Wetlands and Wildflowers Artist Opens at MoonTree

Indiana Country I: Wetlands and Wildflowers Opens at MoonTree Gallery on Saturday, June 3, 2017.


DONALDSON, Ind.—Artist Don Kegarise has a goal–to see beauty in everything–and to make others aware of this beauty through his art. Come and see why the vast expanse of flat land and large sky of Indiana mesmerized Kegarise 45 years ago, when he decided Kewanna, Fulton County, Indiana was a perfect place for an artist to live. Indiana Country I: Wetlands and Wildflowers opens on Saturday, June 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT at MoonTree Gallery. Birthday cake will be served due to the proximity of this occasion to the artist’s birthday. The art featured in this show reveals the many wildflowers and wetlands Don has encountered during his travels in northern Indiana.


As a self-taught artist, Kegarise began drawing as a young child in western Pennsylvania. He was given his first paints at the age of 14, beginning his artistic explorations in oils. Since that time, he has worked with pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolors and now mainly acrylics. His works feature landscapes, old barns, farms, vehicles, wildflowers, wetlands and other buildings. His art is held in collections throughout the U.S., Europe and South Asia, and his work has been featured in shows throughout northern Indiana, including Honeywell Center’s Clark Gallery in Wabash, Diane Tesler’s Annual Art Show “Works in Progress,” in Kewanna, Moontree Gallery in Donaldson, and The Village Pines in Valparaiso. His has received much recognition, including several Best of Show and First Place awards.


Kegarise has always had a studio in his home and at times has located a studio in local store fronts, allowing other artists from the community to display their works as well. He continually promotes art and other artists in Kewanna, Indiana. He passes on his creative techniques as well, offering drawing and painting classes. Kegarise has been involved in many regional art organizations: Pulaski County Art Association, Rochester Art Association, Indiana Arts Commission, Logansport Art Association, Akron Area Arts League, Heartland Artists Gallery, The Heartery (Kewanna), Rochester Woodcarvers, and Tippecanoe Valley Woodworkers.


Besides his many paintings, Kegarise has created promotional art for special occasions, individualized Christmas and specialty cards, calendars and coloring books: for the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources–featuring pen and ink drawings of the state park inns, for the Logansport Ironhorse Festival–pen and ink drawings of Cass County scenes, for Kewanna–featuring local scenes all done in pen and ink, and individual calendars for various local businesses featuring their facilities.


Woodcarving and furniture-making are also hobbies of Don’s. In 2005, he created a one-twelfth scale model of the Cass County Dentzel Carousel, Riverside Park, Logansport IN; carving and painting each of the 43 animals true to the carousel’s original design. The animals are whittled from basswood, and feature giraffes, deer, horses, rams, a lion and tiger plus two sleds.  With its native cherry case made by Kegarise, the replica carousel is 46” in diameter and 24” tall.  The carousel has been used to promote the original at Door County Festival, LaPorte IN, Northern Indiana Power of the Past and Northern Indiana Farm Toy Show, Winamac, IN and IVY Tech, Logansport, IN, among other locations throughout northern Indiana. It can be seen online at: http://carousels.com/mcb/mcb0306.php


On top of all of this, Don Kegarise is a published author. He has written two books; compilations of true short stories. The books are available in more than 40 libraries in north central Indiana and through the author. Kegarises’ personal philosophy is “to give back to the world more than I take.” His favorite phrase, taken from Dr. Wayne Dyer is, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Kegarise challenges visitors to his exhibit to look at the world just a bit differently, to see the beauty in all things.


Indiana Country I: Wetlands and Wildflowers will be on display at MoonTree Gallery from June 3 through July 14, 2017.  MoonTree Gallery is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT. Call MoonTree Studios at (574) 935-1712 for group tour arrangements, or for an appointment at times other than these. Closing day for Indiana Country I: Wetlands and Wildflowers will be Friday, July 14, 2017


Grand Kankakee Marsh Trip

A Trip through the Grand Kankakee Marsh
with Cliff Berger & Sister Mary Baird, PHJC

EC062217 — Earth Care


We’ll travel west to the junction of Yellow & Kankakee Rivers at English Lake, along with about 4 stops along the way.
A collaboration with the Marshall County Historical Museum.
  • Thursday, June 22, 10:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Meet at MoonTree Gallery
  • Cliff Berger & Sister Mary Baird, PHJC, facilitators
  • Bring lunch money–we’ll stop in Kouts, Indiana
Cliff Berger, a retired teacher, is an avid botanist and Natural History buff. A member of the Marshall County Historical Society, Cliff has led expeditions to the Grand Kankakee, pointing out evidence of history still on the landscape. Also a Henry David Thoreau fan, Cliff will talk about the land as Thoreau would have. He is a member of MoonTree Studios and an explorer of all things natural. Cliff sits on the Marshall County Plan Commission and independently maintains his log cabin homestead and greenhouses.

Sister Mary Baird is a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ and founder of the MoonTree Community/MoonTree Studios. She is an environmental artist who worked for the DNR as an Interpretive Naturalist, guided Flat Lake Watershed Group, and has long studied and documented the land around Ancilla.
  Register by Friday, June 9
member $10; non-member $15

Moonlit Walk and Owl Prowl

Who, who, who will join the Owl Prowl?

EC061017 — Earth Care 

Join Sr. Mary for a silent, moonlit walk…interrupted only by some hoots of invitation to the nocturnal birds. We’ll traverse the woodland habitat around Lake Galbraith, keeping ears and eyes open for return calls from resident owls. You should be able to walk a mile, and some of the trail is on uneven ground. Wear sturdy shoes or boots for walking and NO FLASHLIGHTS, please!
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 –  9:00 to 10:00 p.m. EDT
  • Meet in the MoonTree Studios Parking Lot

Please register by Tuesday, June 6

Member free — Non-member $5

Newly Pinned Nurses at Ancilla

Ancilla Honors Newly Pinned Nurses

DONALDSON – The annual Nursing Professional Pinning ceremony for Ancilla College Nursing graduates was held Sunday, May 21, 2017 in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson. Dr. Ann Fitzgerald, Director of Nursing and Health Sciences at Ancilla College, gave the Invocation and welcomed everyone to the ceremony. “The Ancilla College Nursing Pin is unique to this nursing program and is worn with pride by each nurse graduating. It represents the hard work, dedication, professionalism, and ministry of each nurse who identifies with Ancilla College and the nursing profession,” said Fitzgerald.


The keynote speaker this year was Melissa Barenie. Barenie completed her nursing degree at Ancilla College in May of 2015 and was chosen as the Nursing Student of the Year for 2015. She is currently a registered nurse at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth. She gave an emotional and inspirational speech about her experiences as a nursing student at Ancilla College, and experiences during her orientation at SJRMC.


Student nursing graduates in attendance who received their Ancilla College nursing pin were: Rachel Isom (Winamac), Deanna Wicker (Rochester), Nellie Alexander (Knox), Roxann Fredel (La Porte), Bridget Ebeling (Crown Point), and Cortney Bedard (Wheatfield). The graduates also received a New Testament Bible presented by members of the Gideons. All nurses in attendance recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge, followed by the Benediction given by Lori Huffman, Ancilla Nursing Instructor. Cake and punch was served following the ceremony.

Starke County Rocks Project

A new project is happening around Starke County – Starke County Rocks.   The group is painting and hiding rocks thru the county.   If you find one, check in on Facebook and you could win a prize.   Some businesses, such as Fingerhut, are providing a free gift when you find one of their rocks.    You can choose to keep the rock you find, but are encouraged to replace it with one you have created if you do.   You can find more info and pictures of the rocks on the facebook page Starke County Rocks.   Good Luck, happy hunting, and we look forward to seeing pictures of rocks you have found!

Safe Sitter classes available

La Porte Hospital offers Safe Sitter classes

La Porte, Ind. – La Porte Hospital will offer Safe Sitter® courses for young teens, grades 6-8. Class dates for this summer are June 7, June 23 or July 26.


More than 600,000 young teens have graduated from the medically-accurate program that teaches how, why, and where injuries happen so they can be prevented. The cost of the course is $45. Call 219-326-2322 for more information or to register your son, daughter, or your child’s babysitter.


The course provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques to young teens who are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The course equips teens with the skills and confidence to act in an emergency. They learn basic first aid, infant and child choking rescue, and CPR.  Students also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior, and how to run their own babysitting business.


Students who graduate from a Safe Sitter® course receive a completion card demonstrating that they know how to use their skills in situations they encounter.


For more information about the Safe Sitter® organization, contact National Headquarters at 317-596-5001 or visit safesitter.org.


Ugly Duck Contest

The Ugly Duck contest between the North Judson and OD elementary schools was quite a success!   We had WAY more participation than anticipated and were very happy to see the fun the kids had


Knox Five Year Plan

From WKVI, Mary Perren


Updates to the roads through the Knox Industrial Park are included in the Starke County Highway Department’s five-year infrastructure plan.

Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver told the Knox City Council last week projects include reconstruction of the Division Road/300 East intersection heading west.

Weaver says plans call for the intersection and roadway to both be widened to accommodate truck traffic. He also wants to extend city water and sewer service about one-fourth of a mile down the road to accommodate future development.

Knox Mayor Dennis Estok says the city will try to get grants to offset that cost if funds are available in the federal budget.

Another project in the five-year plan is the widening of the Yellow River Bridge on 300 East to better accommodate trucks. The Starke County Highway Department and Economic Development Foundation also want to reconstruct 300 East from Pacific Avenue north to State Road 8.


Weaver also told the council construction is under way at J.W. Hicks for their Knox expansion, and they need yellow sand to use as filler material.


Additionally he says Kankakee Valley REMC is looking for two acres of land west of Knox outside the city limits to build a substation. Anyone with property that could meet that need can contact the Starke County Economic Development Foundation at 574- 772-5627.

Driving Job Opportunity

VAN DRIVER:  Part-time van driver; must have Public Passenger Chauffeur’s license or CDL with passenger endorsement; pre-employment physical and drug testing mandatory; high school education. Drug-free workplace. Equal Opportunity Employer.  Apply by May 26, 2017 at Community Services of Starke County, 311 E Culver Road, Knox.

Bone Density Screening

Mobile Health Unit to provide Bone Density Screening and Bone Health Education


La Porte, Ind. – The Mobile Health Unit of La Porte Hospital will be out in the community throughout May to educate the community on bone health and to provide free bone density screenings.


A lifelong lack of calcium plays a role in the development of osteoporosis. Low calcium intake contributes to diminished bone density, early bone loss and an increased risk of fractures.


At least one in three women and one in five men will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime. More than 80 percent of all fractures in people 50 and older are caused by osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes 70 to 90 percent of 30,000 hip fractures annually.


Visits by the Mobile Health Unit are:


10-11:30 a.m., May 16, Kroger, 55 Pine Lake Ave., La Porte

10-11:30 a.m., May 17, Kabelin’s, 512 Andrew Ave., La Porte

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 19, Bailey’s Discount Center, 5900 S. Range Road, North Judson

10-11:30 a.m., May 23, Good Will Industries, 3822 Franklin St., Michigan City

12:30 – 2 p.m., May 23, Al’s Supermarket, 702 E. Lincolnway, La Porte

12:30-1:30 p.m., May 24, The Pax Center, 605 Washington St., La Porte

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., May 25, Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Road, Knox.