Community News

Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program grants benefit Fulton, Marshall, Kosciusko

DNR grants totaling $1,090,800 will be used to improve Indiana’s water bodies. The projects include locations in Fulton and surrounding counties.

The grants were awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program in the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. The grants will fund projects on three lakes and 19 rivers and streams in 18 counties. Projects will be completed within a two-year timeframe.

 

$8,800 goes to Lake Manitou for water quality monitoring

 

$36, 000 to Deeds Creek in Kosciusko County for feasibility study

 

$100, 000 to Walnut Creek in Kosciusko County for watershed land treatment

 

$32, 000 to Yellow Creek in Marshall County for stream design

The majority of the projects selected address sediment and nutrient inputs into lakes and streams to improve Indiana water quality. Reduction of non-point pollution into Indiana waters helps to ensure continued viability for fish and wildlife as well as recreation opportunities.

Local sponsors apply for LARE assistance and commit to sharing a portion of the total project cost. LARE grants are funded through the LARE fee paid by boat owners annually when they register their boats with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

 

Elton John to come to Indy - in 2022

Elton John's world tour is coming to Indianapolis.

 

John was supposed to perform his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in March, but it was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, it's been rescheduled for April 1, 2022.

 

The tour actually began in September 2018, and was supposed to last through 2021 before he retired from touring after more than 50 years on the road. Instead, retirement for the well-known artist will come a little later than normally planned.

 

Elton John is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with more than 50 Top 40 hits, including "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," "Bennie and the Jets," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "I'm Still Standing," "Candle in the Wind," and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." He's sold more than 300 million records worldwide.

 

For more info, or to purchase tickets, go to EltonJohn.com

Indiana Debate Commission asks Hoosier voters to submit questions in the race for Governor

The Indiana Debate Commission, the first independent debate commission of its kind in the United States, is now accepting questions from Hoosier voters who want to pose questions to Indiana’s three gubernatorial candidates who are on the November 3 ballot.

 

The governor’s race is a three-way contest this year between incumbent Republican Eric Holcomb, Democrat Woodrow “Woody” Myers, and Libertarian Donald G. Rainwater II.

 

In keeping with its mission of “Putting Voters First,” the commission invites Hoosier voters to submit questions via its website www.indianadebatecommission.com using the form on the “Ask a Question” tab at the top right of the home page.

 

Questions will be vetted by members of the commission and accepted for consideration through October 15. Hoosiers whose questions are selected also may be offered the opportunity to ask their questions on pretaped video during each of the hour-long debates.

 

“We look forward to giving citizens this platform to voice their concerns,” said Commission President Elizabeth Bennion, who is a political science professor at Indiana University South Bend. “The debates offer the best opportunity for Hoosier voters to hear extended comments on the issues of the day directly from the candidates.”

 

Candidates have agreed to debate on Tuesday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 27. The debates will be broadcast from 7-8 p.m. EDT from WFYI-TV in Indianapolis and will also be livestreamed on the commission’s website and YouTube channel. Hoosiers can also check with their local news organizations to find out other ways to watch or listen.

 

While the commission normally hosts three debates in gubernatorial elections and hosts some events in public arenas, caution is being exercised during the pandemic and has changed some of the commission’s past practices. One long-standing, standard practice holds – candidates do not receive the questions in advance from the commission.

 

Since its founding in 2007, the Indiana Debate Commission has produced 21 statewide debates in U.S. Senate and gubernatorial elections – many of which were also broadcast nationally via C-SPAN. The commission, a nonprofit organization which hosted its first debates in 2008, is the only independent organization in the state that provides free broadcast satellite feeds and web streams to all news media – including college and high school press associations.

 

Moderators will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

 

American Red Cross calling for volunteers

The American Red Cross needs volunteers, and is asking for more help from Indiana.

 

The approach of Hurricane Sally, as well as the effects of Hurricane Laura and the West Coast wildfires, have overwhelmed the organization. Red Cross Indiana Regional CEO Chad Priest told WISH-TV that the pandemic has only made things worse.

 

 

Red Cross volunteers that are deployed help provide food, shelter and support to those in need. In addition, they work with local officials to help first responders.

 

If you decide to sign up as a volunteer, Priest says, you will receive free, fast training to ensure quick deployment. There are virtual training options for those who feel uncomfortable gathering during the pandemic.

 

Volunteers must be at least 18 and have a valid driver’s license to volunteer. More information can be found at redcross.org.

Kewanna Auction House changes hands

Tom Mate has made a big impact on Kewanna since opening Luke’s Auction 21 years ago. 

 

His decision to retire from the auction business in 2019 presented Michelle and David Young  with a new business opportunity and in June of 2020,  the Young’s became the official business owners of the auction house at 413 N East Street. 

 

Now JuJu’s Gems and Rusty Gold, their flea market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 7pm and does auctions every Friday night in either Michigan City or Elkhart. 

 

 

David is also a Kewanna Fall Festival volunteer and plans to be an active part of the community just as much as Mate and wants to support the community as much as they can in the future. 

 

 

Tom Mate still remains Chairman of the Kewanna Fall Festival. Mate and his family started the festival in 2003, breathing life into the small town community. 

 

The festival, which is held every year on the last weekend in September, attracts families from throughout the state with it’s free Circus, rides and a full on carnival atmosphere. 

 

Due to Covid restrictions, the Kewanna Fall Festival for 2020 has been cancelled. In a previous public statement Mate said he and the committee are planning for an even bigger and better return in 2021, with promises of next year featuring speciality shows never seen in Fulton County before. 

 

 

 

Grass Creek Lions Club to use grant for new roof

The Fulton County Community Foundation provided a grant of $16,325 to the Grass Creek Lions Club.

 

This grant will go to replace the roof on the Grass Creek Depot with a new metal roof, which typically has a lifespan of 40+ years. The historic depot was moved to its current location and restored in 1997 and serves as a community center and museum for Grass Creek.

 

For more information about Northern Indiana Community Foundation and the work that is being done on this project, call us at 574-224-3223 or email us at fulton@nicf.org.

Two INDOT road projects underway this week

State Road 17 will be closed between C.R. W 950 S and C.R. W 900 S beginning today.  This road closure is for a bridge rehabilitation project on the bridge over Grassy Creek.

 

The road is expected to reopen in early-November, 2020.

 

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a road closure for SR 25 between East CR 575N and North CR 500E beginning today. 

 

The road will be closed through late October for a small pipe replacement.

Indiana State Police detectives warn public about online dog scams

Indiana State Police detectives are currently investigating a couple of fraud incidents involving individuals attempting to purchase dogs online.

 

One recent Warrick County resident purchased a dog through a website and paid $900. The dog was going to be shipped to the buyer and required insurance and vaccinations, which was an additional $2,800. After the resident paid the additional funds, the company informed the buyer that the insurance was expired and they needed additional payment. The resident became suspicious, refused to send any additional payment and contacted Indiana State Police. The victim paid a total of $3,700 and never received a dog.

 

According to the Better Business Bureau data, nearly 10,000 scam reports and complaints have been received during the last three years about businesses selling puppies and dogs. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that only about 10% of victims report these crimes, so this number could be much higher.

 

Tips if you are interested in purchasing a dog online:

  • Avoid classified sites.
  • Communicate with the seller.
  • Research prices.
  • Meet the seller and puppy/dog.
  • Get a contract and check references.
  • Be wary of shipping services.
  • Never wire money or use gift cards for payment.
  • If the price is too good to be true, it’s likely a scam!

Caston Board of School Trustees discuss final review of budget

The Caston Board of School Trustees held a public work session on Wednesday to discuss the final review of the Caston School Corporation’s 2021 proposed budget prior to the public hearing scheduled for September 16.

 

Caston School Corporation Superintendent Lucinda Douglass shared with the board the budget estimate for rainy day, debt service, education and operations funds.

 

The Capital Projects and bus replacement plans were also shared and discussed. 

 

Level Up Nutrition breaks in its first month in Rochester

It's been going on three weeks since Level Up Nutrition made its appearance in Rochester at the Peace tree Village Plaza next to Krogers, in the former ‘Healthies’ Location. 

 

Level Up Nutrition is a health program owned by Jeff and Cyndi Lamberson, who have three locations in Rochester, Culver and Plymouth. 

 

 

Cyndi says they’re excited to be apart of the Rochester community. 

 

Rochester reports changes related to Covid-19 from Indiana Dept of Health

Rochester schools Superintendent Jana Vance released the following letter regarding returning to school related to Covid-19:
 
 

Please note the following changes in guidance to when a student, faculty or staff member may return to school from the Indiana Department of Health:

 

  1. If a student, faculty or staff member has symptoms of COVID-19 and has not been tested- all household members should be advised to quarantine. If they receive an alternative diagnosis from a doctor OR do get tested and test negative, then household members no longer need to quarantine. 

 

  1. If a symptomatic person tests negative, they may return without an alternate diagnosis as long as they are fever free for 24 hours and show improvement of symptoms. 

 

  1. Household members of a person positive with COVID-19 need to quarantine 14 days after the last day of their isolation (which is day 10). This means household members will quarantine a total of 24 days unless they have symptoms. At that point, we refer to the symptomatic scenarios. 

 

Students who are absent but feel well enough to participate in elearning are encouraged to do so!  Please discuss with your student(s) principal or school counselor if this is needed.   

 

Thank you in advance for your support as we continue to adjust to changes as they relate to Covid. 

 

 

Jana K. Vance, Ed.S

Superintendent

Rochester Community School Corporation

BBB warns consumers of Facebook based auto parts seller

Better Business Bureau warns consumers to use caution when doing business with Indiana Super Duty, LLC, a business that sells used auto parts over Facebook. BBB has received multiple complaints, ScamTracker submissions, and customer reviews that allege that the company has collected payments but failed to deliver a final product. Since January, the company has received seven complaints involving nearly $7,500.00 in consumer funds. 

 

The company currently has an “F” rating, the lowest on the BBB scale. 

 

Phil, a consumer from Monticello, Indiana, encountered the company on behalf of his teenage son. Phil told the BBB that his son had saved nearly $2,000.00 to repair his first vehicle and wanted to purchase parts from Indiana Super Duty, LLC because of the relatively low cost of the parts. After reviewing the company’s Facebook page, which has more than 30,000 likes, and failing to see any negative reviews or comments, Phil decided it might be a good company.  

Phil and his son paid a deposit of just over $1,000. Chris Davis, the principal of Indiana Super Duty, LLC, provided them with a timeline and said he would be in contact. After several delays which Mr. Davis attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, Phil requested a refund. Several weeks passed and Phil had still not received a refund. The business stopped communicating. Phil eventually determined they were screening his calls when he realized Mr. Davis would answer if Phil called from a number that wasn’t known to be associated with him.  

 

Phil discovered that the company’s positive reputation on Facebook was largely the result of deleting negative feedback. Phil left negative reviews and several comments on the company’s Facebook page, only to have them deleted. Phil even went so far as to visit Mr. Davis’s home to insist on his refund. Eventually, he was forced to file a report with the Indiana State Police. When Phil notified Mr. Davis about the police report, Mr. Davis finally came through with his refund, although Phil told BBB that it was $50 short. “From reading reviews and comments online, it's obvious that a lot of people have had similar experiences with this business,” Phil told BBB. 

 

For the third consecutive year, online purchase scams remain in the top three riskiest forms of consumer fraud, according to the latest BBB report, New Risks and Emerging Technologies: 2019 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report (BBB.org/RiskReport). In 2019, online purchase scams made up 24.3 percent of all scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker (BBB.org/ScamTracker). BBB analyzed this information using its unique BBB Scam Risk Index to determine the riskiest scams based on exposure, susceptibility, and monetary loss. Automobile products were among the most common online purchase scams in 2019 along with clothing/jewelry, home/furniture, medical/nutrition, pets, and more.  

 

“It’s relatively easy for a business to position itself as a reputable business online these days,” said Tim Maniscalo, Central Indiana BBB President & CEO. “This is why it’s critical to check out a business through credible and objective source such as the Better Business Bureau. You can save yourself a lot of time, money and hassle by taking that quick extra step before making a purchase.” 

 

Dennis, a consumer from Union City, Indiana, purchased a truck bed and tailgate on behalf of his employer. Mr. Davis informed him that although the company had the tailgate in stock, he would have to locate a truck bed that met Dennis’ requirements. After waiting nearly twelve weeks, Dennis finally requested the tailgate be shipped alone and the funds for the truck bed be refunded. When tailgate arrived, it was damaged to the point of being useless. The refund never arrived. Dennis attempted to contact Mr. Davis for weeks, but similar to Phil’s experience, the business began screening his calls. He still has not received a refund. 

 

BBB offers the following tips for consumers shopping on Facebook marketplace: 

 

  • Always meet the seller and see the item for?sale?before purchasing. This will help you avoid most scams on Facebook Marketplace. This is also true for housing rentals. If you can't tour the house or apartment before renting it, it's likely not available. 

  • Report scams to Facebook. If you’ve encountered a scam on Facebook Marketplace, report them.  

  • Check BBB Tips. Many sales scams use similar techniques as referenced in our tips for online purchases

Report suspicious activities to?BBB Scam Tracker.? 

BZA passes special exception for proposed Pulaski County solar project

The Pulaski County Highway Garage was a full house Monday night, with dozens more waiting outside as the Pulaski County Board of Zoning Appeals met to vote whether or not the proposed Mammoth Solar project would be granted a special exception to move foward by meeting health, safety and enviromental requirements. 

 

 

The meeting that went for over four hours, came as a continued hearing from last month, with nearly 100 people speaking for and against the proposed project.

 

 

President and Co-Founder to Global Energy Generation Nick Cohen addressed the four questions before the BZA at its continued meeting Monday.

 

 

Emotions were on high as the public spoke their concerns, with emotions ranging from tailgaters to tears and ended with the BZA approving the special exception and plans to move foward with the project. 

 

 

The Mammoth Solar project intends to place solar panels on approximately 4500 total acres in Pulaski County

 

 

Mammoth Solar holds Sunday open house in Winamac

Citizens of Pulaski County were met with more than just free pizza and refreshments Sunday in the Winamac Knights of Columbus building, during the Mammoth Solar Project open house.

 

The event held a steady crowd of concerned or curious locals wanting to learn more. Information about the future proposed solar panel project was made available with in-person experts, including engineers and environmental scientists, who addressed all environmental impacts, residential and agricultural land values and what the panels materials consist of.   

 

Last year Pulaski County officials passed a solar ordinance that encouraged large solar farm investors to come to the county and invest as a way to boost the local economy. 

 

A public hearing will be held in Winamac on Monday, August 24, at the Puaski County Highway Garage where BZA members will be voting whether the project meets the intent of the zoning ordinance. 

 

The county caught the attention of Global Energy Generation's after new transmission wires running through the county opened an opportunity for the development of a utility scale solar plant to tap into those lines. The lines have a convergent two grid system that plans to serve 100 million people all over the country. 

 

Among the entire team of Mammoth Solar attending the open house, was President and Co-Founder to Global Energy Generation Nick Cohen, who filled the audience in on his thoughts of the pending changes that are casting their aim at Pulaski County.

 

"Pulaski County has its chance to step into the future and not be left behind," explained

Cohen. 

 

Cohen hopes Sunday's open house will bring more support from the community.

 

"It's hard to not like what we are wanting to do because the facts are so compelling," he explained.  "They wanted us here and we are following the exact rules the county has originally set for us." 

North Manchester farm receives highest agricultural honor

Garwood Orchards and MPS Egg Farms have been awarded the AgriVision Award, the highest agricultural honor from the State of Indiana. This award was presented at the Indiana Statehouse by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler.

 

Now in it’s 14th year, the AgriVision Award is presented to businesses or organizations within the Hoosier agricultural community that are advancing the industry, whether that is by developing a new technology, working to address a worldwide issue or creating a better community.

 

Garwood Orchards is an agritourism destination in LaPorte, Indiana where there is fun to be had for the whole family, along with nutritious locally grown fruits and vegetables.

 

Garwood Orchards began in 1831 and is now a sixth-generation family owned and operated business by brothers Tom, Mike and Brian Garwood. Their farm produces roughly 500 acres of fresh fruits and vegetables such as sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers and apples for U-Pick, farm markets and wholesale. 

 

This orchard not only features U-pick orchards, wagon rides and live music, they also have a state-of-the-art packing house for fruits and vegetables and the Garwood’s cultivate crops using the latest technologies. During a typical school year, they host local schools and children on tours of their facility.

 

“We are so thankful to be chosen as an AgriVision Award recipient,” said Carey Garwood from Garwood Orchards. “This award means so much to our family and we were honored to be able to represent our industry and community at the Statehouse today.”  

 

The Garwoods are an exceptional family owned and operated business in Indiana and quite deserving of the AgriVision award for the business they have created and for the nutritious food provided to consumers nationwide.

 

“These two agricultural operations take technology and community involvement to the Next Level,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “It was an honor to recognize the families and their agricultural businesses at the Statehouse today.”

 

MPS Egg Farms, one of the largest shell egg producers in the United States, is a sixth-generation family farm business based in North Manchester, Indiana.

 

The family business, run by Bob, Dan and Sam Krouse, has 630 employees who care for 11 million hens, which produce more than 9 million eggs daily at six farms in Indiana, Illinois and Texas. Each farm is equipped with top-of-the-line equipment and is certified by numerous third-party organizations for quality assurance, animal health and product safety standards.

MPS Egg Farms produces both conventional and cage-free eggs that are delivered to grocery stores and food distributors nationwide. MPS Egg Farms is a national poultry industry leader in the conversion to cage-free egg production, in response to client and consumer demand.

 

Sustainability and advancing the egg industry are top of mind for owners, Bob, Sam and Dan. Each serve on a number of industry boards such as the United Egg Producers, American Egg Board and Indiana State Poultry Association. 

 

The Krouse family serves as leaders in their trade organizations and the agricultural community by focusing on what is best for the employees, their consumers, their flock and the environment.

 

As part of their commitment to enhancing the environment, they have installed over 3,000 solar panels at their North Manchester egg production facility.

 

“MPS Egg Farms is pleased and humbled to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Sam Krouse, Vice President of Business Development for MPS Egg Farms. “We are proud to be part of Indiana’s storied agricultural heritage and look forward to continuing to work with our industry partners to further our state’s reputation as a global leader in agriculture and food production.”

 

MPS Egg Farms and the Krouse family had a vision to take egg production in Indiana, and across the U.S., to the next level and they did just that by creating a safe, healthy work environment, keeping poultry welfare a top priority and advocating for the continual success of the poultry industry.

 

“Garwood Orchards and MPS Egg Farms are pillars in the agriculture industry,” said ISDA Director Bruce Kettler. “The passion they have not only for their own businesses, but their respective communities is exceptional. It was an honor to recognize them and their contributions today at the Statehouse.”

Rochester Community Schools releases updated bus routes for the 2020-2021 school year

ROCHESTER COMM SCHOOLS

2020-2021 BUS ROUTES

 

***Please remember that students are to be at their stop location approx. 10 minutes prior to posted time. All students will be required to wear a mask when riding the bus.***

 

Route 04 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:47 am     259 E 600 N

 6:51 am     6346 N 100 W

 6:52 am     1237 W 650 N

 6:57 am     151 W 700 N

 6:59 am     7481 N 50 W

 7:06 am     7702 N 250 W

 7:10 am     7344 N 300 W

 7:15 am     7640 N 450 W

 7:22 am     5071 N 400 W

 7:26 am     5025 Beaman Ln

 7:33 am     2255 W 450 N

 7:35 am     1682 W 450 N

 7:36 am     1133 W 450 N

 7:37 am     4394 N 100 W

 7:38 am     4108 N 100 W

 

Route 05 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:25 am     570 S Paradise Dr

 6:26 am     509 S Paradise

 6:37 am     3651 W 200 S

 6:45 am     4490 W 400 S

 6:54 am     3537 S 75 W

 7:00 am     2554 S State Rd 25

 7:06 am     391 W 375 S

 7:16 am     304 N State Rd 25

 7:32 am     3093 E 300 S

Route 05 AM (cont)

 7:33 am     3022 E 300 S

 7:35 am     2142 S Old US Hwy 31

 7:38 am     S Apple Tree Ln & Sycamore Dr

 7:42 am     506 Mitchell Dr

 

Route 06  AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:28 am     E 10th St & Park St

 7:29 am     E 12th St & Wabash Ave

 7:30 am     Clover St & Spear St

 7:31 am     Clover St & Washington St

 7:32 am     Brown St & Washington St

 7:33 am     Hill St & Jackson Blvd

 7:34 am     1239 Lakeshore Dr

 7:35 am     Jackson Blvd & Rochester Blvd

 7:37 am     1307 Lakeshore Dr

 7:38 am     1400 Mitchell Dr

 7:39 am     1111 Arthur St

 7:41 am     E 18th St & Elm St

 7:43 am     433 E 18th St

 

Route 08 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:52 am     INDIANA AVE

 7:07 am     6871 N State Rd 25?TALMA COMM BLDG

 7:15 am     2750 E 700 N

 7:17 am     6823 Walnut St

 7:17 am     6772 Walnut St

 7:19 am     2059 2nd St

 7:21 am     6699 N 250 E

 7:26 am     2797 E 500 N

 7:30 am     2918 E 550 N

 7:32 am     2418 E 550 N

 7:34 am     1217 E 550 N

 7:41 am     E 11th St & Madison St

 7:47 am     1502 Elm St

 

Route 09 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:28 am     Audubon Ave & E 16th St

 7:29 am     E 16th St & Wallace Ave

 7:30 am     College Ave & E 14th St

 7:33 am     E 6th St & Ohio St

 7:35 am     705 E 4th St

 7:36 am     1125 E 4th St

 7:39 am     NorthGate Circle Apartments

 7:42 am     Clayton St & E 2nd St

 7:43 am     E 4th St & Indiana Ave

 7:44 am     300 E 4th St

 

Route 10 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:53 am     3127 E 300 N

 6:58 am     3427 N 500 E

 7:06 am     3887 Ft Wayne Rd

 7:07 am     4125 Ft Wayne Rd

 7:11 am     E State Road 14 & Oakhill Dr

 7:14 am     76 N 550 E

 7:17 am     5196 E 75 S

 7:20 am     4913 E 150 S

 7:22 am     1125 S 400 E

 7:25 am     2410 Waterview Dr

 7:28 am     3958 Country Club Dr S

 7:32 am     Bessmore Park Rd & White Creek Dr

 7:32 am     1816 Bessmore Park Rd

 7:33 am     Bessmore Park Rd & Gregory Farms Vlg

 7:34 am     Barrett Rd & Long Beach Dr

 7:37 am     1122 Pearl St

 7:41 am     E 11th St & Elm St

 7:41 am     E 13th St & Elm St

 

 

 

 

 

Route 11 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:35 am     Cherry Tree Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:35 am     Monarch Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:36 am     Ravencrest Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:37 am     Maplewood Ln & Ravencrest Ln

 7:38 am     Heritage Dr & Ravencrest Ln

 7:40 am     Heritage Dr & Maplewood Ln

 7:41 am     Cherry Tree Ln & Heritage Dr

 7:42 am     Parkway Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:43 am     Skyview Ln & Parkway

 

Route 16 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:58 am     5378 W 250 N

 7:02 am     2668 N 400 W

 7:03 am     2986 N 400 W

 7:08 am     N 500 W & Trails End Rd

 7:12 am     4348 McCarty Ln

 7:19 am     2821 N 300 W

 7:28 am     1202 N Prairiewood Dr

 7:28 am     610 W 100 N

 7:31 am     1379 W 6th St

 7:33 am     1136 W 9th St

 7:34 am     930 W 6th St

 7:37 am     1100 Park Rd

 7:39 am     1650 Sweetgum Rd

 7:40 am     Cardinal Cir & Lakeview Bnd

 7:40 am     1344 Lakeview Ben

 7:44 am     S Elizabeth Ave & Sanford Dr

 7:45 am     Fortna Dr & S Elizabeth Ave

 

Route 20 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:15 am     1711?1719 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:17 am     1779 E 200 N

 7:19 am     1928 Petty Dr

 7:20 am     2020 N State Rd 25

Route 20 AM (cont)           

 7:21 am      2502 E 200 N

 7:24 am     2027 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:29 am     4403 N Old US Highway 31

 7:34 am     2724 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:36 am     2687 White Tail Dr

 7:39 am     2034 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:40 am     1880 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:42 am     E 6th St & Madison St

 7:43 am     E 4th St & Madison St

 

Route 23 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:38 am     Jefferson St & W 3rd St

 7:39 am     Jefferson St & W 4th St

 7:40 am     Jefferson St & W 6th St

 7:41 am     Jefferson St & W 8th St

 7:42 am     Jefferson St & W 10th St

 7:45 am     Clay St & W 5th St

 

Route 25 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:25 am     3660 S 500 E

 7:32 am     3543 Wabash Ave

 7:35 am     2809 Goose Pond Rd

 7:35 am     Captains Ct & Goose Pond Rd

 7:40 am     1803 Oakwood Dr

 7:42 am     E 16th St & Madison St

 7:43 am     E 14th St & Monroe St

 7:44 am     1715 Monroe St

 7:45 am     1502 Elm St

 

Route 26 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:50 am     6648 W 200 N

 6:55 am     8717 W 200 N

 6:59 am     9211 W 100 N

 7:04 am     Phillips St

Route 26 AM (cont)

 7:25 am     864 S 300 W

 7:29 am     2167 W State Rd 14

 7:31 am     1259 W State Rd 14

 7:34 am     1374 W 50 N

 7:36 am     501 W 50 N

 7:42 am     1412 Jefferson St

 7:43 am     Jefferson St & W 13th St

 7:44 am     E 13th St & Madison St

 7:46 am     Columbia Elementary School

 

Route 27 AM

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:12 am     Reed Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:12 am     Forrest Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:14 am     3135 Evergreen St

 7:15 am     297 Oak St

 7:15 am     302 Oak St

 7:18 am     1186 W Olson Rd

 7:19 am     Buskirk Dr E & W Olson Rd

 7:20 am     1660 W Olson Rd

 7:21 am     1760 W Olson Rd

 7:22 am     1816 W Olson Rd

 7:24 am     Strawberry Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:28 am     4232 N 350 W

 7:33 am     Adele Dr & W Olson Rd

 7:34 am     1779 W Olson Rd

 7:35 am     1659 W Olson Rd

 7:42 am     914 Monticello Rd

 

 

Any questions contact Transportation at 574-223-4675, opt 1.

The Outlet Youth Center opens its doors to area students

The Youth Outlet's ribbon cutting ceremony and community open house Monday August 17, made-way for it's official first day, Tuesday August 18. 

 

From August 18-20, with a limit of 10 students per day due to Covid restrictions, the Outlet Youth Center is partnering with the Rochester Community School Cooperation and offering a place to go for students who need reliable internet for e Learning.  

 

 

Tuesday and Thursday will be for grades 9-12 and Wednesday is for grades 6-8 from 8:15am to 3:15pm. 

 

Once in-person school begins at Rochester Community Schools August 24, the youth center will be available to students after school on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 3:15-5:30 pm and will be able to be used more as a recreational space. 

 


Both masks and social distancing are required at Outlet Youth Center. 

 

Located at 602 Main Street in Rochester, the youth center was created to accommodate area Middle School and High School age students with a safe, supervised place to hang out featuring a pool table, air-hockey table, foosball table, games, snacks, a study area and more. 

 

Executive Director Patience Hisey says the shower and laundry area is also open to the community and can be scheduled for a time outside of student hours. 
All hygiene items will be provided, including towels and washcloths. 
Laundry soap and supplies are also provided, with community access to their washer and dryer. 
 

BBB warns of unemployment insurance scam

The?Better Business Bureau (BBB) is issuing a warning for an unemployment insurance fraud scam that has emerged over the last few months.? 

 

How the fraud works:  

People learn about the fraud when they get a notice from their state unemployment benefits office or their employer about their supposed application for unemployment benefits. If this happens to you, it means someone is misusing your personal information, including your Social Security number and date of birth. Act fast.? 

 

The unemployment rate clocked in at 11.1% last month according to the?U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. You or someone you know may have had their personal information stolen and used to apply for state unemployment benefits. What you might not know, is that this may have been part of an organized criminal effort targeting U.S state unemployment systems.? 

 

A?New York Times article in May 2020?claimed that according to a Secret Service memo, there has been evidence of unemployment insurance fraud emerging in a handful of states. Investigators estimate losses could reach hundreds of millions of dollars and noted that attackers appear to have extensive records of people’s personally identifiable information.? 

 

What to do IMMEDIATELY if someone files for unemployment with your personal identifiable information: 

 

Contact the HR Department where you work or last worked. 

Contact the State Unemployment Office immediately. 

Inform your banking institutions. 

File a report to your local police department.? 

Change passwords to sensitive accounts including banking, email and other personal accounts. 

Contact the three major credit reporting agencies (Experian,?Equifax,?TransUnion) to add an alert on your credit file and search for any other fraudulent transactions on your credit. report.? Visit for FREE,?https://www.annualcreditreport.com

Freeze your credit reports. It is a free service provided by all three credit reporting agencies. You can always temporarily unfreeze them for free when applying for credit. 

Report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at?IdentityTheft.gov

Keep all documents and records of conversation. 

See Metallica in concert at Tri-Way Drive-In in Plymouth

Are you a fan of Metallica?  You'll be able to watch the rock band from your car at numerous drive-in movie theaters around Indiana on Saturday, August 29. 

 

That includes one in Marshall County.  The Tri-Way Drive-In in Plymouth is among those hosting the event.

 

Tickets go on sale this Friday at Noon on TicketMaster's website. It will cost $115 per vehicle.

 

The concert will be shown at ten drive-in theaters around the state:

State Road 16 to be closed for seal coating

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a road closure for State Road 16 between U.S. 35 and State Road 17 beginning Monday, August 10. 

 

The road will be closed for seal coating. Weather permitting, State Road 16 will reopen in the evening on Friday, August 14.  

 

Drivers should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow U.S. 35, State Road 25 and State Road 17. 

State Road 10 to be closed for 1 day for culvert replacement

The Indiana Department announces that State Road 10 will be closed between State Road 17 and U.S. 31 on for approximately 12 hours on Wednesday, August 5. 

 

The road will be closed for a culvert replacement, with an alternate date of Tuesday, August 11 if needed. 

Study: Up to 84,118 K-12 students in Indiana may lack internet access at home

When K-12 classes start in the next month across Indiana, school teachers may have students whose educational achievement suffered due to the lack of internet access during the pandemic, says a new policy brief from Ball State University. 

 

How Many School-Age Children Lack Internet Access in Indiana?” found that about 68,649 to 84,118 Indiana school-age children do not have internet access at home.  

 

The study also found the most urban areas of the state (including the city of Indianapolis and northwest Indiana near Chicago) and the most rural parts of the state have the highest percentages of households without internet access. 

 

“The lack of access to appropriate devices and the internet — also known as the digital divide —could increase educational and social gaps among children,” said Michael Hicks, director of Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and the brief’s lead author.  “With the closing of school buildings during the final months of the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential closing of schools if COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the coming months, this policy brief helps to gauge the impact on vulnerable children without access to internet.” 

 

He pointed out that various studies over the last decade suggest that moderate and monitored home computer/internet use has positive impacts on children’s social development, cognitive development, and school performance.  

 

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to acknowledge the impact of the digital divide on children who have limited alternatives to remote and virtual learning during school closures,” Hicks said. “This inequality in internet access could further increase the learning gap between children with and without access to the internet.” 

 

CBER’s study found that among households with school-age children and without internet access, most are single parent households (57%), have parents not in labor force (18.9%), are low-income families (35.2%), have non-English speakers at home (22.4%), and are households living in rental property (49.3%).  

 

The study also found:  

 

  • About 42,413 households or about 6.5 % with school-aged children do not have internet access at home. 
  • The absence of broadband access disproportionately affected students in families with characteristics that already challenge academic success. 

 

Hicks said CBER’s research points out that the interruption of school in March 2020 resulted in wide variation in delivering online education because there are large gaps in internet access across the state.  

 

“In the coming months, Indiana lawmakers will need to fund efforts to remediate students whose educational achievement suffered due to the pandemic,” Hicks said. “Indiana policymakers must also prepare for learning impacts of school closings during the 2020-2021 school year.”  

 

In addition to Hicks, the CBER research team included Dagney Faulk, director of research: Srikant Devaraj, research professor; and Yuye Zhang, a graduate research assistant specializing in GIS. 

Rochester Community Schools 2020-2021 Bus Routes

Please remember that students are to be at their stop location approx. 10 minutes prior to posted time.  All students will be required to wear a mask when riding the bus.  Any questions contact Transportation at 574-223-4675, opt 1.

 

Route 04 AM – Mr. Smiley

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:46 am     259 E 600 N

 6:49 am     1237 W 650 N

 6:54 am     7481 N 50 W

 7:00 am     7702 N 250 W

 7:04 am     7344 N 300 W

 7:10 am     7640 N 450 W

 7:20 am     5025 Beaman Ln

 7:27 am     2255 W 450 N

 7:29 am     1682 W 450 N

 7:30 am     1133 W 450 N

 7:31 am     4394 N 100 W

 7:32 am     4108 N 100 W

 

Route 05 AM – Ms. Wallace

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:42 am     570 S Paradise Dr

 6:43 am     509 S Paradise

 6:54 am     3651 W 200 S

 7:02 am     4490 W 400 S

 7:17 am     2554 S State Rd 25

 7:24 am     304 N State Rd 25

 7:34 am     3093 E 300 S

 7:39 am     S Apple Tree Ln & Sycamore Dr

 7:42 am     506 Mitchell Dr

 

Route 06 AM – Mrs. Geier

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:32 am     E 10th St & Park St

 7:33 am     E 12th St & Wabash Ave

Route 06 AM (cont.)

 7:34 am     Clover St & Spear St

 7:35 am     Clover St & Washington St

 7:36 am     Brown St & Washington St

 7:37 am     Hill St & Jackson Blvd

 7:38 am     Jackson Blvd & Rochester Blvd

 7:39 am     1307 Lakeshore Dr

 7:41 am     1400 Mitchell Dr

 7:42 am     1111 Arthur St

 7:44 am     E 18th St & Elm St

 7:45 am     433 E 18th St

 

Route 08 AM – Mr. Reinhold

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:55 am     INDIANA AVE

 7:10 am     6871 N State Rd 25?TALMA COMM BLDG

 7:18 am     2750 E 700 N

 7:20 am     6823 Walnut St

 7:20 am     6772 Walnut St

 7:26 am     2797 E 500 N

 7:31 am     2918 E 550 N

 7:32 am     2418 E 550 N

 7:35 am     1217 E 550 N

 7:42 am     E 11th St & Madison St

 7:47 am     1502 Elm St

 

Route 09 AM – Mr. Meyer

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:28 am     Audubon Ave & E 16th St

 7:29 am     E 16th St & Wallace Ave

 7:30 am     College Ave & E 14th St

 7:33 am     E 6th St & Ohio St

 7:35 am     705 E 4th St

 7:36 am     1125 E 4th St

 7:38 am     NorthGate Circle Apartments

 7:42 am     Clayton St & E 2nd St

 7:43 am     300 E 4th St

 

 

Route 10 AM – Mrs. Crill

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:55 am     3127 E 300 N

 7:00 am     3427 N 500 E

 7:08 am     3887 Ft Wayne Rd

 7:09 am     4125 Ft Wayne Rd

 7:13 am     E State Road 14 & Oakhill Dr

 7:16 am     76 N 550 E

 7:19 am     5196 E 75 S

 7:22 am     4913 E 150 S

 7:24 am     1125 S 400 E

 7:27 am     2410 Waterview Dr

 7:30 am     3958 Country Club Dr S

 7:34 am     Bessmore Park Rd & White Creek Dr

 7:35 am     Bessmore Park Rd & Gregory Farms Village

 7:38 am     1122 Pearl St

 7:41 am     E 11th St & Elm St

 7:42 am     E 13th St & Elm St

 

Route 11 AM – Mrs. Wojtyska

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:35 am     Cherry Tree Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:36 am     Ravencrest Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:37 am     Maplewood Ln & Ravencrest Ln

 7:38 am     Heritage Dr & Ravencrest Ln

 7:39 am     Heritage Dr & Maplewood Ln

 7:40 am     Cherry Tree Ln & Heritage Dr

 7:42 am     Parkway Ln & Sunset Ln

 7:42 am     Skyview Ln & Parkway

 

Route 16 AM – Ms. Ingram

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:07 am     2668 N 400 W

 7:08 am     2986 N 400 W

 7:13 am     N 500 W & Trails End Rd

 7:21 am     2821 N 300 W

 7:30 am     1202 N Prairiewood Dr

 7:31 am     610 W 100 N

 7:34 am     930 W 6th St

Route 16 AM (cont.)

 7:37 am     1100 Park Rd

 7:39 am     1344 Lakeview Ben

 7:40 am     Cardinal Cir & Lakeview Bend

 7:43 am     S Elizabeth Ave & Sanford Dr

 7:45 am     MS/HS STOP

 

Route 20 AM – Mr. Ulery

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:16 am     1711?1719 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:18 am     1779 E 200 N

 7:20 am     1928 Petty Dr

 7:21 am     2020 N State Rd 25

 7:22 am     2502 E 200 N

 7:25 am     2027 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:30 am     4403 N Old US Highway 31

 7:36 am     2687 White Tail Dr

 7:39 am     2034 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:40 am     1880 N Old US Hwy 31

 7:43 am     E 6th St & Madison St

 7:44 am     E 4th St & Madison St

 

Route 23 AM – Mr. Bradley

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:38 am      Jefferson St & W 3rd St

 7:39 am     Jefferson St & W 4th St

 7:40 am     Jefferson St & W 6th St

 7:41 am     Jefferson St & W 10th St

 7:44 am     Clay St & W 5th St

 

Route 25 AM – Mrs. Pitman

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:26 am     3660 S 500 E

 7:35 am     2809 Goose Pond Rd

 7:36 am     Captains Ct & Goose Pond Rd

 7:41 am     1803 Oakwood Dr

 7:42 am     E 16th St & Madison St

 7:43 am     E 14th St & Monroe St

 7:44 am     1715 Monroe St

Route 25 AM (cont.)

 7:45 am     1502 Elm St

 

Route 26 AM – Ms. Rensberger

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 6:50 am     6648 W 200 N

 6:55 am     8717 W 200 N

 6:59 am     9211 W 100 N

 7:04 am     Phillips St

 7:25 am     864 S 300 W

 7:29 am     2167 W State Rd 14

 7:31 am     1259 W State Rd 14

 7:34 am     1374 W 50 N

 7:36 am     501 W 50 N

 7:42 am     1412 Jefferson St

 7:43 am     E 13th St & Madison St

 

Route 27 AM – Mr. Wallskog

  TIME      STOP LOCATION

 7:10 am     Reed Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:10 am     Forrest Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:12 am     297 Oak St

 7:13 am     302 Oak St

 7:16 am     1186 W Olson Rd

 7:16 am     Buskirk Dr E & W Olson Rd

 7:18 am     1660 W Olson Rd

 7:18 am     1760 W Olson Rd

 7:19 am     1816 W Olson Rd

 7:21 am     Strawberry Ln & W Olson Rd

 7:25 am     4232 N 350 W

 7:30 am     Adele Dr & W Olson Rd

 7:31 am     1779 W Olson Rd

 7:32 am     1659 W Olson Rd

 7:39 am     914 Monticello Rd

 

Eastern Pulaski School registration information

Eastern Pulaski School's online registration must be completed for every student prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year. This process includes:


– filling out eight required online forms


– completing the Food Service Application if you would like to see if your family qualifies for free or reduced meal rates for the 2020-2021 school year


– paying for book rental (payments may be made online or by a check delivered or mailed to your child’s school)


– reviewing and updating demographic information

 

For those who do not have Internet access to do these things at home, EPCSC will open a computer lab on August 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

There will be a limited the number of people in the computer labs in order to allow for social distancing.

 

They ask that you please use the auditorium entrance if you need to come in to school for assistance.

 

 

Transportation
EPCSC uses EZRouting Software for Transportation.

 

They ask that you please register your child(ren) – regardless if they will ride a bus or not – through the link that will be emailed to you within the next couple of days.

 

Be sure to check your spam folder to find this email.

 

Please check this even if your child(ren) rode a bus last year to ensure their transportation plan is still accurate. If your child(ren) rode a bus last year and will NOT this year, please go in and request that we remove their transportation plan from last year.

 

PARKING PASSES
Students who will be driving to school must fill out a parking pass form online. Once this has been submitted, the student or parent can come in to school to pay for and pick up a parking pass for the 2020-2021 school year.

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