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 This change will allow Pathfinder Kids Kampus to maintain the 10 free added enrollment spots for 4-year-olds originally made possible by the EEMG.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

Nutrition and Mental Health Series

“Nutrition and Mental Health”
On TuesdayJune 20, Porter-Starke Services will host its Learn@Lunch series with an informative educational lecture entitled, “Nutrition and Mental Health” from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM at Porter-Starke Services located at 3176 Lancer Street in Portage. Todd Willis, MA, LMHC, LCAC, LPC, Director of Prevention and Education at Porter-Starke Services will be the featured presenter.
The Learn@Lunch series consists of monthly educational seminars featuring informative and practical mental health and wellness topics. Seminar locations rotate between Valparaiso, Portage and Knox and are open to the general public as well as clinicians and educators. When applicable, Porter-Starke Services offers 1.5 Continuing Education Credits for $5.00.
There is no charge for the presentation. Please bring your own lunch. RSVP is required for attendance. For more information, please call (219) 476-4502 or email:

Basket Weaving Class

Weaving Mary’s Basket

WS071517 – 3D Visual Art
In this Creative Experience, each of us will weave an 8″ x 8″ x 15″ Mary’s Basket. We’ll learn to weave the base, perform over and under weave, four rod wale, and simple arrow weave. We will each choose ceramic handles to incorporate into our baskets.
  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 –  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT
  • Bev Larson, Facilitator
  • Includes all materials
  • Bring a sack lunch
  • MoonTree Work Shop


Please register by Friday, June 30th.

Bev Larson has been weaving since 1988 and teaching since 1999. She loves to share the joy of basket weaving with those around her and has done so by teaching in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and the Caribbean on the Basket Weaving Cruises. Making basket weaving fun, relaxing, and inspiring is her goal. In 2003 Bev won the Eiteljorg Museums Weavers Challenge.

Business Start-up 101

Business Start-up 101


The workshop is a first step toward owning a successful small business and it aims to help entrepreneurs evaluate their business ideas, prepare a sound business plan, manage expectations and increase chances of accessing capital.
The workshop is based on the ISBDC’s A Sound and Proven Path Towards Launching Your Own Business Workbook, available at all ISBDC offices. A free copy of this 60 page step-by-step workbook will be distributed to participants and used during the class.

Topics include:

  •  Identifying personal objectives, skills and resources.
  •  Describing your business idea and requirements.
  •  Developing a sales forecast.
  •  Identifying start-up expenses.
  •  Estimating your operating budget.
  •  Analyzing your feasibility results.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday June 22
Where: Regional Development Company, 1757 Thornapple Circle, in Valparaiso
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday July 12
Where: GreenCow Coworking, 5209 Hohman Ave., Hammond, 46320
Cost per workshop is $25. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required as payments are not accepted at the door.
When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday June 27
Where: Pulaski County Public Library, 121 S. Riverside Drive, Winamac, 46996
Special Event: This business planning workshop will also include details on how to build a sound business plan.
No cost: There is no fee for this specific workshop due to the help of the Winamac
Main Street Organization, Wander our Winamac.
More information: Email or call (219) 644-3513.

Natural Plant Dyes

Incorporate natural plant dyes with traditional Chinese pictograms
Spirituality in Nature: Chinese Calligraphy Garden Flags

with Jane Everhart

PS0621717 – 2D Visual Art, Spirituality


“When the breeze blows prayer flags, harmony, happiness, and good fortune are spread among all living beings.”
Jane Everhart guides our practice of Chinese characters and our thinking about abbreviated images for garden banners. Then, we’ll take a Nature Walk to gather natural materials to color our muslin flags. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017; 9:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Jane Everhart, facilitator
  • Includes all materials & lunch
Jane Everhart is a graduate of DePauw University (Art) and Indiana University (Linguistics, East Asian Language and Culture.) Additionally, she studied with Liang dan-Fong in Taipei, Taiwan and Jo Wang Hess in Bloomington, Indiana.
The unity of Nature, Language and Art in Chinese Calligraphy and in landscape painting is a prevailing interest in Jane’s work and teaching.
 Please register by Wednesday, June 7