Here’s a recap of your City by City report for May 28, 2014:
A southwest Michigan businessman and college board chairman has died. Frank Pastrick passed away late Monday night. According to WSJM, it was from health complications. Pastrick served as chairman of the board at Lake Michigan College. He was also well-known for his former role as board chair of United Way in Berrien County.
Leaders from a Nigerian organization are looking to partner with Goshen College to fight violence in their country, by promoting education. Representatives from the group African Foundation for Peace and Love Initiatives met with the college president about creating a student exchange program. According to The Elkhart Truth, the group hopes the program will provide more spots in the U.S. and Canada for Nigerian students to attend college.
New playground equipment is honoring the life of a Northridge High School graduate. Evan Jones was killed in a motorcycle accident last September. Because Jones loved jeeps, his friends have installed a wooden jeep at York Elementary School in Middlebury for kids to play on.
Sign-ups for summer reading start Monday at the Plymouth Public Library. All ages are invited to participate. You can also sign up online.
Time is running out to sign up for this year's Art Beat in downtown South Bend. For one day, the streets and sidewalks downtown will be transformed into a living gallery as artists, dancers, musicians, actors, poets and culinary experts display their talents for the community. You only have until Friday, June 6, to sign up for a booth. The cost to apply is $10. Art Beat will take place August 16 from noon to 8p.m.
A ribbon cutting in South Bend on Wednesday will mark the installation of a new well in the Rum Village neighborhood. The well is meant to stop groundwater flood problems, which started when the New Energy Ethanol Plant closed in November 2012. The ceremony begins at 11a.m. in the 3000 block of W Calvert Street.
Van Buren County
If you're looking to get away for some cheap family fun without going too far, the Hartford Motor Speedway in Van Buren County hopes to help. There's an open practice Wednesday from 6 to 9p.m., and opening night races are Friday. According to WSJM, the speedway says they have the largest grandstand in southwest Michigan, seating up to 5,000 people. Kids 12 and under get in free on race day. Adult tickets are $12.
Dowagiac residents looking for fresh, local produce have a new place to shop. The Dowagiac Farm and Artisan Market is located on the lawn of the Dowagiac Area History Museum. It will be open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9a.m.-2p.m. up until mid-October. That's essentially asparagus through apple season.
St. Joseph County
The military can get a free meal Wednesday in St. Joseph County. Michiana Chick-fil-A restaurants are hosting an appreciation night from 4-7p.m. All military members and vets are invited for a free meal, along with their immediate family members. There will also be entertainment. Just bring your military I.D. to the Mishawaka or South Bend locations.