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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

When visitors gather at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Honolulu on Dec. 7 to observe the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, most will be unaware of how a retired Fort Wayne firefighter and a small-business owner from New Haven helped honor the 1,177 crew members who died on that “day of infamy.” But Julie Holle and John Hamrick will know, and when they think about their coming restoration of the 52-year-old memorial’s flag pole, they can’t help but get emotional about what the events means for America — and what it would have meant to their fathers.


POSTED: 08/30/16 at 1:52 pm. FILED UNDER: News

If you attended New Haven High School and took Mr. Derby’s Physics Class you probably shared in the “cardboard boat float”. On Monday the class met “in the water” at Jury Pool for the 17th consecutive year.  The students are graded on design, speed, buoyancy and creativity. Fun was had by all and certainly it was a perfect opportunity to teach students. Thank you to Mr. Derby for all he has done for New Haven High School and it’s students. (LEFT CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE, RIGHT CLICK TO SAVE)

POSTED: 08/29/16 at 11:59 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools



POSTED: 08/29/16 at 10:19 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools, Sports

Central Lutheran School Care Ministry Project

Second and fourth grade students at Central Lutheran School kicked off their annual Care Ministry Project with a visit from a very special guest.  Joe Boway spoke to these students about his life in Liberia, Africa and his decision to leave his homeland during the country’s civil war.  Since coming to the United States and becoming a teacher, he has returned to Liberia many times and has helped create 13 Lutheran schools there that now serve over 3600 students.  Students at Central will be raising money and collecting school supplies and books for Joe to take with him to Africa in January and again later in the school year.  Teachers have also used financial grants from Thrivent Financial to purchase supplies for this project.  Many thanks to Joe for his ministry and to the families of second and fourth graders at Central for their help with this important project.

POSTED: 08/26/16 at 9:38 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson announced today that 121 Northern Indiana cities, towns and counties will receive $51 million to improve local roads and bridges through the State’s Community Crossings matching grant fund. The announcement was made along with a check of one million dollars to New Haven Mayor, Terry McDonald. The monies will be used for road resurfacing in New Haven.

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POSTED: 08/24/16 at 4:23 pm. FILED UNDER: News

New Haven Food Bank

As the needs for assistance increase, the New Haven Food Bank is asking for your help to provide for families in need. The food bank is continually in need of cereal, soup, crackers, peanut butter, canned fruit and other canned food items, toiletry items and other nonperishable items.

Donations may be dropped off at Emanuel Lutheran Church in the shopping cart or on the table located in the west entrance of the church, or at New Haven City Hall in the lobby of both the Police Department and City Administration.

Thank you for your support of this mission which serves those families within our community. For more information, please contact Emanuel Lutheran Church at 749- 2163

POSTED: 08/24/16 at 1:14 pm. FILED UNDER: Church, News

POSTED: 08/17/16 at 9:54 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Death of truck driver on U.S. 24 likely result of overnight crash

Indiana State Police released preliminary details of a death investigation after a man was found dead inside a truck on U.S. 24 Tuesday evening.

ISP began investigating a vehicle crash on U.S. 24 east of State Road 101 around 5:30 p.m.

When emergency personnel arrived on a scene they found a man’s body inside a semi-truck cab.


POSTED: 08/17/16 at 9:52 am. FILED UNDER: News

CELEBRATE THE POWER HOUSE YOUTH CENTER IN OPENING DOORS FOR YOUTH FOR OVER 20 YEARS! This FREE Annual Event combines doors transformed into works of art, food, music, and a silent auction. Open a door for a young person by attending The Power House’s Doors Of Opportunity Annual Event on September 29th, from 6:00-8:30PM at The Orchid Events and Catering & Events, 11508 Lincoln Hwy East New Haven, IN 46774 

As you meet up with new and old friends you will also enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of our area’s best food venues. There will also be music, a silent auction, and 6 doors that artists and craftsmen from our region have graciously transformed into works of art.  This event features outdoor fireplace atmosphere and an indoor music venue for listening and dancing!  This is a free event. More information can be found on our website or on our FB page  Put on your favorite pair of jeans and come support The Power House Youth Center! About POWER HOUSE:

The Power House Youth Center is an 8,000 square foot three-story building filled with positive adult role models, lots of activities for teenagers, and a source of life skills education for the greater Fort Wayne area. Our mission is to provide a safe, drug-free environment off of the streets for youth of the community. The Power House, while providing a safe environment, also seeks to provide youth with positive alternatives to participation in gangs, violence, and drug use off of the streets. By meeting the needs of challenged youth, the Power House seeks to change the lives of young people permanently through caring Christian adults, one at a time. ​

POSTED: 08/15/16 at 1:04 pm. FILED UNDER: News

New Haven/Adams Township Fire & EMS Governing Body Appoints New Fire Chief as the City New Haven Bids Farewell to Fire Chief John Bennett As He Retires

The City of New Haven will bid farewell to Fire Chief John Bennett on August 19, 2016. After 41 years of service to the New Haven/Adams Township Fire Department, Chief John Bennett is retiring. The New Haven/Adams Township Fire & EMS Governing Body appointed Josh Hale as their new Fire Chief at its meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2016. Chief Hale will replace John Bennett who is retiring. Hale was selected from an outstanding group of applicants and will assume his new role on August 20, 2016.

Mayor McDonald said, “Fire Chief Bennett has been a member of the department since 1975. During his years of service, Chief Bennett has served as District Chief, Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Marshal, Deputy Chief and was appointed Fire Chief in July of 2000 when the former chief retired. Over the last 41 years, John Bennett has made a positive impact in serving the citizens of New Haven and we thank him for his outstanding professionalism and dedication to the New Haven community.” McDonald added, “Both Fire Chief Bennett and newly appointed Chief Hale are working together for a smooth transition in this position.”

Chief Bennett said, “I have officially announced my retirement after 41 years of service, with the last 16 of those years serving as Fire Chief. It has been an honor to serve the community for so many years.”

Mayor Terry McDonald and Josh Hale will present awards to John Bennett at the next regularly scheduled Adams Township/Fire Governing Body meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of New Haven City Hall located at 815 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven, Indiana.

Fire Chief John Bennett, newly appointed Chief Josh Hale and other administration members will be available for media interviews at 6:45 p.m. prior to the awards ceremony.

For more information, please contact Mayor McDonald at 748-7070.

Joshua Hale was born and raised in New Haven which has remained his hometown. Joshua completed high school at New Haven, where he began his first step into a career in the Fire Service. During his senior year of high school, Joshua participated in the Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education Program gaining firsthand knowledge and experience with the New Haven-Adams Township Fire Department. In 2001, Hale began as a Volunteer Firefighter serving the community. He held several positions within the fire Department including the Volunteer Board of Directors, Lieutenant, Training Captain, and Explorer Post Advisor. Joshua was hired in 2006 as a full time firefighter. He was very instrumental in bringing recruit Firefighter training through IDHS District 3 to the New Haven-Adams Township Fire Department, where he successfully led 3 recruit classes. Joshua has worked in other various emergency services positions around Northeast Indiana making him a very well rounded leader in the Fire Service. He attended the National Fire Academy receiving training in Training Program Management, Training Operations for Combination Departments, and Safety Officer. He has also received training through Indiana Department of Homeland Security in Inspections, Investigations, Instruction, Strategy and Tactics and Fire Officer Training. Additionally, Joshua has received training through the Blue Card Incident Command Training Program. He has received life safety awards in 2007, 2014 and received the Fire Chief’s award in 2008. Joshua Hale coached soccer at New Haven Middle School, coached YMCA Basketball, and coached Little League. Joshua is married to Amber and they have 3 children: Breanna, Jesse, and Jacob.

POSTED: 08/15/16 at 10:12 am. FILED UNDER: News