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Archive for August, 2011

South Bend and Mishawaka government forums

Posted by Paul Taylor on August 26, 2011

It’s a job interview for the candidates running for Mishawaka and South Bend mayor and common council. It’s a chance for cyclists to meet & greet the candidates, learn their views, and let them know yours. The Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County and the Young Professionals Network (YPN), in partnership with the South Bend Tribune and WSBT Stations, will present two Mayoral Candidate Forums.

South Bend Candidates – 9/8/2011 – 6:30 – 8 PM @ College Football Hall of Fame

Mishawaka Candidates – 9/14/2011 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM @ Riverside Terrace

Get to know the candidates and how they stand on important issues. This may be your only chance
to see the candidates at one time. There is no admission charge, and reservations are not required. For more invormation click  for South Bend or for Mishawaka.

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Pumpkinvine ribbon cutting Sept. 20

Posted by Paul Taylor on August 23, 2011

The official opening and ribbon cutting for the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between  Middlebury and Shipshewana will be held at 1:30 pm Sept 20 at the intersection of the trail and CR 900W, just north of CR250 N.

Parking is available at Lifegate Church, CR 250 N.

Officials from the towns of Middlebury and Shipshewana, Elkhart County Parks, Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and the Indiana Department of Transportation will cut the ribbon. Members of the public are invited.

The 6-mile section of hew trail nearly doubles the current size of the attraction.

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South Bend chosen for statewide health and fitness study

Posted by Paul Taylor on August 18, 2011

The South Bend Parks and Recreation Department has been named one of ten
“Beta Sites” to find community aspects that influence obesity and active living.

Since 2009, the Healthy Communities Research Group – (GP RED) – and Indiana University, along with Indiana Parks and Recreation Association, Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, GreenPlay, and Design Concepts,have been working together to develop and test the Healthy Communities Surveillance and Management Project. This project identifies and targets the community aspects that influence obesity and active living, specifically focusing on policies, funding, physical assets, programs and services that influence health and fitness levels of youth ages 10 – 14 years. This is the age where youth start to become independent in their lifestyle choices. Studies show that if a child is overweight or obese at this age, they are 80% likely to be overweight or obese as an adult, and 80% of those adults will produce overweight or obese children. If not addressed, this trend can drastically negatively impact the overall health and the economy in a community.

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Bike Friendly Music

Posted by Phil G-E on August 13, 2011

The Steel Wheels are an acoustic/folk music band featuring Goshen’s Jay Lapp. The band is touring Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana by bike. Their final show is tomorrow, August 14 at the Red Bridge Inn. Come out and support great music and bicycle power!

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