Fight Breast Cancer Every Step of the Way at Ounce of Prevention’s 5k on Saturday

This Sunday, come out to the Plymouth Greenway Trails to show your support for breast cancer awareness and to honor individuals who are currently fighting the disease and those who have lost their lives to it. The local organization Ounce of Prevention will be hosting their 5k for Cancer Fundraiser from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ounce of Prevention is an organization that was founded by two sisters, Jessica Oliver and Jennifer Oliver Houin. The sisters experienced the disease directly with the loss of two grandmothers and the diagnosis of their sister-in-law. After wondering what they could do to help support others in their community, they decided to take action in 2003 by establishing Ounce of Prevention.

Their mission is to raise awareness about breast cancer and to gather funds locally that will be invested locally. All proceeds raised from the 5k for Cancer and other fund raising events remain in Marshall County.

There is still time to sign-up online but onsite registration will also be available beginning at noon. The registration fee is $25 and includes a t-shirt. For more information about the organization and the sisters who started it or to register online before the race, visit the Ounce of Prevention website.

Plymouth Farmer’s Market to Feature a Cards for our Troops Event

This weekend at the Plymouth Farmer’s Market, Project Kindness is teaming up with Operation Quiet Comfort to help display the community’s appreciation toward wounded and ill members of the armed forces. Community members of all ages are encouraged to come out and contribute to the Cards for Our Troops event.

Operation Quiet Comfort is a national organization that exists for the sole purpose of honoring and comforting military men and women who fall ill or are injured in the line of duty. Project Kindness is a local non-profit organization aimed at having monthly events to inspire, motivate and encourage children of all ages to perform acts of kindness in their everyday lives.

Making personalized greeting cards to give to the sick and injured individuals who defend this country is one way to relay our gratitude for their sacrifices. Cards for our Troops will be happening at the farmer’s market from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 7th.

New Sign Going Up for Culver Community Schools

Culver Community School Corporation is currently in the process of installing a new sign that better represents the school corporation. Back in September, the Culver Community School Board discussed the design of the sign.

At the Culver Town Council meeting last Wednesday, Superintendent Karen Shuman alerted the board that the old sign was taken down that day and they are planning to have the new one up within the next week. Continue reading

President of Hoosier Racing Tire Awarded 1st Source Community Leadership Award

The President of Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation, John DeSalle was recently recognized at a luncheon where he was one of ten recipients of the 1st Source Bank 2017 Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award. DeSalle has helped generate millions of dollars for multiple projects within the community through his work with various organizations.

DeSalle works closely with the South Bend Elkhart Regional Development Authority, Ancilla College, the Blue Ribbon Committee for the Boys and Girls Club of Marshall County and the Northern Indiana Workforce Board. He has the desire to make the community a better place to live, work and raise families. Continue reading

Fuel Analyst Says Gas Prices Have Fallen From Last Month But Risen From Last Year

You may have noticed that gas prices have recently gone down. Though that is partially due to certain areas finally regaining stability after the recent natural disasters, it also has to do with the annual switch from summer fuel to winter fuel. Senior Petroleum Analyst Dan McTeague said that prices in Indiana have dropped on average around 15 cents from last month, when there was still speculation and concern over the amount of refineries damaged.

Though we may be experiencing lower gas prices than a month ago, compared to this time of year in 2016, we’re paying approximately twenty more cents. McTeague said there a few factors responsible for that difference. Continue reading

Local Woman’s Legacy Still Helping Spread Breast Cancer Awareness

IBCAT Founder Nancy Jaynes

According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in women. They say 1 in 8 American women will have breast cancer at some point in their life. The good news is that when the cancer is detected early, it can be treated and the survival rate goes up substantially. In order to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and to promote mammograms and self-examinations, we recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) is a not-for-profit organization that improves access to breast cancer screenings and diagnosis and support services while also increasing awareness. They accomplish all that by selling Breast Cancer Awareness specialty license plates through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. A $25 donation is generated through every license plate sold. Continue reading

Town of Culver Awarded All Requested Community Crossings Funding

Culver Town Manger Jonathan Leist informed the board last week that the town is one of the few communities in the area who received all the Community Crossings grant funds they requested this year. He said the $206,000 received will go a long way to assist with projects they have in the works.

Leist mentioned that work on College Avenue, parts of Jefferson Street and the entrance at the Sand Hill Farm are the three priority projects. He told council members that in their grant proposal they utilized estimates that came from E&B paving. However, since those numbers were calculated several months ago, Utility Superintendent Bob Porter is looking into quotes. Leist said he is expected to present those quotes at the next town council meeting. Continue reading

Cars and Coffee Coming Back for One Final Show in 2017, Weather Permitting

On Saturday, October 7th Cars and Coffee will be returning to the old Mobilgas filling station on Jefferson Street in Plymouth one final time from 9 a.m. until noon.

Owner of Coffee Lodge and Bakery, John Montgomery came before the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety asking for permission to have a temporary street closure for the second and last Cars and Coffee in September. However, after receiving such great feedback and requests for another, he came before the board once again during their meeting last Monday, asking for one final street closure. Continue reading

Marshall County Humane Society’s Bark in the Park Fundraiser

The Marshall County Humane Society is encouraging community members to bring their furry, four legged friends down to Centennial Park on October 1st for Bark in the Park. This annual event for dogs and their owners is an afternoon full of activities and contests where funds are raised to assist MCHS with operational costs.

Marshall County Humane Society Director Nancy Cox said that money raised by events like Bark in the Park assist the Humane Society in some major ways.  Continue reading

Culver Town Council Held Public Hearing and First Reading over 2018 Budget

A public hearing was held over the proposed 2018 Budget at a Culver Town Council meeting on Wednesday. Council President Ginny Bess Munroe acknowledged that the council held a number of work sessions and departmental meetings over the budget. She handed things over to Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim who provided a basic synopsis of the budget to the public.

Heim said the proposed general fund is at $1,840,530 and the expected income is set at $1,815,437. She continued that with the proposed tax caps coming in at $29,135 that leaves a deficit of $54,228. She advised that she low-balled the income and the difference will not be as substantial. Continue reading

Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety Receives Community Crossings Update

Plymouth City Engineer Rick Gaul addressed the Board of Public Works and Safety during a meeting earlier this week. He provided board members with some information about the recently received INDOT Community Crossings grant.

Gaul said the City of Plymouth received half of the million dollars they were requesting. Initially seven projects were counted as contracts but since they weren’t awarded all of the funds requested they will be removing some projects. Gaul said he hopes to apply for the removed projects at a later date. Continue reading

Culver Town Council Receives Stellar Update as Site Visit Approaches

Town administrators and community members in Culver have been preparing for the upcoming Stellar Communities Designation Program site visit. On Wednesday evening, the Culver Town Council received an update about what has happened so far and what is yet to come.

Culver is one of three finalists in District 2 of the program, competing to be designated as a Stellar Community. In an effort to ensure they are aptly prepared, the Stellar Committee has been meeting on Tuesdays during the month of September. The night before the town council meeting, the committee met and did a practice run for the site visit. Continue reading

City of Plymouth Amends Zoning Ordinance to Include Solar Energy Systems

A proposal to amend the zoning ordinance regarding solar energy systems for the City of Plymouth was considered by the Plymouth City Council in a meeting earlier this week. Plymouth Plan Director Ralph Booker provided a presentation, explaining what amendments would need to be completed in order for solar energy systems to be a possibility for members of the Plymouth community.

First off, a definition had to be added to the ordinance. It described a solar energy system to be any device or structural design feature whose primary purpose is to provide daylight for interior lighting or provide for the collection, storage or distribution of solar energy for space heating and cooling, electricity generation and water heating. Continue reading

Water Main Extension Project Along State Road 17 Considered by Plymouth BOW

On Tuesday evening, Utility Superintendent Donnie Davidson came before the Plymouth Board of Public Works and Safety with a request. He presented a proposal from Midwest Engineering Services that provided the design, bidding, construction and engineering plans and easement services for a water main extension project proposed along U.S. 17.

Davidson explained that recently there has been some interest in constructing an assisted living facility on a piece of property on the north side of SR 17. The piece of property was annexed several years ago and though a sewage system already exists in the area, Davidson said the main line will need to be extended approximately 900 feet from its current location. Continue reading

Economic Growth Anticipated As a Result of Resolution Approval from Culver Town Council

An area in Culver known commonly as “Sand Hill Farms” located at 540 W Jefferson Street received economic revitalization area and economic target area status as a result of a resolution passed by the Culver City Council Wednesday night.

Town Manager Jonathan Leist explained that the recently created Culver Economic Development Commission is permitted to grant tax abatement for residential property under state law. Earlier this week, the Culver EDC met for the first time and passed a resolution recommending that the city council classify this entire parcel on Jefferson Street as both an economic revitalization area and an economic target area to allow for future residential tax abatement.

Leist added that the approval of this resolution would only grant abatement on phase one, on the personal property investment of approximately $2.7 million that is listed in section one of the resolution. He said if they receive any applications for future tax abatements, the whole process would need to be completed again. Continue reading

Plymouth City Council Acts on Ordinance to Vacate Allen Street

An ordinance to vacate Allen Street came before the Plymouth City Council on second and third reading when they met Monday evening. City Attorney Sean Surrisi told council members that some changes were made to the ordinance since the first reading.

Surrisi said one revision was cleaning up a street referenced from the last vacation they did that was used as a starting point for this ordinance. He said the memorandum of understanding that will be signed by all involved parties was also revised.

The request to vacate Allen Street first arose during a city council meeting in October of last year. According to meeting minutes, owners of Milten Properties LLC, Dr. Tod Stillson and James Stone came before the council, requesting that Allen Street, which runs from Jefferson Street behind Dr. Stillson’s current office, be vacated and have ownership passed over to them since they were putting their own money into maintenance. Continue reading

Indiana Office of Energy Development Now Accepting School Bus Grant Applications

The Indiana Office of Energy Development recently announced that they are accepting applications from public school corporations for the Indiana Propane School Bus grant program. Their announcement marks the third round of grant funding made available by the OED dedicated to propane school buses.

According to OED Director Tristan Vance, propane school buses offer a variety of benefits such as increasing fuel diversity, lowering maintenance costs through the use of a cleaner burning fuel and most importantly, decreasing student exposure to harmful emissions. Continue reading

Revisions to 2018 Salary Ordinance Result in Plymouth City Council Approval

The ordinance fixing the 2018 salaries of appointed officers and employees, as well as fire and police personnel of the City of Plymouth, was recently up for approval by the Plymouth City Council.

The salary ordinance has been a topic of concern since the end of August, when the initial proposal was rejected. A committee was formed in order to review and work on the ordinance to come up with a more suitable solution. The revisions were presented at the City Council meeting Monday evening.

The committee consisted of Council members Shiloh Fonseca, Bill Walters and Don Ecker Jr. They worked with Clerk-Treasurer Jeanine Xaver and Emyle Kruyer-Collins from Human Resources discussing alternative options and looking into the survey that was provided by the city’s consultants Waggoner, Irwin, Scheele and Associates. Continue reading

Culver Town Council to Hold Public Hearing at Meeting Tonight

The Culver Town Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and the first reading for their proposed 2018 budget. Council members will also receive an update on the Stellar Communities Designation Program plan when they meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. EDT in Culver Town Hall.

Council members will address an ordinance that will amend and restate a past ordinance which establishes fees or costs for the Town of Culver Park and Recreation Department. Continue reading