Myron Bontrager

Myron and Dana Bontrager own and operate the Electric Brew coffee shop. But from August to October, they were biking down the East Coast, starting in the Maine town of Calais on the Canadian border and ending in Key West, Florida 49 days later.

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Michiana has two free electric vehicle expos coming up in celebration of National Drive Electric Week.

The first takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 25 in the parking lot of the University of Notre Dame’s Innovation Park and features test drives and discussions with local EV owners. It’s part of the 15th annual Notre Dame Energy Week.

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More than a decade ago, a Goshen man opened a lockbox that was found in the basement of his grandparents’ former store. 


“My mom called me and she said, ‘Hey, the people who bought Plaut’s Store called me about a lockbox. What do you think that is?’” Steve Gruber said. “I said, ‘I don’t know. I hope it’s money!’”


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Goshen officials unveiled a new trail project Tuesday that’s meant to engage people with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

The city partnered with local nonprofit ADEC to turn four miles of existing public trails into an interactive experience. 


Over the last year, naturalists and programmers have cataloged plants, animals and fungi along sections of the Pumpkinvine and Maple Heart trails and built an app around the sensory experience they provide.



Ahead of the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 6, the Indiana Department of Health will be offering COVID-19 tests and vaccines in Goshen. 

A spokeswoman for the Elkhart County Health Department says the clinic is in response to the county’s rising positivity rate and recent move to the state’s “orange” category, which indicates high community spread of the virus.


City of Goshen, Indiana

Goshen mayor Jeremy Stutsman has been appointed to a local advisory committee for the Environmental Protection Agency. After being nominated in April, Stutsman was one of 11 new members appointed to the Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee this week.


The EPA received more than 150 nominations for the subcommittee when it began soliciting them in March.


City of Goshen

The City of Goshen has officially appointed its first deputy mayor. 

Mark Brinson, the city’s community development director, will now assist Mayor Jeremy Stutsman with things like enforcing local ordinances, providing information to the city council, and signing city documents when the mayor isn’t available.


City of Goshen, Indiana

The Goshen City Council passed an ordinance August 3 that creates a deputy mayor position for the city.


Mark Brinson, the city’s current director of community development, will be appointed as the deputy mayor.


Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said during the meeting that he wanted to create the position to help redistribute administrative workloads and provide more efficient city services, as he “can’t be everywhere at once.”


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The Goshen city council voted at its July 20 meeting to annex about 160 acres of land southeast of the city, near County Road 36. 

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Two years ago, the city of Goshen committed to draft a plan to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. It was one of several environmental goals set by the city’s youth caucus back in 2019.


The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released information on a case that started in Goshen where a person fled from police. After a car chase that ended at Cleveland and Bittersweet in St. Joseph County, the man being pursued ditched the car and ran. Police say the suspect encountered an armed homeowner in the 11600 block of Anderson Road in Granger and was shot. The suspect was taken to the hospital.

Photo Of The Week - Stunning Sunrise

Mar 18, 2021
Melanie Helmuth

Earlier this week, on Monday, a lot of people in Michiana captured images of a particularly beautiful sunrise. You may have seen some of the many shots that were posted to social media. Thanks to Melanie Helmuth of Goshen for WVPE's latest Photo of the Week that is yet another example of that gorgeous sunrise. She snapped this photo at Fidler Pond in Goshen. Melanie says many days during work, she drives past Fidler Pond and sees amazing sunrises, but never gets to stop. Monday she was off work and decided to finally stop and enjoy the sunrise! We're glad she did. 

Photo Of The Week - Morning Frost On Sidewalk

Mar 11, 2021
Christine Guth

The patterns of nature can be intricate and beautiful. That is what Christine Guth of Goshen discovered one late February morning on a sidewalk on Goshen's East Monroe Street. The frost had created an amazing paisley-like pattern for nearly a block. Thankfully Christine captured an image of it which is featured in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week. 


What are you taking photos of? 

Email them to us at wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Photo Of The Week - Snowy Farm Scene

Feb 11, 2021
Skip Barnett

Winter solitude is on display in WVPE's latest Photo of the Week. Thanks to Skip Barnett of Goshen for sharing this image that he captured from the Pumpkinvine Trail last week. Every season offers some great photo opportunities in Michiana and winter is no exception. 

We'd love to see what you are taking photos of.

Email Photo of the Week submissions to us at wvpe@wvpe.org.

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Police say a motorist attempting to brake stepped on the gas pedal instead, running over and killing a 44-year-old woman. The driver of the vehicle, an employee of ADEC Inc., told Goshen police that as she began to stop Tuesday morning, she pressed the gas pedal, causing the vehicle to knock the victim to the ground. The vehicle pinned the victim underneath its front end. The victim’s name hasn't been released. ADEC serves developmentally disabled clients in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

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Nine cities in Indiana will work on projects to reduce their impact on the planet: Bloomington, Carmel, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Gary, Goshen, Richmond, West Lafayette and Zionsville. They’re taking the next step after completing their greenhouse gas inventories.


The U.S. Department of Justice announced that the owners of a Goshen lawn care and snow removal business have been ordered to pay over $1,000,000 in restitution for conspiracy to defraud the government.

Photo Of the Week- December Sunset

Dec 24, 2020
Melanie Helmuth

There's something about a December sunset. The latest WVPE Photo of the Week features the sunset along the Millrace Canal in Goshen. Thanks to Melanie Helmuth for this image she captured on the evening of December 18th from River Race Drive in Goshen as a flock of geese winged their way through the photo. 

We'd love to see what you are taking photos of.

Email Photo of the Week submissions to us at wvpe@wvpe.org.

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken.

Three Elkhart County cities have committed to enforcing the county’s COVID-19 protocols. The mayors of Elkhart, Goshen and Nappanee will each bring an ordinance to their city councils next week.

The ordinances will recognize and support the county health department’s COVID-19 orders, which limit gathering sizes and mandate face masks, among other things. They will also support the County Commissioners’ ordinance that establishes fines for violating those health orders.

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After contentious lengthy debate Saturday morning, the Elkhart County Council voted to move forward with consolidating the county's courts at a single location and that would remove the presence of the courts from the downtown areas in Elkhart and Goshen. Several of the council members abstained from voting altogether. 

Support for WVPE is provided by Bethany Christian Schools, a private school for grades 4-12 located in Goshen, Indiana. The school is featuring an open house on Sunday, November 8th from 1-3pm for prospective students and their parents to tour the school and meet the faculty and staff.

Photo Of The Week - An Autumn Bike Ride

Oct 22, 2020
Jill Collins

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week captures the colorful image of an autumn bike ride in Michiana. Thanks to 17-year-old Jill Collins of Sturgis, Michigan, for this submission. The photo was taken on Oct. 12th just north of Goshen on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.

We'd love to see what you are taking photos of. 

Email Photo of the Week submissions to us at wvpe@wvpe.org. 

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

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Goshen, Indiana, is a little blue dot in a mostly red, rural county. Its Main Street is a simple two-lane street, but gets a lot of traffic being one of the most direct ways in and out of town. 

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Ivy Tech Community College broke ground on a new 10,000 square foot training lab in Goshen Wednesday.



On a Friday evening in late June, Liliana Quintero received a call from one of the Spanish interpreters working at a COVID-19 testing site in Goshen, Indiana. The area has one of Indiana’s higher Latinx populations and higher rates of COVID-19 cases, according to state data.

Goshen Still Dealing With Old Coal-Storage Vaults

Aug 17, 2020

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Goshen still has more than two dozen underground coal-storage vaults that need addressing more than eight years after a man walking on a sidewalk plunged into one of the chambers. Goshen officials began inspecting the vaults after that July 2012 accident, which led to a cost-sharing program to fill in the most dangerous vaults. Thirty vaults were closed by the time the cost-sharing program ended in 2018.

Justin Hicks/WVPE


The Indiana State Dept. of Health is hosting the following free drive-thru clinics next week: This comes after some clinics in Indiana have been impacted by the recent heat and have had to curtail hours. 



Team Rehabilitation

223 Chicago Ave.

July 13-17 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.



North Side Gymnasium

300 Lawrence St.

July 13-17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Annacaroline Caruso / WVPE Public Radio

The Goshen Board of Public Works members voted Monday night against a Black Lives Matter mural being painted on Main Street in the downtown area for what they described as safety reasons. 

Image provided by DOJ

The Dept. of Justice out of South Bend issued a release regarding charges against a Goshen man accused of an investment fraud scheme that started in 2012.

(You can read more from the DOJ release below.)  

Earl D. Miller, 40, of Goshen, Indiana was charged by way of an Indictment with 6 counts of wire fraud, 1 count of securities fraud, and 1 count of bankruptcy fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 


Goshen Councilman Tests Positive For COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020
City of Goshen

Today Goshen's mayor announced that a fellow city leader tested positive for the coronavirus.