City By City Report for March 3, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Monday, March 3, 2014:

Goshen

Chickens could soon be the newest residents of Goshen. The Goshen city council will discuss an ordinance this week that would allow people living within city limits to keep up to six chickens on a residential property. Commercial use of the chickens would be prohibited under the ordinance. The chickens would need to be kept outside in chicken coops. The ordinance will be up for discussion at the council's meeting Tuesday night.

Dowagiac

A big addition is coming to the landscape of downtown Dowagiac. Construction will begin this month on a $1.5 million medical office building across from city hall, at front and main streets. You're looking at a photo of what the building will look like. Our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium say construction should finish by mid-September. It will house the health department's dental clinic, along with other offices.

Akron

The principal at Akron Elementary was up against a wall; held there by duct tape. It was all part of a fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children. Students paid 50 cents for each strip of duct tape holding principal Chrissy Mills to the wall. Their goal was to raise $500, and they surpassed it, raising more than $760 for the hospital. Akron elementary is part of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation in Fulton County.

South Bend

If you're looking to get healthier, you could get some help, for free. The South Bend Medical Foundation is offering a “Healthy Me!” program. All you have to do is tell them your story in five hundred words or less by March 21st at 5 p.m. You can mail or email entries; be sure to include your name, address, phone number, age and current health status. They will choose six people to get all the tools they need to become healthier. We have more information on the Big Red Bar.

LaGrange and Elkhart counties

Secretary of State Connie Lawson will be in LaGrange and Elkhart counties on Monday. She's visiting Hoosiers, teaching them about the importance of financial literacy such as budgeting, and how credit cards impact your credit score. She'll be making a stop at Lakeland High School in LaGrange, as well as Greencroft Senior Center in Middlebury. The goal is to help Hoosiers protect their hard earned money and especially to keep seniors from becoming the target of scammers.

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