2014 Activities in Starke County

    If your group is having a fun or fund raising event let us know, we'd be happy to help you advertise.  

    Contact us one of three ways:  
    Phone:  574-896-2841
    Fax:  574-896-2892

    Knox Moose Family Center Bazaar Taking Reservations

    posted Sep 15, 2014, 12:14 PM by North Judson Public Library

    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

    posted Sep 15, 2014, 12:06 PM by North Judson Public Library

    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

    9/21/2014 God's Not Dead

    posted Sep 10, 2014, 11:02 AM by North Judson Public Library

    9/20/2014 Heritage Singers @ Knox Nazarene Church

    posted Sep 10, 2014, 11:01 AM by North Judson Public Library

    9/20/2014 Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Movie

    posted Sep 10, 2014, 10:43 AM by North Judson Public Library

    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).

    Your stuffed animal will get an “owner’s tag”, do a craft with, 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. 

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

    posted Sep 8, 2014, 12:04 PM by North Judson Public Library   [ updated Sep 8, 2014, 2:44 PM ]

    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 minute

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

    posted Sep 4, 2014, 9:48 AM by North Judson Public Library

    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.

    9/23 & 24/2014 Free Genealogy Classes

    posted Sep 3, 2014, 10:10 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Walk-In Flu Shots Available at Hamlet Clinic

    posted Sep 2, 2014, 9:30 AM by North Judson Public Library

    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.

    Turn in Steps for Another Step Forward

    posted Aug 26, 2014, 10:19 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Published: August 26, 2014 
    By: Anita Goodan, WKVI
    The Moving Starke County Forward organization’s Another Step Forward walking challenge is drawing to a close.

    If you are taking part in the challenge, officials ask that you turn in your steps so they can be added to the grand total. Walking, biking, running and swimming all count toward the total. Send in your statistics to

    Steps count all the way through Sept. 1. The final totals need to be turned in by Sept. 5. Those who turned in the highest amount of steps will receive prizes. Those will be handed out during the WoodStarke program on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Wythogan Park in Knox.

    Eighty-five people are participating in this year’s event.

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