you moved? You have until October 6th to register to vote this November. 

Visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/PublicSite/PublicMain.aspx where you can confirm that you are registered, register online or print out a form if you need to, find your polling place, see who is running for office, see who your elected officials currently are, and several other things.

First Farmer's Bank & Trust Donates Building to The Town

Signing the paperwork is Council President Wendy Hoppe along with Special Assets Officer for First Farmer's Bank & Trust Mr. Hoyt Alexander. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry also observes.

Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry, Council Member Josh Brown and Council President Wendy Hoppe receive the keys to 310 Lane Street from Special Assets Officer of First Farmer's Bank & Trust Mr. Hoyt Alexander.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New ebooks Have Arrived

New ebooks at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library

Blue-eyed Boy – Robert Timberg
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
The Cursed – Heather Graham
Dark Witch – Nora Roberts
The Drop – Dennis Lehane
Every Secret Thing – Laura Lippman
Elvis and the Underdogs – Jenny Lee
The Forgotten Seamstress – Liz Trenow
The Giver Quartet – Lois Lowry
The Harlem Hellfighters – Walter Dean Myers & Bill Miles
If I Stay – Gayle Forman
The Initiate – Veronica Roth
The Pact – Jodi Picoult
The Son – Veronica Roth
Sundance – David Fuller
This is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper
The Time of the Fireflies – Kimberley Griffiths Little
The Traitor – Veronica Roth
A Walk In the Woods – Bill Bryson

10/2/2014 Crop Planning Program

10/5/2014 Knox Center Township Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

Knox Center Township Fire Department Pancake Breakfast will be held October 5, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the South Station, Hwy 35 and Clabaugh Drive, in Knox.  They will be serving pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice, and milk.

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

Please come out and support your local fire department.

9/27/2014 Hillbilly Breakfast @ Fire & Faith Worship Center

September 27, 2014 there will be a Hillbilly Breakfast at the Fire & Faith Worship Center (formerly Grand Central Station) 301 Lane St., North Judson, Indiana.

Meal will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and includes:
Scrambled eggs with/without cheese
Sausage gravy & Biscuits
Fried potatoes
Fried apples
Coffee and Juice
Tickets are Adults $9.99 per plate (12 and older); Children-$4.50 per plate (K-5th grade
Pre-school and under-FREE

10/4/2014 San Pierre Fire Department Fish Fry

San Pierre Fire Department All You Can Eat Fish Fry, October 4, 2014 from 4 p.m. to ??.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.  Carry outs will be available. 

10/4/2014 Knox VFW Ladies Auxiliary 3rd Annual BBQ Rib Dinner

Knox VFW Post 748 Ladies Auxiliary will have their 3rd Annual BBQ Rib Dinner on Saturday, October 4th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Knox VFW Post 748 located on Highway 35 in Knox.  Proceeds from the dinner will go to Wounded Warriors.

For tickets call the VFW at 574-772-2298 or Jewel at 574-772-4606.  The price for tickets is $12 and carry outs will be available.

9/29/2014 North Judson Fall Brush Pick-up

The North Judson Utility Crew will be picking up brush during the week of September 29, 2014.  You must have any brush you want picked up placed on the side of your alley (or street if you have no alley) before the morning of Monday, September 29th.  Once the crew has completed the brush pick-up on a particular street or alley, they will not be able to return to that street or alley.  This will be the last scheduled brush pick-up for 2014


Remember, you are always encouraged to make use of our Town Dump for brush, grass or leaves.  Simply stop by the Water Works office during business hours to sign out the key.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Starke County Road 800 East Closed for Bridge Replacement

Published: September 23, 2014
By: Mary Perren, WKVI

Work on the new bridge over Eagle Creek is under way. LaPorte Construction Company won the bid to replace the bridge on Starke County Road 800 East. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler tells WKVI News 800 East will be closed between 25 North and 50 South for the next couple of months. Take 25 north to 700 East down to 50 South and back to 800 East to get around the road work. Detour signs are up.

9/27/2014 Drug Take Back Event This Saturday

Published: September 23, 2014
By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI

The Indiana State Police is partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event will be held this Saturday Sept. 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can drop off expired or unused prescription medications to law enforcement for proper disposal at any of the Indiana State Police posts. Over 320 tons of prescription medications were collected nationwide last October. During this event new or used needles will not be accepted. Pills, cough syrup and other unwanted medications can be deposited for disposal. For state police post locations visit http://www.in.gov/isp/2382.htm.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Final Members Named to Starke County Park Board

Published: September 22, 2014
By: Mary Perren, WKVI

Starke County’s Park Board is now fully populated. Judge Kim Hall named Mike Meadows and Skyler Ellinger to the five-member panel. They join Starke County Council appointees Debbie Mix and Rosemary Rose and Starke County Commissioners appointee Marsha Bedrock.

The volunteer board will have oversight of parks, open spaces and other recreational lands owned by the county. These include the Starke County Forest and Bass Lake Beach and Campground. The commissioners have opted to let the park board decide whether seasonal campsite leases should be allowed at Bass Lake.

The date for the initial Starke County Park Board meeting has not been announced.

Ancilla Offers Non-Traditional Students a Chance to Try College

Published: September 22, 2014
By: Mary Perren, WKVI
Adults who are considering college can see what it’s all about at Ancilla. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says the We Believe in You program covers the cost of an entire course for students who qualify. They must be at least 21 and have a high school diploma or GED. The program is open to both students with no college experience and those with less than nine hours from any school in the country.

Wignall says the program offers students a chance to try college without obligation or commitment. The three-hour course is free. There’s no application, transcript or tutoring fee. Students do have to buy or rent textbooks, but that is the only expense. Wignall adds counseling and other support services are also offered to students who enroll in the We Believe in You program.

Find more information online at www.Ancilla.edu.

HealthLinc Takes Medical Care on the Road

Published: September 22, 2014
By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI

HealthLinc is offering a new service to area schools this year. They got a federal grant for a mobile, school-based health center. This mobile unit will go to schools during the day to offer dental and medical care such as school physicals, checkups, immunizations and more. So far 10 schools in Starke and St. Joseph Counties have partnered with HealthLinc. Students will get paperwork from the school nurses to take home to their families. Families will also get a schedule of HealthLinc visits. North Judson-San Pierre and the entire Mishawaka school district have signed up. HealthLinc Chief Operating Officer Deb Hickman says they have made sure all the schools are on the same page with them.

“We have very strong relationships with the school nurses who know the needs of the children and know the parents very well”.

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson says HealthLinc has already been to their school.

“Last Friday was the first time it came to the corporation. We had 35 parents who requested that their children be seen by a dentist and the dentist is a regular dentist. He did screening for 21 out of the 35 kids so they’ll come back and finish. It is a full treatment. They are coming back to do fillings, cleanings those types of things that need to be done and then also we will be able to provide medical care with this mobile unit. In October they will come back and do immunizations and flu shots. It’s just wonderful I just can’t say enough good things about this opportunity for healthcare within our school community”.

HealthLinc Director of Development Brandi Anstine [An-Steen] says they are committed to improving health throughout their service area.

“This is our way of really trying to give back to the community and we’re going continue to find more creative and innovative ways to do so. We’re going to continue to listen and do whatever we can to improve the quality of life in those communities and reduce those barriers”.

If you would like more information about HealthLinc visit their website at www.healthlincchc.org.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stuffed Animal Sleepover & Movie

Remember to drop off your stuffed animal at the library either today or Saturday for the Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Then on Monday, September 22nd, you can join your stuffed animal for the movie “101 Dalmations” on Monday, September 22nd at 5 p.m. when you pick them up.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

10/11/2014 WOOF Studios @ Starke County Humane Society

WOOF STUDIOS will be at the Starke County Humane Society on Saturday, October 11th!

Taking appointments now, please call us at 574-896-5060. Don't be worried about your pet not sitting still for the photo, Woof Studios can get that great photo !

9/20/2014 Bella Vita Schedules 5th Annual Life Walk

Published: September 18, 2014
By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI
The 5th annual Life Walk is this Saturday.

The event will help raise money for the Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center. The walk will begin around 10 a.m. at the center on Lake Street and conclude at Wythogan Park.

An open house is planned at the center along with face painting, a balloon artist, coffee and doughnuts.

The $7 entry fee will provide walkers with a t-shirt to show support for Bella Vita. Bella Vita is a nonprofit organization designed to assist those in an unplanned pregnancy situation. Emotional and educational support is provided by Bella Vita to help men and women in need.

For more information about Bella Vita call 574-772-2877 or visit their website at http://bellavitaprc.com/.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

10/4 & 5/2014 Civil War Re-enactment

U.S. 35 Flea Market presents a Civil War Re-enactment on October 4th & 5th.  Plenty of fun for kids, weapons demonstration, real canons, games, shopping, sellers dressed in period clothing.  Free set-up.

Free admission for buyers and spectators.  U.S. 35 Flea Market is located at 0440 N. U.S. Highway 35 (at the intersection of 50 N. and U.S. 35), Knox, Indiana.

10/3 & 4/2014 Marriage and Family Conference

9/20/2014 Bass Lake Lions Turkey Shoot

9/19/2014 Old Fashioned Day Singing @ Community Gospel Baptist Church

9/20/2014 Cancer Benefit for Tim Clemons

Cancer Benefit for Tim Clemons at Washington Township Fire Department on September 20, 2014.

All donations raised will help with family expenses.  There will be great food, DJ Jason Nichols, an auction, 50/50 drawings, and a raffle for a large flat screen TV (must be present to win, drawing at 8 p.m.).

Donations at the door are $10 per adult; $5 for children aged 5 to 10.

For more information call 574-586-3771 or 574-360-5905.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Harvest Season Means Heavier Traffic

Harvest Season Means Heavier Traffic

Published: September 16, 2014
By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI

Harvest season is almost here. This is Farm Safety Week, which is a good time to plan for the coming weeks. Soon you will be sharing the highways and roadways with farm equipment, and your attention to traffic will need to be up. Purdue Extension Agriculture Educator Chad Rushing says there will be a lot to watch out for this season.

He says all operators should be aware of large vehicles on the road. Additionally operators of farm machinery need to be cautious. Rushing adds this is a rural community and farm equipment may be on highways as well as county roads. He says it is important to be patient and to make sure it is safe to pass.

Ancilla Offers Two Year Online Degree

Published: September 16, 2014
By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI
A new program at Ancilla College allows students to earn a degree without setting foot on campus. Behavioral science is the first two year degree offered online by Ancilla. They have had course offerings over the Internet before but have never offered a full degree solely online. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says instruction and assessment will be online with help from professors and other students to aid individuals in keeping up.

“You don’t just get put out on a raft at sea. Our online courses are designed and the program itself is led by Sam Soliman who’s one of our instructors who’s really in tune to this. You’re always going to get support both from the instructor and from your other students,” Wignall said.

“If you’re working, if you’ve got travel in the future if there are other things coming up you can pursue a degree. You can have all the access to Ancilla’s online tutorial stuff that we do. So either way if you pursue it on a beach in the south pacific or if you are here right next to campus you have access to all of the stuff for the degree. It’s 100 percent online it’s very very convenient to students that way,” Wignall added.

Find more information about this program online at http://www.ancilla.edu/.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Knox Moose Family Center Bazaar Taking Reservations

Starting October 1st the Knox Moose Family Center will begin reserving spots for a Bazaar scheduled for November 22nd. Call 772-2098 for a spot and more information.

9/22/2014 Everglades of the North, Part 2

Many of you have seen the PBS documentary Everglades of the North on Channel 34 or some other PBS station, a wonderful and great video production about one of the largest marshes in the world.  It was located right here in Starke County.   Well, it went a little farther than just Starke County - it went from South Bend, IN. to Momence, IL.   That's why it was called "one of the largest" -  perhaps over a million acres.  And much of Starke County was in it.

Example of the size of it -- If you wanted to go to Valparaiso from Logansport, you would have to go to South Bend to get around the marsh.  Or you would have to go to Kankakee, IL. to get around it.  The marsh was huge!

Now, when they produced the original Everglades of the North, a second part to that video was also produced - a part two.   Many of the interviews in part two were done here in Starke County.  This brings a whole new dimension to the main program.  If you enjoyed the first part of the Everglades of the North, I'm sure that you will enjoy part two.  If you haven't seen the first part, we do have a few videos available.

On September 22, 2014, at 5:00 P.M., Ron Vendl and I will bring you the part two video of  Everglades of the North, a 45-minute extension to the first part.  It will be held at the Henry F. Schricker Library in Knox.

I hope you can join us.  But remember, space is limited, so make your reservations by calling the Library at 574-772-7323.

Jim Shilling
Starke County Historical Society


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9/21/2014 God's Not Dead

9/20/2014 Heritage Singers @ Knox Nazarene Church

9/13/2014 Veteran's Lunch @ Knox United Methodist Church

9/12/2014 Student Count Day is Friday

Published: September 10, 2014
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
The ADM, or Average Daily Membership, count for all schools in Indiana is Friday, Sept. 12 and administrators are urging all students to be in school on that day.

It’s imperative that students show up for school as an official enrollment will be taken which will be given to the state. It’s that enrollment count that will determine how much money the state will give each school per student for operating costs.

Some area schools have reported a decline in enrollment but West Central School Superintendent Don Street said the preliminary count there higher than last year.

“Our enrollment right now, counting our kindergarteners as half for our ADM count that will be taken Sept. 12, is approximately 835 students,” explained Street. “Our enrollment has increased slightly from last year.”

Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dan Foster said his corporation’s preliminary enrollment count as of Monday also looks promising.

“We were looking 1,224.5 and that compares to 1,233 in September of 2013. We would be down a few students, but the positive thing is we were at 1,202 on the February count of this year. It does push us back up from there. Of those 1,224 students, 126 of them are transfers in.”

Another ADM count will be conducted in February.

Monday, September 8, 2014

10/4 & 10/18/2014 Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Pumpkin Train

Join us for one of our annual Pumpkin Trains! These trains are extremely popular and often sell out, so buy your tickets early!

Ride aboard the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum's popular tourist train as we take in the sites and sounds of rural life while traveling through the farmland of Northwest Indiana. See plenty of wildflowers, birds, butterflies and other wildlife. This trip will also take you across the Kankakee River bridge at English Lake.

Then we'll take you back to our pumpkin patch, where you can choose a pumpkin of your choice (buy pumpkins for just $1.75 when you purchase your tickets).

Destination: English Lake
Round-Trip Distance: 13 miles
Length of Trip: 75 minutes
Contact:  http://www.hoosiervalley.org/shop/tickets/pumpkin-trains.html

Thursday, September 4, 2014

9/25/2014 Open House Scheduled for New Maintenance Building in North Judson

Published: September 4, 2014
By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI
The North Judson Town Council announced that the new town maintenance building is complete. An open house for the public to visit the new building is scheduled Thursday Sept. 25th from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 710 Railroad Street.

In other news from North Judson, lightning from the Aug. 21st storm caused some damage at the water, police and town office buildings. Some equipment needs to be replaced, and that information will be turned in to the town’s insurance company. Town Marshal Doug Vessely also submitted quotes to replace computers in the police vehicles. Of the $4,430 cost $2000 will come from the police training account and $2,430 will come from the rainy day fund. The council also approved a purchase order for the park to remove seven trees and stumps for a total of $1,400.

The town is also looking to fill a utility crew position. Applications are available at the clerk-treasurer’s office. They are due Friday, Sept. 5th at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

9/23 & 24/2014 Free Genealogy Classes

9/5/2014 St. Peter Lutheran School Port-A-Pit Chicken

9/13/2014 WoodStarke

IRS Officials Offer Tips to Hang Up on Scammers

Published: September 3, 2014
By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI

Telephone scam artists pretending to be with the IRS call claiming you owe money or have a refund trying to trick you into releasing important information. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Fake names and incorrect identification badge numbers are given to make you think they are who they say they are.

The IRS reminds people that they can easily detect when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. There are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not. They may call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice. They may also demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. They may ask for your credit or debit card number over the phone or require you to use a specific payment method. They may also threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. It is also good to note that the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. If you think you are being called by a scammer feel free to report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for tax administration at 1-800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov. Also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Additional information about tax scams are available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

9/23 to 10/28/2014 Tot-Time Fall Into Reading

Story times are starting again at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library.

Tot-Time will be from 11:30-12 noon on Tuesdays from September 23rd to October 28th.

To sign up please contact Kelsie Purcell at 574-896-2841, email her at purcellkelsienjwt@gmail.com, or stop in at the library.

9/24 to 10/29/2014 Story Hour Fall Into Reading

Story times are starting again at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library.

Story Hour will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday’s from September 24th to October 29th.

To sign up please contact Kelsie Purcell at 574-896-2841, email at purcellkelsienjwt@gmail.com, or stop in at the library.

9/22/2014 Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Movie

When:  September 19th to 20th.  Drop off your stuffed animals at the library for a “wild” sleepover party.  Then join your stuffed animal for the movie “101 Dalmations” on September 22nd at 5 p.m.

Where:  North Judson-Wayne Township Library

Wear:  Your jammies to the movie (optional).

We will give your stuffed animal an “owner’s tag”, do a craft with them, and have a “wild” sleepover.

Then you can pick them up on the 22nd and, before the movie begins, enjoy photos of your animal have a “wild” time at their sleepover.

September is National Preparedness Month

Published: September 2, 2014
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI

Marshall County EMA Director Clyde Avery said this is the time of year that we should be preparing for emergencies including natural disaster events and potential terrorist attacks and to take action to protect ourselves and our families.

Avery noted that blizzard and snow events impacted schools, businesses and families this year and tornadoes and severe weather events last year damaged trees, homes and left many people without power for several days. These and many other types of disasters can occur at anytime and anywhere.

Avery suggests that you prepare an emergency kit that includes one gallon of water per person for at least three days, food for the same amount of time, battery-powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, extra medicine, cash, pet food and season specific clothing.

You should also make a plan in the event of a disaster that includes communication and addresses for shelter and evacuation.

After you are done preparing your own household for a disaster, get involved in preparing your community for the same.

Walk-In Flu Shots Available at Hamlet Clinic

Published: September 2, 2014
By: Mary Perren, WKVI

Indiana University Health LaPorte VNA is offering flu and pneumonia shots at a walk-in clinic in Hamlet. Starting today the vaccines are available to people ages 65 and older at IU Health VNA, located at 5595 County Road 600 North in Hamlet. Medicare Part B covers the shots, or participants may pay with cash or check.

The high-dose formula flu shot costs $45, and the pneumonia shot costs $65. The clinic is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shots will be offered to those ages 5 and older starting Sept. 22. They may pay with cash or check. Regular dose flu shots cost $25 each, and pneumonia shots cost $65. The vaccines will be offered while supplies last. Call 219-871-8100 for more information.