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2015 Activities in Starke County
The snow may still be flying, but tickets are now on sale for our Easter Trains on Saturday, April 4th. Buy your tickets early, as these trains always sell out!
Hop aboard the Easter Train on Saturday, April 4th for a fun-filled adventure aboard HVRM's annual excursion. This trip will take you across the Kankakee River Bridge at English Lake before returning to North Judson. You'll disembark from the train for a visit with the Easter Bunny and enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt before returning to the station.
Trains run at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. For more information visit http://www.hoosiervalley.org/shop/tickets/easter-train/easter-train-april-04-2015.html.
Published: February 28, 2015
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
A social media post about the dangers of texting and driving could land a student a scholarship toward post-secondary education.
Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann is encouraging high school and college students to put together a campaign on social media to drive now and text later. Texting while driving is illegal in the state, but it’s not preventing drivers to type a message. Cell phones are a constant in the world, but it’s best to wait to check or type text messages until after you reach your destination.
Almost 80 percent of teens and young people have admitted to texting while driving, and 78 percent say they have read a text while driving. Since the numbers are high, five state agencies have joined efforts to help raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving by sponsoring the Drive Now. TXTL8R contest. Students produce videos that will be judged. The winning student will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
For official rules, visit www.txtl8r.in.gov for a link to the registration page. Students have until April 10 to register. Entries will be considered in early May and ceremonies will be held in June at the winner’s school.
Published: February 25, 2015
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8 at 2 a.m. local time. Before you go to bed on March 7, make sure that you set your clock ahead one hour or move it ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday.
The Indiana State Fire Marshal encourages residents to change the batteries in smoke detectors when the time is changed. It serves as a reminder to make sure fresh batteries are installed as they should be changed twice a year.
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, and one should be inside each bedroom and outside of each sleeping area.
Turkey Tracks Hunt, Eric Corey Foundation will hold their banquet on March 7, 2015 at the Washington Township Community Building (20 North State Road 23, Knox, Indiana) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Entertainment by comedian Don Tersigni, from Valparaiso. He will be scheduled to start at 7:00.
Tickets are Adult = $20 (includes dinner & entertainment), Children 5 to 12 = $10, Carry-outs $10. Dinner includes ½ Port-a-pit chicken, loaded mash potato, green beans, and coleslaw.
For more information contact Carol Corey at 574-772-5567.
Country & Gospel Music Bluegrass Jam on March 6th from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center, 53 East Lake Street, Knox, Indiana .
There will be a dance floor, pop & coffee, and a 50/50 drawing. You are asked to bring a covered dish to share.
Admission: Non-perishable food donation for Starke County Food Pantry – REQUIRED.
Published: February 24, 2015
By: Tyler Maffitt, WKVI
A new medical practice is opening its doors in the area and one physician is looking to use the opportunity to help improve access to healthcare.
For about 10 years, Dr. Amed Alhamwi has been developing his skills in internal medicine in New York, Illinois, and a few other areas. His practice is now operating in Knox with a focus on patients ages 18 and older.
He says he’s noticed patients are having difficulty seeing their doctors in a timely manner.
“I thought that, you know, there is a need, and I’m internal medicine Board Certified, so I was thinking, you know, let’s give it a shot and I’m hoping to get some support from the community to be able to continue providing those services,” says Alhamwi.
According to several sources, the immediate area is thought to have a shortage of medical professionals. One recent political candidate made note of the issues the healthcare industry is facing with its labor force on the campaign trail.
Dr. Alhamwi addressed concerns about a possible shortage in the area – saying that providing another practice will allow patients to be seen sooner, and will perhaps reduce unnecessary hospital visits.
“We tried to work with the medication that they can afford, and even if they don’t have insurance, we have a way where we can charge them relatively not too much for them to be seen at our office,” says Alhamwi.
A ribbon cutting for Dr. Alhamwi’s practice will take place on Wednesday.
Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Richard Gere & Jennifer Lopez, Beauty & the Beast. What do these couples have in common? Ballroom Dancing.
If you've ever imagined waltzing around a ballroom or maybe doing the tango then here's your chance. The North Judson-Wayne Township Library is sponsoring an evening of dance lessons on March 6th, 6 p.m., at the North Judson-San Pierre Middle School.
There are only a limited number of spaces available so you will need to reserve your spot by calling the library at 574-896-2841 or registering at http://www.njwtpl.com/ball-room-dance-session.
Big Band Dancing returns to the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 11, 2015.
Dance to the music of "Sentimental Journey's." There will be refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages available.
Admission is $6 per person at the door.
2015 Carol Grubbs Awards
The Friends of the Library for the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library are pleased to announce the 1st ever Carol Grubbs poetry/prose contest. Entries are due on or before April 3rd.
The Competition is in celebration of long-time North Judson resident Carol Grubbs. Carol Louise Weddell Grubbs began writing at the age of 8. Inspired by her Mamaw, Lelah Holmes, she would, “jot down thoughts and ideas, as Carol followed through with, to make people feel better.” Carol inherited the name of “Little Lelah,” because it was a source of gathering information, identically done, just as her Mamaw did.
Carol’s poetry has been inspired by God, family, friends, and a lifetime of experiences. Carol was born in Seymour, Indiana, and has deep roots in Jackson County and here in North Judson where she lives with her husband, Paul.
All residents of North Judson are eligible, including residents from other parts of Starke County. There will be two age divisions, adult and student.
Writers may submit three entries and all submissions will be retained and printed for public viewing. The student division will be limited to those writers who are 18 years and younger as of April 3, 2015.
Submission requirements will be enforced and are available at the library and on its websites at www.njwtpl.com and www.njwt.lib.in.us.
Please direct all inquiries and correspondence regarding this year’s competition to Pat Caron, c/o North Judson-Wayne Township Library, 208 Keller Avenue, North Judson, Indiana 46366 or by calling 574-896-2841 on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Entries should be submitted to the circulation desk of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library by close of business, or postmarked no later than, April 3, 2015.
Our awards ceremony will be April 23d, at 6 p.m. and we will announce the winners at that time.
PLEASE NOTE: the signed application form must be paper clipped to the entry. The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere on the submission, so as to retain anonymity.
2015 Carol Grubbs Poetry/Prose Writing Contest Rules
IMPORTANT NOTICE: please be certain to follow each of the criteria below in order to avoid disqualification.
1. DIVISIONS: There will be two divisions: Adult and Student. Student includes those individuals who are aged 18 years or younger as of April 3, 2015. All other entrants shall be classified as adults. All entrants MUST be residents of Starke County.
2. CATAGORIES: There will be two categories: Poetry and Prose. Only two entries per person in each category will be allowed.
3. With the poetry exception at paragraph 6 below, each entry should be typed on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, double spaced, with 12 point New Roman Font. For general text, no bold italics should be used. However, use of bold or italics is permitted for effect within the context of the writing.
4. The title must be included on the first page of the manuscript, as well as the submission form.
5. Each entry should have the pages numbered, and the name of the entrant shall not appear anywhere on any of the pages of each submission. The purpose of this requirement is to retain complete anonymity.
6. While prose entries must be double spaced, the poetry may be arranged and typed according to the poet’s wishes.
7. The Carol Grubbs Writing Contest Application must be paper clipped to the manuscript so that it can be easily removed before evaluation by the judges. A number will be assigned to each to ensure anonymity.
8. Entries which exceed the maximum length requirements (10 pages, double spaced, 12 point New Roman Font) will be disqualified.
Bring your cards and match your wits against Magic players in a tournament at the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library.
This program is in the Meeting Room on March 18, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE to enter. All players welcome (beginners and veterans) aged 14+.
There will be extra cards available for those who have never played but want to try.
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