Oregon-Davis Parents Suggest Partnering with Businesses to Save Money on Facilities Upgrades

As the Oregon-Davis School Corporation considers potential facilities upgrades, some parents are thinking outside the box, to find ways to keep costs down. During a facilities tour Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Don Harman noted that the baseball field could use a new press box, as well as some other improvements, while the bleachers at the track need a new foundation to help with drainage issues.

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Porter-Starke Services Awarded $5,000 Grant to Help Starke County Residents Access Health Care

Operation Round Up Board Director Judy Jelinek presents check to Porter-Starke Services Director of Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs Megan Fisher and Vice President of Clinical Services Sandy Carlson (photo provided by Kankakee Valley REMC)

Porter-Starke Services hopes to make it easier for people with opioid use disorder to get the health care they need. The mental health organization recently got a $5,000 grant through Kankakee Valley REMC’s Operation Round Up program. It plans to use that money specifically in Starke County.

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Kankakee Valley REMC Annual Meeting of the Membership to be Held Tomorrow

At the Kankakee Valley REMC Annual Meeting of the Membership, the company will be celebrating 79 years of providing safe, reliable electric power to rural Northwestern Indiana with a night of family-friendly fun open to all members.

The meeting will take place tomorrow, on Tuesday, April 10th, at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the business portion of the meeting will commence at 6:30 p.m.

A high voltage safety demonstration will be presented and members will have a chance to win prizes. The grand prize of the evening will be a $4,000 vacation voucher. Continue reading

Starke County Community Foundation Presents $20,000 in Grants to Starke County Park Board

The Starke County Forest will get $15,000 worth of improvements this spring, thanks to a grant from the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund. The funding was formally presented to the Starke County Park Board Tuesday by Starke County Community Foundation Director of Development Sarah Origer and Northern Indiana Community Foundation Executive Director Jay Albright.

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Starke County Park Board to Get Updates on Grant Applications

The Starke County Park Board will get updates on some grant applications tonight. The park board has already been awarded $5,000 from the Starke County Community Foundation to help prevent and repair erosion at the Bass Lake Beach. Starke County is also seeking funding from Arrowhead Country Resource Conservation and Development and Kankakee Valley REMC’s Operation Round Up program.

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Kankakee Valley REMC, Jasper County REMC Looking into Consolidation

Kankakee Valley REMC’s headquarters located in Wanatah, Indiana

Two neighboring not-for-profit electric cooperatives are looking to join forces to benefit cooperative memberships, the employees and the communities they serve.

Kankakee Valley REMC and Jasper County REMC have worked successfully together for a number of years and the boards of directors are conducting a thorough financial evaluation before coming to a possible agreement, according to REMC officials.

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Starke County Council Creates Fund for Park Donations

You can now make a donation to the Starke County Park Board. While the park board oversees a few different facilities, including the Bass Lake Beach and Campground and the Starke County Forest, it does not have a dedicated funding source from the county government. However, the county council last week created a “special non-reverting park and recreation fund,” designed to let the park board accept “gifts, donations, and subsidies.”

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Kid’s Closet Ministry Pack-a-Backpack Event a Success

The volunteers behind the Pack-a-Backpack event call Saturday’s school supply drive a success. School supplies were purchased from members of the community to help students in need through the Kid’s Closet Ministry at the North Judson United Methodist Church at 210 Central Ave.

Any Starke County student in kindergarten through 12th grade who qualifies for free or reduced lunch is welcome to attend the 5th annual Kid’s Closet Pack-a-Backpack on Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, Aug. 1. School supplies may be chosen at that time. The child must be present and the parent must have proper identification.

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Two Starke County Organizations Receive Operation Round up Grants

Two Starke County organizations have been awarded grant funds from the Kankakee Valley REMC Operation Round Up program.

Community Services of Starke County received $3,300 grant to help purchase a computer system that will better serve the organization’s needs and the needs of clients. The organization helps low-income, elderly and disabled citizens in Starke County. Community Services hosts a food pantry, senior activities, meal assistance, and transportation assistance.

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Starke County Fair and 4-H Get $10,000 from Rural Cooperatives

Kankakee Valley REMC Director of Marketing and Communications Amanda Steeb presents the grant to Starke County Fair Board Treasurer Beverly Albright
Kankakee Valley REMC Director of Marketing and Communications Amanda Steeb presents the grant to Starke County Fair Board Treasurer Beverly Albright

The Starke County Fair and 4-H program have received $10,000 in grant funding, thanks to Kankakee Valley REMC and CoBank. Kankakee Valley REMC says its $5,000 donation is just the latest part of its regular support of county fairs in Starke, Pulaski, LaPorte, and Porter counties.  Continue reading

KVREMC Service Project Benefits Starke, Pulaski County Customers

Kankakee Valley REMC member, Harry Lindstrom Jr. enjoyed receiving his new mailbox sign courtesy of Kankakee Valley REMC employees during Community Day.
Kankakee Valley REMC member, Harry Lindstrom Jr. enjoyed receiving his new mailbox sign courtesy of Kankakee Valley REMC employees during Community Day.

Several Kankakee Valley REMC customers in Starke and Pulaski Counties have new reflective mailbox signs thanks to the cooperative’s employees. Their third annual “Indiana’s Electric Cooperative Community Day” focused on member safety. Continue reading