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Michiana Stories: 100 Black Men

Sep 3, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

Arnold Sallie, current President of 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend, discusses with past presidents Alfred J. Guillaume, Jr., and Sy Barker what inspires their work with the mentorship program.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at 574.282.4646 or library@SJCPL.org

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

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Elkhart is beginning to make plans to remodel the central plaza area in the city’s downtown.

The central plaza area--which is the Civic Plaza with the clock and Central Park behind it-- has played host to an increasing number of events in recent years, officials say it went from five to more than 50.

Elkhart mayor Tim Neese said as more people spend time downtown with events, the city needs an update.

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

 

A storm came through Elkhart last night causing some damage to a local business and the Elkhart Area Career Center’s Annex.

The worst of the storm blew through in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Some time between 1 and 2 a.m. part of the roof of the Bonnell Aluminum plant on County Road 10 West peeled off and landed on the property, and on top of, the career center annex.

 

Cultivate Culinary in South Bend is moving into a second year of rescuing food and providing meals with a few new partnerships.

Cultivate is a culinary school and catering company but most of its food is rescued from businesses that didn’t serve it and is given to people in need.

Jennifer Weingart

 

University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins spoke on the recent child sexual abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church at the beginning of the Opening Mass of Holy Spirit on Tuesday.

The mass is to welcome students to a new year at Notre Dame. Father Jenkins said he would use the mass to do that, but said he ‘could not ignore’ what had come out of Pennsylvania.

 

The Indiana State Department of Health administrative hearing to decide if the non-profit Whole Woman’s Health Alliance will receive a license to perform abortions in South Bend begins tomorrow in Indianapolis.

 

Founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Amy Hagstrom-Miller says it’s still unclear what information the State Health Department was not given when the organization was denied their initial license request in January.  
 

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Three area Martin’s Supermarkets pharmacies introduced permanent pill dropboxes for disposal of prescription medications.

 

The drop boxes, which look similar to mailboxes, are the latest effort of the 525 Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription pill addiction.
 

Co-founder, Becky Savage says placing the boxes inside the supermarkets makes disposing of prescription medication safe and convenient.
 

Michiana Stories: Potawatomi Zoo

Aug 20, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

Joshua Sisk and Skye Hoffman of Potawatomi Zoo talk about the importance of wildlife encounters and their lifelong love of animals.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at 574.282.4646 or library@SJCPL.org

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

 

Many schools in Northern Indiana start this week. Students will see some changes in a few local districts this year.

After Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb made handheld metal detectors available to schools, many students in the area will see those this year.

Students at South Bend Schools will see new start times, 8 a.m. for elementary and 9 a.m. for middle and high schoolers.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave his recommendations regarding the rerouting of the South Shore Train Line at the city’s common council meeting last night.

 

He says he'd like to see the  South Shore Line downtown. It would run alongside, if not be combined with the Transpo Station on South Street.
 

St. Joseph County Public Library

On this episode of Michiana Stories, three generations of women from a Michiana family share memories of South Bend and the woman who ties them together, late Penn High School teacher Josephine Davis.

Josephine's granddaughter, Emma Smith is a student at Indiana University and an intern at the St. Joseph County Public Library. She is living in South Bend for the first time this summer.

Anne McCollam Pendl is a syndicated columnist and Josephine’s best friend.

Tricia Smith, a realtor and Emma’s mother, grew up in South Bend.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

The city of South Bend hopes to help homeowners on the west side, by increasing the amount of funds available for home rehabs, as well as new builds through the Home Repair Pilot Program. Homeowners in a specific part of town will be able to apply for almost $20,000 dollars in assistance for home renovation projects. But the new program has impacted more than just home repairs in this community.

 

Stacey Odom considers herself an activist for her community on South Bend’s West Side.

 

 

The city of South Bend is offering amnesty for additional fees on parking tickets on Friday.

This mean all late fees are waived for one day only.

South Bend has been doing parking amnesty day for a few years. It gives people with late fees on parking tickets a chance to save a little money, and the city a chance to make some money off tickets that may never have been paid otherwise.

City Clerk Kareemah Fowler said the idea is not to deter people from coming downtown.

Michiana Stories: Studebaker Part 2

Jul 23, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

From the Studebaker National Museum, Assistant Director Jo McCoy, archivist Andrew Beckman and curator Aaron Warkentin once again join us and discuss how Studebakers outshined other car industries throughout history.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

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