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Knox Mayor Updates Council on Various Projects

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers gave the city council an update on a few things he has been working on for the city, including housing and demolition grants. Chambers explained the council had previously authorized him in July to seek a housing grant for $195,500, and the city was awarded the grant last week. Since the council has already approved the city’s matching funds for the grant, Chambers said he needed their approval at the meeting to sign the official resolution.

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DNR Announces 22 Lake and River Enhancement Project Grants

More than a quarter of a million dollars in new grants have been awarded through the Lake and River Enhancement program as part of the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife. The LARE program looks to fund biological, engineering, construction and watershed land treatment projects throughout the state, and to that end, they have awarded $768,500 in grants for the care of Indiana’s water bodies.

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Stars, Filmmakers of Movie Filmed in Culver to Participate in Faith and Film Event

Cast of "Little Savages"

Cast of “Little Savages”

The filmmakers and stars of the movie “Little Savages” that is wrapping up filming in the Culver area will be partnering with local clergy to hold a panel discussion focused on the topic of “Faith, Film and Contemporary Life.” The panel will be held today beginning at 11 a.m. ET at the west pavilion in Culver’s town park.

Stars of the film include several well-known Disney stars, including Kenton Duty and Katherine McNamara. The film, which is being produced by Bearfuit Films, cents around the charming lake town of Culver where a boy genius and his sister race against bullies to find a treasure hidden by an eccentric philanthropist.

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Monterey Days Festival Kicked Off Yesterday

It’s finally here! The 16th annual Monterey Days Festival kicked off yesterday, featuring a number of events to entertain guests through Monday. The craft and food booths opened on Friday, alongside the Mister and Miss Monterey Days Pageant and open mic karaoke, hosted by Ruff Kutt Entertainment.

But the events really kick into action beginning at 8 a.m. today with a Knights of Columbus pancake and sausage breakfast to start off the full day of events. Town-wide yard sales will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with craft and food booths opening at 9 a.m., the same time as the MRZ Mobile Reptile Zoo opens with free admission. A library book and DVD sale will take place in the library parking lot at 9 a.m. as well.

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Blueberry Festival in Plymouth Continues This Weekend

The Blueberry Festival in Plymouth is underway, having opened the carnival gates on Thursday and officially beginning festival events on Friday, sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tire. Friday featured events such as White Tiger Discovery, the Little Miss and Mr. Blueberry Contest, Senter Street Dancers, and the Blueberry Idol Karaoke Competition. Many other events took place Friday as well before the festival closed for the day, wrapped up by a Jake Owen concert at 9 p.m.

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North Judson Author Signing Books at Library Today

Laura Louise Boilini

Laura Louise Boilini

A published author from North Judson has announced she will be doing a book signing at the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library today from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. Laura L. Boilini recently published her first book, “Life’s Bouquet,” a compilation of the many lessons she learned from various people in her life. The book includes 14 chapters, each dedicated to an individual or individuals in her life that include a painting, a poem, a story, and a letter written to the influential person or persons.

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ACLU Sues E. Pulaski Schools For Female Student Unable to Play Football

Dan Foster

Dan Foster

The ACLU of Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a female Eastern Pulaski School Corporation student who was denied the chance to play football on her school’s football team. The team at Winamac Community Middle School is made up of only males, and when the 7th grader requested to try out for the team, she was denied the chance because, according to school officials, girls were not allowed to join. They encouraged her to try out for volleyball or cross-country.

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Speak the Words True, Pimps Pushing Racism & Protests At RHCO INC, Nome Alaska With Chickens & Pigs, A Birthday For Sister Sharolette, Me & The She & The Same Ole Love Song

Sorry for the late post, I was on the WKVI Door County Trip and a storm took out the Internet.  Len

Greetings to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

One of the many things learned from years of writing at the EastWing is that, words once committed to “send button”, are forever embedded somewhere in somebody’s mind. And do lay forever hidden on a long lost location in a computer hard drive somewhere around the world. It is with that thought in  mind that I make sure, make extra, extra sure when the words are sent to screen, they  are my final and forever lasting thoughts on whatever went from me to thee, that painted the picture you just received from the EastWing.

The above paragraph is made as a prelude to saying what I’m gona be say about two emails read back to back when reading the EastWing Email just last Friday.  One email threatened  of boycotts and demonstrations in front of  RHCO INC due to my racially prejudiced attacks against Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as well as others . Seems some folks think calling out those ole boys, those  Pimps Pushing Racism People  demands  retaliation against RHCO INC.

Those emails were answered, the ones proposing retaliation against RHCO INC. I pretty much told ‘em to go to hell. Actually, I did not tell ‘em to go to hell.  But I did  make a reference to where the sun doesn’t shine upon a particular part of their personal anatomy while I was in the process of suggesting an alternative site for their demonstrations and boycotts.

Then asked as to whereabouts are these Pimps Pushing Racism People  while teens and young people die in Chicago every week? Asked ‘em where the Pimps Pushing Racism People  and the Little Steve Wonder when three black teens shot and killed a baby boy setting in a stroller in Missouri a short while back? A murder that failed to even make the national news until just now. Too bad the little dead baby was not a White Hispanic, then maybe we’d have heard something on the news when it happened and not months later.

Then asked where the hell was Al Sharpton when 12 young black men die over the 4th of July Weekend in Chicago and it’s all black on black? Where were these PPR People when 11 kids are shot and 3 die the weekend of August 3-4, 2013 in the killing fields of Chicago? Because those numbers were so low, the Chicago Police considered it a  calm weekend in the Chicago Killing Fields.  And you’re gona protest  at RHCO INC  in North Judson IN.  YEAH RIGHT! In the immortal words of Sheriff Buford T. Justice of  Smokey & The Bandits, “Dumb Sum Bitch”.

I invited ‘em to town. In fact, part of my email response was taken directly from their own emails copied and pasted into my response. As I told ‘em to bring it on “Mother@*&^$%# !”  The part in quotes, that was the copy and paste part, cleaned up a bit of course.  In my responding email, I included my street address, ‘cause I’d sure not want those folks to get lost in Downtown North Judson. After all, we do have a bad side of the tracks. Uh Oh, I forgot, we no longer have tracks.

The second email that relates to the first paragraph above, brought a smile and also brought back fond memories of times gone by. A girl in Nome Alaska, of all places, and I didn’t even know I have friends in cold places.

 Said she ran across this when cleaning out her computer and remembered how much she laughed and wanted to share her new found laughter with the EastWing Friends once again on the old stuff. And so her email contained a short part of an evening at the EastWing written in August 2008. After reading, I did remember. So once again I share with you: FROM  THE EASTWING,  AUGUST  2008

Did you ever have someone say something so dumb that you thought it was a joke and then realize they were sincere in their spoken words?

Well Friday Evening that happened to me. We were serving the Country Buffet at Grand Central Station and I’m lifting the lids on the buffet line, it’s about 7 o’clock or so, the live entertainment for the night, Jim Chessor is playing his pretty music in the background, we have a nice crowd at Grand Central for dinner, I lift a buffet lid for a little lady who looks at the Hickory Smoked BBQ Chicken and says “What sex is this chicken?”

Now I’m  like you, thinking she’s making a joke, but then I look into the face, the eyes,  the mind, and the very inner  sanctum, of idiocy. 

Not being sure how to respond, I say “It’s hard to tell when they come cut up in little pieces and frozen”  She Says “oh, they don’t tell ya when ya buy um.” Me “no they don’t”. She “Can’t  ya ask um” Me “Why would I?”  She “cause boy chickens are tougher than girl chickens”. Me “I thought there was a different way to tell”.  She “there is but I can’t show you cause all yours are cut up and frozen when you get um”. “It’s easier to show you  when they’re alive”.

 Wow ! Ya just can’ fix stupid.   Boy, am I ever glad she didn’t ask about the ham!

And so that little reminisce of things once said comes from a friend in the cold country in this middle of summer 2013. Thank you Nome, Alaska. You made us all smile. You were right, it was as much fun to read this time around as it was to write some five years ago.

To this day, I’m still glad she didn’t ask about the ham! I was never able to come up with an acceptable response should the question of boy pig / girl pig have been brought to that conversation. Although, unlike boy chicken / girl chicken, boy pig / girl pig does have a distinct difference in taste of final product.  Without trying to gross ya out here, it has to do with male hormones of the adult boy pig. That’s why boy pigs produced for the consumer market are neutered  prior to such hormone production starting up in the little boy pig. But boy chickens, Shewwwww. I don’t think so.

The EastWing Email is a never ending source of both love and hate. The one thing I can say of the EastWing Email, it’s never  blah. And it’ll be different tomorrow.

Do you make it a special occasion to celebrate family birthdays? I do. Especially my Sister Sharolette. So it was that on the 2nd day of August Sharolette had a birthday. Now I’m not gona say how old Sharolette was on her birthday. Suffice it to say Sharolette is older than me. Anyways, I took my old sister to Ponderosa  for her birthday  dinner. We had a ball. Me and Sharolette and her husband Dexter, and of course the She. The She  always goes whenever  I go out. Going out without the She is like a day without sunshine.

Just remembered talking about email, I didn’t even tell ya about how much email I received that time  I said “Me and the She, just an old fashion love song, laying down in two part harmony”. The email was a lot, a real lot.  And so it is, to this very day, me and the She and the same ole love song.

Stay safe in Afghanistan.

From The EastWing, Speak the Words True, Pimps Pushing Racism  & Protests At RHCO INC, Nome Alaska With Chickens & Pigs, A Birthday For Sister Sharolette, Me & The She & The Same Ole Love Song

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

Week 2 Football Picks

Harold’s Picks (2-2)

West Central-40  Caston-6

Culver-21  South Central-14

Jimtown-28  John Glenn-7

Winamac-31  Pioneer-14

NJSP-28  Knox-12

Nathan’s Picks (2-2)

West Central-28  Caston-14

Culver-21  South Central-14

Jimtown-35  John Glenn-21

Winamac-21  Pioneer-7

Knox-13  NJSP-10

Tom’s Blind Picks (2-2)

Caston over West Central

Culver over South Central

John Glenn over Jimtown

Winamac over Pioneer

North Judson over Knox

Plymouth Company Kessler Crane Requests $2 Million Tax Abatement

Expansion – that’s the name of the game for local Plymouth company Kessler Crane, recently voted a “Company to Watch” in the state by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. The company told the city council this week that they have outgrown their facility, having grown from a business employing only eight people to an employer of more than 50, 18 of whom were added within the past year. Derek Spier, economic development specialist at the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation, told WKVI that the business is now looking to move from their current facility on Jefferson Street in Plymouth to a new building on Western Avenue.

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Knox Board of Public Works Discusses Unsafe Structures

Knox Board of Public Works

Knox Board of Public Works

Steve Dodge came before the Knox Board of Public Works Wednesday morning to advise the board of an unsafe structure.

The property in question is at 409 and 411 W. Lewis Drive in the Parkview Heights area. The duplex is on two lots with two property owners. One side of the building on the property is up-to-date on taxes and the other side was sold in a tax sale.

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Marshall County Council Holds Budget Talks with Department Heads

The Marshall County Council sat down with department heads on Aug. 20 to hash out their budgets for 2014.

Auditor Penny Lukenbill stated that the negotiations went very well and the advertised budget should be approved at the council’s next meeting. It has been advertised twice.

The council reviewed the $8.985 million proposed budget last week, which reflects a 2.6 to 3 percent increase. The department heads explained all of their budget requests to the council members. Lukenbill commented that the council made very few initial cuts.

Operation Pullover Efforts Continue in Starke County

Officers in the Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership have been conducting impaired driving patrols since Aug. 16 in the state’s Operation Pullover Blitz #76.

Coordinator Dave Combs from the Knox City Police Department said the patrols have been successful.

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City of Knox Must Purchase 2014 Police Cruiser; Grant Still Applies

The city of Knox has encountered a minor hiccup in their purchase of a new squad car to replace a police vehicle that had been totaled after striking a deer. Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston told the city council this week that the city is no longer able to purchase 2013 model year vehicles and must look into purchasing a 2014 model, which he said will come out to roughly $300 more.

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Eastern Pulaski Schools Superintendent Settling In Well

Dan Foster

Dan Foster

After being chosen as the new superintendent at Eastern Pulaski Schools earlier this month, Dan Foster said he’s settling back into the corporation nicely, aided by the fact that he was previously an administrator at the corporation for three years. He said there are still some familiar faces at the schools.

“I was here for three years, so I do know a lot of the people. A lot of them have stopped in, just said, ‘Hi,’ ‘Good to see you back,’ that kind of stuff, but in the mornings I’ve tried to take some time and go up through the buildings and see people and walk through and see kids in classes and what’s going on,” he said.

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Celebration Event for Starke County Walking Challenge Sept. 14

Moving Starke County Forward officials are urging participants in the Walking Challenge to step it up, as the event officially ends Sept. 2. Miles must be turned in by Monday, Sept. 9, reflecting miles walked during the event. A celebration event is planned for Sept. 14 with the final announcement of miles walked, biked or ran by participants, as well as awards and raffles, healthy snacks, health tips and information, and community vendors. T-shirts will also be available for a small donation fee.

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Nomination Deadline Approaching for Unsung Hero Award

There is still time to submit a candidate for the Unsung Hero/Random Act of Kindness award.

If you someone of any age who has performed a random act of kindness, send a letter to Knox Mayor Rick Chambers that states the person’s name and contact information and why you think he or she should win the award. Include your name and address in that notice. Continue reading

Gas Prices on the Rise – But Why?

The average price of gas in Indiana is once again on the rise, having been increasing since Aug. 28, and is now up to $3.70 per gallon – 10 cents more than the national average, which has remained relatively steady. The national average is currently resting around $3.60, down 5 cents since a month ago. According to Gregg Laskoski of GasBuddy.com, this regional increase can be attributed by rising crude oil prices and, despite common belief, it’s very unlikely that the gas increases in our area are caused by the Labor Day weekend or unrest in the Middle East.

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