City By City Report for March 5, 2014

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


Hartford may soon get a full-time fire chief. The fire board is looking to convince the city and township to budget in a full-time position. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palldium, it would cost about $80,000 per year. The fire board says they need a full-time chief to keep up with changing rules and regulations; but it could be difficult to change the budgets, because the agency's fiscal years don't line up.


A packaging company based in Elkhart is taking over a similar business in Marion. Welch Packaging has acquired Indiana corrugated. Both companies make corrugated packaging and boxes. Welch is a large company, with 500 employees and eight locations nationwide. Indiana corrugated has 44 employees.

Elkhart County

Kids can start thinking about summer by planning for Elkhart County's third annual Lemonade Day. The event is on May 3rd but sign ups begin later this month. The goal of the program is to teach kids financial management, customer service skills and what goes into starting a business. This year, there's a new twist. Lemonade Day has collaborated with Junior Achievement (JA) to reach more youth, including in Goshen. Last year, Harrison Harte won the "best business" award. He sold about three-hundred glasses of lemonade and raised more than $1,300. He donated nearly half of it to Riley Hospital for Children.

LaPorte and Starke Counties

Indiana University Health has lifted visitor restrictions at their hospitals in LaPorte and Starke county. Restrictions were put in place at the peak of flu season, to help prevent the spread of the virus. There are still many flu cases in the area so the hospital reminds you to use your best judgment. For the sake of the patients, don't visit loved ones when you are sick.

South Bend

South Bend Parks and Rec wants your input. They're hosting a series of public meetings to help develop their five-year plan for 2014 through 2018. Wednesday’s meetings will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Charles Black Youth Center on West Washington Street and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rum Village Nature Center on South Gertrude Street. Keep in mind this Saturday is the final Winter Day at the Potawatomi Zoo. Sign-ups are also going on now for spring and summer zoo camps.


Here's something fun to do with the family. The planetarium at Bittersweet Elementary in Mishawaka is planning a laser-light and music show this weekend. "Laser Mania" will be on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5.


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