City by City report for May 29, 2014

Here's a recap of your City by City report for May 29, 2014:

St. Joseph
St. Joseph, Mich. is looking at ways to recognize those who donate to the Lighthouse Forever fund to fix up the old lighthouse. WSJM reports that plans are in the works to put up a donor wall near the base of the pier at Tiscornia Park. Right now, they plan to post the names of anyone who donates more than $500. There’s no word yet when the wall will be constructed.

A high school teacher in Culver is about to take a new title. According to WKVI, speech teacher Luke Biernacki has been promoted to assistant principal for the middle and high schools, and he's the new athletic director for the entire school corporation. Biernacki has worked for the school corporation for six years.

Elkhart is looking to draw people downtown. The city spent $150,000 on a new marketing plan based on the slogan Do Downtown Elkhart, according to The Elkhart Truth. They've also branded the stretch between the railroad museum and the botanic gardens the Gateway Mile. Signs in the area already promote the revamped downtown.
The Tribute to the Arts charity auction Thursday night will feature items that the late David Gundlach donated to the city. He died in 2011 and left gifts worth $150 million. The Elkhart Truth reports that 27 pieces of art and furniture will be auctioned. Event tickets were sold in advance for $250. 200 people are expected to attend.

97 percent of the class of 2014 will graduate from Niles High School on Thursday. The school will hand out 199 diplomas at 7p.m. 71 of those students have been accepted to four-year colleges or universities; 95 were accepted to community colleges or trade schools; six are entering the military; and three have already received their associate's degrees from Lake Michigan College.

A metal sculpture made by high school welding students will soon find a home in a park in Coloma. The city commission voted to put the sculpture in Laura Baker Park. It is a globe with an eagle perched on top. It's more than 11 feet tall and weighs 300 pounds. The Herald Palladium reports it will be installed sometime next month.

Do you or someone you know suffer from acid reflux? Maybe, but you’re not sure? There's a free seminar tonight to help you learn more. It’s happening at IU Health Goshen Hospital from 6:30-8 Thursday evening. The event is called Chronic Heartburn: Extinguish the Fire. There is still room to attend, but you should register in advance. Click to register.

You can take a cemetery tour in Mishawaka. It’s called The Fast and the Furious, and it's happening Thursday, June 2 at 6:30p.m. Travis Childs, the director of school programs at the Center for History will lead the tour. It costs $2. You should meet the group at the Mishawaka City Cemetery entrance on the south side of Jefferson Boulevard.

Here's an idea to Give Kids Time this summer vacation. Mary Poppins is coming to the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw. Performances begin June 4 and run through June 14. Click for ticket link.

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