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2014 Activities in Starke County
Published: October 21, 2014
By: Mary Perren, WKVI
A longtime Knox High School teacher and farmer is the 2014 Starke County Chamber of Commerce Henry F. Schricker Award winner. The honor is given annually to a resident who embodies the former governor’s credo of “service before self.” Frank Skronski moved to North Judson from Chicago with his family as a young man. He joined the Navy, which is where he met his wife of 51 years, Evelyn Lippelt. After leaving the service he attended Elmhurst College and earned a degree from Northern Illinois University.
Skronski taught biology for 33 years in Knox and continued to farm. He also put his skills as a barber to use by frequently giving haircuts to the homeless. In the 10 years since he’s been retired from teaching Skronski has been active in numerous organizations, including Starke County Community Services, the Northwest Indiana Services, SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church and many other organizations. One of his most notable contributions is helping to found the St. Vincent DePaul organization in North Judson and recently helping to establish a second chapter in Knox. The organization focuses on helping those in need by providing services ranging from financial aid to furniture and rides to distribution of Christmas gifts.
Skronski will be honored on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Starke County Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center. Contact the Chamber at 574-772-5548 to make reservations for the dinner.
Published: October 20, 2014
By: Mary Perren, WKVI
The Starke County Health Department will conduct a flu shot clinic on Wednesday afternoon in their office on the first floor of the courthouse. Vaccines will be available free of charge for children with Medicaid, no insurance or insurance that doesn’t cover shots. Adult flu shots cost $20. Call the health department at 574-772-9137 for more information.
Published: October 8, 2014
By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
Voters can now vote absentee in a county clerk’s office for the November General Election.
In Starke County, in-office absentee voting will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CT in the second floor meeting room in the courthouse from now until Oct. 31. The same hours will apply for Saturday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 1.
Pulaski County absentee voting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET in the Pulaski County Courthouse from now until Oct. 31. Two Saturdays have been set aside for absentee voting: Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon ET.
Absentee voting in Marshall County will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. until Friday, Oct. 31. The clerk’s office will be open on Saturday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.
The last opportunity to vote absentee in all counties is Monday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon local time.
If you plan on voting absentee, you must have a photo I.D. In most cases, an Indiana Driver’s License, Indiana photo I.D. card, U.S. Passport, or Military I.D. may be used when verifying I.D. before casting a ballot.
The absentee voting window opened yesterday. The Starke County Clerk’s office had 23 in-office voters while Pulaski County officials reported 25 absentee voters. Marshall County officials collected over 40 absentee ballots on Tuesday.
Published: October 8, 2014
By: Mitch Columbe, WKVI
The North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library is conducting their semi-annual drive of non-food donations for CADA this month. Items can be dropped off at the library from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Donations will also be accepted on Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Paper and plastic products are needed as a well as laundry soaps and dish detergents. Any cash donations would be converted into gift cards. Clothes will not be accepted.
Coalition Against Domestic Abuse or CADA has a transitional housing program called the Phoenix House. The staff offers classes in budgeting, nutrition, computers, parenting, domestic violence education, and other necessary life skills. The programs offered assist victims of domestic violence and their dependent children. The victims are allowed to stay in the Phoenix House for up to two years allowing them to get back on their feet. North Judson-Wayne Township Library’s Pat Caron says help and donations for CADA are always needed.
“We’re looking to make this a really big drive. I think the economy has forced an increase in domestic abuse, a lack of jobs. It’s a serious problem for not just Starke County but everywhere,” said Caron
Donations can be delivered to the Library until the end of the month. If you have any questions call the North Judson Library at 574-896-2841.
During the month of October the Friends of the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library are conducting their semi-annual drive for donations of non-food for CADA (Coalition Against Domestic Abuse). You can drop off items at the library during business hours.
Any cash donations will be converted into store gift cards.
Thank you for your donations.
5th Annual Ladies Night Out, “Stepping Out In Faith,” October 23, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Carpenter's Yard, 301 Lane St., North Judson, Indiana.
Tickets are on sale at Bailey’s Discount Center for $5 per person. Limited seating is available.
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