Here's a recap of our City By City report from Thursday, May 1, 2014:
The Niles Bluegrass Fest will return for the 12th time this spring, but it won't get any financial help from the city. According to The Leader, the council approved a request from the Riverfront Optimist Club to hold the event at Riverfront Park May 20 through June 1st but they didn't approve the $2,900 donation the club requested.
You'll notice pinwheels at Niles High School this week. On Thursday, students will be placing them in the school lawn with special messages, all promoting child abuse awareness. Studies show 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused or exploited before they turn 18.
A farmers market opens Thursday in Elkhart. Black Crow on Main is taking the place of the Tom Langley's Farmers Market on Main Street. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, he new market is in the basement of the Black Crow Antique Furniture Store. The entrance is at the back of the building. It will mostly have food, but also some gardening tools and outdoor decorations.
Exciting news for our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth - they are launching a morning show on WTRC Radio. You can tune in the frequency to 1340 AM to listen in. Local radio veteran Tommie Lee will host the show. He also does the afternoon news for 95.3, Michiana's News Channel. WTRC has been simulcasting talk radio from 95.3, 24 hours a day, but now will have original content from 6 to 9 on weekday mornings.
Tickets go on sale Thursday for Real Services Real Room Makeover. The winner will get a room of their choice remodeled and it all benefits Meals on Wheels. In fact, one coupon delivers 10 meals to a person who is unable to feed themselves. Tickets are $50 each and only 2,000 will be sold, first come first serve. To learn more, click here.
The Food Bank of Northern Indiana needs drivers to help with the annual letter carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive, coming up on May 10. The driver would assist in collecting donations. There are two available shifts, from 7:30 to 11:30 in the morning or 12:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. Volunteers will work in teams of two and will need to provide their own vehicle. If you can help, please call 574-232-9986 extension 124.
A Granger girl has won the 2014 Roofsit logo contest. Her logo features a heart with hand prints inside of it and reads "Always in our hearts". The Roofsit to fight child abuse is an annual effort by U93 and Martin's supermarkets that's been going strong for 17 years. They've raised nearly two million dollars in that time and all of the money stays in Michiana. if you'd like to see the logo, check out our WNDU Facebook page.
The Point O'Woods Golf and Country Club in Benton Harbor is celebrating the grand opening of its new club house on Thursday. The 9,500 square foot building features a new dining room, bar, outdoor patio, men's and women's locker rooms, and more parking. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Thursday afternoon.
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