With January, February and March accounting for the largest natural gas bills throughout the year for NIPSCO customers, it is a great opportunity to take advantage of simple tips to help manage bills.
When temperatures dip below freezing, homeowners should take simple precautions to keep the pipes intact and avoid pouring thousands of dollars into home repairs.
Ensure water tanks and pipes are insulated. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are more vulnerable to freezing. Let the water run. Letting both hot and cold lines of a faucet drip in the extreme cold can prevent a pipe from bursting. A running faucet relieves pressure between the faucet and the ice. No pressure means no bursting. Also, keep bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors open during a cold spell to let warm air circulate around the pipes. Seal any leaks in your home, attic, basement or crawl space that might allow cold air inside where pipes are located.
The coldest day ever recorded in Indiana was 35 below on this date in 1951 at the Greensburg Weather Station.
This was a big day for the Kankakee Valley REMC. On February 2nd, 1940, the first meter was installed at the home of Porter Jack at Hamlet.
It is winter —
—- Many years ago in the winter it was ice-making season on the ponds, rivers and lakes of Starke County. Really, I should say “ice harvesting.” Farmers and others from the area would be hired by the Ice Companies to cut blocks of ice to store for the next summer’s use. These blocks of ice were elevated and placed in large “ice barns” and insulated with saw dust or marsh hay. Because of the large mass of ice in one location, the ice would last for several months. Often the ice, in large blocks, was loaded into railroad box cars and shipped to Chicago and other places for the customers’ kitchen ice boxes. Bass Lake had a railroad line on the south side of the lake to carry vacationers in the summer and ice in the winter.
The Modern refrigerator has changed the way people live all around the world. It’s easy to take the “white box” in your kitchen for granted. Just take a look at places in the world which don’t have refrigeration. People go shopping every day. They may lower dairy products and other foods into a well or spring so they will stay cool for a couple of days without spoiling. There is no way that a modern America would be recognizable to you or me if it weren’t for refrigeration.
In the 1930’s, before electricity, I remember the ice box. It was a common fixture in every home. Ice boxes were usually made of wood with insulated walls, lined with tin inside. There was a door for a large (maybe a 100 lb) block of ice. The other doors were for milk, fruit, vegetables and other perishables. There was a drain tray at the bottom for the melting ice water. My Mother would put a sign (see attachment) in the window, letting the ice man know how much ice she wanted to buy that day. He would cut that approximate size with his ice pick, grab it up with his ice tongs, throw it over his shoulder, carry it into the house and put it into our ice box. I was usually close at hand to see if I could find any small chunks of ice which I could suck on during a hot summer’s day.
This last picture (left) shows the Shaws from Knox with their delivery truck ready to haul ice to customers. The Shaw family had ponds and ice houses just north of the Yellow River and north of the present location of the Knox Railroad Depot (Gateway area). Across U.S. 35 from the Depot, they owned a coal yard and ice storage building. They would regularly deliver ice in the summer and coal in the winter.
Refrigerators, as we know them now, have only been mass-produced since the late 1940s. Appreciate yours!
Starke County Historical Society
Boys Season Scoring Leaders (Through 1/29/11)
Zach Richie-Oregon-Davis: 39.2ppg; Season Total: 549
John Eckert-North Judson: 19.2; Season Total: 270
Zoe Bauer-Culver: 18.6ppg; Season Total: 261
Ryan Pahl-LaCrosse: 17.8ppg; Season Total: 232
Elliott Coad-Knox: 16.0ppg; Season Total: 225
Matt Walker-South Central: 15.6ppg; Season Total: 203
Josh Anderson-John Glenn: 14.5ppg; Season Total: 189
Winston Yergler-North Judson: 13.3ppg; Season Total: 187
Aaron Heims-West Central: 12.8ppg; Season Total: 206
Kendall Hochstedler-North Judson: 12.8ppg; Season Total: 180
Andrew Frasure-North Judson: 12.3ppg; Season Total: 173
Jordan Guse-LaCrosse: 10.4ppg; Season Total: 136
Career Scoring Leaders (Minimum 300 points)
Zoe Bauer-Culver: 1265
Zach Richie-Oregon-Davis: 972
John Eckert-North Judson: 906
Ryan Pahl-LaCrosse: 567
Kendall Hochstedler-North Judson: 534
Matt Walker-South Central: 489
Josh Risner-Knox: 352
Andrew Frasure-North Judson: 448
Jordan Guse-LaCrosse: 377
Josh Anderson-John Glenn: 352
Alex Chrzan-West Central: 351
Aaron Heims-West Central: 346
A.J. Neace-Culver: 303
Girls Season Scoring Leaders (Through 1/31/11)
Jacy Borlik-John Glenn: 17.9ppg; SeasonTotal: 323
Gwen Zehner-Culver: 16.7ppg; Season Total: 334
Ashley Campbell-Oregon-Davis: 15.2ppg; Season Total: 289
Jesse Averone-Oregon-Davis: 15.1ppg; Season Total: 287
Sarah Redweik-Winamac: 13.8ppg; SeasonTotal: 236
Marissa Hamilton-West Central: 13.3ppg; Season Total: 236
Stephanie Balon-South Central: 11.4ppg; Season Total: 194
Justine Kruger-West Central: 11.0ppg; SeasonTotal: 177
Jordann Frasure-North Judson: 10.9ppg; Season Total: 197
Patrice McBee-Culver: 10.8ppg; Season Total: 216
Brittany Tetzloff-Knox: 10.5ppg; Season Total: 179
Career Scoring Leaders (Minimum 300 points)
Gwen Zehner-Culver: 1,229
Jacy Borlik-JohnGlenn: 945
Stephanie Balon-South Central: 851
Allie DeFries-Winamac: 673
Justyne Kranenburg-Oregon-Davis: 550
Janyl Zachary-Knox: 537
Sarah Redweik-Winamac: 536
Kierstynn Combs-Knox: 524
Katie Bekavac-South Central: 520
Brittany Tetzloff-Knox: 488
Shelby Worthen-South Central: 487
Ellie Kiser-Winamac: 450
Patrice McBee-Culver: 449
Whitney Sanders-Culver: 435
Nicole Carnegie-Culver: 424
Jordann Frasure-North Judson: 415
Paydin Barrett-North Judson: 412
Kenley Sanchez-North Judson: 376
Elisabeth White-North Judson: 376
Christine Malecki-LaCrosse: 361
Courtney Nelson-West Central: 345
Elisabeth Caudill-Knox: 322
Alison Zehner-Culver: 320
Cayla Ochs-John Glenn: 311
Justine Kruger-West Central: 308
Single Game Bests (Boys): Minimum 20 points
Zach Richie-Oregon-Davis: 55 (vs. Gary 21st Century)
Trent Elliott-Culver: 33 (vs. OD)
Elliott Coad-Knox: 32 (vs. Tippecanoe Valley)
Alan Baum-South Central: 31 (vs. Morgan Twp.)
Zoe Bauer-Culver: 30 (vs. LaCrosse)
John Eckert-North Judson: 30 (vs. North Newton)
Ryan Pahl-LaCrosse: 30 (vs. Washington Twp.)
Aaron Heims-West Central: 27 (vs. Morgan Twp.)
Matt Walker-South Central: 26 (vs. Boone Grove)
Zeph Conley-West Central: 25 (vs. Frontier)
Alex Chrzan-West Central: 24 (vs. Kouts)
Brock Solmos-John Glenn: 24 (vs. Argos)
Josh Anderson-John Glenn: 23 (vs. Triton)
Kendall Hochstedler-North Judson: 23 (vs. Culver)
Josh Risner-Knox: 22 (vs. Bremen and Kankakee Valley)
Dalton Taylor-Oregon-Davis: 22 (vs. LaVille)
Andrew Frasure-North Judson: 21 (vs. LaVille)
Jordan Guse-LaCrosse: 21 (vs. North White)
Craig McIntosh-Oregon-Davis: 20 (vs. S.B. Trinity)
Winston Yergler-NJSP: 20 (vs. Rensselaer)
Single Game Bests (Girls): Minimum 20 points
Jesse Averone-Oregon-Davis: 34 (vs. Argos)
Gwen Zehner-Culver: 29 (vs. Argos and Bremen)
Ashley Campbell-Oregon-Davis: 28 (vs. CGA)
Marissa Hamilton-West Central: 28 (vs. LaCrosse)
Jacy Borlik-John Glenn: 27 (vs. Bremen)
Stephanie Balon-South Central: 25 (vs. River Forest)
Justyne Kranenburg-Oregon-Davis: 25 (vs. Culver)
Taylor Guse-LaCrosse: 23 (vs. Covenant Christian)
Jordann Frasure-North Judson: 22 (vs. Kankakee Valley)
Sarah Redweik-Winamac: 22 (vs. Tri-County)
Patrice McBee-Culver: 21 (vs. Argos)
Brittany Tetzloff-Knox: 21 (vs. Culver)
Once again our area has seen great success in high school wrestling. Last year our area had 28 wrestlers advance out of their Sectionals, including 7 weight class champions. This year we have had another great start to the wrestling post season with 31 individuals advancing to the Regional round, including 6 weight class champions! Here is a list of all 31 wrestlers who finished in the top 4 of their weight classes to advance to this weekend’s Regional as well as their individual season records:
Culver (5): 112lbs-Allen Betts-4th (21-20); 135-Ian Randolph-2nd (26-9); 160-Mark Hurford-4th (15-24); 189-Matt Hurford-1st (36-2); 285-Jeremiah Harvey-3rd (34-4).
Glenn (7): 103-Andrew Frey-4th (26-15);112-Kaleb McCallum-1st (37-3); 119-Ryan Ishmael-3rd (29-13); 125-Myles White-2nd (31-9); 130-James Frey-4th (24-18); 160-Cody Strange-3rd (34-6); 189-Jacob Ayers-4th (12-20).
Knox (5): 119-Eric Dan-4th (22-10); 140-Devann Biddle-2nd (22-4); 152-Garrett Majchrzak-3rd (17-7); 215-Tyler Keeton-4th (17-19); 285-Logan Short-1st (22-11).
NJSP (2): 103-Andrew Ledford-3rd (33-5); 285-Quentin Barnhart (21-7).
West Central (6): 103-Cody Denton-3rd (27-14); 125-Dillan Rehn-1st (38-3); 160-Logan Wuethrich-4th (30-13); 189-Steven Masters-1st (33-3); 215-Bryce Tanner-2nd (37-4); 285-Jordan Culp-2nd (21-4).
Winamac (6): 119-Payton Windsor-4th (15-14); 125-Jorden Bitterling-3rd (21-15); 130-Robert Hartley-4th (31-7); 160-Richie Doty-3rd (27-9); 171-Ridge Parks-3rd (20-12); 285-Zach Dix-1st (26-3).
Congratulations to all of our area wrestlers on a great start to the post season!!
In light of the winter storm warnings that have been issued for this area, the Pulaski and Starke County Emergency Management Agencies are advising persons to be prepared for hazardous winter weather. All emergency information will be announced on this station.
“All seems to be positive!” That was the word from Indiana University Health-Starke Hospital CEO, Linda Satkoski, about the name change of our local hospital. WKVI talked with Satkoski last week, and again asked about the build up to the name change.
“When the IU, Riley and Methodist Hospitals in downtown Indianapolis joined, they became Clarian in 1997,” explained Satkoski. “In 1998, LaPorte Hospital joined the Clarian system. Then in 2009, when LaPorte Regional Health System purchased Starke Memorial Hospital we became part of the entire system also.”
When asked about why the name change occurred, she replied, “That means it’s an assurance to the public that they will be getting the same care, same education, same research availability across the system. It really is all about the assurance that we can guarantee to our patients. They will receive the same standard of care across the system.”
Community Hospital Board President, Ben Bennett, has been out and about and reported positive feed back on the name change.
“Ben told me he was quite excited,” stated Satkoski. “He said he’s been out and about in the community and has been getting very a positive response. He said that the IU Health name really brings a lot of recognition.”
Indiana University Health-Starke Hospital. The new name of the former Starke Memorial Hospital.
How much in jeopardy is Extension as we know it in Indiana? Governor Mitch Daniels has proposed deep cuts in spending on state universities, and part of the funding for County Extension Offices comes from Purdue University.
Allen Kurtz, of the local extension offices in Starke and Pulaski Counties, was asked that question recently by Ted Hayes.
“I think we’re optimistic,” replied Kurtz. “We had a good meeting with Mrs. Dembowski last week and had some good discussion about the importance of some of the line items that we have from the State and how they impact our Extension Service, 4-H and the Fair.”
Hope you listened to the first “Ted Hayes Remembers” Friday. Ted will be in again this Friday with another interesting story from out of the past.
“You have to go clear back to 1943 for this one,” said Ted. “On this day, Jesse Clabaugh, the Community Defense Director during WWII, called for a black-out test for the county. Everyone had to turn their lights out in case of attack by the Germans. Jesse Clabaugh was the grandfather of our own Nancy Dembowski.”
The Maxinkuckee Players have announced that plans for the 2011 summer production will be changed due to construction at the Culver High School Auditorium, the usual venue.
In an announcement this week, Players president Mike Overmyer said the group will choose a different play, with a smaller cast, that can be more conveniently rehearsed and staged at another, still unannounced, location. Earlier, the musical Crazy For You had been selected and was announced for presentation in late July.
Dee and Harvey Hammerlund are enjoying a new 32 inch flat screen TV. That’s because Dee was the winner of our January TV Trivia contest. Dee told WKVI management that their TV has just gone out over the weekend.
It pays to listen to WKVI! Our next contest is Time Capsule and it begins February 7th.
You know there’s rugged weather on the way when the person coming with her dog that has raced in the Iditarod race is postponing her appearance in Starke County today.
Karen Land, and her dog were to be at the Henry F. Schricker Library. The appearance has been changed to February 14th at Knox and North Judson. She will be at the North Judson Library at 3:30 p.m. CT and the Henry F. Schricker Library at 5:30 p.m.
Due to the predicted storm, the Town of Winamac is invoking its snow emergency parking plan starting at 7:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, February 1st and ending on Friday, February 4th at Noon ET.
During this time, on-street parking is restricted to the odd addressed side of the streets. This is being done to facilitate keeping the streets open during the storm, movement of emergency vehicles during the storm and snow removal after the storm is over. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
Sunday Morning Mixed League 01/30/11
1. The Unknown 97.0-36.0
2. WRJN 79.0-61.0
3. The Quest 76.0-64.0
4. Split Heads 64.0-66.0
5. The Smelly Cats 73.0-67.0
6. Lucky #7 64.0-76.0
7. Strange Brew 63.0-77.0
8. Snowdon’s Lawncare 59.0-81.0
9. S*** Happens 59.0-81.0
10. Odd Balls 56.0-84.0
Judge Charles Hasnerl announced last week his campaign for re-election to the Knox City Court in the 2011 Municipal Election. Hasnerl, a Republican, has served as Knox City Court Judge since 1996. Judge Hasnerl presides over misdemeanor and infraction cases for all of Starke County and Knox ordinance violations. There are 3,000-4,000 cases filed annually through Knox City Court.
Judge Hasnerl is a Valparaiso University graduate and he and his wife, Lisa, reside in Knox with their three daughters.
The City of Knox does not have a Fire Department. That was explained to the Knox City Council this week by City Attorney, David Matsey. The discussion was held after Mayor Rick Chambers read a letter asking the City to sign a contract to provide fire coverage in Jackson Township.
Matsey explained that the Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department is incorporated. It is funded by the city of Knox ($115,000 yearly) and Center Township ($30,000 annually) but is an entity of its own.
Starke County will go from 21 to 19 precincts in the spring Primary Election.
“We’re consolidating Center one, two, three, and four from their current locations to the Community Center,” said Starke County Clerk, Evelyn Skronski. “Hopefully, this is going to make it cost effective and voter comfortable.”