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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
La Porte Hospital Offers Support Groups
La Porte, Ind. – La Porte Hospital will offer the following support groups:
This Group offers hope and help to families and friends of alcoholic and meets every Friday
10 a.m. at The Crossing, 1203 Washington St., La Porte. Contact Susie Smith at 219.362.9280.
Diabetes Support Group
Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with diabetes? The Diabetes Support Group provides a place to share ideas, experiences, and problems related to diabetes for those with diabetes as well as their support team. The group meets from 11:00 a.m. to Noon on the 4th Monday of every month at the Heart & Vascular Conference Room. Contact Patty Leonard at 219.362.2478.
Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group
Providing emotional and social support to patients, families, and caregivers affected by multiple sclerosis, this groups meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except Dec, Jan, Feb) at 6 p.m. in the
La Porte Hospital Auditorium. Contact Kathy May at 219.874.2681.
Parkinson’s Support Group
Supporting those with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and caregivers in adapting more positively to the physical, emotional, and social changes associated with the disease. The group meets every 3rd Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Brentwood Assisted Living, 2002 Andrew Ave., La Porte (park in back and use back door). Contact Sherri Moorehouse at 219.362.5749.
WeCAN (Cancer Support Group)
Have you been affected by a cancer diagnosis? WeCAN provides patients, families, and caregivers a chance to share experiences and learn new ways of coping with the disease process. The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 5-6 p.m. at the Heart & Vascular Center, 1st Floor Conference Room. Contact Teresa Tuholski at 219.785.3444.
This group offers support and education on living a heart healthy life and meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Heart & Vascular Center, 1st Floor Conference Room. Contact Sue Chlebek at (219) 324.7519.
Mourning to Dancing
Losing a child is devastating. This support ministry reaches out to the hurts and hearts of mothers who have experienced the loss of a child and meets the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the La Porte Hospital Family Chapel. Contact Lynn Breeden at 574.306.7752.
Diabetes Education Classes Offered at Starke Hospital
Knox, Ind. – La Porte Hospital offers Pre-Diabetes Classes and Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes. Classes are offered as follows:
Free Pre-Diabetes Classes
Come learn about the risk factors for diabetes and steps to manage pre-diabetes. All are welcome; no registration required. Classes meet the 3rd Monday of every month from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Starke Hospital 2nd floor OB Conference Room.
Diabetes Self-Management Classes
This is a comprehensive program to empower you to control your own health. A physician’s order and pre-registration are required. Classes begin at the start of each month and continue for four weeks. Classes are offered Tuesdays 9– 11 a.m. Contact Patty Leonard at 219.772.1183.
A physician’s order and pre-registration are required. Appointments may be made with either a certified diabetes educator or registered dietitian depending your needs: Insulin, Injectable, Gestational Diabetes, Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Nutritional Education. Call 219.772.1183.
EARTHWORKS PARTNERS WITH JESSE
DONALDSON, IN – Angela Resendez, Vocational/Transition Coordinator for JESSE (Joint Education Services in Special Education) in North Central Indiana and Cheri Ringer, Coordinator of Earthcare Education for Earthworks, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, have partnered to provide work experiences for special needs students ages 17+. These are students that have mild to moderate special needs and are working towards earning a high school diploma. These students can have success at an appropriate vocation but are currently underserved by programs that would provide this kind of training.
At the beginning of the second semester 2016/17 school year, a trial work experience was established at the greenhouses located at The Center at Donaldson. The first JESSE student was Jake Snyder, from LaVille Jr./Sr. High School in Lakeville, Indiana who works with Sam Tepes, Greenhouse Specialist. Jake has been cleaning eggs, mulching bio-char, clearing crop beds and minor maintenance jobs. He comes to the greenhouse once a week for about an hour and a half. Jake loves the outdoors and is enjoying his time working with Sam.
With a generous donation from the Marshall County Community Foundation, The Center at Donaldson will continue to add more work experience opportunities for JESSE students this fall. In addition, Ancilla College students will have the opportunity to become a Job Coach for the JESSE students and earn a small stipend for their work. It is the hope that the Job Coach experience becomes part of the education curriculum at Ancilla College.