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Nominate a Candidate for the Henry F. Schricker Award

Henry Schricker

Henry F. Schricker

Nominations for the coveted Henry F. Schricker award are being accepted until Tuesday, Sept. 30.

The award is given to a Starke County resident who has shown that he or she has put “service before self”. That was the motto of former governor Henry F. Schricker who exemplified that action while in office and as a upstanding resident of Starke County.

The Starke County Chamber of Commerce will review all submissions and a committee of former award winners will select this year’s recipient. A nomination form is available on the Starke County Chamber’s website at Include the qualities and deeds of your nominee. The entry should include the person’s voluntary contributions and benefits to Starke County.

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Joan Haugh Named Schricker Award Winner

Joan Haugh

Joan Haugh

The 2013 Henry F. Schricker Award winner was recently announced.

Joan Haugh was selected as this year’s winner. Haugh has been the director of Community Services of Starke County for 30 years and has been involved in many volunteer projects in the county. Some of those volunteer efforts include working with the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Habitat for Humanity, Moving Starke County Forward, Starke United and the Salvation Army. She is active in her church, the SS Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, and has previously taught CCD classes there as well as marriage preparation classes.

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Send in Nominations for the Henry F. Schricker Award

Henry Schricker

Henry Schricker

It’s time to submit your nominations for the prestigious Henry F. Schricker Community Service Award.

Henry F. Schricker was a Starke County native who lived by the attitude of “service before self”. This is the foundation for the Schricker Award and nominees should share that attitude.

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Henry F. Schricker Dinner Scheduled for Thursday Night

This year’s winner of the Henry F. Schricker Award will be recognized tomorrow night during an award dinner at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox.

This year’s recipient is Joseph Eugene “Gene” Blastic of Bass Lake. Gene fits the exact meaning of Schricker’s motto of “Service before Self”. He has been active in many community projects and organizations.

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Henry F. Schricker Award Winner Announced

Henry Schricker

The Henry F. Schricker Award is being announced today by Starke County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Mix.

“The winner is Dorene Matzat from North Judson,” said Mix. “We’re so excited and she’s so deserving. She has just done so much and so quietly. I’m just so happy that her efforts have been recognized and she’s been doing them for a lifetime.”

Dorene Matzat was born in North Judson, is an identical twin, and has been a lifelong resident of the town. In December of 1996, she received the “Just Say Thanks” award from Thrivent for her work with taking veterans back and forth to Hines VA Hospital in Chicago. She continues her service work today. She feeds the hungry and when she becomes aware of the need, she clothes the needy, visits the shut-ins and the lonely, and always brings comfort to all in a time of despair. In her 80′s she continues to mow the grass at her church. She is one of only a handful of people alive today in North Judson who actually knew Henry Schricker before he was governor.

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Henry F. Schricker Born on This Date in 1883

Henry Schricker

Starke County’s most well known citizen was born on this date in 1883. Henry F. Schricker was born in North Judson to parents Magdelena and Frederick Schricker.

During his lifetime, he was a two time Governor of the State of Indiana, Lt. Governor and a State Senator. He was also the Publisher and editor of the Starke County Democrat, a lawyer, bank cashier, fireman and organized Starke County’s first boy scout troop.

His Main Street home in Knox is now the Starke County Museum and the the library in Knox is named after him. A service award is given each year to a deserving individual who has given “service before self.”

Henry F. Schricker Awards Banquet to be held Tonight

Marvin McLaughlin

The 2010 Henry F. Schricker Awards Banquet will be held tonight at the Knox Community Center. Honored will be former Starke County Circuit Court Judge and current County Councilman, Marvin McLaughlin, of North Judson.

When interviewed recently by Ted Hayes, Judge McLaughlin remembered the man of whom the award is named, the late governor Henry F. Schricker.

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Henry F. Schricker Died on this Day in 1966

Henry Schricker

Starke County’s most famous citizen passed away on this date in 1966. Henry Schricker died on December 28th, a Wednesday afternoon after being a hospital patient at Starke Memorial Hospital for almost a month. He died of a heart attack at the age of 83.

He served two terms as Governor of the State of Indiana. He was born in North Judson on August 30th, 1883, when the area was still part of the Great Kankakee Swamp.

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Starke County Youth Photo Contest to Begin in January

Henry F. Schricker Public Library

The Starke County Public Library system is sponsoring a Youth Photo Contest. Children ages 5 to 18 are welcome to participate.

Photos need to be taken to the Children’s Department desk at the Henry F. Schricker branch from January 6th until January 22nd. Pick up a form to fill out to tape to the back of the photo and sign a release of liability to the Library. All entries must be a minimum measurement of 5×7. Two pictures may be submitted and they may be black and white, color, or one of each. Photos must be framed. The photos will be displayed February 1st through February 28th and judging will be done by patrons on February 15th and 16th. Winners will be posted on the library’s website and winners will be notified by email or by phone.

For more information, call (574) 772-7323.

The 2010 Henry F. Schricker Award Winner is Marvin McLaughlin

Marvin McLaughlin takes a moment to chat with Starke County Commissioner Jennifer Davis

The Starke County Chamber of Commerce announces that this year’s Henry F. Schricker “Service before Self” Award winner is Marvin D. McLaughlin. McLaughlin is well-known to all citizens in Starke County.

Marvin McLaughlin is known to most of us in the County as the “Honorable Judge Marvin McLaughlin” for his many years of service on the Starke County Circuit Court bench.

When Marvin McLaughlin was sworn in as judge, then-retired Governor Schricker said a few words. McLaughlin said this about Henry Schricker.

“Back in the 1950s when he ran for Congress, I worked as a volunteer on his campaign at the Statehouse,” said McLaughlin. “He was a very interesting person and he was very interested in you as an individual and he was a very appreciative person.”

He is a winner of the Sagamore of the Wabash, having been presented the award at his retirement recognition event from the bench in 1992.

Among his proud achievements is having been a 4-H leader.

“For 15 years I was a 4-H leader,” said McLaughlin. “When we first came to the County, that’s when Purdue had changed, saying that the agriculture teachers could no longer be 4-H leaders. In North Judson, we didn’t have a 4-H club. The kids had to go somewhere else. I started the club from scratch.”

Congratulations to Marvin McLaughlin of North Judson who is this year’s Henry F. Schricker Award winner for 2010. He will be feted at a banquet in January at the Knox Community Center.