In a culture where respect has been forgotten, and even viewed as weak, the organization called the RespectTeam seeks to bring a different perspective. The mission is to teach that respecting yourself and respecting others is not only important, but also relevant. EACS students learned how to use something as simple as respect to change their home, their school, their community, and their world.

Over 45 nominations were submitted to the RespectTeam (by adults) for students in Northeast Indiana. These students were nominated for the 360 award to become a RespectTeam member. Only 30 students were selected for this prestigious award. Five of the 30 were EACS students!

The 360 Award is an opportunity for these students to be honored for making a positive difference in other people’s lives. RESPECT HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE and our students have proven that.

The EACS students nominated for the RespectTeam 360 Award are:
Taylor Schleinkofer, (not in photo; parents Mark and Cynthia in photo) and Josiah
Kaeb, both Leo High students (not in photo), Dr. Neal Brown, principal.
Cameron Branning, New Haven High (not in photo), Mrs. Anna Murphy, principal.
Kailen Buckner, East Allen University, along with Ms. Denita Washington, (nominated
Kailen), and Ms. Tina Antrim of EAU representing Mr. Doug Hicks, principal.
Alivia Beard, Heritage High (not in photo), Dr. Matt Widenhoefer, principal.

POSTED: 10/03/19 at 9:14 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

New Haven ranked as one of the safest cities in Indiana.

•Bluffton has the highest safety score in the state.
•New Haven was found to have an average score of 75.23.
•There is a citizen-to-officer of 1.36 per 1,000 citizens in New Haven.
•Infographic showing safest cities across Indiana.

Safety First: Perhaps you’re looking for a change of scenery, or maybe your job has offered you a promotion in a different city… Whatever it is, when considering packing up your life and moving to a different place, safety should be your number one priority.

Security-based review, comparison and news site, Security Baron, analyzed FBI rankings of crime rates to find out what the top 50 safest cities are in Indiana, and what their safety score is.

The analysis found that New Haven (with a population of 15,481) emerged on the list, with an average safety score of 75.23 and a rate of 2.45 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens. The city also has a citizen-to-officer ratio of 1.36 per 1,000 people and an average income of $47,649. Additionally, there are 6,083 households in New Haven and a rate of 21.64 property crimes per 1,000 citizens.

It was also found that the safest city in Indiana is Bluffton, with a safety score of 89.94 and an average income of $40,194. Bluffton has a rate of only 0.7 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens and in fact, a citizen-to-officer ratio of 2 per 1,000 people. It’s highly unlikely you’ll be a victim of crime here! There are also 4,170 households in Bluffton on average.

By comparison, it was found that Seymour ranked last on the list, with a safety score of 63.75 and a median income of $43,664. The city in Jackson County has a rate of 3.37 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens, along with a citizen-to-officer ratio of 2.04 per 1,000 people.

Security Baron created an infographic where you can view the top 50 safest cities in Indiana, along with their safety scores and other interesting crime statistics:


‘Theft or violence can occur ‘in the nick of crime’ and no one is immune,’ says Joe Auer of Security Baron. ‘Although it is difficult to predict when crime will occur, it is vital to ensure the area you are visiting or moving to is secure and not infamous for any sort of criminal behaviour. You can use safety scores and rankings to check!’

POSTED: 09/24/19 at 11:26 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Allen County residents are no strangers to ushering red and orange leaves to the street during the Fall. This can mean loads of fun for kids, extra work for homeowners, and excess nutrients for our rivers. To help reduce extra phosphorus from entering our waterways, Allen County Partnership for Water Quality is challenging residents to rethink how they dispose of their leaves this season.

Leaves falling from the trees is a natural phenomenon, but it can lead to unnatural amounts of nutrients entering our waterways. Historically, leaves had the chance to decompose letting that organic matter feed the nearby soils. Today much of that organic matter breaks down and goes through concrete tunnels to our waterways. This can become a serious problem due to the phosphorus found in decomposing leaves. It is estimated that 5 bags of leaves can create as much as 1 pound of phosphorus, which can produce 1,000 pounds of algae downstream. To limit stormwater pollution, consider mulching or composting leaves to use in next year’s gardens and landscaping. This can help reduce future fertilizer runoff and costs for homeowners.

When you have reached your mulching and composting limits, begin moving excess leaves towards the street. However, we challenge you to keep your leaves off the street until the day before pickup. When decomposing leaves are left on lawns, they can help nourish the soil while giving rain the chance to filter before running off into the street. This allows nutrients a chance to settle in your soil instead of being flushed away during a rain event. In addition to helping limit nutrients entering our waterways, this also helps to decrease localized flooding.

Localized flooding is caused by rainwater that is inadequately able to drain. One common blockade seen in and around storm drains is leaves that are stacked near, on, or around the drain. This flooding can cause unsafe conditions for those biking or driving through high waters. To help prevent these events, keep storm drains clean!

Help do your part and let us let leaves be the only thing falling this Fall. If you are interested in more ways you can help keep stormwater clean, please visit acwater.org.

POSTED: 09/24/19 at 11:19 am. FILED UNDER: News

POSTED: 09/19/19 at 11:24 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Entertainment, News, Schools, Sports

First Responders eat free on the first Friday of every month at all East Allen County Schools!

Responders will: •Eat lunch with students •Build relationships with students •Mentor students •Answer Questions

For your strength, courage, and service… We Say Thanks!

POSTED: 09/18/19 at 10:39 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News, Schools

Harris Human Resource Group/ActionCOACH – Business Coaching… Tom Harris
3458 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Phone: 260-416-3404
Web: www.harrishrg.com

Tom Harris, owner of Harris Human Resources Group, Inc. and ActionCOACH-Business Coaching is all about businesses and organizations succeeding. While growing up in Fort Wayne, Harris has been a part of the business world from a very young age. Harris shared, “I had a paper route at ten years of age and I had an almost full-time job at thirteen. Alex Azar hired me and I was clocking thirty and forty hours a week quite often.” Harris was also heavily involved in Junior Achievement in school. He started out as the Marketing Vice President and stated that he couldn’t wait to become President of the Company. Harris said, “We made money and won some awards but I was always involved in entrepreneurial type of stuff growing up.” While Harris shared that high school wasn’t really his strong suit, once he began his college career, he went full speed in earning several degrees from a variety of schools. He said, “When college came in, I got this drive for knowledge. Now I just can’t get enough.” Just some of his degrees are: a BS degree in personnel from IPFW, a MS degree at St. Francis College, and an MBA from Indiana Tech. Those are just a few of the educational opportunities Harris took advantage of. Now, Harris is the owner of two businesses which work hand in hand. One is the Harris Human Resources Group and the second is ActionCOACH-Business Coaching. Both businesses work with business owners to create a smooth running and successful operation. Harris HR Group has as its goal to help any business with any needs they have in Human Resources. They assist with all aspects of human resources from anything like how to hire, how to recruit, and how to select employees, and on to compensation, job descriptions, policy, even the development of employee manuals. Harris said, “I have over twenty-five years in human resources management. I’ve been in large corporations and small corporations, non-for-profits, government, and more. I help clients in all aspects of human resources.” “I also own a franchise with ActionCOACH-Business Coaching”, Harris shared. “It is the largest business coaching business in the world. We are in seventy countries. There are approximately two or three franchises in Indiana. The other two are down near Indy. I am allowed to go anywhere in the state of Indiana and just beyond into Michigan and into Ohio a little bit.”

ActionCOACH is focused on teaching business owners their exclusive business-building strategies that will help to achieve the ActionCOACH definition of a successful business: a commercial, profitable enterprise that works without you. Utilizing sales, marketing, and financial management systems, ActionCOACH not only shows you how to dramatically increase your business revenues and profits but also how to develop your business so that you, the owner, can work less and make more even while relaxing more too. Harris shared, “We try to re-educate. Most business owners didn’t go into business because they have a background in running a business, it’s usually a skill or function that they were good at or had a passion for. Then they get in the water and they find out ‘oh my gosh its going in a different direction, growing up faster, I didn’t know it was going to be like this’. And so, what we try to do is, jump in if you will, and help them navigate the waters.” Right now, Harris is reaching business owners all the way to Warsaw and Fremont and down in Adams and Wells counties as well as in Columbia City and the Fort Wayne area. “I am in a position of being able to hire coaches and so I will probably be hiring coaches in the next three to six months.” said Harris. “I am also able to grow Harris Resource Group and bring on HR consultants to do HR services.” Recently Harris has started sharing his knowledge with local Chambers of Commerce. There are seven to eight core sections that ActionCOACH has developed to help business owners.

At each Chamber event the Chamber Director and Staff can choose a different topic to focus on. Then at each session Harris will share a little bit about running your business better, but then he will focus in on one or two items which have been chosen. Harris shared that he enjoys going to various communities. He said, “You get a different feel there. It’s fun and kind of exciting. If I can help organizations and businesses be better and help people with their careers that’s a beautiful thing. Continual improvement from individuals to organizations and businesses….seems to be my passion. I started giving back to organizations a long time ago and if I can continue to make improvements for business owners and organizations, my personal and professional goals will be met.

POSTED: 09/18/19 at 10:33 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Martini Lutheran Church Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale
333 E Moeller Road, New Haven, IN
Saturday, November 9th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

A light breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase.
For table reservations contact Barb Johnson at 414-0271

Mark your calendar! Join us and do your Christmas shopping!

POSTED: 09/18/19 at 10:28 am. FILED UNDER: Church, Entertainment, News

A new study shows Zionsville has the highest household income in Indiana. When determining where you want to live there are few factors more important than the average household income of the area. Higher incomes bring more money for school districts, local government services, and more consumer spending for local businesses.

UnitedStatesZipCodes.org released the Indiana Zip Codes With the Highest Household Income based on the latest Census Bureau data for cities with a population of 60,000 or more.

10 zip codes with the highest household income:

1. 46077 (Zionsville, IN) – $128,642

2. 46033 (Carmel, IN) – $124,712

3. 46037 (Fishers, IN) – $111,873

4. 46278 (Indianapolis, IN) – $110,750

5. 46814 (Fort Wayne, IN) – $108,638

6. 46259 (Indianapolis, IN) – $103,716

7. 46373 (Saint John, IN) – $103,550

8. 46055 (Mc Cordsville, IN) – $102,571

9. 46032 (Carmel, IN) – $97,184

10. 46530 (Granger, IN) – $97,098

10 zip codes with the lowest household income:

1. 46601 (South Bend, IN) – $18,054

2. 47807 (Terre Haute, IN) – $20,389

3. 46803 (Fort Wayne, IN) – $20,837

4. 46407 (Gary, IN) – $21,209

5. 46218 (Indianapolis, IN) – $23,771

6. 47713 (Evansville, IN) – $24,947

7. 46016 (Anderson, IN) – $26,607

8. 46806 (Fort Wayne, IN) – $27,449

9. 46201 (Indianapolis, IN) – $28,783

10. 47408 (Bloomington, IN) – $29,981

POSTED: 09/18/19 at 10:27 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News


EACS Board of School Trustees recognized and gave a special thank you to Barton Coe Vilamaa for the beautiful and functionally designed school building, New Haven Intermediate that will meet the long term educational needs of East Allen County Schools.

Also, a special thank you to Fetters Construction for meeting the substantial completion needs of being ready for the start of this 2019-2020 school year. Fetters worked to ensure that there was adequate manpower to meet the overall schedule of the project.

East Allen County Schools had a very good working relationship with the architect Barton Coe Vilamaa, and the contractor, Fetters Construction. Mr. Steve Snodgrass, principal of New Haven Intermediate said, “Over the past three years it has been my pleasure to work with both companies. The process was overwhelming but was made easy and enjoyable. They (the companies) consistently checked to make sure that projects were being completed on a basis that benefited New Haven Intermediate School”.

Thank you Barton Coe Vilamaa and Fetters Construction!

POSTED: 09/18/19 at 10:24 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News, Schools

Mark your calendar for Sample New Haven

Beat the street for great things to eat.

$2 per person or $5 per family

It will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019

Sampling will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On the Day of the Event Get Your Hand Stamped with a Happy Face in Canal Park or in front of the Smokehaus BBQ.

Come hungry and vote for your favorite.

Make the Rounds and the place your vote for your favorite.

Vendor with the most votes wins the People’s Choice Award.

There will be other fun activities that day to celebrate.

Bring the kids down and get their faces painted by The New Haven Cheerleaders

Then participate in the Stop-N-Shop Scavenger Hunt!!

Stop by businesses and pick up a clue. Put the clues together and spell the secret phrase.

Then enter a drawing for a 2020 Family Pass to Jury Pool

So come out and make a day of it!

For more information contact the Chamber at 749­-4484

POSTED: 08/28/19 at 6:23 pm. FILED UNDER: News