City By City Report for Feb. 5, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Wednesday, February 5, 2014:


The town council approved a 15% water rate increase this week, which adds up to about $5 for the average customer. This comes as Middlebury residents are being asked to keep a faucet running around the clock in their homes. In order to prevent pipes from freezing, our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth say they can apply for a discount on utility bills.


A fishing platform and park along the St. Joseph River in Buchanan is closing temporarily for construction, starting this Saturday. The closure affects the area that's typically accessible from Riverside Drive, downstream from the hydroelectric power plant. The upper dam fishing site, accessible from Mead Road, is still open. Construction should wrap up by the end of July.

Traverse City

Traverse City has come up with a way to promote vineyard tourism, even when the vines are covered by snow. Tourists can now ski and snowshoe from vineyard-to-vineyard, pausing for tastings at three wineries along the 7-and-a-half mile trail. Blustone, Forty-Five North and Tandem Ciders are all on the trail.

South Haven

If you're looking for a job, the new Meijer Supercenter in South Haven, Michigan is hiring. The store is scheduled to open on May 1st, according to our reporting partners at WSJM. They are looking for applicants to fill 270 open positions. Pay will be based on experience level and skills needed for the job.

South Bend

Free classes in South Bend will teach the importance of talking to your baby, right from birth. Parents, caregivers, and grandparents are invited to sign up. The series of five classes starts Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Virginia Tutt branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library. Attendees will get free parenting materials, including books. And those who attend all five sessions will get a $10 Wal-Mart gift card. We have sign up details on the Big Red Bar.


Nominations are being accepted for Real Services 2014 "Age of Excellence" awards. All nominees must live or work in Elkhart, LaPorte, Kosciusko, Marshall or St. Joseph counties. There are several categories including caregiver of the year and the Hoosier lifetime award. Nominations are due April 1st and the Real Services annual luncheon is on May 8 at the Century Center. Tickets are available now.


More snow means more time inside, so you may want to use this time to sharpen your Monopoly skills. The Plymouth Public Library has announced it will hold its 10th annual free Monopoly tournament for students in grades 6 through 12. Registration will open on March 31. The tournament is coming up on April 18. Prizes will be awarded.


The city’s annual Daddy Daughter Dance is right around the corner. It's happening later this month, but the registration deadline is coming up on February 14. This year's event will take place at the FOP on East 12th Street from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 22. Sign-up is first come, first serve as space is limited. It is open to elementary and middle school aged girls. The cost is $25 per couple and $5 per additional daughter.

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