Here's a recap of our City By City report from Tuesday, June 3, 2014:
A Berrien County center that helps children who've been abused is hoping to expand. Officials with the Berrien County council for children say they're outgrowing their facility. They're starting a capital campaign to expand in Royalton Township. The new facility would include more therapy rooms and a play space. It is estimated to cost about $960,000.
Etna Green is bringing back the summer festival feel with a weekend of community wide garage sales. This Friday and Saturday, you can shop and eat local, plus there's an opportunity to win prizes. The events wrap up Saturday with the Randy Miner Memorial Country Run at Heritage Park. That starts at 4:30 p.m. and you can register up to about two hours before the run.
If you're hoping to take the boat out this summer in Starke County, you may want to refresh those water skills. Registration is now open for boater education classes. Those who successfully complete the class will be licensed to operate motorboats on state waters. Anyone 15 years and older can attend. Classes are taking place June 14 and again on June 19.
The city council voted to pass phase 2 of an annexation Monday night, which includes four more areas. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, the plan is to eventually add a total of 16 areas to the city. Dozens of residents showed up to the three-hour meeting to share their frustration, many saying they don't want to be part of the city. Unless a legal battle begins, the annexation will be effective January 1, 2015.
Get your rod and reel ready. This Saturday and Sunday mark Free Fishing Weekend in the Hoosier state. That means Indiana residents can cast a line without a license. All other fishing rules and regulations do apply. Many state parks are offering special programs for the occasion, including Potato Creek.
St. Joseph County
St. Joseph County is close to having a champion in its Burger War. The View Tavern and Hensell's Oaken Bucket are going head to head for the final round. They beat out restaurants like Jeannie's House and Bar Louie. The last day to vote is Monday, June 9. You don't have to sign up to vote but if you register your email address when you do, you'll have a shot at winning a $50 gift card to the winning restaurant. This is all part of the battle for northern Indiana's best burger, sponsored by Northern Indiana Tourism. In Elkhart County, the final battle is between the Smokehouse Burger from Five Star Dive Bar and the Stella Moo Burger from Flippin’ Cow.
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