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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The New Haven Parks and Recreation Department has been chosen as the recipient of a 2014 Awards of Excellence Award from the Indiana Park and Recreation Association (IPRA).  IPRA will present the award publicly at a special awards banquet at the IPRA State Conference in Michigan City on January 15, 2014.

The 4 Wellness Summer Series is four running events that are a collaboration between the parks department, the New Haven High School Cross Country teams and Well Strategies Inc, a local wellness non-profit. These events appeal to all ages and abilities and our main focus is to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle. The series includes an elementary mile run, a 5K, A kid’s triathlon and a 10K. 2014 sponsors include Parkview Physicians Group, Parkview Live, Lutheran Health Network, Indiana Physical Therapy, Beacon Credit Union and Three Rivers Running Company.

Each year, IPRA Awards of Excellence are presented to individuals and agencies across Indiana to honor their efforts – both personally and professionally in the field of Parks and Recreation.  Winners are evaluated by their peers in the industry based upon a scoring system for quality of the project, impact on the community, creative solutions as well as other criteria.

For more information on the IPRA and the Awards of Excellence program, please contact the IPRA Office at 317-573-4035 or  Visit for general information.

The Indiana Park and Recreation Association founded 1916 is a state not-for-profit membership association dedicated to advancing the value of parks and recreation and those that provide it.   Through its network of recreation and park professionals, corporations, elected officials and organizations, IPRA encourages the promotion of health and wellness, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.

4 Wellness Summer Series

Since 2012 the New Haven-Adams Twp. Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with the New Haven High School Cross County/Track teams and the not for profit Well Strategies Inc to put on four running/walking events. These events are held once a month, May-August and include the Elementary Mile Run, the Canal Days 5K, the Jury Kids Triathlon and the New Haven 10K. The series was developed to get people active and to promote a healthy lifestyle. In 2014 we had 520 participants from 5 years old in the Elementary Mile to 76 years young in the New Haven 10K. We have information on the series under the event tab on our website  If you have any questions or would like to sponsor one or all of our events please contact me at 260-749-2212 or email

Superintendent, New Haven-Adams Twp. Parks & Recreation

POSTED: 11/24/14 at 10:21 am

Local running club Team Bird Elite, competed in Romeoville IL, (Lewis University) USATF Cross Country Regionals on Saturday

This meet was a qualification meet for the National Junior Olympics Cross Country Meet Dec 13th in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The team was successful in qualification for the National Meet.

Finishing the 5K distance;  17-18 age group Deric Laurent 1st  15:42 a Personal Record, Josh Hiatt 8th 16:44 a Personal Record, Mike Meyers 20th 18:08 a Personal Record;  Hayley Newman 3rd 19:48

15-16 age group; Jordan Lahr 18th 17:59, Paige Boatright 10th 19:59

4K distance 13-14 age group; Carmen Yoder 16th 15:28 a personal Record

USATF XC Junior Olympics is competed by age grouping from ages 6 to 18, along with having teams of 8 runners in that same age breakdowns.  Team Bird Elite was successful in having all TBE team members qualify for the National meet located in Myrtle Beach SC, on December 13th.   Besides the USATF series of meets, Team Bird Elite will also travel to Kenosha WI for the Midwest Foot Locker Championships on Nov 29th.

Photo Left to Right; Jordan Lahr, Mike Meyer, Hayley Newman, Coach Gary Bird, Paige Boatright, Josh Hiatt, Deric Laurent.  Not Picture is Carmen Yoder.

POSTED: 11/25/14 at 6:50 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

East Allen County Schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.  All schools and administration offices will re-open on Monday, Dec. 1.

POSTED: 11/25/14 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Operation Christmas Child a Huge Success at Central Lutheran School

Working with Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, students at Central Lutheran School participated once again in Operation Christmas Child.  Rather than exchanging Christmas gifts in their classrooms, students and their families collect items that will be packaged in shoeboxes and shipped all over the world to those in need.  Items include hygiene items, small toys, school supplies, socks, and a storybook about Jesus.  This year Central families filled 443 shoeboxes! Following Jesus’ example, students at Central Lutheran School are helping those in need and sharing the hope of the Gospel.

POSTED: 11/25/14 at 6:46 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

On Wednesday evening, the New Haven High School cross country team held their end of season banquet.  It was a night of celebration for a successful season for both teams.  On the girls’ side, Hayley Newman won the Most Valuable Runner award for leading the team.  Ariel Stier won the Most Improved Runner by having the best improvement of her time of any of the varsity girl runners.  Ally Holcomb won the Best Mental Attitude for having a positive attitude all season and her willingness to continue to run even with a fracture in her foot.

On the boys’ side Deric Laurent won the Most Valuable Runner by finishing first for the team in every race he ran.  Caleb Felger won the Most Improved Runner for his improvement from last season to this season.  Bailey Yoder won the Best Mental Attitude for his great attitude and willingness to help the team by his hard work even though he was not allowed to run varsity races due to his transfer to New Haven.  Michel Meyer won the Golden Guts Award which is given to a Senior that has shown great leadership, hard work, and willingness to help his team anyway possible.

Varsity Letter Winners were Hayley Newman, Paige Boatright,  Kaylee Covella, Brooke Feipel, Ally Holcomb, Ariel Stier, Brianna Dishong, Deric Laurent, Josh Hiatt, Brayan Pizano, Jordan Lahr,  Michel Meyer, Grant Atkinson, Caleb Felger, Kyle Charles, and Jonathan Boatright.

Deric Laurent also earned All-State Honorable Mention.

POSTED: 11/24/14 at 6:55 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

OmniSource Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Steel Dynamics, one of the nation’s leading metals recycling companies, is looking for experienced candidates to join our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift maintenance teams at our Fort Wayne, Indiana facilities. Below is a list of position responsibilities and requirements. Please indicate your shift preference when applying for the position. We are very competitive as a company with compensation and benefits. We are now offering a $2,000 sign on bonus for maintenance employees!

This position will be responsible for preventative maintenance of equipment, troubleshooting and repair of equipment, safe work practices at all times, welding and fabrication as needed, and other maintenance tasks as assigned.

Successful candidates will have experience in conveyors, drives, hydraulics, pneumatics, mobile equipment operation, ability to read schematics / diagrams / blueprints, and welding / fabrication. Industrial maintenance experience is a plus.

OmniSource offers competitive compensation and a full benefits package including: medical, dental, and life insurance, prescription drug insurance, disability coverage, 401(k) with company match, profit sharing, restricted stock units, bonus, tool allowance, and many other benefits.

Please submit resume to:
OmniSource Corporation
Attn: HR- Maintenance
7575 West Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804


No phone calls please. We will only contact individuals we are interested in pursuing for this opening.

OmniSource is an equal opportunity employer.

POSTED: 11/22/14 at 9:18 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Cheers and thank-you to Steve and Nancy Gardner formerly of Churubusco and now New Haven for their recent donation of almost 2 acres of land to the Churubusco Park. From Rick Krider-Churubusco Park Supt.

POSTED: 11/22/14 at 9:11 am. FILED UNDER: News, Opinions

East of Werling Road

November . . . . . . . 24-26

West of Werling Road

December . . . . . . . 1-5

Weather conditions, utility emergencies and mechanical problems may alter the schedule slightly, but all leaves will be picked up as close to the published schedule as possible. Note : Shordon Estates is WEST of Werling Road

POSTED: 11/21/14 at 6:33 am. FILED UNDER: News

Toys for Tots Drop Off Site New Haven City Hall

Toys for Tots is back again this year at New Haven City Hall in both lobbies of the Police Department and Administration. Toys for Tots will accept any toys that are new and not wrapped in Christmas paper. Toys will be accepted through Friday, December 5th at City Hall.

POSTED: 11/21/14 at 6:31 am. FILED UNDER: News

Santa Arrives in New Haven & New Haven Holiday Open House
Friday, December 12, 2014… 5:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Santa will arrive in downtown New Haven on Friday, December 12, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Join everyone as Santa Claus arrives by fire truck at the New Haven Depot (located on State Street across from Moser Park) to greet children from 5:45 – 7:30 p.m. Bring your children to the New Haven Depot where they can meet Santa and enjoy refreshments. The Holiday Open House will also be held on Broadway in downtown New Haven from 5:30-7:45 p.m. This year’s event will host free horse drawn carriage rides, refreshments, Christmas carolers, and several prize giveaways from various businesses. Children (up to age 10) can register to win a bicycle at Ruhl Furniture and other door prizes. After greeting children, the horse drawn carriage will bring Santa back downtown to Ruhl Furniture and draw the winners at 7:45 p.m. Children can also enjoy refreshments and painting free ceramic ornaments at the Power House (located at 830 Main Street and sponsored by TJ Ceramics and the Power House).

The New Haven Chamber of Commerce will host their “Meet Me at 5:00” at Peter Franklin Jewelers (507 Broadway) from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Peter Franklin Jewelers will also host their Christmas Open House event and offer other prize giveaways.

Be sure to bring the entire family downtown for this holiday tradition. For more information, contact Deb-Anne Smith at the New Haven Mayor’s Office at 748-7072.

POSTED: 11/20/14 at 7:32 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving? Are you joined by friends and/or family for a special feast? What do you eat? Most American families celebrate Thanksgiving by cooking turkey. According to , approx. 88 percent of U.S. households eat turkey on Thanksgiving at an average weight of 16 lbs a turkey that adds up to 736 million pounds that will be eaten this Thanksgiving.

Have you ever wondered what it costs to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberries, and other goodies? The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent price increase from last year’s average of $49.04.

POSTED: 11/20/14 at 7:22 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News