newhavenbulletin.com had a little Q. and A. session with Mayor Terry McDonald, here it is.
Q. One thing that you are most proud of since being Mayor of New Haven (accomplishment)
A. This is a difficult question as there are many things we are proud of as an Administration. Perhaps the biggest, is our work in transforming New Haven into a community that is open and accessible to families of all types and too business. I believe our nearly 16 years we have seen tremendous increases in new families, finding New Haven to be a tremendous place to raise their family and likewise business has found a business friendly city, that works with businesses of all sizes. This will continue into the future and with the help of our contacts and partnerships we have developed in our time in office, we have worked hard in developing those relationships and partnerships.
A. That is easy, trying to make everyone happy, which is impossible. The Mayor cannot favor one group over another, either in the community or within the Administration and workforce. All departments within the Administration are critical to the everyday life of the entire city.
Q. What things do you see yet to come in the next term?
A. The biggest challenge for the next four years will be education. Preparing our young people and the current workforce for the high tech jobs of today. We can recruit new manufacturers all day long, but if they do not see that we have a workforce that is prepared, they will not come to New Haven or our region. Creating a community that is working on our “Place Making,” will be part of a broader effort as well. This effort is about creating an atmosphere where young people and families want to be, stay, work or open their own business. We are on our way with this, and our work with our partners in Allen County and within the Region, we are working to be selected as a Regional City. New Haven will have a part of the Regional City, and we are proud to be working with our partners in this effort.
Q. Anyone that you’d like to thank, campaign related or not?
A. First and foremost, God. I know people will read this and say, “oh that is so cliché.” For me, everyday, I ask God to guide me as I serve the community. Secondly, my children, They have sacrificed a lot having a dad in public service. My entire team and all of the city employees, they deserve all of the credit, we are a team, and I couldn’t ask for better people.
Q. What is the importance of “staying the course”
A. As the Mayor for the last nearly 16 years, I have done many things to keep New Haven at the front of the line here in Allen County. I believe, that we are in a great position with our neighbors and we have shown that New Haven is a very important part of Allen County. I am not ashamed of our efforts in the past to stand up for New Haven, I have been a Champion and a Cheerleader for our community, because I believe in our city and our people. I have stood up to the powers in this county in order to get what is fair. We have their attention, our opinions now matter and we are now included in the greater conversation. In order for New Haven to continue to be at the front of the line instead of in the back we need as a community to continue our leadership. We have had tremendous success that will only continue into the future.
A special thank you, for the time spent with Mayor Terry McDonald.
On Friday evening, the Lady Bulldogs’ Track & Field team made it a Senior’s Night that they will not forget by winning the New Haven Relays by defeating Van Wert by 1.5 points. The Lady Bulldogs started the meet off with the 4×800 Meter Relay team of Brooke Feipel, Hayley Newman, Bri Dishong, and Paige Boatright running a season best and finishing 3rd. Nakita Turner had the team’s first individual championship by winning the 100 Meter Hurdles in a time of 15.99, which broke the school record. Kaniah Creech followed with her own individual championship in 100 Meter Dash in a time of 12.83. Paige Boatright made it 3 individual championships in a row by winning the 1600 Meter Run in a time of 5:29.61. The 4×100 Meter Relay Team of Nakita Turner, Ja’Nyia Grundy, Ja’Kyia Grundy, and Kaniah Creech kept the championships coming by winning the 4×100 Meter Relay in a time of 51.07. Megan Kage also brought home an individual championship in the Pole Vault with a vault of 9′ 06″.
Second place finishers were Kaniah Creech in the 200 Meter Dash, Paige Boatright in the 800 Meter Run and 3200 Meter Run, Andrea Lawrence in the High Jump and Long Jump, and Haley Whitacre in the Discus. When the night was over, the team had placed in 15 out of the 16 possible events.
Paige Boatright won the Armstrong Award which is given to the athlete that scores the most points in the meet. Paige finished the night with 27.5 points.
1. New Haven – 132
2. Van Wert – 130.5
3. Leo – 74
4. Bishop Dwenger – 71
5. Concordia – 54
6. Garrett – 38.5
7. Woodlan – 24
8. Heritage – 17
9. Blackhawk Christian – 1
New Haven Primary Students and Staff Walk for Fitness
New Haven Primary students, staff along with Superintendent, Dr. Ken Folks, Board Member, Bob Nelson and Superintendent of New Haven Parks, Mike Clendenen took a walk around the neighborhood. This event ACES ‘ALL CHILDREN EXERCISE SIMULTANEOUSLY” helped the kindergarten to second grade students understand the importance of aerobic fitness by walking. The walk was created to celebrate National Physical Education Fitness. This is the schools 5th consecutive year. “The kids were very excited and have asked about the big event for sometime. Students have been actually practicing for the walk at recess” said Mrs. Danielle Newman, principal. The school is participating with the MIGHTY MILER NATIONAL PROGRAM sponsored by the New York Road Runners (NYRR). The goals for tracking miles were determined by grade levels at the beginning of the year. Many of the students have been tracking their miles. There are nearly 100 students and staff who already earned gifts for miles walked. Students in kindergarten and first grade had to walk 30 miles; 2nd graders had to walk at least 40 miles and the intense intervention students needed to walk at least 20 miles to earn incentive gifts. Students walked together by classroom around the Highland Terrace neighborhood in great 60 degree weather!
Paulding Putnam Supports the EACS Educational Foundation!
The East Allen County Schools Educational Foundation (the “Foundation” herein) received a $500 donation from Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative Trust’s “Operation Round UP!” to support the Foundation’s efforts. Paulding Putnam’s “Operation Round UP!” is a program that provides benefits to “organizations and governmental entities for charitable purposes in the Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative service area.” The program is available through the generosity of Paulding Putnam’s members. That is, “The membership of Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op contributes […] by rounding up their electric bill payments to the next whole dollar.” Through this support, our East Allen County Schools (EACS) Educational Foundation provides
1. EACS Dual Credit / Collegiate Connection. Current EACS juniors and seniors in EACS high schools have the opportunity to receive reimbursement for college coursework they successfully complete while they are EACS juniors or seniors. Annual allocation is up to $5,000 per EACS high school for this program.
2. Recognition of our EACS building-level Teachers of the Year. Each EACS building-level Teacher of the Year up to $250 worth of classroom materials to support their students.
The Foundation’s programming is possible because of donors, like Paulding Putnam, and the EACS Foundation’s lead sponsors: Pepsi and Parkview Health. Pictured (left to right) are Gary Lybarger (Paulding Putnam), Rose Fritzinger (EACS Foundation director) and Dr. Kenneth H. Folks (EACS Superintendent). If you want to learn more about the EACS Educational Foundation, contact Rose Fritzinger, 260/446-0135 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Haven Lions Clubs BBQ Dinner, Fundraising For Aaron Rorick
My name is Aaron Rorick, and I’ve been accepted by my local Rotary International District Committee to be their foreign exchange student during the 2015-2016 school year.
½ Chicken, Cole Slaw and Roll Cost $8.50
On May 16, 2015, 11 am to 2:00p
Ken’s Meat Market, 846 Lincoln Hwy E, New Haven, IN 46774
Donations of used Eyes Glasses, Welcome for Lions Recycles for Sight
Summit City Chorus to feature a ‘Tribute to Mom,’ a cappella
Sunday, May 3, 2015, (Doors open at 12:00 pm, Dinner begins at 12:30 pm, Show starts at 1:45 pm)
Cerutis Summit Park, 6601 Innovation Blvd (west of Lima Road on Ludwig Road)
The Summit City Chorus, Fort Wayne’s premier group of a cappella singers, is celebrating motherhood in anticipation of this year’s
Mother’s Day with a special “Tribute to Mom” Dinner & Show on Sunday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. at Cerutis Summit Park on Ludwig Road.
The event will feature a host of traditional a cappella favorites, sung in barbershop-style, that celebrate all things related to mothers.
Also performing will be the locally renowned quartets “Those Guys,” “Hoosier Gentry”, and “Crosstown Sound.”
Dinner & Show Tickets are $25 per person and reservations are required by Monday, April 27th.
Show Only (start time @ 1:45 pm) Tickets are available at $15 for Adults and $10 for Students.
Order tickets from: www.summitcitychorus.org
MYMETER OFFERS NEW OPTION FOR PPEC MEMBERS
Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op (PPEC) Members now have the option to compare their home electrical usage to renewable energy by utilizing the MyMeter™ tool on PPEC’s website. (www.PPEC.coop)
PPEC has been receiving many requests for information on solar and wind generation. “This is one of the main reasons we’re making this a priority for our members,” stated PPEC Energy Adviser Peter Niagu.
It’s very simple how it works. It takes your electrical usage per month, week, day or even hour and compares it to PPEC’s solar and wind units located next to their headquarters in Paulding. PPEC’s renewable system is comparable to an average member’s home and the MyMeter™ software allows members to see how much electricity was generated via wind or solar compared to their own electrical usage. Essentially, by looking at the data, you’ll be able tell if installing a wind or solar unit is the right fit for your family.
“One of the Cooperative Principles is Education; My Meter is another example of your Cooperative providing the membership with valuable information, not only about their service, but also about the use of renewable energy. It is not our role to tell members if renewable energy is right or wrong for them; instead, our role is to provide information so members can make good decisions about their energy future. This is a powerful education tool for all members to use,” stated CEO/General Manager George Carter.
MyMeter™ is a free service to PPEC Members and also has many other features. Have you ever found that you used more electricity than you thought you had? MyMeter™ helps take the mystery out of your electric bill and alerts you when your energy use passes a pre-determined level. MyMeter™ also allows you to track your daily energy use, compare and set goals for yourself to reduce energy use.
If you would like to learn more about renewable energy, please feel free to contact PPEC’s Energy Advisor Peter Niagu at 1-800-686-2357. Also, in the near future, PPEC plans to hold Renewable Energy Workshops. Please watch your dates via social media, Country Living and Electric Consumer Magazines, and local media.
Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a member-owned, member-controlled nonprofit electric distribution utility located in northwestern Ohio. PPEC is one of 25 electric co-ops in Ohio, and one of 37 electric co-ops in Indiana. PPEC is proud to serve our more than 12,900 member-owners in Paulding, Putnam, Defiance, Van Wert, and Allen Counties in Ohio and Adams and Allen counties in Indiana. Since 1935, we have provided reliable power to rural areas with pride.