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Betty J. Stull

Funeral Services for 83 Year old Betty J. Stull of Walkerton are Thursday, October 3rd at 11:00a.m at Tyner United Methodist Church. Visitation is Wednesday, October 2nd from 4:30p.m to 7:30p.m at Van Gilder Funeral Home.

Mary D. Danford

Funeral Services for 66 Year old Mary D. Danford of Francesville are Thursday, October 3rd and 10:00 a.m at The Frain Mortuary Querry – Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Visitation is Wednesday, October 2nd from 3:00p.m to 8:00p.m at The Frain Mortuary Querry – Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville. Memorials may be given to Calvary Baptist Church or American Cancer Society.

Rachel R. Salazar

Funeral Services for 79 Year old Rachel R. Salazar of Mishawaka are Wednesday , October 2nd at 10:30a.m at Van Gilder Funeral Home of Plymouth. Visitation is Tuesday, October 1st from 4:00p.m to 8:00p.m at Van Gilder Funeral Home of Plymouth.

Helen R. (Zacek) Gundlach

funeral services for 93 year old Helen R. (Zacek) Gundlach of La crosse are Tuesday, Oct. 1st at 12:00 noon at O’Donnell Funeral Home in North Judson. Visitation is 10:00 a.m, Tuesday October 1st at O’Donnell Funeral Home in North Judson. Memorials may be made to VNA Hospice of Porter County.

Nashville Bound, Working Away From Home, Playing Away From Home, 30 ABES, A Record Made, BUBS BBQ & The Englishman Taking Home The Makins

Greetings to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

Right now it’s Wednesday September 25th , the mobile EastWing is south bound and down, loaded up and trucking, we’re gona do what they say can’t be done……. And so my #1 son, RJ, and I rolled onto that  asphalt concrete ribbon of steel, the thing they call the interstate. While I pray I65  take me home to the southland.

We’re going to Nashville, Tennessee me and Bub, cause RJ’s involved with a nonprofit cause that provides prepackaged meals to Haiti. The organization is called “30 ABES” . Which stand for .30¢, that’s the cost of one meal to feed a hungry child in Haiti. Sad to say, but much of the world seems to have turned its attention away from  Haiti after the shock of the earthquake wore off. 30ABES has not forgotten.

30 ABES is promoting the cause by trying to package 500,000 meals within 60 minutes. Yep, I’m telling ya, packaging a half million in 60 minutes.  Both me and the She, RJ & Heather, we’re all gona be worker bees in that effort to package a half million meals  in one hour. We’ll see.

As RJ and I pass through the Indiana corn fields I can’t help but marvel at the differenced a year makes in Indiana. It was just a year ago when my dear Sister Barbara was in the process of her final illness in Roswell GA my Sister Sharolette and I ran up and down this I65 five times in 6 weeks. The Indiana farm crops were a disaster on the vine. Corn fields that never grew beyond knee high, soybeans that never got 6 inches above the ground. 2012 was  tuff crop year for the Indiana Farmer. The difference a year makes. WOW! If not a record crop in 2013, it’ll be close to the record. Like it’s always been, and  forever will be, just when you think you know it all, God takes over and the weather controls the future.

The Indiana wind farms fly be my window as I sit on the right side rolling on down highway 65.  The giant windmills stretching from west of I65 all the way to Reynolds, IN  some 40 miles or so to the east, and 10 to 12 miles wide, north to south . I’ve never heard of the number of the windmills in this location. But they’re  a lot of windmills in that farm, a lot.

And interesting side fact on the wind farms in our nation. The current administration in Washington D.C. is pushing wind energy to the fullest extent possible. Having pretty much lost public support for solar energy due to the Solyndra disaster. So the administration is now blowing in the wind. A little publicized  fact is, these massive windmills have killed more endangered species of birds in the last 5 years than mankind has destroyed since 1980.

The EPA and all other Federal Agencies  have been instructed to stop tracking the Bald Eagles killed by wind turbines, and so they have. It’s interesting to note that a private citizen who kills a Bald Eagle is subject to a $250,00.00 fine and 10 years in prison.  A Federally favored business that enjoys both State and Federal tax credits along with other benefits, who kills a Bald Eagles, well those Bald Eagles, don’t count anymore. Just think about that for a little bit. That’s all from an administration who anticipated “A level playing field” along with “Complete Transparency” in government. In fact, stated publicly they would be the most transparent administration in the history of the nation.

Saw an interesting sign along the way. It was a group in Indians on setting on horseback. The caption read “Give us your guns. They said. We will protect you. They said.”   Guess that federal transparency and complete honesty doesn’t extend to things with feathers. Things like Bald eagles and Indians.

As northern Indiana turns into central Indiana, and the windmills disappear from the right side  rear view mirror, it’s kinda fun to think that we’ll see both Indianapolis, Louisville and Nashville TN before the sun goes down. But before Louisville can be seen above the horizon, lunch time comes around and on the road again, that means Cracker Barrel when it comes to BobbyRay and lunch time.

It was maybe 30 minutes after lunch at the Cracker Barrel that I decided to set up the office computer and go to work for the day. If you’ve ever experienced the feeling of when you push the ON button of your computer and it don’t turn on, only you can know what I’m talking about. If you have not, you don’t know, so don’t even try to imagine. It is not a happy feeling when the computer don’t roll.

Three hundred miles to wonder what’s wrong. Is it mechanical? Is it software? Can I address the issue when I get to Tennessee? What if I can’t? It was at that point I pushed the dark side back into the shadows from whence it came, and decided yes I can.  Within minutes of stepping  into my hotel room, the laptop was up and running with Spike The Man Cat looking back at me from the background of the desktop.

Thursday morning RHCO INC opened for business as usual, just an hour late and 500 miles south. As RJ prepared to cook several hundred lbs of pork donated by the SISCO FOODS, I prepared to do boring   data entry for the next several hours. Don’t know why but the time flew by that morning and it seemed that within a flash the data entry had been posted. Two income tax returns had been completed and filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

The year was 1990 and IRS was looking for tax return preparers who owned computers and were willing to participate in a pilot program of filing income tax returns by computer.  I signed up. It took 30 minutes of long distance telephone time, at my cost,  to transmit one tax return. In order to continue in the pilot program for the following year I had to agree to transmit a minimum of 10 tax returns. I agreed.

As I closed  my Tennessee RHCO for the day I’d worked the day on a laptop computer many thousands times more powerful than the 1990 computer first used for IRS tax filings. And that extra cost to transmit those two tax returns. No extra cost. Time to do so, 10 – 12 seconds at the most. All day I worked on the laptop and a secured wireless internet connection that not only made the IRS available but also provide many millions of other sites on the internet.

Shortly before dark, the She was also in Tennessee. The She and Heather having arrived just after 7 PM. My world is always better when me and the She are in the same state. Even more better when in the same house. And so it was, Thursday night that me and the She  were once again in the same house. I sleep better that way.

Friday we played in the Tennessee sunshine, while RJ cooked the meat for BUBS BBQ to feed the worker being trained for tomorrow’s 30 ABS attempt to set a world record of 500,000 meals packed in one hour. Friday Morning looking for a place to eat breakfast, we almost went, but did not go, to a place called The Puffy Muffin. Should have done so, ‘cause now I’ll spend the rest of my life wondering  was it Puffy Good or Puffy Bad. Next trip thru Tennessee, we’ll find out. We did find a cup cake store to die for.

The sun had not even thought about rising above the Smokey Mountains when the She is yelling for me to get up and get ready, ‘cause we’re leaving no later than 6 O’clock. We were unpacked and inside the Nashville Municipal Auditorium  before much of Nashville decided to wake up for the day. It was not yet 7 o’clock when RJ & Heather decided to go outside the Auditorium and find something for breakfast.

While waiting for the breakfast delivery, me and the She walked around the concourse inside the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.  The walls were decorated with large (4’x8’) reproductions of actual tickets for shows at the auditorium.  Elvis, July 1 1972, the ticket cost $9.00. Prince August 18, 2000, the ticket cost $65.00. I know who Elvis was. I never heard of a person called Prince. I’m sure some must have. Those willing to pay $65.00 back in the year 2000, well they could see him live.

Well over 2,000 people from all over the country came to participate in the event. An official from the Genies Book of World Records was on hand to officially record and attest to the results of the effort. Win lose or draw, the effort would be recorded by the man from London, England with the funny accent. It was gratifying  to think my son had chosen to  support the effort to feed the hungry children of Haiti by bringing BUBS BBQ all the way to Nashville TN to serve two meals on two different days to some 200 people each day. RJ  asked me and the She to come along. We went along, not for the ride but to be a worker bee.

The auditorium floor had been set up into workstations to accommodate 30 workers per station. The food to be packaged (all dried ingredients) was stacked as close to the workstations as possible. Cardboard boxes were assembled and stacked well over head high all over the place.

Each workstation had a person in charge who’s responsibility it was to within  one hour assign us worker bees jobs and train us in the ways of assembling a half million meals in one hour. Not an easy task considering,  I’m sure, most of us had never assembled much more than a single bologna sandwich in one hour. But we learned quick.

54 meals per plastic bag. 4 bags per box. The process was straight forward. 4 people scooping rice, soy protein, and dehydrated pinto beans into  a stationary funnel. 2 people hold the plastic bag. When all the scoops have been made the bags are handed off. 2 people weigh the bags 3,500 to 3,518 grams. Weight is adjusted up or down by the use of rice. 2 sealers are charged with removing the air from the plastic bag and placing the end inside the electric sealing machine. 2 people push down the heating arm of the sealing machine and count to eight. 2 people load and tape the cases.

In less than an hour, the people in charge felt the worker bee training was sufficient to go for the gold. But in order to start the record breaking attempt it was necessary to first obtain the consent to start early as the attempt to break the record had officially been set to start at 10:00 AM. And here it was only 9:40 AM. When the official observer of the record attempt, that guy from England, the one that talked funny, thought starting a few minutes early would be fine.

When the countdown reached  zero and the air  filled with upbeat country pop music, 4 hands dumped into the funnel. 2 hands held the plastic bag. 1 weighed the bag. 2 sealed the bag. 1 placed the bag in the bottom of the case. And just that quick our team completed the first 54 meals of our goal of 500,000. Now if the rest of the house can keep with us we’ll be taking  home the record.

Like every team effort, moving at the speed of the slowest member, maximum effort was exerted by those assembled inside the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. Over 2,000 pretty much strangers pulling together for a common goal. The goal being packing 500,000 meals in one hour for the orphans of Haiti.

39 minutes into the challenge our team ran out of the dehydrated pinto beans. Our production stopped. Try as they might none of our team could locate any extra pinto beans to continue our production line. Our team contribution to the effort had ended. Within minutes all other workstations were also running out of pinto beans. The total effort had been put forth. The only thing left was the final count, and either the shouting or groining, we’ll see.

The Guinness Book of World Records observer was introduced to give the final count. He provided us with the technical stuff, pounds of food, converted to kilograms, and stuff like that. The distance to Haiti from Nashville TN. The fact that we did not use the whole hour.  And then he said Ladies and Gentlemen a new world record has been established at 530,064 meals packaged in one hour. We yelled, we clapped, we hugged both friends and strangers, we cried and laughed.  Orphan babies we didn’t even know, could now eat a little better because of our efforts.

It was after the record setting event that BUBS BBQ served the final meal in Nashville. The final taste of BUBS BBQ went not to the ones who pulled such an event together, as they had their taste of BUBS the night before. This final group that got the taste of BUBS BBQ in Nashville was the crew charged with the daunting task of cleaning up the house, and a messy house it was.

RJ did have one special guest of the final BUBS BBQ in Nashville, the  guy representing the Guinness  Book of World Records. He and Bub hit it off right up. RJ  gave him a BUBS BBQ Cap. He loved the BBQ, said it was the best he ever had. The She made the Guinness Book of World Records guy two BUBS BBQ Sandwiches to go. Said he was flying out of Nashville that afternoon. I’m still wondering if the aluminum wrapped BUBS BBQ Sandwiches set off the airport security system. If so he could have just showed ‘’em the hat.

Stay safe in Afghanistan.

From The EastWing, Nashville Bound, Working Away From Home, Playing Away From Home, 30 ABES, A Record Made, BUBS BBQ & The Englishman Taking Home The Makins

I Wish You Well.

BobbyRay

Starke County Youth Club Federal Funding in Jeopardy

The main source of funding for the Starke County Youth Club is in jeopardy as members of Congress continue to squabble over a federal budget for the next fiscal year. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the House budget proposal slashes money used to provide services for 600 youngsters in grades K-12 in Starke County.

“The threat is our largest source of funding, which is the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, will be eliminated, so we really are encouraging everyone to reach out to their legislators and talk to them about why children, youth in this country are important, why after school programs are important and to encourage them to keep funding for our kids and our communities,” said Szakonyi.

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North Judson-San Pierre Schools to Upgrade Network Infrastructure

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Superintendent Lynn Johnson

A networking infrastructure upgrade is in the works for the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation, and while it comes with a hefty price tag, Superintendent Lynn Johnson said it’s worth it to provide the best educational experience possible for students. With more and more technology being used by students, teachers, administrators and everyone else on a daily basis, the networking infrastructure in place throughout the corporation is no longer able to suit their needs, and the need to upgrade has become obvious.

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Starke Commissioners to Hold Three Meetings Thursday

The Starke County Commissioners have three meetings planned for Thursday, only one of which is open to the public. The first meeting, an executive session closed to the public, will take place at 9 a.m. to discuss a personnel matter pursuant to Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-6.1 part (b) (6) (B). The code allows the commissioners to call an executive session “to discuss, before a determination, the individual’s status as an employee, a student, or an independent contractor,” who is a physician or a school bus driver.

The second meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m., also closed to the public, to discuss strategy regarding the purchase or lease of real property, pursuant to Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-6.1 part (b) (2) (D).

The final meeting, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., will be a special meeting open to the public in the annex building meeting room at 53 E. Mound St. in Knox. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the 2014 employee health insurance.

Knox Board of Works Receive Update on Rental Inspections

Knox Board of Public Works

Knox Board of Public Works

The Knox Board of Public Works members received an update on three properties in town that are inhabitable.

Building Administrator Bruce Williams told the board that he inspected three rental properties and found them to be in complete disrepair and unsuitable for living. Two renters have agreed to move out immediately and the other is waiting to leave. In one case, the renter’s children were taken away as the dwelling in which they were living was not safe.

The property owners had 30 days to fix the extreme problems and Williams stated that deadline is soon approaching with no progress cited.

The board may meet in special session to take official action to address these issues.

Flu Shot Clinics Set for This Week at Pulaski County Health Department

Walk-in flu shot clinics have been set for this week at the Pulaski County Health Department.

You may get a seasonal flu shot from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 and Thursday, Oct. 3. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, you may get a flu shot from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Flu vaccines will be $20 for adults and $20 for children.

Officials at the health department remind you that a claim with an insurance company will not be made. You may check with the health department to see if your child qualifies for publicly funded vaccines through the State.

Call the Pulaski County Health Department for more information at (574) 946-6080.

SCEDF to Present Robert E. Hamilton Award During Prospectus and Achievements Night

The third annual “Prospectus and Achievements Night” hosted by the Starke County Economic Development Foundation will be Thursday, Oct. 3 at Knox Middle School.

One of the highlights of the meeting will be the awarding of the Robert E. Hamilton award. This award is given to a person who has contributed a great amount of service in the field of economic development as well as the community as a whole.

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Enjoy the Fall Colors During a HVRM Train Ride

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson is offering several special excursions in the month of October.

Not only will you enjoy a train ride to the English Lake area on the Pumpkin Train on Oct. 5 and Oct. 19, you will have the chance to choose and purchase a pumpkin for only $1.50 in the HVRM pumpkin patch.

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School Safety Study Committee Hears Testimony in Final Meeting

The School Safety Interim Study Committee held its final meeting last week to discuss the feasibility of funding the creation of a statewide option for school resource officer programs.

Testimony was heard from city and county officials as well as Vigo County police officers that have successfully implemented resource officer programs in schools around the country. The involvement of community stakeholders in getting programs up and running and the overwhelming participation of students in addressing potential dangers were key in the testimony given. Full-time resource officers have increased communication between officials and students. The officers recommended that school corporations be given he appropriate public resources to set up similar programs with as little financial burden as possible.

The School Safety Interim Study Committee will publish a final report with its official recommendations soon.

LaPorte Woman Faces Burglary Charge After Bizarre Break-In

Terrassa Fletcher

Terrassa Fletcher

A LaPorte woman faces felony burglary charges after she was reportedly found in the bedroom of a home there surrounded by clothing from the owner’s closet. Terrassa Fletcher, 27, was also wearing an outfit that belonged to the victim, according to the arrest report, which indicates she also had a jewelry box, camera and cash belonging to the victim stuffed inside her v-neck shirt. The homeowner told the police she got home around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, found her front door standing open, her bedroom light on and a purse and plastic shopping bag on the front steps. When she looked down the hallway toward the bedroom she reportedly found a sandal on the floor. Neither the victim nor her boyfriend knew Fletcher, who denied any wrongdoing and told the police she was at the home of someone else she knew. Fletcher also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

Medaryville Dollar General Store Clears Council Hurdle

The Medaryville Town Council recently voted to vacate an alley to allow construction of a 9,100 square foot Dollar General store in the downtown area. That action came on the heels of the Pulaski County Advisory Plan Commission’s approval of a rezoning request for land at 103 W. West St. in downtown Medaryville. The property was previously zoned for residential development but was recommended for rezoning to commercial in order to allow the development. Sullivan, Ind.-based Foster Builders, Inc. sought the rezoning request. A call to their office Friday afternoon to discuss their plans and a possible construction timeline was not immediately returned.

Travis Chizum Found Guilty of Manufacturing Methamphetamine

A jury found Travis L. Chizum of Plymouth guilty on several methamphetamine counts during a trial in Marshall County Superior Court I this week.

Testimony took two days and the jury deliberated for one hour before they found Chizum guilty of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

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Knox Lift Station Update, Street Department Projects Move Forward

Knox Board of Public Works

Knox Board of Public Works

Knox Street Superintendent Jeff Borg gave an update on projects to the Board of Public Works members this week.

He said workers are doing roadside tree trimming and crack sealing while the weather is still good. Only 30 dump truck loads of brush were collected this month compared to 54 last month. He added that fall leaf pickup will be starting soon.

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Man Arrested after Disregarding Stop Arms and Lights on School Bus

A man was arrested Thursday after disregarding school bus arms in the Plymouth area.

A deputy with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department was conducting patrols on Michigan Road after receiving complaints of drivers disregarding a school bus’s flashing lights and stop signs.

The deputy was following a school bus and reportedly observed a person drive around the bus that had activated the stop signs and flashing red lights. The officer conducted a traffic stop and took the driver, Anthony Textor, into custody.

Textor was booked into the Marshall County Jail on preliminary charges of Driving While Suspended with a Prior Conviction and Reckless Driving, both misdemeanor charges.

Effects of Little Savages Lives On in Culver

Cast of "Little Savages"

Cast of “Little Savages”

“Little Savages” may have wrapped up filming in Culver, but the experience of having a little bit of Hollywood in the Marshall County town lingers on.

The movie was filmed in various parts of Culver as the film crew followed the pursuits of the Savage children and their friends as they set off on an adventure to find hidden treasure.

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Catholic Charities Builds Wheelchair Ramp for North Judson Resident

Bob Jachim, Bob Okeley, John Shebel, Larry Ferris, Wayne Lauer, Trish Gallas, J H Frazier, Don Westphal, Jack Litz, Tom Berg, Al Ladd

Bob Jachim, Bob Okeley, John Shebel, Larry Ferris, Wayne Lauer, Trish Gallas, J H Frazier, Don Westphal, Jack Litz, Tom Berg, Al Ladd

The Catholic Charities group recently completed a wheelchair ramp for a local resident.

Several Starke County volunteers in the Catholic Charities organization got together on Wednesday and constructed a wheelchair ramp for Ida Craft of North Judson.

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