Directory and Community Guide for Starke County

Take The Erie Trail to Open Sky

posted Apr 28, 2017, 11:18 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:48 AM ]


Who we are
Founded in 2010, the Prairie Trails Club, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to develop, manage and maintain the Erie Trail in North Judson and Monterey Indiana. 

The North Judson Erie Trail is a free access, public multi-use path and greenway mostly located in southern Starke County, Indiana. Nine miles of paved trail extend eastward from the town of North Judson to U.S. 35 near Bass Lake.  A shorter paved section has been completed in the town of Monterey to the east in Pulaski County. Motor vehicles are prohibited. The route is fully paved and intended for hiking and bicycling; a separate, unpaved, equestrian trail for horseback riding shares the corridor from Starke County Road 100 West to U.S. 35.

Centered on the rail banked right-of-way of the former Erie JK Line, much of the North Judson Erie Trail is elevated offering an excellent view of the unspoiled countryside of the Kankakee sand country, and though you’ll see some of the rich farmland for which Indiana is justly famous, the landscapes are often more natural and quite varied — groves of oaks, prairies, and marshlands. The level rail bed makes for easy hiking and cycling.

The North Judson Erie Trail is part of the transcontinental American Discovery Trail, extending from the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware to the Pacific Coast at Point Reyes in northern California. 

Rules of the Trail

The trail is open for everyone's use and enjoyment. 
    1. Closed from dusk to dawn. 
    2. Non-motorized use only - unauthorized motor vehicles prohibited. 
    3. Do not trespass on adjoining property
    4. Obey stop signs. 
    5. Ride or walk on the right side of the trail. 
    6. Other trail users must yield to pedestrians.  Warn trail users as you approach from behind ie: "On your left"
    7. Helmets recommended
    8. Take only pictures; leave only footprints - pack out your trash. 
    9. Pets are welcome if kept on a leash and in control. 
    10. Horses are welcome on the designated horse trail.  Please do not ride horses on the asphalt. 
    11. Report problems to Starke County Sheriff's Department - 574-772-3771.  Use 911 for emergencies. 
North Judson Erie Trail, Starke County, Indiana  www.prairietrailsclub.org

Dedicated to public access trails and greenways in rural northern Indiana. 

NJ United Methodist Church Food Pantry/Chat & Chew/Community Meal

posted Apr 27, 2017, 10:43 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library


READY: Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed

posted Apr 22, 2017, 9:00 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:46 AM ]


Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

The campaign’s messages have been distributed through: television, radio, print, outdoor and Web (PSAs) developed and produced by The Advertising Council; brochures;

www.Ready.gov and www.Listo.gov Web sites; toll-free phone lines 1-800-BE-Ready and 1-888-SE-Listo; and partnerships with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations.

In 2004, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched Ready Business, an extension of the Ready campaign that focuses on business preparedness. Ready Business helps owners and managers of small- to medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. The campaign’s messages are being delivered through Ready Business section of this Web site, brochures, radio, print and internet PSAs and key partnerships.

In 2006, FEMA launched Ready Kids, a tool to help parents and teachers educate children ages 8 - 12 about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared. The program includes family-friendly Web pages and online materials developed by Sesame Workshop and Discovery Education.

FEMA has also worked with a variety of public and private sector organizations to develop tailored preparedness information for specific Americans. The Department worked with American Kennel Club, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association and The Humane Society of the United States to create materials that highlight the key steps pet owners should take to prepare themselves and their animals. FEMA also worked with AARP, the American Red Cross, the National Organization on Disability and the National Fire Protection Association to create emergency information for older adults and Americans with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Materials developed for these specific Americans include brochures and instructional videos available at our publications page.

In 2008, The Ready Campaign added a section on their web site for military families. The entire Department highlights emergency preparedness through National Preparedness Month (NPM), a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to help older adults, Americans with disabilities, access or functional needs, and others, prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. View the Ready Public Service Advertisements.

Dial 811 Before You Dig (NIPSCO)

posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:23 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:43 AM ]

A call to 811 at least two days before the start of any digging project will give utility locators time to find and mark buried underground utilities.

Failure to locate lines can result in damage to gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines, which in turn can lead to serious injuries and service disruptions.

Additionally not calling 811 could result in fines of up to $10,000 along with repair costs for any damages incurred.

NIPSCO officials urge anyone with plans for an outdoor project involving digging to call 811 or enter a request online at www.811NOW.com two business days before the start of any project. The service is always available, but advance notice is required in order to schedule. Avoid staring projects until you’re sure all lines are marked. 811 will read a list of companies that should respond.

If the original planned project is near utility line markings, choose another spot on the property for the project. Also if your planned excavation is within two feet of any marked facility use hand tools for digging. If vacuum excavation must be used, be extremely careful.

Confirm that any contractors you are using have called 811 prior to starting a project. Do not allow them to begin if lines are not marked. NIPSCO officials say it is safe to begin digging carefully around accurately marked areas after a site has been marked.

Youth

posted Mar 7, 2017, 3:05 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:49 AM ]

A Positive Approach to Teen Health
1755 Thornapple Circle 
Valparaiso, Indiana  46385
Phone:  219-548-8783
info@pathblazer.org

Boy Scouts, LaSalle Council 
1340 South Bend Avenue 
South Bend, Indiana  46617
Phone:  574-289-0337

Girl Scouts Northern Indiana-Michigan 
3620 Deahl Court
Fort Wayne, Indiana  46825
Phone:  800-283-4812
Hours:  Monday - Friday = 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Services:  programs, youth service

Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service (4-H)
53 E. Washington Street (Courthouse) 
Knox, Indiana  46534
Phone:  574-772-9141
Fax:  574-772-6900
Hours:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Services:  programs, youth services

Starke County Youth Club 
P. O. Box 442
901 South Main Street
Knox, Indiana  46534
Phone:  574-772-1600 ext. 1821
inof@thescyc.org
Services:  education, youth services 


School Corporations

posted Mar 7, 2017, 2:52 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:47 AM ]

Knox Community School Corporation
#2 Redskin Trail 
Knox, Indiana  46534
Phone:  574-772-1600
Fax:  574-772-1608

North Judson School Corporation 
801 Campbell Drive 
North Judson, Indiana  46366
Phone:  574-896-2155
Fax: (574) 896-2156

Oregon-Davis Community School Corporation 
5998 N. 750 E. 
Hamlet, Indiana  46532
Phone:  574-867-2111
Fax:  574-867-8191

Preschools

posted Mar 7, 2017, 2:43 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:46 AM ]

Adventure Island Preschool 
North Judson, Indiana  46366
Phone:  574-896-2708 / 574-249-0486

Foundations Child Care and Preschool 
6020 S. 300 E. 
Knox, Indiana  46534
Phone:  574-772-2277

Knox Elementary Preschools 
210 W. Culver Road 
Knox, Indiana  46534
Phone:  574-772-1633

Little Lambs Preschool 
1600 S. Heaton Street
Knox, Indiana  46534
Phone:  574-772-4301

Little Lights Preschool 
210 Central Avenue 
North Judson, Indiana  46366 
Phone:  574-896-5927

Oregon-Davis Preschool 
5998 N. 750 E. 
Hamlet, Indiana  46532
Phone:  574-867-2711

St. Peter Lutheran Preschool 
810 W. Talmer Avenue 
North Judson, Indiana  46366
Phone:  574-896-5933

Transportation

posted Mar 7, 2017, 2:30 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:48 AM ]

Community Services of Starke County 
311 E. Culver Road 
Knox, Indiana  46534
Phone:  574-772-7070
Fax:  574-772-7281 
Hours:  Monday - Friday = 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Services:  food, transportation, senior center, home-delivered meals, homemaker program, food pantry 

Special Needs

posted Mar 7, 2017, 2:29 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:47 AM ]

Center for Hospice Care 
122 S. Center Street
Plymouth, Indiana  46563
Phone:  574-935-4511 / 800-467-4723
Hours:  Monday - Friday = 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Services:  education, special needs, elderly services, handicapped, medical 

Family Focus, Inc. 
660 Morthland Drive 
Valparaiso, Indiana  46385
Phone:  800-582-4198
Hours:  Monday - Friday = 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Services:  financial, programs, special needs, income maintenance, youth services, substance abuse, transportation, utilities 

Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
7725 N. College Avenue 
Indianapolis, Indiana  46240
Phone:  317-253-1481
Fax:  317-251-6511
Hours:  Monday - Friday = 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Marshall-Starke Development Center
1901 Pidco Drive 
Plymouth, Indiana  46363
Phone:  574-936-9400
Fax:  574-936-4537
Hours:  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Services:  special needs, employment/training, handicapped 

Memorial Homecare 
2602 S. US 35 
Knox, Indiana  46366
Phone:  574-273-2273 / 574-772-4316
Hours:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Services:  medical equipment

Outreach Services for the Deaf/HH Child 
Phone:  317-550-4828 / 317-550-4853 
outreach@isd.k12.in.us 
Hours:  Monday - Friday = 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Services:  special needs 

Pathfinder Services, Inc. 
P. O. Box 431
1601 W. Jefferson, Suite 15
Plymouth, Indiana  46563
Phone:  574-936-5610
Fax:  574-936-7643
Hours:  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Services:  shelter 

Community Resources

posted Mar 7, 2017, 2:18 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:42 AM ]

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum 
P. O. Box 75 
507 Mulberry Street
North Judson, Indiana  46366
Phone:  574-896-3950

Museum of Firearm Cartridges 
Hamlet, Indiana  46532
Phone:  574-867-3421

Starke County Chamber of Commerce 
400 N. Heaton St. 
Knox, Indiana  46534
Phone:  574-772-5548
Fax:  574-772-0867
info@starkecountychamber.com

Starke County Historical Society
401 S. Main Street
Knox, Indiana  46534
Phone:  574-772-4311 / 574-772-5393
Hours:  Tuesday - Thursday = 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Starke County Humane Society 
0104 W. State Road 10 
North Judson, Indiana  46366
Phone:  574-896-5060
Hours:  Monday - Friday = 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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