A Winamac resident is leading the charge to allow chickens within the town limits. Arwen Fair says lots of large cities, including Fort Wayne, South Bend and Chicago, allow backyard chickens. She and her husband, Gene, didn’t realize chickens were prohibited in downtown Winamac when they first moved here. The town only allows residents to keep dogs and cats as outdoor pets. Fair has spearheaded a petition drive to gauge support for her plan before approaching the Winamac Town Council. She says she favors reasonable limits on the number of chickens that can be kept and thinks they need to be appropriately fenced and contained.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.