City By City Report for August 13, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Wednesday August 13, 2014:

St. Joseph

The city of St. Joseph is getting a new fire engine. Commissioners voted to approve the purchase, according to our reporting partners at WSJM Radio. They'll borrow the money from Chemical Bank and pay it off over the next three years. It replaces an engine that has 51,000 miles on it, purchased back in 1983. The city is also buying a mini-loader, which can plow, haul, dump and sweep, and two dump truck boxes for vehicles that haul trash and leaves.

Elkhart County

Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County is looking for families wishing to apply for their affordable home ownership program. In order to be eligible, you have to attend an informational meeting. There is one going on Wednesday at the Habitat for Humanity office on Peddler's Village Road between Elkhart and Goshen at noon. The final meeting is Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club of Goshen on Crescent Street at 6 p.m. They're looking for 8 to 10 families. They build primarily in Elkhart but are looking to build in Goshen, too, in the next couple of years.

Elkhart

An Elkhart elementary school announced a new staff member. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, Holly Conley is the new assistant principal for Osolo Elementary. The school board made the announcement at a meeting Tuesday night. Conley taught at Monger Elementary for 10 years

Warsaw

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" opens Wednesday night at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw. It is a musical comedy with pop songs from the fifties and sixties, sung in four part harmony by the girls of the Springfield High Songleaders. Tickets range in price; from $16 to 34.

South Bend

There's a geo-searching stash hunt going on in South Bend Wednesday night. You'll learn how to use GPS on a high tech treasure hunt at St. Patrick's County Park. It's going on from 6 to 9 p.m. and it costs $3. You should bring a GPS unit if you have one; there are only a few loaners available. Folks should meet in the white barn.

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The last "Free Admission Day" to Kennedy Water Playground will be held Thursday. They're open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. It features a slide, tire swing, and several water features. The last day for the playground this season is Friday.

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