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CITYWIDE LEAF PICKUP TO BEGIN MONDAY, NOV. 20

The Street Department will be collecting leaves the week of Thanksgiving, beginning Monday, Nov. 20.

The crews will drive around the city collecting leaves. For those who were not able to rake their leaves to the curb this coming week, the street department will continue onto its full-on leaf collection until the first snowfall of the season.

For those who may have yard waste beyond collection weeks, the Environmental Center, located the intersection of Indiana Avenue and C.R. 19, is free to Goshen residents and open 52 weeks a year. From April through November, their hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon; and from December through March their hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Environmental Center is closed on Sunday and holidays. The Center accepts brush, leaves (loose or in a bag), at no charge for Goshen residents. If the leaves are bagged, the bags must be emptied.

Fall/Winter MapleCityNow copies now available!

Goshen residents will find copies of the Fall/Winter MapleCityNow in their mailbox over the next few days. Residents can also find extra copies at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, LaCasa, Inc. and City offices. This season’s newsletter features information about the City’s new Cremation Center, updates on the multi-purpose pavilion project and the latest on road construction projects that began this summer. Please make sure to check out the latest edition of the MCN and save it to keep information about leaf pickup, snow removal and Christmas tree disposal dates!

Para recibir una copia del boletín informativo, por favor llame al 537.3883. También puede encontrar copias del boletín en la Cámara de Comercio de Goshen, LaCasa, Inc. y los edificios de la ciudad.

City receives community of the year award at Indiana Chamber of Commerce ceremony

Mayor Stutsman and a delegation composed of City elected officials, staff and community members attended the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s awards ceremony Tuesday evening, Nov. 7. Here’s what the mayor said about the event and the award:

Wow, that was a great night! I was the lucky one who accepted the award tonight but it’s our community that earned and won it. I am honored to serve as Mayor of Goshen and honored to work with each City employee, elected officials, non profit organizations,businesses and residents as we all work for the common good. I met and spoke with many people this evening from across our State; it is obvious Goshen has caught their eye.

Truly proud,
Mayor Jeremy Stutsman


Click here for a video produced by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce on Goshen receiving the Community of the Year Award.

Click here to read an article written by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce on Goshen being named Community of the Year.

STORMWATER CALENDARS AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP

The Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership is again distributing a two-year calendar called “Elkhart County Waters: Ours to Protect” as part of our stormwater education program. The 2018-2019 calendar uses pictures donated by local photographers, combined with information boxes, to increase awareness of our rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands, and how to protect them.

Information in the Stormwater Calendar includes:

  • The answer to the question: What is a watershed?
  • Information about rain gardens and rain barrels.
  • Information about illicit discharges and household hazardous waste disposal.
  • Information about topics such as the water cycle, stormwater runoff, winter salt application, water monitoring, floodplains, construction site runoff, agricultural conservation, and more.
  • Tips for how you can get involved.
  • Phone numbers and websites to pursue topics in more depth.

While supplies last, copies of the calendar are available at a number of public locations in Goshen and throughout Elkhart County, including:

City Annex Building (204 E. Jefferson Street, Goshen)
City Hall (202 S. 5th Street. Goshen)
Parks & Recreation Office (607 W. Plymouth Avenue)
Reith Interpretive Center (410 W. Plymouth Avenue – across from Shanklin Park in Goshen)
Sewer & Water Billing Office (203 S. 5th St., Goshen)
Water & Sewer Department (208 N. 5th Street)
Wayne Wogoman Welcome Center at Fidler Pond (1424 Lincolnway East, Goshen)

Elkhart County Administration Building (117 North Second St., Goshen)
Elkhart County SWCD office at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen
Elkhart Environmental Center (1717 E. Lusher Ave., Elkhart)
Elkhart Public Works & Utilities (1201 S. Nappanee St., Elkhart)
Elkhart County Parks Administrative Office (211 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen)
Elkhart County Public Services Building (4230 Elkhart Rd., Goshen)
Bristol Town Hall (303 E. Vistula St., Bristol)

Staff from the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District, Elkhart County Parks and Recreation, City of Elkhart’s Environmental Division, and City of Goshen Stormwater Department all contributed to the project.

We hope you enjoy your copy of the sixth edition of the Stormwater Calendar.

West Goshen Neighborhood Association Receives Mini-Grant

NOTE: The following press release was initially published by LaCasa, Inc. 

Board members of the West Goshen Neighborhood Association met at the Crest Acres Haunted House Halloween Night and were presented with a check for a Neighborhood Association Mini-Grant.

The mini-grants are intended to nurture new associations and strengthen existing associations within Goshen city limits. The funds, provided by the City of Goshen and administered by LaCasa Inc., are to be used to enhance communication between residents within neighborhoods, improve communication between residents and the city, and to generally promote organized neighborhoods, which have been found to increase property values and improve quality of life.

About LaCasa, Inc.

LaCasa, Inc. is a Community Housing Development Organization serving Elkhart County Indiana. LaCasa has been a charter member of NeighborWorks America since 1999. Our programs are designed to create opportunity for personal empowerment, family stability, and neighborhood vitality. All LaCasa activities and services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran.

City’s Community-wide celebration joins ’Tis the Season concert at Ignition Music Garage

The sixth annual ’Tis the Season concert will be even bigger and merrier this year.

The holiday concert, featuring Goshen-based musicians at Ignition Music Garage, attracts a festive crowd and raises money for local charities. Music selections include music of the season at this family-friendly event. “This will be the sixth year that we have produced ’Tis the Season at Ignition Music Garage. Last year we raised more than $3,000 for our designated charities,” said Ignition Founder Steve Martin.

“It has become an annual gift to the community from performers, visual artists, and Ignition,” said Carrie Lee Bland Kendall, show producer and chair of the Mayor’s Creative Arts Council.

This year the City of Goshen is celebrating a distinctive honor of having been selected as Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. “It is great to know our community has been recognized for working together to create a vibrant, welcoming City,” said Mayor Jeremy Stutsman. “I asked if we could expand the event to become a community-wide celebration this year.”

The event is planned for Saturday, December 2, and has grown to include The Electric Brew, adjacent to Ignition Music Garage. “I want to thank everyone who has participated in making our community stronger, and one that others want to emulate,” Mayor Stutsman said. “Holding a thank you celebration that also raises money for local charities is a win-win. The event will be free this year to encourage even larger donations to the charities benefiting from the ’Tis the Season show.”

The scheduled events for that evening are as follows:

6–8 p.m—Community of the Year Open House at The Electric Brew featuring complementary coffee and hors d’oeuvres. No tickets are needed to attend the open house.
7 p.m.—Silent art auction, continues throughout the evening, and is open to the community
7 p.m.—Doors open at Ignition Music Garage
7:30 p.m.—’Tis the Season begins, tickets required

Although admission is free, Mayor Stutsman, the performers, The Electric Brew and Ignition Music Garage invite everyone attending to bring non-perishable food items or a monetary donation for this year’s, ’Tis the Season beneficiaries: The Window and Elkhart County Clubhouse.

The City of Goshen will have limited reserved seating tickets available on a first come, first served basis at Mayor Stutsman’s office, limited to four per person, with preference given to families with small children (five years old and younger to sit on accompanying adult’s lap), those over sixty-five years old, and individuals with disabilities. All other tickets will be general admission standing room available from the Ignition box office, which is open for ticket downloads as of 8 a.m. Thursday, November 2.

GOSHEN CITY COUNCIL RESCHEDULED

Due to a scheduling conflict, the next Goshen City Council meeting has been rescheduled from Tuesday, November 7th to Monday, November 6th.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Police and Court Building, 111 E. Jefferson St.

Meetings will resume their regular schedule on Tuesday, November 21st at 7 p.m.

Mayor Stutsman announces Apple Challenge winners

Today Mayor Jeremy Stutsman drew the names of the 24 winners of his Apple Challenge, a plan to help a local business this fall.

Mayor Stutsman issued the challenge for people to go out and support at Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards, a local business that was struggling due to ongoing construction along Kercher Road.

The challenge was to break an apple with your hands. Those who tried the challenge would be entered once to be drawn at the end of October. Those who succeeded at splitting an apple would be entered three times.

Mayor Stutsman posted a tutorial video on Facebook showing the public how to split an apple. The mayor and his wife, Maija, donated a $100 gift certificate to be spent at the Orchard as a prize for the winner of the contest. Since the video came out, another 23 businesses and individuals matched the donation. The video got more than 33,000 views and more than 470 shares on social media, an indicator of the community’s willingness to support a local business.

“It’s always nice when a useless skill like splitting an apple can come in handy,” mayor Stutsman said. “I’m grateful for all the businesses who participated and community members who came out to support the orchard.”

A total of 545 contestants participated in the apple challenge.

Maureen Kercher, the owner of orchard, said she was grateful for living in a community that cares about each other.

“Thank you to the wonderful people and businesses of Goshen for the generous support this fall and throughout the construction this past year,” Kercher said. “Goshen is truly a great community to be a part of. Thank you for 95 years of business and we look forward to the next 95 years providing fresh fruits and vegetables to your homes.

Below are the businesses and individuals who matched Mayor Stutsman’s donation:

• Kelly Appraisals • Baconhill Kitchen and Pub • Get Fit, Get Healthy Worksite Wellness
• J+K Septic Plumbing • Home Again Consignment • Olympia Candy Kitchen
• R.S. Pest Inc. • Yoder Ainley Ulmer and Buckingham • Woldruff’s Footwear Apparel
• Vala Marketing, Inc. • Dave Pottinger and Faye Peterson • Matt Sygnal – Edward Jones
• Everett and Barbara Thomas • Ann Wisler – Remax • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
• Hostetler Askew Garage Doors • Acruity Consulting, Inc. • South Side Soda Shop
• Goshen Plumbing and Heating • Christina Claus and Barb Swartley • Maple City Printing
• Crossroads Food Animal Veterinary Services, LLC • Goshen Health Onsite Clinics

Below is the list of winners of the Mayor’s Apple Challenge

• Eli Steele • Michelle Eichorst • Deb Brenneman
• Nicole Nelson • Brian Hall • Jennifer Camacho
• Ana Zmuda • Randy Clay • Bill Swartz
• Michael Self • Jason Cook • Jordan Smith
• Dottie Hicks • Olivia Macias • Oliver Kauffman
• Gracie • Patrick Gannon • Sarah Horst
• Ron A. Fraley • Lance Yoder • Laura Morris
• Joe Blazek • Patrick Szryrczak • Norma Yoder