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Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

Residents met at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart over the weekend to voice concerns regarding the Tolson Youth and Community Center ahead of Monday’s finance committee meeting, where Tolson is expected be on the agenda.
 

The Tolson center, which primarily serves youth in south-central Elkhart, has been in limbo since late last year, when the city council slashed funding for the center to nearly half. Since then, an advisory committee has been set up by Mayor Tim Neese to help identify Tolson’s needs.
 

Jennifer Weingart

 

Three months after February’s record breaking floods, Michiana is still cleaning up the mess left behind. Disaster centers in the region are working to help residents with recovery efforts.

The FEMA disaster recovery centers in Elkhart and South Bend have only been open for about a month. So far $2.3 million dollars in aid has been handed out to nearly 1,900 registrants.

Jennifer Weingart

 

While Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Northern Indiana on Wednesday he visited the FEMA disaster assistance center in Elkhart.

The center in Elkhart is one of three in Northern Indiana providing help for those impacted by record flooding in late February.

Residents can apply for FEMA assistance, or for loans and help from the U.S. Small Business Association.

Holcomb greeted all the workers in the center, as well as a few people getting assistance.

St. Joseph County Public Library

Michelle and Nat FitzGerald are the owners of Make South Bend and curators of the Rebel Art Fest. They talk about their love for the River Park neighborhood of South Bend.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and WVPE and is heard Monday mornings at 7:45, and Monday afternoons at 4:45, on 88.1 WVPE.

Music: "Son of Man" by SPACESHIPS (Nat FitzGerald is a member of the band)

City of South Bend

 

The Best Week Ever festival kicks off today in South Bend with Memorial Day events. There are plenty to do this week all over the city.

Last year for the first annual Best Week Ever there were a lot of complaints about the events being too spread out. So this year organizers have each day’s events centered in one neighborhood.

Across the week there will be art festivals, food, live music, themed parties, kids activities, rafting on the East Race and an attempt to break a world record.

Barb Anguiano / WVPE

 

A new community center opened Tuesday on South Bend’s West Side to focus on needs in the neighborhood.

 

Economic development started in Elkhart in 2017 is continuing into 2018. Economic numbers in the first quarter are up.

The city of Elkhart has issued permits for 48 million dollars in new construction and upgrades so far in 2018. If that continues it will outpace 2017’s 144 million in developments. In 2016, less than 60 million dollars was put into such investments.

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese said the city still faces problems with getting qualified people for available jobs.

Bike Michiana Coalition

 

Bike to work week in Michiana is coming to a close. Organizers say it has been successful despite some wet weather early on.

Bike to Work Week Michiana did have to move there usual South Bend pancake breakfast from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Karen Haun is on the board for the Michiana Bike Coalition. She said the week is a great chance for biking co-workers to form groups.

The St. Joseph County Child Fatality Review Team held its annual public meeting Wednesday in South Bend. The year’s number of deaths reinforce the Review Team’s thoughts on the dangers of co-sleeping with infants.
 

The Review Team of Saint Joe County saw a total of 27 deaths for infants under a year old in 2017, ten of which were caused by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.
 

Vice President of Women’s Care Center Jenny Hunsberger says the center is not political, and known to be a “stabilizing force” in the community.
 

She said the issue at hand is false information being disseminated in connection to a controversial zoning request for a new Women’s Care Center Office, to be next door to Whole Woman’s Health Alliance proposed non-surgical abortion clinic.
 

Trippin'

May 11, 2018
Jeanette Saddler-Taylor

Oh good, you’re here. Please come and sit down so that I can show you the 2713 (According to mathematician Larry, that’s a prime number.) pictures that I took on my recent trip. What? This is radio, and you can’t see them and thus are spared from this “opportunity.” Well then, a thousand words, give or take, will have to suffice.

Jennifer Weingart

 

President Donald Trump gave a few minutes at the podium to GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun at his rally in Elkhart last night.

Primary winner Braun tied himself to the president at the rally, as he did during the race.

 

President Donald Trump touched on the rallying points he’s had since he announced his candidacy: border security, repealing Obamacare, and the second amendment. But his big message of the night was electing more Republicans to Congress.

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