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Washington Township Officials Gearing up for Spring

Washington Township officials are gearing up for two major events in the next two weeks.

Spring cleaning at the Eagle Creek and Lerch Cemeteries at the corner of 700 East and 25 North will be Sunday, April 28 beginning at 1 p.m. CT. You are asked to remove all times from graves. All items that are left will be removed for disposal.

On Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m., the Washington Township Board will hold a special meeting to go over the year-end report and accept bids for mowing at the Eagle Creek and Lerch Cemeteries. Bids will also be accepted for mowing at the Washington Township Elementary School and for the replacement of a concrete pad in front of the fire station.

Decision Expected Soon On Tree Removal Near Washington Twp. School

Superintendent A.J. Gappa

Washington Township Trustee Shelly Kemble appeared before the Knox Community School Board last week to discuss the demolition of the old Washington Township School. Superintendent A.J. Gappa said Kemble relayed plans on how they are going to move forward with the project.

Kemble also asked the board’s permission to cut down some trees on the property east of the building.

“The idea there is to try and get some money to help pay for a demolition,” stated Gappa.

Gappa says the school board is expected to act on that request at the next board meeting on Monday, Oct. 15.

Washington Township Delays Destruction of Elementary School

The Washington Township Board members recently conducted a meeting to open bids for the demolition of the Washington Township Elementary School, but it was decided to hold off on accepting bids.

Washington Township Trustee Shelly Kemble said the board wants to make sure all of the paperwork is in compliance with the Department of Natural Resources requirements concerning debris removal. An attorney will be hired to make sure that paperwork is in place.

The board voted to demolish the old Washington Township Elementary School due to safety reasons. When the project is complete, there are plans to create a use for the space but no specific plans have been approved.

Washington Township Elementary School to Be Demolished

The Washington Township Board has decided to demolish the old elementary school building at the corner of Division Road and State Road 23. The board noted that the building poses a safety hazard and needs to be demolished.

Washington Township Trustee Shelly Kemble said the board is taking bids for the demolition.

“The Washington Township Board will be accepting sealed bids for the demolition and removal of the Washington Township Elementary School and pumphouse during the board meeting on July 24,” stated Kemble. “The contractor must have liability insurance and the sealed bid must be brought to the July 24 meeting.”

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Fundraiser Scheduled for Turkey Tracks Event

Eric Corey

Eric Corey’s spirit will be alive Saturday night at the Washington Township Building in Starke County.

Eric was the inspiration for the Turkey Tracks annual hunt in Starke County in which physically challenged youngsters go into the woods to try to bag a turkey. 22 guides and volunteers met this week to map out the April event and prepare for the Saturday night fish fry and stage show.

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Indiana State Fire Marshal Determines Cause in Washington Township House Fire

This home, at 2915 S. 800 E. in Washington Township, was a total loss

The fire at at 2915 S. 800 E. in Washington Township has been ruled accidental.

“The fire started on the west side of the house around a wood burner and that’s what caused the fire,” said Fred Sumpter from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office. “The burner was positioned around the center portion of the house.”

Sumpter said his investigation into the incident is now complete.

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Washington Township Fire Department Building Training Tower

Gary Dulin, Jerry Fletcher, Harold Welter, Mary Lynn Ritchie, Kirk Bennett, Nathan Marcum, Mike Yankauskas, Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board approved a request from the Washington Township Fire Department to build a training tower on the grounds of the old Washington Township school.  Superintendent A.J. Gappa has the background of the initial request:

“At the previous meeting, two of the Washington Township Fire Department members requested from the board the ability to build a training area behind the old bus garage at the old Washington Township property,” said Gappa.

The Board noted that the training tower will be a positive thing not only for the local fire departments, but other fire departments in the area who need to complete training for certification purposes.

Week in Review for December 6th-10th, 2010

Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week.

Diana Jedynak, 67, died of fire related injuries after her home caught fire early Monday morning in Washington Township. Indiana State Fire Marshal, Fred Sumpter, said the investigation into the cause of the fire was postponed due to the weather conditions and the integrity of the structure.

Northwest Indiana Forum, Inc.

The Northwest Indiana Forum’s Board of Directors have voted to acknowldge the organization’s service territory to extend beyond Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Starke Counties to include Newton, Jasper and Pulaski Counties.

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Washington Township House Fire Investigation Postponed

Indiana State Fire Marshal, Fred Sumpter, told WKVI Tuesday that the investigation into the cause of a house fire in Washington Township early Monday morning has been postponed. He cited weather conditions and the integrity of the structure as reasons for the postponement. The investigation will continue as soon as the weather clears.

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One Person Dies in House Fire in Washington Township

One person has died in a house fire that occurred at 7315 E. 100 N. in Starke County.  Washington Township Fire officials, along with the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office, are investigating the fire that occurred at midnight.

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