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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Vivian Sade | The Journal Gazette


New Haven residents are expected to see new sewer rates by July.

The City Council unanimously gave final approval Tuesday to a 42 percent rate increase. The new rates must first be published, and the first bill reflecting those rates would be in July, said Brenda Adams, the city’s clerk-treasurer.

A customer using 5,000 gallons of water a month – sewage rates are calculated by water usage – will pay $75.35 a month, up from $53.06 a month.

About 75 residents showed up at a public hearing two weeks ago, many questioning the need for increased rates but many also telling horror stories of backed-up sewage in homes and roads after heavy rains.

The city has already begun addressing those problems, Mayor Terry McDonald said.

The utilities department is starting with the downtown area, where several residents have previously complained about sewers and flooding.

The city is cleaning out sewers, fixing faulty manholes and will smoke-test for leaky pipes in mid-June, Utility Superintendent Dave Jones said.

New Haven owns its own conveyance system but pumps its wastewater to Fort Wayne City Utilities for treatment and is charged a bulk rate.


POSTED: 04/23/14 at 6:57 am

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Fort Wayne District announces that at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, US Hwy. 24 will be designated the “Phyllis J. Pond Memorial Highway,” – from US 30 east of New Haven to the Indiana/Ohio State Line. The unveiling will take place at the Orchid Reception Hall located at 11508 Lincoln Highway E, New Haven, IN  46774. INDOT will unveil one of the two signs at the event, and will have previously erected the remaining sign earlier that day.

State Rep. Phyllis Pond

During the 2014 General Assembly, a concurrent resolution was passed to name an 11-mile portion of the new U.S. 24 after the late Rep. Phyllis J. Pond, who passed away in September 2013. Rep. Pond was a strong advocate for the now-complete U.S. 24- Fort to Port Highway project that was designed to improve access, safety, and promote economic growth from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Toledo, Ohio.

“This is such a fitting memorial for Representative Pond. She always demonstrated great passion for the U.S. 24 – Fort to Port project and the enhanced safety it provided for her constituents and the traveling public,” said former Legislator Bob Alderman and INDOT LaPorte District deputy Commissioner.

During the event, the resolution will be presented to George Pond, husband of Rep. Phyllis Pond.

Among her accomplishments, Rep. Pond was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and was the longest-serving female representative in state history at 35 years. In 1984, Rep. Pond received the state’s highest award, The Sagamore of the Wabash, by former Gov. Robert Orr. She also taught kindergarten in New Haven for 37 years.

The George Pond family – son, Bill, and wife, Cami, of Fort Wayne; son, Doug Pond, of Indianapolis; and daughter, Jean Pond Grasmick, of Indianapolis, and grandchildren – invite the public to join them at the special event.

POSTED: 04/23/14 at 7:18 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

by Beth Stauffer

New Haven Track & Field faced a tough battled on Tuesday evening when both the boys and girls team hosted Carroll at the Patrick Monaghan Track & Field Facilities in New Haven.

Starting with the Varsity girls, placing for New Haven on Tuesday night in the first event were the members of the 4×800 Meter Relay team of Paige Boatright, Haley Newman, Kaylee Covella, and Kelly Workman with a time of 11:03.46, just shy of Carroll’s time of 10:38.56.  In the Girls 100 Meter Hurdles, New Haven’s Jessica Rush placed 2nd with a time of 18.47.  In the Girls 100 Meter Dash, two Bulldog Girls took top honors as Kaniah Creech placed 1st with a time of 13.54 and Ja’Kyia Grundy placed 2nd with a time of 13.68.

In the Girls 4×100 Meter Relay, New Haven’s A Team consisting of Brittany Adams, Ja’Kyia Grundy, Ja’Nyia Grundy, and Kaniah Creech took 1st with a time of 51.71.  In the Girls 400 Meter Dash, Megan Kage raced to a 1st place finish with a time of 1:06.06.

Event 25 featured a strong showing by the New Haven ladies in the hurdles.  Ja’Kyia Grundy placed 1st in the Girls 300 Meter Hurdles with a time of 53.54 and Jessica Rush placed 2nd with a time of 55.02.  In the Girls 200 Meter Dash, New Haven again took the top 2 spots with Kaniah Creech placing 1st with a time of 27.84 and Brittany Adams placing 2nd with a time of 29.82.

In the longest race of the evening, the Girls 3200 Meter Run, Paige Boatright cruised into a 1st place finish for New Haven with a time of 12:34.21 while her teammate, Haley Newman, finished in 3rd with a time of 12:48.56.

The final track event of the evening, the 4×400 Meter Relay, saw the Bulldog Girls grab a 1st place finish as the team of Megan Kage, Brittany Adams Ja’Kyia Grundy and Kaniah Creech finished with a four second lead over Carroll with a time of 4:26.19.

In field events for the Varsity Girls, Ja’Nyia Grundy took 1st place in the Long Jump with a distance of 14 feet, 9 inches.  Haley Whitacre and Kamarie Howard finished 2nd and 3rd in the Shot Put respectively while Megan Kage finished 3rd in the Pole Vault.

In JV Girls action, Ja’Nyia Grundy, Lauren Shephard, Haley Whitacre, Dionne Tanner, Kamarie Howard, Tearra Lapsley, Chai Wang, Jessica Rush, Valerie Valenciano, DawnJanai Lee, Sha’nia Carswell, and Sydney Girardot all earned points for placing in the top three in their respective events.

The team totals for the night for the girls were New Haven Girls Varsity, 58, Carroll 73; New Haven Junior Varsity, 35, Carroll, 58.

While the Girls faced a competitive match-up in their events on Tuesday, the Boys were facing a veritable uphill battle against the Chargers.  In the first event of the evening, the Boys 4×800 Meter Relay, the New Haven Team of Austin Damertirus, Deric Laurent, Armando Luja, and Christian Salazar placed 2nd with a time of 9:22.73, 30 seconds off of Carroll’s time.

Mikeal Griggs placed 3rd for the Bulldogs in the Boys 110 Meter Hurdles with a time of 17.48, and Lamar White placed 2nd in the 100 Meter Dash with a time of 12.07.  In the 400 Meter Dash, Adam Hoffer placed 2nd with a time of 54.08 while A.J. Smith placed 2nd in the 300 Meter Hurdles with a time of 44.30.  Armanda Luja placed 1st in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 2:05.61 and teammate Mikeal Griggs again placed 3rd, this time in the 200 Meter Dash, with a time of 25.35.  In the 3200 Meter Run, Deric Laurent placed 2nd with a time of 10:31.65.

In a closely-matched 4×400 Meter Relay, New Haven came in 2nd with a time of 3:42.11.  The team consisted of Adam Hoffer, Armando Luja, Christian Salazar, and A.J. Smith.

In field event action, Mikeal Griggs placed 1st in the High Jump with a distance of 5-10.00.  Damonta Haney placed 1st for the Bulldogs in the Long Jump with a distance of 17-11.50 while teammate Dustin Walls leapt to a 3rd place finish with a distance of 15-10.00.  Andy Kohrman placed 3rd in the Shot Put with a distance of 36-10.00.  Dustin Walls placed 2nd with a distance of 123-04 and Zach Watson placed 3rd with a distance of 122-11 in the Discus Throw.  Ryan Shaffer and Torrey Blevins placed 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the Pole Vault with distances of 11-06 and 10-06.

On the JV team, Trever Kraner and Wesley Elwood earned points for placing in the top three of their events.

The team totals for the night were Varsity New Haven Boys 39, Carroll, 93; Junior Varsity New Haven Boys 13, Carroll, 110.

The next home track meet will be next Tuesday, April 29th when the boys host Columbia City and East Noble beginning at 5 pm.  The girls will host the New Haven Relay at home a week from Friday on May 2nd beginning at 4:45 pm.

POSTED: 04/23/14 at 6:53 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

By Beth Stauffer

Members of Pack 3365 Show Off Their Pinewood Derby Cars

On April 21st, 2014 a rite of passage for young boys in the New Haven area took place at Central Lutheran School in the cafeteria.  19 members of Cub Scout Pack #3365 entered a handmade car in the pack’s annual Pinewood Derby on Monday evening, the youngsters participating in a double-elimination tournament-style race.

The Pinewood Derby began as an institution for Cub Scouts back in 1953 and has largely remained with the same basic principles since that time.  Each scout is given a block of wood made out of pine, four plastic wheels and four nails.  The finished car must use all nine pieces provided and may not exceed a certain weight (usually five ounces).

8 year old Carson Bradtmueller, a 2nd grader at Central Lutheran School in New Haven, was one of the Cub Scouts participating in the Pinewood Derby on Monday.  Bradtmueller said his car, which sported a dark blue paint job with racing stripes, was made with the help of his father, Carl.

Carson said that this was his first year building a Pinewood Derby car.  “I learned making stuff could be a lot of fun!”  Carson said of his experience.

Andrew Chlebek, a veteran Pinewood Derby racer, won 1st place on Monday evening with his car.  Chlebek said that this was his second year of success racing in the Pinewood Derby.  When asked what the secret to his success is, he turned over his car to reveal the weights on the bottom.  “It’s all in the weights,” he said with a smile.

While Pack #3365 clearly had a lot of fun on Monday evening, this group of youngsters also knows a thing or two about hard work.  According to Scout Master Scott Hartman, on Saturday, April 19th the pack participated in a service project at Central Lutheran School.  The boys picked up fallen limbs and debris in order to clean up the school grounds.

POSTED: 04/22/14 at 9:29 am. FILED UNDER: Beth Stauffer Blog, News, Schools

The individual in this position is primarily responsible for managing all areas of the Tennis programs for the New Haven Parks and Recreation Department. This individual will oversee the management of the Park Department Tennis program, equipment and staff; will train, supervise and evaluate tennis staff, will insure adequate staffing for all tennis programs, and remain conscious of changes in program needs.

Registration can be completed online and employment applications can be found at

POSTED: 04/21/14 at 9:51 pm. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

How to build a Rain Barrel

CALL NOW… (260) 749-2212

What is a rain barrel? What are the advantages of using one? Learn about the benefits of using a rain barrel, as well as, different ways to make them. Each student will make a basic rain barrel using a 50 gallon plastic barrel in class to take home with them. Registration deadline is one week prior to class date.

Res/NR Fees: $34/$37    Age:   16+

Location:       Park Ctr. Small Room

Instructor:     Mike Fox

Day        Time       Date

W           06:00-08:00P          04/30

POSTED: 04/21/14 at 9:46 pm. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

Customers typically use the most water during the summer months; therefore, all residential customers are automatically put on a discounted wastewater rate for the summer. This discount allows customers to use more water while paying less wastewater. Each customer’s discount is unique to their own usage average for the previous months of December, January, February and March. This average becomes the wastewater cap for any water used over and above their average during the summer discount time-frame which runs from (May 10, 2014 – September 7, 2014). Ex: Customer “A” has an average of 5,000 gallons of water from Dec.-Mar. June’s water usage is 8,500 gallons but they are only charged for 5,000 gallons of wastewater. They are getting a discount of 3,500 gallons on the wastewater portion of their bill. If you have any questions, please contact the New Haven Utility Office at (260) 748-7050.

POSTED: 04/21/14 at 7:23 am. FILED UNDER: News


We hope you never need an ambulance and that you never need to use your New Haven Subscription EMS membership. However, if you do, we are here to help you. For a $55 annual fee, New Haven Subscription EMS is an excellent value and gives you peace of mind. This program is only offered once a year and can save you hundreds of dollars in deductibles and insurance co-payments. Simply complete the application, sign the form and mail it with your check or money order today. Visa and MasterCard are also acceptable methods of payment. Please note that a $5.00 fee will be charged for all credit card payments. If you would like an application, you can download a copy at or by contacting the New Haven EMS at 749-1235. Your application and payment must be received by June 30, 2014 when the membership drive ends. Be sure to carefully review your coverages and membership contract. For any questions about coverage or how to complete the application, please contact the New Haven EMS at 749-1235.  APPLICATION & PAYMENT DEADLINE June 30, 2014

POSTED: 04/21/14 at 7:20 am. FILED UNDER: News

If you know of any community organizations that are reinvesting in their community or participating in a current/upcoming project, please tell us about them or have them fill out Beacon’s nomination form. Voting can occur once a day from each IP address/e-mail address. This is an excellent way to achieve additional funding and recognition for community involvement. Submissions are now through June 30th, 2014. Voting occurs August 1st through September 30th, 2014.

The links below will take you directly to the details and submissions page for

POSTED: 04/21/14 at 6:56 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs’ Track & Field team finished 2nd out of 10 teams at the Bishop Luers Relays.  Megan Kage won the Pole Vault with a lifetime best of 9′ 00″.  The 4×1600 Meter Relay team of Paige Boatright, Brooke Feipel, Hayley Newman, and Kelly Workman and the Sprint Medley Relay of Brittany Adams, Kaniah Creech, Ja’Kyia Grundy, and Megan Kage were relay champions.  Second place finishers were the 4×100 Meter Relays of Brittany Adams, Ja’Nyia Grundy, Ja’Kyia Grundy, and Kaniah Creech and the 4×200 Meter Relay team of Brittany Adams, Ja’Nyia Grundy, Megan Kage, and Kaniah Creech.

POSTED: 04/20/14 at 7:52 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

The New Haven Police Department responded to a 911 call in reference to an armed robbery at the Speedway Station, located at Lincoln Hwy and Hartzell Rd in New Haven.

NHPD Officers arrived and met with Witness’s who stated there were two males, dressed in all black, with handguns and that they had just robbed the station. Witness’s stated the Suspect’s fled on foot Northbound from the station. Officers were told a White vehicle was involved and the vehicle located on Hartzell at the railroad crossing, stopped due to a train. The vehicle had two females inside, both were detained, however, the male suspect’s were not in the vehicle. One female, was held due to outstanding warrant and a local charge. A NHPD K9 tracked the area North of the station and located a handgun, that was involved in the robbery.

A Witness of the robbery spotted two males walking South on Brookwood Drive, South of SR 930. The Witness continued to watch the Suspect’s until an assisting FWPD Officer was in the area and took them into custody.

Both male suspect’s were charged with one count of robbery.

Suspect’s are as follows:

Dale A Leach M/W 22, 1 count of robbery

Alexander R Yoho M/W 24, 1 count of robbery

POSTED: 04/18/14 at 12:22 pm. FILED UNDER: News