The Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, USS Indiana (SSN 789), will be commissioned at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Port Canaveral, Fla., Sept. 29, 2018. It will be the sixteenth Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet.

Indiana will be the third U.S. Navy ship, and first submarine, to be commissioned bearing the name “Indiana.” Mrs. Diane Donald, wife of retired Admiral Kirkland H. Donald, is the ship’s sponsor.

Designed to operate in both coastal and deep-ocean environments, Indiana will present leadership with a broad and unique range of capabilities, including anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces (SOF) support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions.

Indiana is a part of the Virginia-class’ third, or Block III, contract, in which the Navy redesigned approximately 20 percent of the ship to reduce acquisition costs. Indiana features a redesigned bow, which replaces 12 individual Vertical Launch System (VLS) tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes (VPTs) each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles, among other design changes that reduced the submarines’ acquisition cost while maintaining their outstanding warfighting capabilities.

Indiana has special features to support SOF, including a reconfigurable torpedo room which can accommodate a large number of SOF and all their equipment for prolonged deployments and future off-board payloads.

Also, in Virginia-class SSNs, traditional periscopes have been replaced by two photonics masts that host visible and infrared digital cameras atop telescoping arms. Through the extensive use of modular construction, open architecture, and commercial off-the-shelf components, the Virginia class is designed to remain at the cutting edge for its entire operational life through the rapid introduction of new systems and payloads.

The Indiana will be the third U.S. Navy ship and the first submarine to be commissioned at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. NOTU’s primary mission is to test and evaluate Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile systems.

For more information on the future USS Indiana (SSN 789), the Commissioning Ceremony, go to

Additional public information about the commissioning, and events leading up to it, is available at the USS Indiana Commissioning Committee site at

Media interested in attending the Media Day, Sept. 27, and/or Commissioning Ceremony, Sept. 29, may contact the Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs office at (757) 836-1650, or via email at by noon, Friday, Sept. 21. No live trucks or vans will be authorized; however, the ceremony will be streamed live at

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POSTED: 09/20/18 at 12:31 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Suspect arrested for Murder in New Haven

Around 2:30am on September 20th , 2018 New Haven Police were notified of a possible homicide at a residence in the 1900 block of Medford Drive in New Haven. Notification was made by the suspect who walked into the New Haven Police Department’s lobby and announced that he had killed his wife. Officers obtained the suspect’s address and drove to the residence. Responding officers entered the home on Medford Drive where they located a victim who appeared to have suffered head trauma. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. New Haven Police have arrested 26-year-old Wiley Brown III in connection with the victim’s death. Wiley Brown was booked into the Allen County Jail and charged with Murder. The name of the victim will be released by the Allen County Coroner’s Officer at a later time. There is no further information released at this time.

POSTED: 09/20/18 at 12:29 pm. FILED UNDER: News

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Have you ever been put on-hold only to hear the same message played over and over? In the perfect world no phone call would be put on-hold but in this world it is just a fact of business life. In fact approximately 70% of all business phone calls are placed on-hold. An average on-hold time is 42 seconds. Yet 50% of the phone calls put on hold routinely wait on-hold for over one minute — 60% of those callers Hang up– and a whopping 34% of those who hang up will NEVER call back! What if you could turn that 42 seconds  into an opportunity to promote your business? That is where Profits On Hold LLC comes into play. Bud Brenneman (check spelling) the director at Profits on Hold Productions LLC began their business in 1998. It seems he was always enthralled by working with a microphone. Bud said, “I started out young like in Jr. High when I would give announcements over the PA. Then I was a grocery store manager and I would get on the microphone and make announcements for specials etc. So I have always enjoyed working on air.” Profits On Hold LLC can take that 42 seconds and create and produce on hold marketing productions and programming that can maximize your profitability rather than having dead silence or a staticy radio station when people are put on hold. Profits On Hold LLC works with a company to find out about that company and then present how best they can benefit their bottom line. They also make it their business to help companies keep their branding consistent throughout all of their marketing avenues. “We want to have the exact same message they have in their newspaper, radio, television, online, and social media presence”, Bud said. He also stated, “A company pays all of their marketing dollars to get people to call and then they get put on hold. Our productions are like on-hold insurance”. Creating on-hold productions is not the only service Profits On Hold LLC can assist a company with. Another service Bud shared was their audio newsletters. He said, “For instance if you sold Chevy trucks for GM, when your customer got their new truck they could pop in a CD and it would have information about the truck or information about GM. That would be an audio newsletter”. “Another service we have is Web audio”, Bud continued. “Some people want audio for their Web pages rather than just seeing the website. That way potential customers can also experience it with another dimension because when you use two senses; your eyes as well as your ears, your message tends to make more of an impact. This also helps with those people that are more auditory learners”. Profits On Hold LLC has all types of solutions that clients can take advantage of. Some of their clients use their productions on an as needed basis. These clients usually have businesses that don’t change much. Other clients take advantage of subscription bundles. Those bundles consist of a number of updates per year. Those updates then can be made whenever the client chooses. One very important time to have a personal message is the holidays. “That’s really important, Bud shared, “because it’s a time to reach out and foster those relationships with your clients. It is nice to put holiday background music on and a holiday greeting. That’s a way to get that touchy feeling, resulting in fostering the relationship. That’s what I really want to let people know. We give them a personal touch from our company and we give their customers a personal touch from them.”

Turning customers into personal friends is Bud’s favorite part of his business. He said, “I have had so many personal relationships that have developed out of the business and I am very appreciative of that fact”. Profits On Hold LLC has been a New Haven Chamber of Commerce member for ten years. “One thing I did want to say”, Bud shared, “is that of all the cities New Haven has been the most progressive and embracing of the on-hold marketing concept. When it comes to the companies per capita we’ve got so many. We are very very fortunate to have some very good clients here in New Haven. We really appreciate that and appreciate the Chamber for fostering that.” When asked, what is the biggest benefit from being a Chamber member Bud replied, “The opening of doors and the legitimacy that Chamber Membership provides you because you are a part of
the community. People want to do business locally and know that the person is going to be around and know that if anything should happen that they’ve got accountability; community accountability, and that is what the Chamber is, community accountability. Bud continued, “In the perfect world no one would be on hold. That’s what I like to tell people, but in this world it is just a fact of business life, it happens. So we want to be that on-hold insurance that they have.” So when you consider those 42 seconds that your clients are on hold let Profits On-Hold LLC turn “Hold time into Gold time”.

POSTED: 09/20/18 at 12:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

On Saturday, September 29 don’t miss out when downtown New Haven, IN comes alive during their Sample New Haven event put on by the New Haven Chamber of Commerce. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Broadway Street will be lined with local businesses sharing samples of foods and services. For just $2.00 a person or $5.00 for a family there will be plenty of samples to try. This year there will be twenty seven businesses and organizations participating. At the end of the event those attending will vote for their favorite. The winner then is awarded the “People’s Choice Award for 2018”. But the fun doesn’t stop there. While sampling those attending the event can participate in our scavenger hunt. As they sample, each person can collect letters which when unscrambled spell out a secret phrase. Those that get the secret phrase correct can enter a drawing for a 2019 Family Pool Pass to New Haven’s Jury Pool. And if getting your face painted is something you enjoy, New Haven’s Cheerleaders will be present to offer free face painting. So stop by on Saturday, September 29 and join in the fun.

POSTED: 09/19/18 at 4:52 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, Entertainment, News

New Haven Business presents Fundraising Check to New Haven Police K9

On Saturday September 15, 2018, staff of the New Haven Pet Hospital presented New Haven Police Chief Henry McKinnon with a check for $6,535.13. Money was from a fundraiser that the Pet Hospital did so the New Haven Police K9 Unit can purchase additional equipment. The money will be used for the purchase of the Hot-N-Pop system, monitors the interior vehicle temperature, and will be installed in the K9 vehicles in the near future. Chief McKinnon and the K9 Unit would like to thank the entire staff of the New Haven Pet Hospital for their fundraising effort as well as for this generous donation.

POSTED: 09/13/18 at 12:58 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Tox-Away Day Now a Weekly Event

This year has brought a name change, program expansion, and new affiliation. Tox-Away Day has been a popular program over the years and Allen County Department of Environmental Management (ACDEM) recognized that there was a greater need for a weekly drop-off program.

ACDEM recently launched a weekly household hazardous waste drop-off program at their refurbished facility located at 2260 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne. The drop-off program is now open to the public every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Minimal fees and a weight limit of 50 lbs. will apply.

For more information, contact their office at 260-449-7878.

POSTED: 09/11/18 at 10:54 am. FILED UNDER: News, Real Estate

Don’t Miss Out on this Networking Opportunity… Chamber Networking Group

Every Tuesday, from noon to 1 p.m. at Rack N Helen’s Bar & Grill, 525 Broadway Street, New Haven, IN

For more information call

Shane Grantham at 260-414-9617

POSTED: 09/11/18 at 10:49 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With Oktoberfest soon to kick off and the average flight from New York to Munich from mid-September to late-October costing $1,000-$2,000, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018′s Best Places for Oktoberfest Celebrations as well as accompanying videos, along with fun and interesting facts about the event in its Oktoberfest Facts – History, Beer, Food & More infographic.

To determine the best cities for partaking in the epic German festival, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 24 key metrics, ranging from share of German population to number of beer gardens per capita to average price for Oktoberfest celebration ticket.

Below are some highlights from each report.

Top 20 Oktoberfest Cities
1 New York, NY                    11 Pittsburgh, PA
2 Portland, OR                     12 Sacramento, CA
3 Cincinnati, OH                  13 Columbus, OH
4 San Francisco, CA            14 Boise, ID
5 Chicago, IL                         15 St. Louis, MO
6 Philadelphia, PA               16 Madison, WI
7 Denver, CO                         17 Milwaukee, WI
8 Miami, FL                          18 Scottsdale, AZ
9 Seattle, WA                         19 Lincoln, NE
10 Orlando, FL                      20 Tampa, FL

Oktoberfest Fun Facts: •$5,000: Estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

•1.98 Million: Gallons of beer consumed during Oktoberfest.

•700,000: Number of whole roast chickens eaten, plus 60,000 sausages and 59,000 pork knuckles.

•$1.53 Billion: Oktoberfest’s annual economic impact on Munich.

•$67,306: Median annual income for German-American households ($57,617 for all households).

POSTED: 09/11/18 at 10:44 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

Bob Nelson, New Haven mayoral candidate for 2019, announced “Our Community Plan.” Nelson’s style of government will be inclusive not exclusive. Not my platform, OUR platform. Not my plan, OUR plan. Not my city, OUR city.


POSTED: 08/29/18 at 9:55 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News, Schools, Sports

With Americans working an average of almost 1,800 hours per year and 52% of workers not using all their available vacation time, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Hardest-Working States in America as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine where Americans work the hardest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across ten key metrics. The data set ranges from average workweek hours to share of workers with multiple jobs to annual volunteer hours per resident.

Top 20 Hardest-Working States in America
1 Alaska 11 Oklahoma
2 North Dakota 12 Maryland
3 Wyoming 13 Hawaii
4 South Dakota 14 Iowa
5 Nebraska 15 Vermont
6 New Hampshire 16 Idaho
7 Texas 17 Minnesota
8 Colorado 18 Louisiana
9 Virginia 19 Wisconsin
10 Kansas 20 Utah

Key Stats •Alaska has the longest hours worked per week, 42, which is 10% longer than in Utah, the state with the shortest at 37.

•New York has the longest average commute time, 32.6 minutes, which is 1.9 times longer than in South Dakota, the state with the shortest at 16.9 minutes.

•Iowa has the lowest share of idle youth 16-24-years-old, seven percent, which is 2.9 times lower than in Louisiana, West Virginia and Alaska, the states with the highest at 20 percent.

•Idaho has the highest share of workers leaving vacation time unused, 78 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Maine, the state with the lowest at 38 percent.

•South Dakota has the highest share of workers with multiple jobs, 9.1 percent, which is 2.6 times higher than in Florida, the state with the lowest at 3.5 percent.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:

POSTED: 08/28/18 at 7:43 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News