Here's a recap of our City By City report from Wednesday, December 4, 2013:
The village council voted this week to continue footing the cost of all city employees' health benefits. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, it's an unusual benefit and one the city might not be able to afford forever; but they plan to try, because they say it helps them hold on to quality workers.
Santa is coming to town this weekend but he’s not bringing the reindeer. Instead, he'll use the ponies from Reins for Life! Your kids can have a pony ride too, and pose for a picture with Santa. The Santa photo and pony ride costs $8. Each additional ride is just $1. The event benefits Reins for Life. It runs from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, at Signature Arabians in Niles.
Mayor Dick Moore is holding his annual holiday food drive and community reception. It will be at the city council chambers on South Second Street, Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. They're asking you to bring non-perishable food items, which will be donated to local food pantries to help replenish them after the holiday season.
There's a free informational session about the new healthcare law on Wednesday at the Elkhart library, main branch. It starts at 11 a.m. and includes a 90-minute presentation followed by a Q & A session. The library is located at 300 South Second Street. If you can't attend this session, there is another one coming up next Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m.
Thirteen-thousand, 800 pounds of chicken products is being donated to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Miller Poultry will make the presentation Wednesday at Martin's Supermarkets at Erskine Plaza in South Bend. According to the food bank, that adds up to more than 41,000 meal servings of protein for those in need. The Food Bank of Northern Indiana serves Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, Starke, St. Joseph and LaPorte counties.
An auction will help raise money for our annual Toys for Tots drive. Holy Cross College students and the community are invited to bid on items like gift baskets, gift certificates, college apparel, and athletic gear signed by Notre Dame team members on Thursday. It will be held in the auditorium of Driscoll Hall at 7 p.m. The money raised will be used for a toy shopping spree and then they will have a toy parade on Saturday as students walk the items from Holy Cross to our studio parking lot to donate to the collection drive.
If you're a Jersey Boys fan you may want to head to LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern Wednesday night in South Bend tonight. They will be giving a little impromptu performance on their stage. It will likely start around 11 p.m. The Jersey Boys have been performing at the Morris since November 26. Their last performances will be on Sunday.
A new philanthropic group of women in Cass County will make its first donation Wednesday. "100 Women Who Care" selected Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital's "Tree of Love" at Farr Park; $2,700 will go toward the campaign that raises funds to provide mammograms to the uninsured. Wednesday night, they will light the "Tree of Love,” a pine tree full of pink lights. The "100 Women Who Care" choose a different charity to help each quarter.
Police are settling into a new police station. The department had been in the historic Ross-Sanders house on West Front Street for decades. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, it was the first brick home in Buchanan, built in 1856. Police now operate out of the Edgewater Bank building on East Front Street.
The town has an opening on its park board and is seeking applications. If you're interesting in serving, you should submit a letter to town hall by Tuesday, December 10. They say the candidate should be a republican.
TRANSPO has opened its transfer center on Church and Fourth streets. It had been temporarily relocated because of road construction.
The Penn High School Spell Bowl team will be honored at a community celebration Wednesday afternoon. They recently won their 13th state championship with a perfect score. The celebration will be at the high school starting at 3:45 pm. The community is invited to attend.
You can get books at rock bottom prices and help the community. The Friends of the Library book sale starts Thursday and runs through Saturday. There will be hundreds of gently used books, movies, games and puzzles available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the North Webster Community Library.
The public library is opening its new wing on Saturday. A grand opening ceremony will include a ribbon cutting at noon, activities for kids, an ugly sweater contest and musical entertainment. The nearly $1.8 million project added 6,000 square feet to the library, including a new children's and young adult area.
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