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


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.

Support Groups Available

La Porte Hospital Offers Support Groups


La Porte, Ind. – La Porte Hospital will offer the following support groups:

Al-Anon Group

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.


Women Heart

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

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.


Individual Appointments

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.

Being One with Watercolor

Being ONE with Watercolor with Brian Gordy

PS060717 — 2D Visual Art 
This workshop is geared toward landscape painting with exercises to help you let go the reins to allow a watercolor to happen. Brian will impart his techniques for developing detail, creating texture, and “putting the painting together.” Color theory, mixing, masking and brush properties will be addressed.
  • Wednesday-Friday, June 7-9, 2017; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Brian Gordy, facilitator
  • Includes lunch each day. Materials list to be found on the website.
  • MoonTree Paint Studio
Indiana Artisan Brian Gordy lives in Muncie. He has taught art at the university level & privately for over 25 years.  Throughout his career, his paintings have depicted the landscapes of the Midwest & the north woods of Michigan and Canada. 
Brian is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America & the Red River Watercolor Society. His works are included in several permanent collections & have been featured in The Best of Watercolor Vol. 3, “Arts Indiana,” “Snowy Egret,” & “Lake Superior” magazines.
Register by Friday, May 26!