Closed Monday February 2nd… it will be an eLearning Day
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This year’s New Haven High School Hall of Fame:
Kay Yoder, long-time New Haven teacher and pioneer of women’s athletics at New Haven High School. In the early years of IHSAA competition, Yoder successfully coached women’s volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis and gymnastics for the Lady Bulldogs, In addition, Yoder enjoyed a 20 year career as a licensed IHSAA official, that included numerous awards, working the state finals and being named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as an official.
Ed Steger, class of 1982. Individual record holder of most New Haven rushing and scoring records until eclipsed by Cory Jacquay twenty years later, Steger helped to lead the Bulldogs to an undefeated regular season, two NEIAC football championships. Steger was also chosen to play in the North-South All-Star game went on to play two years at Ball State before injuries curtailed his career.
Zach Dommer, class of 2003. No athlete in New Haven history has come close to the 16 varsity letters earned by Dommer who successfully competed and lettered four years each in football, track and the rare combination of wrestling and basketball. Dommer was recognized by the state of Indiana as the only student on record to have lettered four consecutive years in both wrestling and basketball and gained All-Conference honors in both sports. In addition, Dommer would also gain All-State honors in football, wrestling and track in his storied career at New Haven.
BILL FRITCHA MEMORIAL AWARD
About the Award: New Haven has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to help others and make new connections that bring us closer together as families, neighbors and communities. Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard of service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a part of their lives. The Bill Fritcha Memorial Award recognizes individuals who have achieved a certain standard measured by the number of hours of service over a 12 month period, or cumulative hours based over the course of a lifetime.
The Bill Fritcha Memorial Award was established in 2011 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. Mayor Terry McDonald created the Bill Fritcha Memorial Award as a way to thank and honor individuals by their demonstrated commitment and example; and to inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: There will be a Blood Drive in the Fellowship Hall of the New Haven United Methodist Church on Monday, February 9, from 3:00-7:00 PM. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767, or go on line to redcross blood.org, sponsor code umcnewh. You may also drop in during donation hours.
Saturday was the ribbon cutting at New Haven’s newest attraction. The Winner’s Circle Brew Pub is now open in the Lutheran Medical Plaza at the corner of State Road 930 and Minnich Road. The newly remodeled 8000+ square foot facility hosts a full bar featuring local craft brews, a full food menu, and Off Track Betting on horses. The Winner’s Circle is owned and operated by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Indiana. They will be open Sunday through Thursday – 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Here’s a link to their website: http://www.otbwinnerscircle.com/locations/new-haven/
Photos by Craig Dellinger… click here for his website
The New Haven Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the City of New Haven will be holding the 2015 State of the City Address on Monday, March 16, 2015. Mayor Terry McDonald will share with the audience a recap of 2014 and what is in store for New Haven in the upcoming year. Also, a dinner will be served for all to enjoy, supplied by The Orchid Reception Hall where the event will take place. The cost of the event is $25.00 per person, or $175.00 for a table of eight and will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For information on how you can reserve your spot at this dinner, call the Chamber office at 749-4484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Leland Etzler: Mr. Etzler is a retired educator of 43 years. He was a former EACS Board member from 2006-2010. He was a football coach at Woodlan High for 40 years and has been inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame! Mr. Etzler has been married to Gayle for 48 years. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
Mr. Timothy Hines: Mr. Hines is the owner of TE Hines Concrete Construction. He serves on many committees, has coached baseball and basketball in the Harlan and Woodlan communities. He also serves on EACS budget committee. Mr. Hines is a graduate of Ball State University. He is married and they have two adult sons. Mr. Hines has been actively involved in the EACS district for many years.
Mrs. Paulette Nellems: Mrs. Nellems is a former NAACP President for the City of Fort Wayne/Allen County Branch. She is also a former General Motors assembly worker. She has been involved and extremely active in the East Allen County School district for quite sometime. She has a passion for kids and wants every child to receive a great education! Mrs. Nellems is married to Danny; they have two adult daughters and one son. They are also foster parents.
Snow shoveling can be compared to weight lifting, and in some cases, the aerobic aspect of this activity is similar to a workout on a treadmill! To help your body function on demand, consider the following tips:
- Be heart smart! Don’t eat or smoke before shoveling snow. Avoid caffeinated beverages. These are stimulants and may increase heart rate and cause blood vessels to constrict.
- If you experience pain of any kind, stop immediately and seek assistance.
- Pace yourself during shoveling activities. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Snow shoveling is strenuous work, and it is important to re-hydrate your body often.
- If the ground is icy or slick, spread sand or salt over the area to help create foot traction. Be aware that some areas may be uneven and could cause you to slip, trip, or fall.
- Consider the weather when choosing outerwear. Dress in layers. Wear clothing that is easy to move in.
- Wear a hat—a great deal of body heat is lost through the head.
- If it’s icy cold, consider breathing through a scarf, but don’t let it obstruct your view.
- Proper boots are essential for keeping feet warm and dry while appropriate soles provide traction. Good boots can help you maintain your balance!
- Choose gloves that will keep your hands warm, dry, and blister free—consider thicker gloves, which allow for a good grip on the shovel’s handle.
Select a Shovel that’s Right for You
Shovels are made from different materials and come in many shapes and sizes.
- Choose a shovel that is ergonomically correct—a shovel with a curved handle. Many hardware stores and home centers stock ergonomically designed snow shovels. These shovels help you to keep your back straighter reducing spinal stress.
- Consider a shovel with a plastic blade instead of metal—plastic is lightweight—isn’t the snow heavy enough?
- Sometimes a smaller blade is better. You will not be able to shovel as much snow per shovel load, but the load will weigh less, which puts less strain on the spine.
- Get a shovel made to push snow. It is far easier to push snow than to lift it. There are shovels made expressly for pushing snow. See what is available at your hardware or home center store.
Once you have your shovel, you might want to consider spraying a bit of silicon lubricant on the blade. This can help keep the snow from sticking to the shovel. The snow will slide off the shovel blade.
Technique. Technique. Technique.
- Warm muscles work better. So take some time to stretch to prepare your body for activity.
- Just like with a golf club, hand placement on the shovel handle is very important! Don’t put your hands (grip) close to one another. Create some distance between the hands. This will give you more leverage and make it easier to lift snow.
- Think about good posture and maintaining the natural curve of your spine.
- Address your task directly. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart to maintain balance. Try to keep the shovel close to your body. Bend at the knees—not the waist or back. Tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the snow. Lift with your legs—not your back. Do not twist your body. Dump the snow in front of you. If you need to move the snow to the side, move your feet—do not twist!
- Don’t throw snow over your shoulder! Go forward with the snow.
- Fresh snow is lighter in weight—so clear snow as soon as it has fallen. Snow becomes dense as it compacts on the ground. Wet snow is very heavy. One shovelful can weigh 20 pounds or more!
- Pace yourself. Take frequent breaks to stretch your back and extremities.
A snowblower is a terrific piece of machinery, but if it’s not used correctly, you can strain or injure your back. Snowblowers are designed to remove snow at a particular rate of speed. Pushing or forcing the equipment to go faster is defeating its purpose—to do the work for you!
Not everyone is able to shovel snow or operate a snowblower. Consider the disabled and some in the senior population. Fortunately, many communities across the US have organized volunteers to help people who need assistance during the winter season.