Free Concert!



DONALDSON, IN — Come, enjoy a Concert by the Lake, August 19 from 7-9 p.m. EDT at The Center at Donaldson, 9601 Union Rd., Plymouth. Local musicians, Dave Haycraft and Chad Van Herk will be playing for your listening pleasure, and to sing along.


Dave has lived in Plymouth since 1961 and has been playing guitar since 1962. He has played with the likes of Johnny Keck, Blake Mevis, Will Lawrence and others. Dave has entertained at dinners, clubs, weddings and other events.


Chad was born in the British Virgin Islands and, along with his family, traveled the seas for the next five years and then returned to the US, and Plymouth. Chad took an early interest in piano and saxophone and at the age of 15 picked up the guitar. Chad has released several albums and continues to play at a variety of venues.


Join us by beautiful Lake Galbraith for a relaxing and fun evening of music. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and the entire family. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Even if it rains, the show will still go on – indoors. The concert is free – come, join us!


The Center at Donaldson is sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

New Leadership at Donaldson

New Provincial Leadership for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ


DONALDSON, IN – On Sunday, July 9, 2017, the Poor Handmaids’ newly elected Provincial Leadership Team of the American Province was installed during Mass in Ancilla Domini Chapel.


Sister Judith Diltz, Provincial, and Sisters Michele Dvorak, Joetta Huelsmann and Margaret Anne Henss, Councilors made their commitment to carry out their new responsibilities asking God for the strength to do their ministry.


This Provincial Leadership team will guide the congregation to accomplish the focus and calls set forth at the PHJC Chapter earlier this year.


Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ delegates elected the Leadership Team at the conclusion of the congregation’s governance meeting, Provincial Chapter in April 2017 in Donaldson. This team will govern and spiritually lead the American Province of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Congregation until 2021.


The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are an international congregation of apostolic women religious within the Roman Catholic Church.  Poor Handmaid Sisters minister in Germany, England, the Netherlands, India, Nigeria, Kenya, the United States, Mexico and Brazil.

Money Management Workship – Ft Wayne

Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center to Host Money Management Workshop Beginning July 11 in Fort Wayne

July 6, 2017 (Fort Wayne, IN) – Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will be hosting a two part Money Management Workshop on July 11 & 18.  The focus is on overall financial wellness with an emphasis on building and improving credit scores to work toward home ownership.  This workshop consists of two sessions of four hours each and is designed for anyone in the community who would like to improve their financial situation.

The workshop will take place at Pathfinder HomeOwnership Center, located at 1005 W. Rudisill Blvd.,
Suite 301 in Fort Wayne (the old Taylor University Campus).

The two sessions will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p,m.  Topics for the workshop include:

o        How credit reporting works and how to achieve a healthier credit score.
o        Learn to track expenses and identify spending leaks.
o        Establish financial goals and a spending plan.

The workshop is $60 and pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Sandy Ayers at
Pathfinder Community Connections at (260) 456-2385, ext. 3601 or e-mail her at  Space is limited so please call today.

This workshop is made possible through grants received from NeighborWorks America,
Lake City Bank, and PNC Bank.

Support Groups meeting in July

La Porte Hospital promotes support groups in July


La Porte, Ind. – La Porte Hospital would like the community to know of the following support groups in July:

Al-Anon Group

This group offers hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics 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

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 the fourth Monday of the month from 11 a.m. – Noon, in the Heart & Vascular 1st Floor Conference Room, 901 Lincolnway, La Porte, or the fourth Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. – Noon in the Second Floor OB Conference Room at Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Road, Knox. 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 second Tuesday of every month (except Dec, Jan, Feb) at 6 p.m. in the La Porte Hospital Auditorium, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte (lower level). 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 third 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)

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 third Wednesday of every month from 5-6 p.m. at the Heart & Vascular Center, 1st Floor Conference Room., 901 Lincolnway, La Porte. Contact Teresa Tuholski at (219) 785-3444.


Women Heart

This group offers support and education on living a heart healthy life and meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m., at the Heart & Vascular Center, 1st Floor Conference Room., 901 Lincolnway, La Porte. Contact Sue Chlebek at (219) 324-7519.


Mourning to Dancing

Losing a child is devastating.  This support ministry reaches out to mothers, parents and loved ones who have experienced the loss of a child. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m., in the La Porte Hospital Family Chapel, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte.  Contact Lynn Breeden at (574)306-7752.


Mobile Health Unit providing screenings in July

Mobile Health Unit to provide blood sugar, blood pressure, BMI screenings in July


La Porte, Starke counties, Ind. – The Wellness Outreach Professionals with the Mobile Health Unit of La Porte Hospital will be out in the community throughout July to promote healthy weight management and diabetes/heart disease awareness with free blood sugar, blood pressure and body mass index screenings. Information on healthy summer eating will also be available.


Dates and times of the Mobile Health Unit visits are:


10-11:30 a.m., July 6, Al’s Supermarket, 3535 Franklin St., Michigan City

1-2:30 p.m., July 6, Al’s Supermarket, 1002 N. Karwick Road, Michigan City

10-11:30 a.m., July 7 at Good Will Industries, 1509 E. Lincolnway, La Porte

2-3 p.m., July 7 at LaCrosse Public Library, 307 E. Main St., LaCrosse

10:30 a.m. – Noon, July 10, Jorth Judson Nutrition Site, 105 E. Talmer Ave., North Judson

10-11:30 a.m., July 12, Kabelin’s 512 Andrew Ave., La Porte

10-11:30 a.m., July 14, La Porte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave., La Porte

9-10 a.m., July 17 at La Porte County Family YMCA, 901 Michigan Ave., La Porte

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., July 17, La Porte Hospital, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte

10-11:30 a.m., July 18, Kroger, 55 Pine Lake Ave., La Porte

1-2:30 p.m., July 18, Al’s Supermarket, 702 E. Lincolnway, La Porte

Noon – 1:30 p.m., July 19, The Pax Center, 605 Washington St., La Porte

1:30-3 p.m., July 21, Bailey’s Discount Center, 5900 S. Range Road, North Judson

11 a.m. – Noon, July 25, Salvation Army 3240 Monroe St., La Porte

1-2:30 p.m., July 25, Good Will Industries, 3822 Franklin St., Michigan City

11 a.m. – Noon, July 27, Knox Garden Court Apartments, 601 William St., Knox

1-2:30 p.m., July 27, Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Road, Knox


Starke County Opoly Game!

The Starke County Chamber of Commerce will be producing a Starke County version of our favorite game!

An idea of what the Game Board will look like


An example of what we are working on getting done – outside of box of course with Starke County places and spaces


Cost of Game spaces.   If you would like to be on the board contact Jessica at 574-772-5548 or to get more information or let her know which spot you would like!

Mediacom Helping Our Kids in Need



Mediacom Communications Launches Connect2Compete
Broadband Adoption Program in Southern Illinois Communities

Affordable Home Internet Service Available to Low-Income K-12 Students


Carbondale, IL – June 14, 2017 – Mediacom Communications today took a major step towards closing the digital divide in Southern Illinois with the launch of the Connect2Compete broadband adoption program in partnership with national non-profit, EveryoneOn.

As part of Connect2Compete, Mediacom will provide discounted high-speed internet services to students and families that qualify for the National School Lunch Program.  The service will be provisioned at 10 Mbps down by 1 Mbps up and priced at $9.95 per month which includes the lease of a Wi-Fi enabled modem at no additional charge.

“The internet has become an essential communications and learning tool for educators, students and parents,” said Todd Curtis, Group Vice President for Mediacom’s Lincoln Region.  “By launching the Connect2Compete program in Southern Illinois, we hope to make internet access available to more families by lowering the cost of entry for those most at-risk of being left behind in today’s digital world.”

According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of American households with incomes below $30,000 a year lack access to broadband services at home.  By comparison, 94% of American households earning $100,000 or more a year have home broadband service.  This disparity in online access has created what is commonly referred to as the “homework gap” between school age children with broadband access and those without.

“Addressing digital inclusion is a priority. We must ensure all residents have the capability to empower their lives through digital technology” said Steven Mitchell, Economic Development Director for Carbondale.  “The Connect2Compete initiative launched by Mediacom in partnership with EveryoneOn attacks this issue head on by offering low-income families with school age children an affordable internet service option.”

For more information about Mediacom’s Connect2Compete program or to apply, visit

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About EveryoneOn/Connect2Compete

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet. Since 2012, EveryoneOn has connected more than 500,000 people in the United States, with the goal of connecting one million people by 2020

Connect2Compete (C2C) is EveryoneOn’s program with the nation’s cable companies to provide affordable Internet and devices to low-income populations, including students and families who qualify for the National School Lunch Program. For more information, please visit


About Mediacom Communications

Mediacom Communications Corporation is the 5th largest cable operator in the U.S. serving almost 1.4 million customers in smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Mediacom offers a wide array of information, communications and entertainment services to households and businesses, including video, high-speed data, phone, and home security and automation. Through Mediacom Business, the company provides innovative broadband solutions to commercial and public sector customers of all sizes, and sells advertising and production services under the OnMedia brand. More information about Mediacom is available at



Phyllis Peters

Communications Director, Mediacom

515-246-2295 (office)  515-707-7148 (mobile)

Two of the Top Service Men in the Country are Right HERE!

You want the best when it comes to service for your irrigation system, right? We have THE BEST! Congratulations to Darick Madlung and Phil Byerman on scoring in the top 10% in the nation at the Valley Irrigation Service School! That means two of the top service men in the country are available right here to take care of all your irrigation needs! We couldn’t be more proud!

Pathfinder Kids Kampus


State Names Pathfinder Kids Kampus

On My Way Pre-K Provider.

Now Taking Applications for Free Preschool Openings



Huntington, IN (June 19, 2017) – Pathfinder Kids Kampus is now an On My Way Pre-K Provider.  This program will allow the early education facility to provide free preschool to ten 4 year old children for the 2017-2018 school year.  Pathfinder Kids Kampus is now accepting applications for free preschool openings.


Recently, the Indiana Legislature opted to roll all current grantees in the Early Education Matching Grant (EEMG) program into the On My Way Pre-K expansion. Pathfinder Kids Kampus was first named an EEMG grantee in 2015. This change will allow Pathfinder Kids Kampus to maintain the 10 free added enrollment spots for 4-year-olds originally made possible by the EEMG.

On My Way Pre-K is a free program for families who qualify and this high-quality preschool option is an essential component to the success of our community. High quality early childhood education provides opportunities for children to build their language skills, social and emotional skills, math concept awareness, and more, building a foundation for lifelong learning and success.

Loretta Mottram, Pathfinder Kids Kampus Interim Administrator, expressed gratitude to the community that made this possible through their work and donations.

“We appreciate all who contributed matching funds over the years which allowed us to participate in the EEMG program.  We are excited to now be an On My Way Pre-K provider and that we can continue to give children the high-quality early learning opportunities they deserve,” stated Mottram.  “Early learning curriculums like what we offer in our On My Way Pre-K and our Premier Preschool here at Pathfinder Kids Kampus prepares children for success in school and beyond,” she said.


To qualify for the free On My Way Pre-K preschool, children must be 4 by August 1st, 2017 and must meet income eligibility requirements.  Children from Huntington and surrounding counties may apply.  Premier Preschool is available for children 3-5 years of age and tuition assistance may be available.  Both On My Way Pre-K and Premier Preschool classrooms start August 7th and run through the 2017-2018 school year, Monday through Friday from 9am – 3pm.

Pathfinder Kids Kampus is now taking applications for On My Way Pre-K and Premier Preschool, but spots are limited.  For more information, please contact Pathfinder Kids Kampus at 260-356-0123 or email


Pathfinder Kids Kampus, Huntington, offers Early Head Start programming for children 0 to 3 and expectant mothers, along with child care for children from 6 weeks to age 12 and preschool.  Pathfinder Kids Kampus is a Level 3 Paths to QUALITY Provider and is the only licensed child care center in Huntington County.  Pathfinder Kids Kampus can be found on the web at  Call 260-356-0123 for details.


Pathfinder Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit comprehensive human and community development organization headquartered in Huntington, where it was founded in 1966. Pathfinder Services envisions a community in which all people are valued and accepted and have control over their own destinies.  The four areas in which Pathfinder Services can help those facing physical, developmental or economic challenges along their path to self-reliance and inclusion are: Education and Training, Employment Services, Affordable Housing, and Community Integration.  In addition to Huntington County, Pathfinder Services also serves individuals and families in Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Elkhart, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, St. Joe, Starke, Stueben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley Counties.  Additional information about Pathfinder Services can be found at

New Chamber Director Release


It is with a great deal of pleasure that the Starke County Chamber of Commerce announces that Jessica Craig has been appointed the new Executive Director.   Debbie Mix had done a wonderful job of bringing all of the county into one Chamber and had initiated many programs.  Debbie left to take a position with the LaPorte County Library System and that opened the position of Executive Director.

Jessica comes to the Chamber with a solid and varied background.   She knows Starke County well as she has been a Broker with Century 21 Affiliated.   In addition, she had been serving on the Chamber Board so she knows the ins-and-outs of the Chamber well.   Jessica has been one of the founding members of the Young Professionals of Starke County which although they have only been in existence for a few months, growing out of the Quality of Place Group, they are the group which has put together the Outdoor Movies around the county.

Jessica brings a dynamic energy with many innovative ideas to the Chamber and we are thrilled that she was interested in becoming the new Executive Director.   Look for her to be out and about in the county, making new contacts and renewing existing ones.   Once again, we welcome Jessica Craig with open arms as our new Starke County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

Jerry Gurrado
Board of Directors President
Starke County Chamber of Commerce