Here's a recap of our City By City report from Tuesday, April 29, 2014:
Elkhart is flushing its fire hydrants through May 13. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, the city suggests you avoid doing laundry on the day when they flush your neighborhood, because the water will be a little discolored. You should also plug any floor drains in areas that are prone to floods. We put the city's hydrant flushing schedule on the Big Red Bar.
You can take your kids to Indiana's state parks for free this weekend. The parks are open to all veterans and military on Saturday and it's free on Sunday for everyone, all part of welcome back weekend, now that the weather is a little warmer. Admission is usually $5 for in-state vehicles. There are some special events planned at the parks for this welcome back weekend.
This week you can help the Northwood High School band get new uniforms, simply by recycling your old stuff. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, they are taking scrap metal, wires and cords, cans, and many other metal items and appliances. Here is what you can drop off: scrap metal, copper wire, electrical cords, aluminum cans, lawn mower and car batteries, washers, dryers, other metal appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners and lawn mowers. The recycling event runs from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Northwood High School.
One-thousand dollar scholarships are available for students in St. Joseph County, but time is running out to apply. The South Bend West Side Memorial Day Parade Committee is accepting applications through Wednesday, April 30. High school seniors are eligible. Applicants need to include letters of recommendation, a transcript of grades, and a written essay about the importance of veterans on Memorial Day. You can find a copy of the scholarship application at your high school guidance office.
Mishawaka schools are talking about raising lunch prices. Most meals would go up between 10 and 25 cents. Board members will discuss the issue at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. We've also learned that Mishawaka's teacher of the year will be announced on May 7.