Tuesday, 25 November 2014
I hope you have a good day. It is cold this morning with the temperature of 28 degrees with the wind chill of 14 degrees at 9:00am. It is still windy out there but not near as bad as it was yesterday. I know we lost power at home on the west side of Kendallville from about noon until 5:30pm. When people called about it they were getting different times ans when we called they didn't know when it would be back others said between midnight, 2am or noon today. All I know is I'm glad it came back on last evening. We even went out to Wal-Mart and Rural King to look at their kerosene heaters but they are so expensive we decided to just tough it out instead. I was worried about our kids and grandkids as they were without power as well but theirs was on at the same time.
Today we have our Bridge players coming in around one'ish to play their card game.
We also have Annette with SHIP as well.
Lets see what's going on in the news. High winds knock out power. High winds and fallen trees and tree limbs knocked out power to homes and businesses in Noble and LaGrange counties Monday, and Indiana Michigan Power crews were working to restore service to customers.
I&M said winds reached speeds up to 60 mph Monday in its service territory, which took down power lines and poles. At its peak, the power outage affected 12,500 customers in Indiana and 2,432 customers in southern Michigan, I&M said in an announcement.
Outages were reported in Noble and LaGrange counties Monday. Kendallville police reported the traffic light at S.R. 3 and Drake Road on the city’s south side was out at 12:45 p.m. Vehicles stacked up at the intersection, with some failing to stop and yield to other traffic before the Indiana State Police began monitoring the intersection.
A high wind warning for the area lasted until 7 p.m. Monday. According to the National Weather Service, the high winds were the result of an intense low pressure system moving across the Great Lakes.
I&M repair crews were making repairs to restore power. By 9 p.m., service had been restored to the majority of customers, the utility said, with about 1,500 still without power in Indiana. In Michigan, about 400 customers were without power.
The South Bend area had the greatest number of remaining outages at 775, I&M said, followed by Fort Wayne with 400 and Elkhart with 160.
Avilla had 65 customers without power as of Monday night. Service was expected to be restored there by noon. Reported by KPC News
Today's weather is supposed to be:
Cloudy. A 30 percent chance of snow showers in the morning. Highs around 30. West winds 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Mostly cloudy through midnight then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the south after midnight.
Take care and stay safe.
Monday, 24 November 2014
One of our NTS Riders Vernice McDaniels of Kendallville has passed away on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the young age of 81 years. Mrs. McDaniels was born in Hunter, Kentucky in Floyd County on August 5, 1933 to Arnold and Velvia Mae (Younce) Salisbury. She married George McDaniels on March 24, 1951 in Prestonsburg, Kentucky and he preceded her in death September 14, 2001. Vernice worked as a certified nurse’s assistant and was employed at the Lutheran Home and Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville for 42 years. She was a member of the Harbor Of Love Baptist Church near Kendallville she loved growing flowers, tending to her garden, crotcheting, going to church, spending time with her grandkids and family and just being with other people.
She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Kile Stanley; brothers, Raymond Salisbury, Paul "Pete" Salisbury, and infant sister, Clara Salisbury.
Visitation will be Friday from 4:00-8:00pm at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.
Funeral services will be Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:00am at Hite Funeral Home.
Officiating the funeral service will be Rev. Charles Mosley and Rev. Willie Collins.
Burial will be at Orange Cemetery near Rome City.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vernice's family and friends. May our candle burn brightly forever......
REST IN PEACE VERNICE
To send a condolence go to www.hitefuneralhome.com
I hope you have a good day. It is nice out this morning with the temperature of 53 degrees with the wind chill of 49 at 8:09am. There is some rain and it is windy out there and we are under a wind advisory for today. There are no school delays for today.
I hope you had a good weekend. We had a great weekend as on Friday we went to the Fort Wayne Komets game as they were playing Kalamazoo Wings. The Komets won and it was one of the best games that we have gone too. Lots of action going on during the game and when the Komets got their first goal it was Teddy Bear Toss. Let me tell you there were teddy bears covering the ice ring. It was just raining teddy bears. Then Saturday we had our family Thanksgiving at our daughter's house. We had so much fun as afte we had our dinner and it settled down we made some strawberry taffy with the grandkids and great-grandkids. The poor kitchen was a mess but we got it cleaned up and the kids had fun! We were watching football as Notre Dame was playing and we also had the kids playing Spoons and some were working on a puzzle while the little ones were running through the house. Loved the time with the family. Sunday was a rest up day and we didn't do anything! What did you do for the weekend? I know some of you are getting ready for Thursday for Thanksgiving.
Today we have North Ridge Village coming in around noon to call the numbers for our Bingo players. Come on in and join the fun.
Remember that Thursday and Friday our Office will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday. We will be back open on Monday for normal office hours.
Lets see what's going on in the news. Area police cracking down drunk driving and seatbelt use. The Tri-County Traffic Safety Partnership is in the midst of a drunk driving and seatbelt compliance blitz.
The partnership includes Angola, Auburn, Garrett, Butler, Waterloo, Hamilton, Orland, Wolcottville and Hudson police departments and Steuben and DeKalb counties’ sheriff’s departments. They are doing extra patrols through Nov. 30.
“Thanksgiving is one off the busiest travel periods of the year,” said Officer Matt Kling of Angola Police Department.
Officers will be working overtime hours to curb impaired and dangerous driving with a focus on seatbelt use as well.
“If you see someone driving in a manner you suspect of being impaired, there is a high probability you are right,” said Kling. “Call 911 immediately and report the location, description and direction the vehicle is traveling. This will help officers take action necessary to prevent possible tragedy.”
Those suspected of impaired driving are arrested. Citations are issued to those not complying with the state seatbelt regulations.
In November 2013, there were 490 alcohol-related crashes in Indiana resulting in 224 injuries and 13 deaths, said a news release from the APD. A total of 735 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence and 9,504 seatbelt citations were issued.
“Wearing your seatbelt can save your life,” said Kling. In Indiana, statistics show that nearly 50 percent of fatalities in passenger car accidents are due to occupants who do not buckle up, and crashes are the leading cause of death for childrn ages 8-15.
Details about seatbelt regulations are at childseat.in.gov. Reported by KPC News
Today's weather is supposed to be:
Rain showers and a slight chance of a thunderstorm in the morning...then rain showers likely...possibly mixed with snow showers in the afternoon. Windy. No snow accumulation. Highs in the lower 50s. Temperatures falling into the 30s in the afternoon. Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph becoming 25 to 35 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent.
Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Windy. Much colder. Lows in the upper 20s. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight.
Take care and be safe.
Friday, 21 November 2014
One of our NTS Riders Pauline Hursey of Kendallville and formerly of Cromwell has passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the young age of 88 years.
In Loving Memory of
Sept. 7, 1926-Nov. 19, 2014
Wife, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Great-Grandaughter,
Grandmother (May-May to her grands),
Molly’s human care giver and friend,
Life-long dog lover,
Kite Maker- Kite Flyer,
Quilter, stitcher, seamstress,
Homemaker, Pie Baker,
Gardener, Working Mom;
#1 Fan of her husband and love, Paul.
Simply a good person;
And friend to many.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pauline's family and friends. May our candle burn brightly forever.......
REST IN PEACE PAULINE
To send a condolence go to www.yeagerfuneralhome.com
I hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend as it is supposed to be warmer but they are also calling for rain as well. It is cold outside with our temperature 11 degrees with the wind chill of 11 degrees at 7:00am. Any fun plans for the weekend? We are going to be celebrating Thanksgiving with family tomorrow as it is a time that we all can get together.
Today we have our Euchre players coming in around 1ish to have their card game.
Don't forget that we will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 27 & 28th. We will be back open on Monday for normal hours.
Lets see what's going on in the news. Northeastern Center operating at deficit. The switch to an electronic medical records system that required staff training has contributed to the Northeastern Center operating at a loss the last few months.
The center’s board of directors finance committee chairman, John Cox of DeKalb County, told board members this week the center had a loss of $20,639 in September, for a year-to-date loss total of $109,399. The center’s fiscal year is July 1 to June 30, 2015.
Higher than anticipated expenses — particularly health care costs that were $35,000 higher for both July and August — and lower outpatient revenue contributed to the loss.
Overall gross revenue has dropped as the center adopted the new Essentia Medical Records system and associated daylong training for staff. There were added costs for Essentia services due to increased equipment expenses, according to the finance/building/audit committee minutes from its Sept. 16 meeting.
Service fees make up about 63 percent of the Northeastern Center’s yearly revenue. State and county funding make up about 30 percent, and miscellaneous is about 7 percent.
Staff eased off revenue-generating events in September and October as they were trained on the new electronic medical records system and became more comfortable with it, CEO Jerry Hollister told the committee. He also warned the center could experience more monthly losses due to time off for holidays and unpredictable winter weather.
It may be March or April before the center will be in the black, he said.
The board adopted the Northeastern Center’s budget of $13,380,192 for fiscal-year 2014-2015 at its Sept. 16 meeting. This represents a $43,281 increase from the 2013-2014 budget.
At this week’s board meeting, Janet Stork, Northeastern Center’s quality improvement coordinator, gave a PowerPoint presentation on Essentia Services, and explained how the electronic medical records system will improve staff efficiency and eventually save the center money. The system replaces paper records, although the paper records will be stored for a period of time.
Staff members enter their reports and assessments on computers at Northeastern Center facilities. They cannot enter such information or share the information outside the center’s facilities, according to Hollister.
In other business, the board:
• Learned that Jonathan Fisher retired as COO of the center on Sept. 26, and center administrators are actively seeking a replacement. Fisher had been with the center for nine years and had worked in the mental health industry for 44 years.
• Approved the hiring of mental health technicians Joshua Alexander and Joshua Phillips, and registered nurse Cecily Rorick. They will work at the center’s inpatient hospital in Auburn.
• Passed a resolution eliminating from the bylaws members of the board of directors of mental health associations in Noble, LaGrange, DeKalb and Steuben counties as voting members of the center’s board of directors. The mental health association boards no longer exist, and voting members shall only include members of the center’s board of directors. Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News
Today and the weekend's weather is supposed to be:
Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 20s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon. Wind chills zero to 10 above zero in the morning.
Mostly clear through midnight...then cloudy with freezing rain likely...possibly mixed with snow and sleet after midnight. No snow and sleet accumulation. Light ice accumulation possible. Lows around 20. South winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.
Cloudy...rain...possibly mixed with freezing rain in the morning...then chance of rain in the afternoon. Light ice accumulation possible. Not as cold. Highs in the lower 40s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation 60 percent.
Cloudy. Chance of rain through midnight...then rain likely after midnight. Not as cool. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Cloudy. Chance of rain in the morning...then rain in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Rain. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Take care and be safe.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Good Morning Ya'll,
I hope you have a good day. It is still cold and windy out with our temperature of 16 degrees and the wind chill of 7 degrees at 8:29am. Still drive careful out as there is still ice on the roads. Make sure your kids are bundled up to stay warm if they have to wait for a bus or walk to school. Also please check on your elderly neighbors to make sure they are staying warm during these cold days & nights. And check on your animals if they are outside to make sure they can stay warm and have non-freezing water or just bring them inside if you can.
Today we have SHIP at the Senior Center. Annette will be here with her appointments but if you would like to see her please give us a call at 260-347-4226.
Lets see what's going on in the news. East Noble board considers upgrades. Representatives from a company specializing in mechanical and electrical construction and energy infrastructure told the East Noble School Corp. Board of Trustees Wednesday night that East Noble High School’s heating, cooling and temperature control systems are old, inefficient and need updating.
Trustees are considering upgrades to the school, but they’d like to hear from more than one company if it can meet the school’s needs and wants. Trustees authorized Business Manager Brian Leitch to have more companies make presentations.
Shambaugh & Sons LP engineering manager Brian Walker and business development representative Tim Pitts presented a report on their inspection of the high school’s environmental systems and what could be done to improve the efficiency of the systems. The meeting’s agenda stated EMCOR Construction Services would present the report.
Pitts explained EMCOR is the parent company of Shambaugh & Sons and Havel Brothers, which are both well-known Fort Wayne-based firms specializing in construction and engineering.
Pitts said he works exclusively with schools.
The high school’s heating system has two 1966 boilers and another boiler installed in 1996. One of the 1966 boilers is decommissioned, and its parts are used to keep the other one operating. There are no parts available for those boilers, according to Walker.
EMCOR has proposed installing a hybrid, condensing system that replaces the 48-year-old boilers and still uses the 18-year-old boiler.
“You won’t have to go to an all-new system, and it will be more efficient and save you dollars,” Walker said.
The school corporation’s maintenance director, Bill Knox, told trustees the high school building can’t be heated by the 1996 boiler alone.
The school has a 48-year-old water-cooled chiller and an 11-year-old air-cooled chiller for air conditioning. Walker recommended replacing the water-cooled chiller with a new air-cooled chiller and make it the main system.
“In a water-cooled system, you have to keep adding water, and it’s labor intensive because the water has to be treated through the city’s water treatment system,” he said, adding an air-cooled system is more cost-efficient.
The school also suffers from variable temperatures in different parts of the building. The current system is not controlled very well, according to Walker. He proposed replacing it with an all-pneumatic temperature control system.
EMCOR’s presentation did not include cost estimates, and trustees did not talk dollars about the proposed project.
In a proposed timeline, Pitts recommended the school district award a contract in February or March and order parts to get the new systems in place by the fall of the 2015-2016 school year.
The school corporation can spend up to $2 million without going through a remonstrance, according to state law.
“As a board we’ve got to get educated about what we’re getting into,” commented trustee John Wicker.
Trustee Barb Babcock said she wants a company that will train East Noble maintenance staff how to maintain the equipment.
Trustee Carolyn Schellenberg encouraged the board to move forward on the project because the longer it is put off, the greater the risk of a major problem that could require sending students home because the school’s heating system broke down. Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News
Today's weather is supposed to be:
Partly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Highs in the lower 20s. West winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of measurable precipitation 40 percent. Wind chills zero to 10 above zero.
Partly cloudy with scattered snow showers. Lows 10 to 15. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of measurable precipitation 30 percent. Wind chills zero to 10 above zero.
Take care and be safe.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Cold Morning Ya'll,
I hope you have a warm day today. It is really cold outside this morning with our temperature of 9 degrees with the temperature of -7 below at 8:20am. It is breezy out there as well so make sure you bundle up and bundle up your kids/grandkids this morning. There are a few delays but none for Noble and Dekalb Counties. I have posted the delays for Steuben and LaGrange County. I will try to keep everyone updated as mush as possible on delays. I hope you can warm up your cars this morning before you have to leave for work, school or just have to be out and about.
Today we have Annette with SHIP.
Lets see what's going on in the news. City officials identify blighted properties. City officials have announced the blighted and abandoned homes in Kendallville that are targeted for demolition after the city has acquired them.
A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 20 to discuss the positive impact of removing these structures..
On Oct. 25, Mayor Suzanne Handshoe learned Kendallville and Noble County will get $487,000 through the state’s Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program to demolish vacant and neglected properties. Kendallville’s portion of the grant is $225,000.
Kendallville applied in June for the funding to demolish at least 10 blighted homes. The City Council approved a local $25,000 match, raising the total the city has available to $250,000.
Kendallville’s city code enforcement officer, Terry Longsworth, has identified the worst properties. All 10 are vacant or abandoned, and utilities have been shut off, in one case since 2002.
The properties are: 628 Billy Drive; 121 Newnam Ave.; 2002 Bowie Court; 709 S. State St.; 451 Freeman St.; 1022 Town St.; 112 N. Morton St.; 324 N. Main St.; 445 Garden St.; and 806 W. William St.
City officials will work with the banks, financial institutions and owners of the properties during the acquisition process.
The goal of the Blight Elimination Program is to reduce the number of deteriorating and abandoned homes, according to Longsworth.
“We believe the acquisition and demolition of these structures will stabilize neighborhood property values, prevent avoidable foreclosures, and assist us in our efforts to keep our community and neighborhoods safe,” he said. Reported by Dennis Nartker KPC News
Today's weather is supposed to be:
Mostly cloudy. Chance of flurries. Highs 15 to 20. West winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Wind chills 10 below to zero.
Partly cloudy. Lows around 10. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chills 5 below to 5 above zero.
Take care and stay warm....Make sure you bring in your animals (cats & dogs) if possible as they can get cold too!
NE Ind. Special Ed Coop-LaGrange Co.: 2-Hour Delay
Fremont Community Schools-LaGrange Head Start: 2-Hour Delay
Fremont Community Schools: 2-Hour Delay
Fremont Community Schools-Angola Head Start: 2-Hour Delay
Fremont Community Schools-Fremont Head Start: 2-Hour Delay
Fremont Community Schools-LaGrange Head Start: 2-Hour Delay
Hamilton Community Schools: 2-Hour Delay
Heaven Sent Preschool: 1-Hour Delay
MSD Steuben County: 2-Hour Delay
NE Ind. Special Ed Coop-Steuben Co.: 2-Hour Delay
Prairie Heights Schools: 2-Hour Delay
All God's Children Preschool - Angola: 1 1/2 Hour Delay
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Monday, 17 November 2014
NTS RIDER PASSES AWAY
One of our NTS Riders Becky D. Barr of Avilla has passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at they young age of 70 years. Mrs. Barr was born on October 23, 1944 in Kendallville to the late Robert and Bernice (Smith) Berkes. She was the wife of Jimmy Barr who passed away on June 11, 2001. She grew up in Albion attended and graduated Albion-Jefferson High School and lived her adult life in Kendallville. She loved doing any kind of activity at the home, she also enjoyed working on crafts, bingo and spending time with her family.
Becky is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters and 1 daughter in law; Robert Barr, Rodney and Kelli Barr of rural Kendallville, Angel Barr of Avilla and Alicia Terry of Ft. Wayne.
7 Grandchilren and 1 Great grandchild.
1 brother Robert Berkes and 1 sister Gwen Tipton of Kendallville.
She is preceeded in death by her husband, parents and brother Howard Berkes.
Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Saint Mark's Lutheran Church in Albion. Pastor Phyllis Smoot will officiatate the service.
Pallbears will be Kevin Murphy, Tyler Murphy, Andrew Terry, Devin Barr, Brian Barr and Rodney Barr.
Burial will follow at the Orange Township Cemetery near Wawaka.
Visitation will be on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla Chapel. There will be an additional one hour of visitation prior to the funeral on Tuesday at the church.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Becky's family and friends. May our candle burn brightly forever.......
REST IN PEACE BECKY
To send a condolence go to www.brazzellfuneralhomes.com
Snowy Morning Ya'll,
I hope you have a good day and do be careful out there driving. The roads will be slick since we had snowfall yesterday evening. It is cold this morning with our temperature of 23 degrees with the wind chill of 13 degrees and the humidity of 91% at 7:36am. I did post the delays for this morning and if any changes come I will get them posted for you. I have heard there are salt trucks out and are sanding and salting so please don't get mad at them as they are trying to make you safe out on the roads and doing their job.
I do hope you had a good weekend despite the snow we have gotten yesterday. I know if you went west towards South Bend you would have ran into quite a bit of snow there as they had 12 inches and were posting alot of wrecks. We were lucky that we did not get all that. Did you get to go out hunting for deer on Saturday? Did you get your deer? That is one thing I have not ever done was hunting for deer. I did go quail and pheasant hunting with my dad once and that was the only time! Course we didn't get anything but it was fun.
We have Hickory Creek coming in around noon to call the numbers for our Bingo players. Come in and have some fun!
Lets see what's going on in the news. Mayor Handshoe will seek fourth term as mayor. Suzanne Handshoe announced Friday she intends to seek her fourth term in office as Kendallville’s mayor.
Handshoe, 54, a Republican, was first elected mayor in 2003. In a statement, she said the reason why she’s running for re-election is because she loves what she does and wants to build on the community’s accomplishments.
Among those accomplishments, she said, are lowering the local unemployment rate, and competing for and receiving millions in grant funding to reconstruct roads in the East Industrial Park and Dowling Street, as well as future improvements to Fairview Boulevard.
Kendallville, Handshoe added, also has found success in cleaning up “one property at a time,” through, for example, the hiring of a code enforcement officer for the city, securing a blight elimination grant to tear down deteriorating residences, obtaining an owner-occupied rehabilitation grant that assists financially strapped homeowners in making repairs and improvements, and working with Lexington, Kentucky-based Garrett LLC to facilitate the demolition of the Dalton and Kendallville foundries.
In her statement, Handshoe said she has worked to engage younger residents in helping shape Kendallville’s future.
“I believe that our future success will depend heavily on the efforts of today’s young people,” she said. “I enjoy actively engaging our youth in the decision-making process and am proud to have founded the local Mayor’s Youth Advisory Counsel and to volunteer for Junior Achievement.”
Working collaboratively also has been a focus of her adminstration, she said.
“By focusing on efficient government through teamwork and collaboration with other state, regional and local economic groups and business leaders, I’ve found that our combined efforts can exceed that which we can accomplish on our own,” Handshoe said. “These relationships forged by working together through the tough economic times our city has faced recently will be an important component to achieving our many future success stories.”
She ended her statement by saying: “It’s been said that storms make trees take deeper roots, and the economic storm we’ve all endured has forced all of us to one degree or another to root ourselves even more so in those small-town values we all hold dear, values such as love of God and country and being there for friends and neighbors in their hour of need.
“Kendallville is blessed with an abundance of these people. That’s what Kendallville means to me and pretty well sums up my desire to serve our community for another four years, with their support.” Reported by KPC News
Today's weather is supposed to be:
Mostly cloudy. Chance of flurries in the morning...then chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 20s. West winds 5 to 15 mph becoming 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of measurable precipitation 40 percent. Wind chills zero to 10 above zero in the afternoon.
Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Colder. Lows around 10. West winds 15 to 20 mph. Wind chills 10 below to zero.
Take care and please be safe.
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