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Friday, April 18, 2014

POSTED: 04/17/14 at 1:29 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

New Haven Parks and Recreation will be hosting two events this spring.  At 9:00 a.m. on May 17th is the Elementary 1Mile and Grandparent Walk K-6 located at New Haven High School.  All children grades K-6 are invited along with their grandparents to participate in this event.  This event is open to any boys or girls in preschool thru sixth grade. Preschoolers thru 2nd grade will run 800 meters; while 3rd thru 6th grade will run 1600 meters. Race schedule is an estimate. We will run the next race as soon as the previous race is over. The first race will start at 9 and each race will follow shortly after the previous race is completed.  At the mid point, all grandparents will walk 1 mile together (4 laps around the track).  What a great way to get healthy together with your loved ones!  Ronald McDonald will be there too!


COST :$10 BY WEDNESDAY APRIL 30TH OR AFTER $15 THROUGH WENESDAY MAY 15TH.  Must register by April 30th to be guaranteed that you will receive a t-shirt.                                                                                                                                                                                  (If you do not want a t-shirt, please use coupon code NS to save $5. Coupon can only be used until April 30th. )

On June 7th is the Annual Canal Days 5K 4 Wellness located at Havenhust Park in New Haven, Indiana at 8:00am.  This annual event is open to the community and is designed for both competitive athletes and recreation participants.  We doubled our participation last year and hope to do the same this year.  This event focuses on movement and activity for both the able and disabled.  It also offers a 5K 4 Wellness Raffle which helps schools gain resources for wellness programs and aid local parks in securing funds for adaptive wellness programs/services for the disabled.



(Forms at Parks office,  Here, )





Schools can earn $5000 for wellness. Raffle tickets are ready and sales run now thru June 1st. Parent packets are available. All schools need to do is contact Kerri Zurbuch at 260-433-0024 or email her at and request “parent packet and raffle ticket information”.  Proceeds can be used for anything that is wellness related: physical wellness (P.E., running club, playground, nutrition enrichment, 25% sports), environmental wellness (recycling and resue programs), spiritual wellness, social/emotional wellness, vocational wellness (faculty and staff). Over the last two years schools have earned between $6,100 and $800 depending on the number of tickets sold.


Go to to register online

For questions call Mike Clendenen at 260-749-2212

For questions related to schools participating in the 5K 4 Wellness raffle call Kerri Zurbuch at 433-0024


POSTED: 04/16/14 at 6:52 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News, Sports

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced Indiana’s 4 Star schools for 2012-2013 today. In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in three ISTEP-based categories. A total of 311 schools received the  award throughout the state which includes East Allen County Schools’ Cedarville Elementary and Woodlan Primary. Dr. Ken Folks, EACS Superintendent said, “I am extremely proud! Our administrators, staff and students work extremely hard at meeting State standards and achieving academic success.

This is a great honor.” Superintendent Ritz congratulated these schools today. “I am honored to name these schools as our Four Star Schools for this year,” said Ritz. “Winning this award required excellent work by teachers, administrators, students and parents throughout the year and on behalf of the entire Indiana Department of Education I send them my sincere congratulations.”

POSTED: 04/15/14 at 5:45 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Sunday, May 4, 2014… 11:00 am – 5:00 p.m.
Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson (5525 S.R. 930 956 Park Avenue, New Haven)
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration 12:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony, 1:00 p.m. Ride Departs from Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson
New Haven, Indiana – The 5th Annual Veterans’ Memorial Motorcycle Ride is scheduled for Sunday, May 4, 2014 in New Haven. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson, and a $10 donation will benefit the Schnelker Veterans’ Memorial Park. (The rain date for this event is set for May 18, 2014.)

Awards will be presented in several different categories including “Best of Show”, “Best of Paint” and “Best Bike.” After the opening ceremony and salute to our military, this 45 mile motorcycle ride will take off at 1:00 p.m. from Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson and arrive back in New Haven on Broadway in downtown New Haven.

Owner Don Ehlerding served with our local Air National Guard in the early 70’s. Ehlerding said, “Ehlerding’s River City Harley-Davidson and Ehlerding MotorSports located in New Haven, Indiana have long supported our active military and veterans. We have hosted numerous events over the past several years to raise much needed funds for the Disabled American Veterans, Men Of War Charitable Program providing support for PTSD, Fisher House, and Wounded Warrior Project, just to mention a few. We also host a week long celebration for Veterans’ Day. We honor our veterans as well as all active military personnel with a free t-shirt, lunch, and other various specials throughout the week.” Laurie Dague of Ehlerding’s River City Harley-Davidson said, “We also have several staff members at both dealerships who have served. Additionally, many of our staff members have family who have served or currently serving in all different branches of our armed forces.”

Terry Longsworth, Director of the local Harley Owners Group (Mad Anthony HOG Chapter) is a retired Command Sergeant Major from the U.S. Army with over 27 years of service, including over seven years with the 384th Military Police Battalion in Fort Wayne. Terry said, “Our HOG group has many veterans as well as parents and siblings of service members. As a group, we put together care packages for those service members who are currently deployed overseas as well as stateside and send them out every other month. We have a couple in our group who fund all the postage for the packages, and all the supplies in our care packages are donated by our HOG members. We enjoy riding in the parades throughout the New Haven and Fort Wayne area and participate in the Fort Wayne Memorial Day Parade as well as the Veterans’ Day Parade.”

The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Organization will also be in attendance and will provide a tent from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. providing FREE, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.

Military members separating from active duty will be able to talk to a Transition Service Officer. The DAV Organization also offers Mobile Service Offices, to reach those veterans with mobility problems, or who simply live a distance from the nearest office. Fulfilling promises to the men and women who served, the Disabled American Veterans Organization is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. This is accomplished by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

The American Legion Auxiliary will also be at Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson during the registration period of the Veterans’ Memorial Ride for the sale of poppies. Once a year, the American Legion Auxiliary seeks donations in exchange for poppies, the memorial flower of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. The poppy, a replica of the poppies that bloomed on the battlefields of France, is handmade by disabled Veterans. The memorial poppy is not only a personal tribute to those who gave their lives for our country, but it honors all living veterans. When you wear the little red flower, it helps to keep alive the type of patriotism that is so necessary in this great country of ours. Poppies are only available once a year during the month of May. Donations received from poppies are placed in a separate fund and used exclusively for the rehabilitation of New Haven Veterans and assistance to their families. The sale of poppies will be available during the registration period of the Veterans’ Memorial Ride event on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Post 330 Auxiliary will also be out in the community May 17th seeking donations for this worthy cause. Your support of our local veterans is greatly appreciated. For more information on the sale of the poppies, please contact the American Legion at 749-0313.

New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald is the proud father of two United States Marines. Sgt. Cameron McDonald is stationed at New River MCAS and Cpl Ryan McDonald is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. Both sons served tours of duty in Afghanistan. Mayor McDonald said, “We hold our veterans and active military personnel very close to our hearts and support them in any way we can. They were ready to serve at a moment’s notice, and we carry out that same philosophy to support them for serving our country.” New Haven Parks Director Mike Clendenen said, “Proceeds of this ride will benefit the Schnelker Park Veterans’ Memorial in honor of all military veterans and those who serve this great country.” The ride will conclude in downtown New Haven where many downtown businesses will be open to greet our many visitors and provide them with opportunities to enjoy our community and experience a taste of the town.

For more information, or to pre-register for this event, contact the New Haven Park Department at 749-2212 or register online at This event is sponsored by Ehlerding’s River City Harley Davidson, Abate, New Haven Print & Copy, Rack & Helen’s & the New Haven Mayor’s Office and the New Haven Parks Department. Pressreleaseveteransmemorialride.wd.rtf Proud

POSTED: 04/14/14 at 7:09 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

Chiropractic adjustments are one the best things a mom can do during her pregnancy.  A well-adjusted spine is necessary for optimizing health during pregnancy, optimizing the baby’s development, as well as creating conditions for favoring a positive birth outcome.  One of the most effective techniques for pregnant women is the Webster Technique.

Chiropractic adjustments correct subluxations, or misalignment in the spine that disrupt the proper performance of the nervous system and movement.  These disruptions diminish an individual’s ability to function optimally. This key during pregnancy because a mother’s functioning becomes challenged, due to the rapid changes of her growing baby.  Furthermore, her baby’s development hinges on her functioning and the internal environment that she creates for her baby.  The Webster Technique specifically addresses the subluxation in her sacrum and pelvis.

Pregnant moms are more susceptible to sacral and pelvic subluxations because of her increased hormones (relaxin), weight gain, and the associated changes in her posture.  The aim of the Webster Technique is to decrease the effects of subluxations in the sacrum and pelvis through a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment, in order to improve neuro-biomechanical functioning to the sacral/pelvic region.  Restoring the neuro-biomechanical functioning may affect the baby’s spinal and nervous system development, improve the baby’s positioning and birth outcome, prevent dystocia(difficult labor), and relieve general aches and pains in the sacrum and pelvis.  In practice, the feedback received from mothers that I performed the Webster Technique on during pregnancy has been overwhelmingly positive.  I observed marked improvements in their previous pregnancies.  They noted having a better pregnancy and birth this time around because of chiropractic and the Webster Technique.  First-time moms expressed gratitude for the care received during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a critical period for both the mother and the baby.  Its prepares the baby for the external world that they will enter and its lays the framework for their future health.  A baby’s potential is a quality developed during pregnancy.  It needs optimum physical, chemical and emotional conditions to manifest its greatest possibility.  Through chiropractic and the Webster Technique, a mother can achieve optimal functioning of her nervous system, which in turn improves her health and creates conditions for her child to be born with the greatest potential possible.

Dr. Adam Osenga, D.C. is committed to creating exceptional health for pregnant women, their children and entire family.  He practices at NorthEast Chiropractic Center in Fort Wayne Indiana.

POSTED: 04/14/14 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Broadway Street between Hartzell Street and Middle Street in New Haven will be closed for Norfolk and Southern railroad crossing replacement. This closure is scheduled to begin Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. and will end Monday, April 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Detour as shown below:

POSTED: 04/11/14 at 7:31 am. FILED UNDER: News

Chris Meyers | The Journal Gazette

A New Haven man was charged with theft Thursday for his role in what investigators said was misuse of a company credit card for nearly $170,000 in personal expenses.

Jeffrey W. Kline, 50, told investigators he knew he would eventually be caught but it was “very easy, too easy” to get away with use of the card for his own expenses.

Investigators said Kline misused his Michelin corporate credit card between Dec. 14, 2011, and Oct. 3, 2013, for purchases that included food, gift cards, a boat rental and a large-screen television.

A supervisor at the BF Goodrich plant where Kline worked first called police in mid-October 2013 and reported the possible misuse of the card.

About a month later, police received the company’s internal investigation report that detailed $169,707 in illegal charges made to Kline’s business credit card.

According to a probable cause affidavit, other purchases made by Kline included electronics, other grocery store items, surround-sound system and a Coach purse.


POSTED: 04/11/14 at 7:26 am. FILED UNDER: News

by Beth Stauffer

On a wintry Christmas Eve nearly a decade ago, one of Loretta Loy’s family members made a simple observation, an observation that no one expected at the time would eventually brighten the lives of a countless number of people in Allen County.

Nana Helps a Preschooler at Southwick Elementary Select a Blanket on Thursday April 10

“You know, on a night like tonight the fire station could really use blankets like these to pass out to families who need them,” the family member told “Nana” Loy (as she prefers to be called).  Nana was already well-known amongst her family and friends for making beautiful, handmade blankets, a hobby she started when 5 of her 7 children were deployed in the military.

Shortly after her family left on Christmas Eve, Nana Loy rounded up a half-dozen blankets she had already made, packed up her car and drove to Fire Station #3 to deliver the first of what has become Nana’s Creations.

Each of Nana’s Creations, a warm and cozy blanket, has been lovingly made by Nana since that day, a small label affixed to the inside of her blanket with a simple inscription.  Along with the inscription, a picture of the grandmotherly Nana is also attached to the blanket so the recipient can see who created it.

When asked how many blankets Nana has given away over the years, Nana is unable to say for certain but estimates the number is at least several hundred.  What this retired Fort Wayne Community School’s bus driver can say, however, is the reason she does what she does is simple:  “I know I can’t change the entire world, but I can make the world a little brighter one child at a time.”

By the looks of the bright eyes and expectant smiles of the children at Southwick on Thursday, Nana’s dream of making the world brighter one child at a time has been fulfilled.

Nana’s commitment to brightening the world one child at a time is precisely what brought her to Southwick Elementary on Thursday morning, April 10th, 2014.  Nana recently expanded her mission to include entire classes of preschool children in the hopes that all children would have something of their very own to love while transitioning to the rigors of attending school.

After presenting Nana with a hand-drawn token of appreciation, each child carefully went about selecting a blanket of their very own to keep.  One little boy, as if unbelieving his good fortune, said incredulously several times while looking at his new blanket, “Forever?

EACS Superintendent Dr Kenneth Folks Talks With Preschoolers About the Blankets They Have Selected

A Southwick Student Hugs Her Blanket Saying 'This Makes Me Happy!'

With a sweet, youthful exuberance, the children proudly showed their new keepsakes to EACS Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Folks and EACS Board Member Mr. Robert Nelson.  Each blanket sported a different theme and pattern, from dinosaurs and super-heroes to Elsa from the movie Frozen and Dora the Explorer; while each blanket was different in style, every blanket was the perfect size for the respective 5 year-old taking ownership.

After each child received a blanket, the children watched happily as Nana Loy received a check from Beacon Federal Credit Union for $200.  The money, as a tearful Nana Loy explained the children, would help her to make many more blankets for many more children just like them.  She then asked the children if they thought other children would like to have a blanket, too?

Indeed, the children thought this was a grand idea, answering with a resolute nod of affirmation in unison.

Following the presentation of blankets, as Nana Loy packed up her things to leave, a sweet, dark-haired little girl named Rachel tip-toed over to Nana Loy, hugging her pink camouflage Dora the Explorer blanket tightly to her chest.

“Nana?” the 5 year old said softly, her big brown eyes wide and bright.  “You make us happy,” said Rachel.  “I love you!”

With that, the preschooler quickly hugged Nana Loy’s legs before darting off to join her classmates.

Dotting her eyes with a handkerchief, Nana Loy smiled at the departing little girl.  “I know I can’t change the world,” she said, “but I can start somewhere.”


POSTED: 04/11/14 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: Beth Stauffer Blog, News, Schools

by Beth Stauffer

The 2014 baseball season may have just begun, but for 2 New Haven seniors plans are already underway for the 2015 season.

Justin Bennett Signs Letter of Intent to Play for USF Baseball

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2014 Nick Vachon and Justin Bennett signed letters of intent to play baseball for the University of Saint Francis beginning next spring.  Vachon and Bennett will join former Bulldog teammate Kyle Sovine on the Cougars roster; Sovine, a sophomore, is currently listed as a pitcher for the USF team that began its season on April 5th.

The signing was witnessed on Wednesday by members of both Vachon’s and Bennett’s families, New Haven Coach Dave Bischoff, and USF Coach Greg Roberts.

Nick Vachon is the son of Tom and Kim Vachon of New Haven.  He says he has been playing baseball since the 2nd grade, and currently is a pitcher/catcher for the Bulldogs.  Vachon plans to study radiology at Saint Francis in hopes of becoming a radiology technician.

Nick Vachon Signs Letter of Intent to Play for USF Baseball

Justin Bennett is son of John Bennett and Tannis Bennett of New Haven.  Bennett’s baseball career began in the 1st grade, when he started playing for the New Haven Baseball Association.  Currently, Bennett says he plays middle infield, mainly 2nd base for the Bulldogs.  Bennett plans to study Business Management while a student athlete at USF.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to get a good education while at Saint Francis,” said Bennett on Wednesday.

First, however, seniors Vachon and Bennett will lead the Bulldog Baseball team during the remainder of the 2014 season.  On Tuesday evening, the team earned their first win of the season against Bluffton at home, defeating the Tigers 3-2.

The next home game for the Bulldogs is Friday evening as the team hosts Wayne High School beginning at 5 pm.

POSTED: 04/11/14 at 6:39 am. FILED UNDER: Beth Stauffer Blog, News, Sports

by Beth Stauffer

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 was a nearly perfect evening for New Haven to host its first home track meet of the 2014 season, taking on nearby rival the Snider Panthers at the Patrick Monaghan Track & Field Facility at New Haven High School.

The evening was an especially good one for the New Haven Girls Varsity team, who won the first event of the evening and never looked back, easily defeating Snider 77-54.  In the first event, the 4X800 Meter Relay team by more than 30 seconds to capture 1st place.  In the Girl 100 Meter Hurdles, New Haven’s Jessica Rush and Ja’Kyia Grundy took 1st and 2nd place, respectively.  Kaniah Creech swept 1st place in the 100 Meter Dash, while Paige Boatright took 2nd in the 1600 Meter Run.

In the 4X100 Meter Relay, New Haven again took the top spot over Snider with a time of 51.15.  In the 300 Meter Hurdles, New Haven took the top 3 spots with Ja’Kyia Grundy in 1st with a time of 52.70, Jessica Rush in 2nd with a time of 56.44, and Kiana Lee with a time of 58.96.  Kelly Workman took 1st in the 800 Meter Run along with teammate Brooke Feipel, who came in 3rd.  In the 200 Meter Dash, New Haven’s Kaniah Creech edged out Snider’s Karrina Smith by .01/second with a time of 27.22.

In the Girls 200 Meter Dash, Brittany Adams placed 1st for New Haven with a time of 29.67 while Ja’Nyia Grundy came in 3rd with a time of 32.43.  In the Girls 3200 Meter Run, New Haven’s Paige Boatright came in first with a time of 12.12.78.  In the Girls 4×400 Meter Relay, New Haven again took the top spot over Snider with a time of 4:34.78.  It was an especially good night for the girls relay events, as New Haven brought home the top honors in each of the relay races on Wednesday evening.

In field events, Kelly Workman took 2nd in the High Jump and Ja’Nyia Grundy and Jessica Rush took 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Long Jump.  Haley Whitacre took 2nd for New Haven in both the Shot Put and Discus Throw.  In the Pole Vault, Megan Kage took 1st and Beth Needham placed 3rd for the Bulldogs.

The Junior Varsity Girls did not fair quite as well as the Varsity team, falling to the Panthers 28-57.  Lauren Shephard Dawn Janai Lee, Alena Drummond, Diana Mahathy, Tori Criswell, Nakia Mitchell, Kamarie Howard and Sha’nia Carswell all placed in the top 3 for the Junior Varsity in their respective events.

The Boys Varsity competition between New Haven and Snider was a more hotly contested competition than the Girls Varsity showing.  New Haven’s 4X800 Meter Relay took 1st place over Snider in their 1st event of the evening by a slim 5 second margin.  In the Boys 110 Meter Hurdles, A.J. Smith and Mikeal Griggs took 1st and 2nd place respectively.  In the Boys 100 Meter Dash, New Haven’s Lamar White placed 2nd with a time of 11.77, while in the 1600 Meter Run sophomore Deric Laurent placed 2nd with a time of 5:01.13.

In the 4X100 Meter Relay, New Haven placed 1st after Snider was disqualified.

In the 400 Meter Dash, junior Adam Hoffer sailed into 1st place with a time of 53.03 while teammate A.J. Smith placed 2nd in the Boys 300 Meter Hurdles with a time of 43.12.  In the 800 Meter Run, Armando Luja placed 1st for New Haven with a time of 2:08.77.  In the distance run, the 3200 Meter, Deric Laurent placed 1st with a time of 10:48.66.  New Haven’s 4X400 Meter Relay took 2nd place to Snider, with a time off Snider’s pace of less than 2 seconds.

In the Boys Varsity Field Events, Trever Kraner took 2nd in the High Jump, Andy Kohrman took 3rd in both the Shot Put and Discus, and Zach Watson placed 1st in the Discus Throw with a distance of 117-04.  Ryan Shaffer and Torrey Blevins took the 1st and 2nd honors respectively in the Pole Vault for New Haven.

In the end, Snider edged out New Haven for the Boys Varsity overall win with a score of 71-61.  The Boys Junior Varsity team also fell to Snider with a score of 32-70.   Trever Kraner, Michael Meyer, Antonio Hamlet, Keshon Thomas, Clifton Harris, Dwight Young and Matt Meredith all placed for New Haven in the top 3 of their respective events.

The next home track meet for the Bulldogs will be on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 5 pm.

POSTED: 04/09/14 at 10:30 pm. FILED UNDER: Beth Stauffer Blog, News, Sports