City By City Report for August 6, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Wednesday August 6, 2014:


Soup and salad is on the menu Wednesday for the Cass County Cancer Service's 6th annual fundraising luncheon. It all starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Elk's Lodge, located at 300 Riverside Drive in Dowagiac. All proceeds support the mission of the Cass County Cancer Service.


The mayor wants the community to come together to brainstorm ways to prevent vandalism. According to our reporting partners at WKVI, it's a problem they've suffered recently at Wythogan Park, the city's most popular park. Vandalism reports there have slowed, but they still exist. Mayor Rick Chambers is calling a meeting next Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Representatives from the Knox Police Department and Starke County Sheriff's Department will be there to take ideas on how to improve security.

St. Joseph County

Kids, grab your passports for a date with Mother Nature. The “Family Passport to Play” program is featuring a free outdoor exploration at St. Patrick's County Park’s brown barn. It's happening Wednesday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kids and parents can go paddling or hiking all while connecting with nature. There are plenty of games too.

South Bend

Sign-ups are going now to learn how to ice skate. The lessons will be at the Ice Box in South Bend on South Walnut St. starting August 22. The Irish Figure Skating Club will teach the lessons. Click this link for details.

Starke County

Starke County is expanding their emergency medical services. According to our reporting partners at WKVI, the unit based in North Judson will have a paramedic on-duty at all times. The commission has also approved extending service to Grovertown, starting January 1.

Cass County

This year, the Cass County Fair beat last year's attendance by the thousands. According to our reporting partners at The Leader, in total, just over 39,000 people walked through the gates. That's up 2,100 from 2013. The fair wrapped up on Saturday, bringing in more than 13,000 people for that day alone.

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