City By City Report for Dec. 11, 2013

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Wednesday, December 11, 2013:


A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Wednesday for the area's first Tesla supercharger station. The station has plug-ins for Tesla electric cars. The company is installing supercharger stations all over the country, so drivers can take recharge on long-distance trips. Mishawaka's charger station is outside University Park Mall.

South Bend

South Bend is getting an energy efficient upgrade too. After this year, the city is upgrading all of their Christmas lights to LED bulbs. They say the move will save $2,500. Plus the new LED lights last 15 to 20 years, compared to 1 to 3 years for the existing bulbs.

You can learn about the future of the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend at a free presentation Wednesday. The annual address will be at Wiekamp Auditorium at 1 p.m. The museum recently completed its five-year business plan and will review this year's accomplishments as well as plans for 2014. This all comes just days before the museum will mark its 50th anniversary of Studebaker closing with free admission and fireworks at the cove, on December 20.


Families can ice skate for free on Thursday night. It’s happening at Howard Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. That's located on South Louis Boulevard. It’s all part of the "Passport to Play" program.


A longtime retailer is trying its hand in a new city. Stephenson's is opening a pop-up shop on Grape Road in Mishawaka. The pop-up store will be in Wilshire Plaza, next to the Burlington Coat Factory. The owner tells our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth that this is a test run to see if they want to open a full store in the Princess City.

Don't miss the ArtWalk in Elkhart on Wednesday night. More than a dozen artists will have their works on display downtown and available for purchase. You can find pottery, handcrafted jewelry and much more. The ArtWalk runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

Berrien County

Love Creek Park may soon get bigger. State lawmakers are expected to vote on the issue in the coming months, according to our reporting partners at WSJM. The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has recommended giving a grant to the parks commission to purchase more than 20 acres of land next to the park. The price tag is about $114,000.

Van Buren County

A nursery in Gobles has shipped 471 Christmas trees to soldiers, surpassing their goal of four hundred. Three military bases in New Orleans, North Carolina and Georgia will receive the trees, grown at Wahmhoff Farms. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, they were loaded into a Fed Ex truck this week.

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