Paint Starke County Purple!

Event: Paint The Town Purple
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Ericka Taylor-Joseph
American Cancer Society Volunteers to Paint Starke County Purple as part of Relay For Life Movement

Starke County, Indiana (May 21st) – The American Cancer Society is seeking businesses and organizations to get involved in the Relay For Life movement by displaying purple ribbons and other decorations from Monday, May 21st – Thursday, June 1st. Purple is the signature color of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life program, which represents all cancers.

Anyone in the community can help “Paint the Town Purple” by doing other activities, including putting up purple-themed displays in storefronts, swapping out white light bulbs for purple ones, or selecting a day for everyone to wear purple at work or school. In addition, participants who make a $10 donation through the “Paint the Town Purple” campaign will receive a special purple decorative bow to display.

“It is so important to get the community involved to raise awareness of our upcoming event. Every single dollar counts and every single person who participate in Relay for Life makes a difference.” Ericka Taylor-Joseph, Event Chair

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer. Uniting communities across the globe, we celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Society has invested more than $4.5 billion in research since 1946, and have funded more than 20,000 scientists at more than 1,000 institutions nationwide.
For more information about how to participate in painting your town purple and the larger Relay For Life of Starke County movement, visit or call 1-800-227-2345

New Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inductees at Ancilla College .

DONALDSON – Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of higher education, inducted 23 new members from Ancilla College for the spring semester in a formal ceremony Sunday, March 19 at Ancilla’s campus.

Those inducted to Ancilla’s Beta Beta Beta chapter include:

Jacob Albon (Knox), Nellie Alexander (Knox), Linsey Brewer (Culver), Ha Cao (Donaldson), Karissa Caverley (Plymouth), Liam Cleeton (Edinburgh ,Scotland), Amanda Cook (Logansport), Makayla Flora (Walkerton), Joshua Forth (Stalybridge, England), Olivia Green (Warsaw), Sydney Harmon (White Pigeon, MI), Casey Head (Knox), Emily Hopple (Plymouth), Chi Huynh (Donaldson), Patricia Johnson (Walkerton), Julianna Larson (Knox), Colleen Nine (Lakeville), Allyson Norby (Decatur), Kayleen Pinkham (Walkerton), Corgan Shepard (Kokomo), Klinton Stille (Bloomfield), Brittany Taylor (Schertz, TX), Lauren Taylor (Crown Point), Kelsie West (Peru), Karson Williams (Kingsbury), and Karen Zuniga Marquez (Ft. Wayne).

“These students have become an elite group, noted for academic success,” said Jodie Bowers who serves as the chapter’s co-advisor alongside Academic Advisor Kristin Rust.

“Students will be able to reap the benefits of becoming members of PTK when they transfer to four-year schools and find it easier and perhaps cheaper to continue their education,” Bowers said.

This year’s guest speaker was Debra Friar, local business owner of Small Wonders Daycare. Friar graduated from Ancilla College in 2008 and is also a member of PTK.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau.

To be eligible for membership a student must complete a minimum of twelve hours of associate degree course work and generally earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college, generally a 3.25 GPA.

Ancilla College, founded in 1937, offers 25 associate degree programs at their campus in Donaldson, Indiana, near Plymouth. With new on-campus housing, more intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women, and expanded program offerings in nursing, business and agriculture, the college has seen double-digit growth over the past two years.

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Contact: Todd Zeltwanger
574-936-8898 x.345
Ancilla College

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Indiana high school grads get a second chance.

Indiana announced today that the state’s March 10th FAFSA deadline would be extended to April 15th this year in response to the failure of a federal data retrieval tool that complicated the process for families attempting to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The state’s commissioner for higher education, Teresa Lubbers, made the announcement, which effects anyone seeking financial aid for college in Indiana.

“There were serious security issues found in the FAFSA system, but the federal government did not communicate many of these problems to the states. They simply turned off the data retrieval tool. This left thousands of Indiana families hanging,” said Eric Wignall, vice president for enrollment at Ancilla College.
“Today’s announcement means Hoosiers can go back into incomplete online FAFSA forms and complete them. This also means, if people just didn’t do it– that they didn’t bother or forgot– they can do it now and get in under the deadline,” Wignall said.
Anyone seeking financial aid to attend colleges or universities in Indiana can file the FAFSA, a free online form created to make the financial aid process faster and easier. Difficulties with the data retrieval tool– a tool meant to import previous tax data– surfaced early this year.

The extended deadline means that if the data import tool did not work, students and parents can go back and enter 2015 tax data by hand and still meet the deadline.

“There were several changes to the FAFSA this year. The date it opened was earlier and the use of the prior tax year were changed to make filing easier. I don’t think anyone, at any level, thought there would be such a significant problem with importing the tax data,” Wignall said.
This also means everyone gets another chance at financial aid in Indiana. 

Financial aid increased for Hoosiers this year.

The change in deadline coincides with the state’s announcement of new funding for Indiana financial aid. Lower income Hoosier students can now qualify for more state aid than last year.  

“The state’s Frank O’Bannon Grants, based on family income, were increased a great deal. For the poorest students, students who have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0,  the grant increased $1,600. This is significant support for people who want to earn a college degree in Indiana. State aid increased to $9,000 a year for students going to private schools like Ancilla, and up to $4,500 for students going to state universities,” Wignall said. 

“The increases mean more financial aid for the students who need it the most,” he said.

O’Bannon Grants, named for a former governor, are designed for Indiana residents who will go to an Indiana college. Here’s the full chart:

The federal Pell Grant was also increased for the 12017-2018 school year.The maximum Pell Grant for the 2017–18 award year is $5,920. 

Ancilla College, like most schools, adds state aid and federal aid to a financial aid package that helps students pay for school.

“One difference for us, because we’ve kept our tuition and fees so low over the past few years these new grants cover nearly all our tuition costs. A 21st Century Scholar, another Indiana grant program for working families, will not pay a penny in tuition at Ancilla. If they have good grades and above average SAT or ACT scores, they also be eligible for scholarships,” Wignall said. “This combination of need-based aid, using a family’s income level, and incentive scholarships, based on grades and other criteria, can really pile up financial aid for students.”

Please note:
There is no public data on how many Hoosier families this deadline extension affects. It applies to all adult learners, veterans, soon-to-graduate high school students, and anyone who wants to attend college in Indiana this coming year. Please get this information out to people. It’s not just about a tiny Catholic college in northern Indiana. This is a big deal for people across the state.

Eric Wignall
Vice President
Enrollment Management
Ancilla College
phone:  (574)  936-8898   xt. 330

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Bishop Rhoades to Kick off Lampen Lecture Series

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Bishop Rhoades to Kick off Lampen Lecture Series

DONALDSON – Informational and inspiring lectures are not limited to the classroom at Ancilla College. For the last 12 years, the college has presented their Lampen Lecture series to the public. Named for Sr. Joel Lampen, Ancilla’s first president, the Lampen Lecture series was initiated by Sr. Carleen Wrasman in 2005.

The Lampen Lecture series was designed to combine the universality of the Catholic Church, the international character of the PHJC, and the Earth Charter, which is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society.

Now the college is kicking off the Spring Lampen Lecture series for 2017. The first lecture will definitely not be one to miss as they are hosting Bishop Kevin Rhoades, the ninth Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and his lecture titled The Role of Young Adults in Church and Society. “Our young people carry within them the potential to change the world for the better,” said Sr. Jolise May, vice president of mission integration.

“Might I add, they are adventurers; they are risk-takers. They hold in their hands and hearts the potential and possibilities of healing a hurting world. We are pleased to have Bishop Rhoades here on the Ancilla campus to speak,” Sr. May said.

Bishop Rhoades, speaking at Ancilla College, picture attached below

The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Evergreen Room of the Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center.

This series is open to Ancilla students, staff, others in the PHJC ministries, as well as the general public at no charge. The Spring Lampen Schedule for 2017 is as follows:

January 25, 2017        “The Role of Young Adults in Church and Society”  Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend Evergreen Room of Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center at 6:30 p.m.

February 22, 2017      Topic on Mysticism (Specific topic to be determined Richard Daves, PhD
Hardesty Room (C231)   at 2:10 p.m.

March 16, 2017          Part I.  The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and   United States Immigration  Martha Villigas Miranda, MSSW
Cana Hall at 12:45 p.m.

April 19, 2017            Part II:  The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and Access to the United States Educational System.   Br. Alan Parham, FSC
Cana Hall at 12:45 p.m.

Ancilla College and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are proud to offer these lectures to anyone who might have interest in attending. If you have any questions about the details, please contact Sr. Jolise May, Vice President of Mission Integration, at or (574) 936-8898 ext. 361. We look forward to seeing you at the Lampen Lectures.

Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a small, private, liberal arts school offering associate degrees in over two dozen academic programs and intercollegiate athletics at their campus near Plymouth, Indiana. Ancilla is a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, part of the Center at Donaldson.

Knox JPW Cheer Squad to compete at Nationals

This fundraiser is for Knox JPW Cheer Squad to compete at Nationals at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida .

The girls are ages 8-11years of age who compete in the JPW division.

In October 2016 our girls competed for their first year at District in Indiana and took home a 1st Place Championship Trophy & also HIGHEST score of the day put of all squads, all ages.

In November 2016 next they then went on to compete at Regionals in Illinois and took home a 1st place Championship trophy.  We are now headed to NATIONALS!!!!

There are 16 team members that we need to get to nationals. Expenses will be airfare, hotel, tickets, food, etc  help us get these girls there so we can bring home the NATIONAL CHAMPION title.

These girls work HARD!  They practice anywhere from 2-4 days per week for 1 1/2-3 hours at a time.  They also cheer at their teams games each weekend leaving very little free time after school or on weekends.  They toss into the air several feet up, flip, front and back walkovers, tumble, back flip, jump, cartwheel etc.  It’s a very hard sport to be in. Numerous cheerleaders also attend gymnastics to help better their squad which is even more time, money, & energy for these girls to participate in.  These girls are BEYOND talented and deserve their chance at Disney!  We believe they will be first place Champions!!!!  Let’s get Knox on the map and featured on ESPN as having the #1 JPW Cheer Squad out there!  DONATE & SHARE our link DAILY if possible 🙂  Thank you in advance from all the Cheerleaders, Coaches, & Parents for supporting our squad and helping them make their dreams come true.

ALL $$$$$$ received will be split EQUALLY among the girls that attend the 2016 trip to Nationals to compete.  So  feel free to share, tag, tweet, copy & paste the link etc. and lets get these girls to Disney!!!!

In the event we do not qualify for Disney in 2016 the funds will continue to be saved for the squad for the following year.

The Cheer & Dance Championships feature over 300 cheer and dance teams who compete at a five-day long event. Competitions take place at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex ™. Cheer & Dance Squads compete in 4 different age ranges (Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. JV & Varsity). The Cheer teams also compete in sizes (Small, Medium & Large) and four competition categories (YCADA PW1, PW2, PW3 & PW4). The Dance teams compete in two competition categories (YCADA Pom Performance and Theme Dance).Each year, Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. hosts the Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer and Dance Championships.

For the past eleven years, the event has taken place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex ™ in Lake Buena Vista, FL during the first full week of December.

The 26TH Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Championships is a 6 day long event beginning on Saturday, Dec. 6th with a Mitey Mite Cheer Event and national finals taking place Monday Dec.5th through Friday, Dec. 9th, at the HP Field House Arena at ESPN’s WWOS, just upstairs from the football fields. Our Advanced Division

PW4 squads across all age ranges will perform live on ESPN3. Over 450 cheer and dance squads participate in small, medium and large squads in four divisions at novice, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Competition begins with the youngest age divisions performing on Monday and the eldest cheerleaders on Friday, and is broken into morning and afternoon sessions each wrapping up with a festive parade of champions and awards ceremonies.

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Dan Named Finalist for 2016 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Award

Lisa Dan
Lisa Dan

Lisa Dan, administrative assistant at the Starke County Economic Development Foundation (SCEDF) for the past 10 years, was recently named a finalist for the 2016 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana recognition award.  Ms. Dan was nominated by previous past presidents of the Foundation, Diane Thalmann and Bill Sonnemaker. Ms. Thalmann was a previous winner back in 2011 as Most Influential Woman in the category of Economic Development. Continue reading

Dalphond Reports Progress on Pioneer Cemetery Terrace Project

Editor’s note: Dr. Dennis Dalphond of North Judson is spearheading the restoration of the stone terrace across from the United Methodist Church on Central Avenue at the north edge of Pioneer Cemetery. We are pleased to share his chronicles of the progress on the project.

This past Friday at 11 a.m., Helen grabbed me to tell me that Marshall Horstman (town superintendent-hereafter known as Marshall Dillon-young people look up “Gunsmoke”–old, old tv series may even have been in black and white) was up front and that he had something for me. Uh-oh i said, ent up front and there he was-dripping wet with sweat with a light dusting of sand.

He held out to me a key on a ring. I asked him what this was, and he said that the key was to open a padlock that would allow us to use the valve that was connected to a water line that had just been installed at the top of the hill at the Pioneer Cemetery. This news almost opened the valve that is connected to my lacrimal glands (these babies make tears).

I removed the key from the ring, put the ring on the fourth finger of his left hand, got down one one knee and asked him to marry me. He said NO. I stood up and moved to hug him and he pushed me away–warning that he was dirty with sand and sweat–I pushed his hands away and gave him a big ‘ole man hug and thanked him from the depths my heart. Helping the Marshall was Randy Schwartz and Jason Manns. I’ve been looking for them to thank them in person-so far no luck.

Tyler Lee and i went over to the site Friday at noon, and there we, to our wondering eyes, were greeted by a big hole, a back-hoe, a meter pit and a fire-engine red water spigot-with that padlock which opened with that key, and the water pressure was impressive. I will post some photos-with Tyler and me-taking our turns sitting in the back-hoe pretending to operate the controls-we may actually did not do that-maybe those photos were photo-shopped and maybe they were not-only Tyler and I know for sure and we ain’t sayin’. I’m just sayin’. sayin’ somethin’ or other-lost my train of thought there for a second.
Stopped in at the Town Hall Monday night to thank the board members-they were kind enough to let me interrupt the public meeting (I may have said something to the effect that i was on the way to the hospital which may or may not have been true-what was true was that i was soaking wet from the downpour outside).
thank you
Marshall Dillon
Jason Manns
Randy Schwartz
The North Judson Town Board
and lastly
The Methodist Church for all the water that we used to get this far


This post is lengthy so be prepared

I am thanking many people who helped out yesterday at TTAAMC. it is a long list, so please note each name. I hope that I have not left anyone out, if so please, please let me know. i apologize for any misspellings. so here it goes

Gary Reedy

Don Bowman

The Korchas’-Bryan, Brianna, Brooke and Kristin

The Burgers’-Trey (proud new Dad) and Gordon (proud new Grandfather)

Levi Fletcher

The Brazauskas’-Jim, Stephanie, Shay, Olivia,Gabe

The Stacys’-Corey, Jasmine, Hudson, Lincoln, Ethan, Jensen, and Cohen

The Clemons’-Jesiah, Amie, Axel, Teia and Cora

The Moerlands’-Joos, Essie and Lina

Mark and Monica Rayburn

Steve Tolle

And finally the leaders of their “pack”-which includes most of the above.

Pastors Larry and Essie Clemons (of the Everlasting River Fellowship). These two are wonderful leaders and their “pack” is made up of gentle, loving and very generous individuals.

Essie had told me, earlier in the week, that members of their church wanted to help so I said “please surprise me with as many folks as can be rounded up” as we will have a lot to do. When I pull up to TTAAFMC on any given Saturday morning I always shut my eyes and lower my expectations as to how many people will be there-sometimes one or two and sometimes it is just me-regardless of how many, I am always grateful for whatever greets my eyes as I open them. Essie surprised me. Indeed. I opened my eyes and saw THIRTY FOUR pairs of eyes-all looking at me-I did not get out of my truck right away as my eyes had some moisture on them-said moisture was not sweat as Ii had done no work yet. Said moisture, Ii believe are called tears.

This is what was accomplished in ONE hour

Dug a trench 16 inches wide, 2 feet deep and NINETY feet long in preparation for the concrete footing for the next wall

Separated top soil from the underlying sand and and placed both in separate piles

Gathered pretty stones and placed them in a pile for easy access down the road

Gathered massive chunks of concrete (left over from the curb when it was replaced years ago) and placed them in there own BIG pile-this stuff will, eventually, need to be hauled away

Then Mr. Don Bowman suggested that we might prepare the form for the concrete footing. I groaned quietly as I was quite tired at that point because the week just finished at the office had been quite challenging. The weeks vacation in Myrtle Beach with the kids and grandchildren was wonderful but, if you play u r going to pay when u get back and pay we did-m’ladies and I were run off of our feet all last week. But everyone else seemed to be up for it. So we drove our trucks over to Norwayne Lumber (so nice to have that lumber yard so close to home) where Mr. Jim Menis greeted us with a smile (he is a very, very good man-we do not know of all the good deeds he does-many of those good deeds he does without being asked-our town is very fortunate to have such a hard working, generous and community-minded individual) and picked up the necessary supplies-180 feet of 1×6 boards, 180 feet of rebar, 36 two-foot stakes and 50 risers, went home (so nice to live one block away from TTAAFMC) and grabbed a couple of drills and many screws and went back to prepared that form.

All of that took an additional hour and 10 minutes, and now all is ready for next Saturday, when concrete will be mixed and placed in that form. Then I went home and took a very, very long nap.

we all had a great time-oh… i almost forgot-M warned me to “watch my mouth” as cussing to me is like breathing-so I told the people there what she had said and they all laughed. I told them not to laugh as I  do use “colorful” (?) language, but they kept on laughing. Anyhoo-i did my best, and Pastor Clemons complimented me, at the end of the work, on the restraint I had shown.

Finally and at last I just want to say that our experience that morning was gratifying and fun. I think I now know what a “Barn Raising” was like-hard work, fine people and fun…oh.. and gum and Spider Man and Cinderella stickers.

Thank you all

G&G Guns Joins the Starke County Chamber!

Ribbon cutting photo for G&G Guns located in Ed’s Auto Parts.  This took place in the morning on Saturday, August 6th.

Pictured: Geri Dolezal, Greg Dolezal, Randy Nelson, Mayor Estok, Lora Estok, Don Kring, Patrick Gibbs, Mike Gibbs, Rich Kazee, Councilman Jeff Berg, and Mark Matthew.
Chamber President Jerry Gurrado was also in attendance, just not included in the photo.




Culver’s Croy Places 3rd at World Auctioneering Contest

Editor’s note: Information published as submitted by Justin Croy

The National Auctioneers Association held its 67th Annual Conference & Show on July 18th thru the 23rd in Grand Rapids Michigan. Auctioneers from across the world gather at De Vos Place Convention Center to network and discuss industry business. The conference wrapped up with the 29th annual International Auctioneers Championship. 95 Auctioneers from throughout the United States and parts of Ireland competed to be the International Auctioneer Champion (IAC). Continue reading

Pioneer Cemetery – TTAAFTMC

Phase 1 of the project involves the restoration of the stone terrace at the north end of Pioneer Cemetery
TTAAFTMC is looking much better than it was when this photo was taken a few short months ago.

Dr. Dennis Dalphond’s work to rehabilitate Pioneer Cemetery in North Judson is continuing, and WKVI is pleased to share his weekly progress reports.

So things are going well down at the terraced area across from the Methodist Church. Don’t know about you but I am getting tired of typing (with one finger) “the terraced area across from the Methodist Church” every time I have to say something about the terraced area across from the Methodist Church. So I have shortened it to TTAAFTMC which, obviously stands for the terraced area across from the Methodist Church.

Sooo much easier to type “TTAAFTMC” than to type “the terraced area across from the Methodist Church.” How many more times, in this article am I going to type “the terraced area across from the Methodist Church” which, as we know, has been shortened to TTAAFTMC? I am not sure how many more times but, as M knows, I am one for chokin’ a dead horse far longer than is generally required to still the heart of a horse. Them things are big!!! Horses I mean. Huge they are and I think you would best be careful when chokin’ one cause if you stop chokin’ too soon and horsey is still alive-well he will not be very happy with you and might want to exact revenge in the form of sarcasm which they are very good at. Neighhhheh. Horses ROCK. As we all know having many times seen rocking horses. Wait a second…M is sayin’ somethin 2 me-what’s that Hon-in the USA people say “beating” a dead horse?..and not “choking” it…really. Hmmm. Well all I know is that in Canadia we are into chokin’ the pony-to make double sure it ceases to exist-to choke it until it is no more. Such strange customs.

It would appear that this article is much ‘ado about nothing but I want to make 3 or more points

#1. The terraced area across from the Methodist Church has been shortened to TTAAFTMC

#2. I will be at the TAAFTMC (so much easier) every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. if anyone wants to help out-1-2 hours of work and play. I will always be there at that time. Unless I am not. There at that time is what I mean-but will put notice in THE MARKET and/or on Facebook if plans change.

#3. Marshall (dillon??) the North Judson Town Superintendant has checked out the plumbing to the spigots on the hill, and it ain’t pretty. Old pipe leaks bad-the older the pipe the badder the leak and them babies is old (the pipes I mean). So we will have to continue with the Methodist Water-so refreshing!-and my garden hose and Mr. Tyler Lee and that is a good lead in for

#4. the 80 plants that we planted 4 weeks ago have found salvation in the name of Mr. Tyler Lee-you know him-he is of Helen and Steve fame. He has been diligently getting water to them babies (the plants I mean) and they are looking great. Looking great in the middle of a drought, no less. Tyler you da man! Thanks Bud-one less thing for me to fret about.

Pulaski County 4-H Fair Results

This afternoon the following 4-H’ers were crowned 4-H Royally and Court at the Pulaski County Fair:

Pulaski County 4-H Royalty:

Regan Culp who is the daughter of Dan and Melissa Culp and is a member of the Salem Super Stars 4-H Club and Peyton Newman who is the daughter of Art and Melissa Newman and is a member of Indian Creek Indians 4-H Club.

Their court is:

Jacob Conner who is the son of Jim and Mary Conner and is a member of the Indian Creek Indians 4-H Club

Kassi Dahn who is the daughter of Brian and Rosa Dahn and is a member of the Busy Beavers 4-H Club.

Rachel Ploss who is the daughter of Tony and Patti Ploss and is a member of the Monroe 76’ers 4-H Club

Andriana Smith  who is the daughter of Doug and Amy Smith and is a member of Indian Creek and Paw Prints 4-H Clubs.

Swine Results 2016

Horse Show Results – 2016

Fair Results 7-5-2016

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Fair Results 7-7-2016

Open Class Results 2016

Dog Results 2016

Poultry,Pet Pals Results 2016

Swine Results 2016 (1)

Knox Middle School Student Honored with Rollin Harold Whiting Award

Rollin Award 1Thursday, June 23 at Knox Middle School, Pat Zobrist presented the Rollin Harold Whiting Award to KMS student Clinton Stacy. He’s the son of Rockey and Amy Stacy.

The Rollin Harold Whiting Award is awarded to an 8th grade boy who is active in the basketball program.  Knox High School Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Rob Krueger was present for the presentation. Rollin 2

Tri Kappa Supports Project Lead the Way

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Laurie Simmons, KHS Science Teacher (left) accepts a check from Shirley Fosler, Vice President of Tri Kappa, for support for the “Project Lead The Way” , Biomedical Science course at Knox High School.

The Knox Chapter of Tri Kappa supported the “Project Lead The Way” class at Knox High School recently by funding some of the supplies.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science is a program that offers students the opportunity to learn hands on and research skills to become career ready in a biomedical field. Students take a series of courses starting with Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Biological Systems, and Medical Interventions to learn biotech skills. There are currently six students who have completed the first two years of the program and will take the Medical Interventions course this fall. Laurie Simmons and Kori Hamm are the science teachers in charge of the


Pioneer Cemetery Project Spotlight

Phase 1 of the project involves the restoration of the stone terrace at the north end of Pioneer Cemetery
Phase 1 of the project involves the restoration of the stone terrace at the north end of Pioneer Cemetery

Editor’s note: WKVI is pleased to share articles submitted by Dr. Dennis Dalphond regarding the progress of his restoration efforts at Pioneer Cemetery.

Met with the North JudsonTown Board Monday evening to give an update as to our progress on the cemetery deal. They were VERY receptive and appreciative of our efforts thus far. Promised to see if those water spigots can be turned on so that I can bring my garden hose back home. I do not have a sprinkler system in our back yard so M and I have been watering our stuff with water buckets. Oh my aching back but so far my back surgery is holding out. Continue reading

Dr. Dalphond Updates Pioneer Cemetery Progress

Group photoEditor’s note: Dr. Dennis Dalphond is spearheading restoration efforts at Pioneer Cemetery in North Judson. For the past few months he has written a weekly update on the progress of the project for “The Market.” We’re now going to share it on our site as well.


Pioneer Cemetery Update

Iris Elm Members Attend National Garden Club Convention

Iris Elm GCThe Garden Club of Indiana, Inc. (TGCI) held its 85th Annual State Convention hosted by Central West District on April 11-13 at the Canyon Inn, McCormick’s Creek State Park, Spencer, IN. Over 135 federated garden club members and guests from across the state of Indiana gathered to learn about “Nature’s Palate.” Darlene Fritz, President, Wanda Zahrt Vice-President, Sybil Sutton, and David Zahrt from The Iris-Elm Garden Club of Winamac attended this conference.
Highlights of the programming was a presentation by Betty Trusty on “Indiana State Flag,” enhancing the kicking off of the TGCI “Blue and Gold Floral Tribute to Indiana’s Flag” during this year of the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration. TGCI is encouraging everyone to plant blue and gold flowers.
Local federated garden clubs promote interest and education in Horticulture, Landscaping, Floral Design and Environmental Concerns. Local clubs are affiliated with District, State, Region and National Garden Clubs, all together, growing our world and green in our communities.

A National Garden Club program is the Blue Star Memorials. TGCI will dedicate a Blue Star Memorial on the Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis in June and Iris-Elm will be dedicating a Blue Star By-Way marker in Winamac in August. Members create a powerful voice and expansive network for advancing common interest.

National Garden Club is one of the most recognized non-profits in the United States and the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world with nearly 6,000 federated garden clubs and about 200,000 members. For information about joining a garden club contact Darlene Fritz at 574-946-3572 or go to email