City By City Report for March 19, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Wednesday, March 19, 2014:


New softball fields are coming to Niles. Three new fields will be built at the former Tyler Refrigeration site on Lake Street. According to the Niles Leader, they will be designed for high school fast pitch, or adult slow-pitch softball. They should be ready by this fall, or next spring. The city will own the new fields.

Congressman Fred Upton will be in Niles on Wednesday, presenting elementary students with a new American flag. He'll speak at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School. Students in the fourth and fifth grades have recently been studying the structure of government and congress.

Marshall County

Indiana Senator Dan Coats will be in Michiana on Wednesday. The republican plans to address the Marshall County Farm Bureau in Plymouth about his legislative efforts affecting Hoosier agriculture. The event is not open to the public.


This weekend, Goshen residents can help uninsured neighbors get medical care, just by enjoying a meal. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, the Center for Healing and Hope is hosting a Fiesta Feast from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday in the fellowship hall at the College Mennonite Church. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. We have a link on the Big Red Bar.


There is new royalty this week in Berrien County. Roxie Elliot, a senior at Buchanan High School, won the title of Miss Blossomtime. According to the Herald Palladium, she is Buchanan's first winner in 33 years. St. Joseph High School senior Connor Hubble is the new Mr. Blossomtime. Both competed at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center earlier this week.

St. Joseph County

We're in the middle of severe weather awareness week and St. Joseph County Emergency Management wants to remind you about an outdoor warning system test. You'll hear sirens go off at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. If citizens have questions, emergency management will be staffed. Anyone can call 574-235-9234. Counties across Indiana will participate in the morning test and many will have an evening test as well.


Registration is now open for summer theatre workshops at the Children's Music Workshop of Stevensville. The week long workshops begin July 7 and run through August 8. Locations include the Hanson Theatre at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor and the Twin City Players Playhouse in St. Joseph. We have more details on the Big Red Bar.


Mark your calendars to learn more about consumer borrowing and your credit rating. The Warsaw Community Public Library will host a free informational event next week to help folks learn about the credit bureaus, qualifying for consumer loans and much more. It will be led by a representative from Lake City Bank. The program will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 24.


Northridge High School's show choir is going to state this weekend and they want to give you a preview of their performance. You can see them on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at the NHS auditorium. The concert is free but donations will be accepted.


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