City By City Report for Feb. 7, 2014

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Here's a recap of our City By City report from Friday, February 7, 2014:


Berrien County Animal Control is hosting a rabies clinic this weekend at the Watervliet fire department. The one-year vaccine costs $20. The three-year vaccine is $25. You can also get a distemper vaccine for your cat or dog. Walk-ins are welcome, but they advise setting up an appointment. For more information click here

Royalton Township, Berrien County

The Berrien County Road Commission has announced it will soon start a $1.26 million dollar reconstruction project of Hollywood Road in Royalton Township. Work will begin on April 1st. You can attend a public information meeting on Thursday, February 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Royalton Township Hall on Miners Road. There's also more information online. Click here to check it out.


Elkhart County will officially kick off its Relay for Life on Friday night and you're invited for the festivities. The party will be at Concord Mall in Elkhart from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration opens a bit earlier, at 5:30 p.m. The actual relay is on May 31 at Goshen High School. Events across Michiana raise money for the American Cancer Society every year.

South Bend

The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has cancelled its Friday mobile food pantry in South Bend due to the extreme cold. The next one is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Wawasee Lakeside Chapel on North Turkey Creek Road in Syracuse from 10 a.m. to noon. You should bring boxes or bags to carry the items as well as a valid photo ID.


Friday is the last day for major party candidates to file for the 2014 primary election. In St. Joseph County, anyone wanting to run for federal, state or local office must turn in paperwork by noon to the county clerk's office. That's located in the basement of the courthouse in South Bend.


All this cold may have you thinking spring, so why not put your hula hooping skills to the test. A hoop-a-thon is going on Friday to raise money for St. Margaret's House in South Bend. It's taking place at the State Theatre downtown on Michigan Street from 5 to 7:30 p.m. as part of the First Fridays celebration. The suggested donation is $5 at the door. You can also save the hooping for the pros. Local hoopers and girls from the Summer Club at St. Margaret’s House will also be performing.


If you have a child headed to college soon, it's time to start thinking about financial aid. Hundreds of volunteers will help Michigan families sign up this weekend, on College Goal Sunday. In our area, the event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, and Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor. Students should sign up by March 1st. Those who attend the event will be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship, and other prizes. For more information, click here.

Benton Harbor

Lake Michigan College is making drastic changes to its smoking policy. Starting June 1st, smokers won't be able to light up anywhere on campus, except in their own cars. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, the previous policy banned smoking within 20 feet of an entrance. The school plans to offer smoking cessation classes for employees.


Valentine’s Day is a week away and couples are lining up to get married, without footing the bill. Trinity United Methodist Church in Elkhart is performing the ceremony for free next Friday, Feb. 14. According to our reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth, they already have ten happy couples signed up to tie the knot. That's a wedding almost every half hour from noon to 7 p.m. The church wanted to help out couples in love, who couldn't afford a big ceremony.


Tickets go on sale Friday for “Scooby Doo Live: Musical Mysteries" which is coming to the historic Lerner Theater in downtown Elkhart on March 18. You can go to the theater or online to get tickets or you can call 800-294-8223.


People will show off their talents in hopes of winning a cash prize. The Second Saturdays “Got Talent Competition” will take place in the Mill Room at Coppes Commons starting at noon on Saturday.


A business that has called Grape Road home for 34 years will close its doors next Friday. Fitness USA is transferring all of its Grape Road memberships to its Ireland Road location in South Bend. A company spokesperson says the Grape Road closing was due to competition in the area. Two brand new health spas are being added to the Grape Road mix. One has already opened, and the other will open soon.


You can get free tax assistance this weekend. Volunteers from Saint Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame will be at the Mishawaka library on Lincoln Way West on Saturday to help unemployed taxpayers or those with household incomes of under $40,000. The assistance is available on a first come, first serve basis. You can sign up beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the reference desk. The actual event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

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