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LANE RESTRICTIONS: NORTH MAIN STREET

North Main Street, between Pike and Middlebury streets, will have partial lane restrictions between March 2 and March 4. This is to allow NIPSCO to install street lights on North Main Street.

NIPSCO will maintain open access for businesses and resident on North Main Street. The utilities company will be providing traffic control.

EXTENSION OF ROAD CLOSURE AND RESTRICTIONS: OLIVE STREET

Olive and Lincoln avenues have been closed and restricted to allow NIPSCO to move utilities ahead of road and utilities reconstruction.

Due to the discovery of additional, unmarked utilities, NIPSCO has requested to extend the Olive Street road closure from Monday, March 1, to Friday, March 5.

Existing lane restrictions to Lincoln and Olive avenues will be extended through March 19.

ROAD CLOSURE: OLIVE STREET

Due to additional utilities that were uncovered during the excavation, Olive Street will again be closed just north of Lincoln from Monday, March 1, through Friday, March 5. Olive Street will be open to traffic this weekend.

UPDATE ON ROAD CLOSURE: OLIVE STREET AT LINCOLN AVENUE

Due to the weather, the closure on Olive Street north of Lincoln Avenue was postponed until Monday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 26 . NIPSCO is working to relocate a gas main in this area, and crews will need to remove and excavate underneath the roadway.

Traffic will be detoured onto Steury Avenue to avoid the road closure.

NIPSCO expects that Olive Street will need to be closed in the same area again in the coming weeks. A notification will be sent out when dates are known.

AMERICA’S FREEDOM FEST POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THIS YEAR

Men standing on wing of airplane.
Freedom Fest 2018. Photo Credit: Alaina Gingerich

Goshen’s annual air and fireworks show that takes place at the Goshen Municipal Airport and is attended by thousands of residents, will be pushed back until further notice this year.

Organizers of America’s Freedom Fest announced today, Feb. 19, that the 2021 edition, slated for Saturday, July 10 at the Goshen Municipal Airport has been postponed until further notice in light of the uncertainty linked to the current COVID-19 health crisis.

Randy Sharkey, Goshen Airport Manager and co-founder of Freedom Fest said, “the board of directors unanimously agreed to postpone the annual air show and fireworks show in response to the pandemic and the large number of visitors the show attracts each year. 

Sharkey estimated the crowd at the 2019 show to be between 22,000 and 24,000. The estimate does not include all of the airport’s neighboring residents that host family reunions and get-togethers on that day to watch the shows from outside.

“We are obviously disappointed not to be able to hold this huge patriotic event in our community this year”, stated Dr. Gregg Lanzen, the show’s co-founder and President of the Board. “We spent many hours as a committee looking at different options of how to safely host this year’s event and the end result was we need to postpone until our county no longer has any restrictions on large event gatherings.”

According to airshowstuff.com America’s Freedom Fest is one of only two air shows scheduled in Indiana in 2021. The other airshow is scheduled at the Madison Municipal Airport, Madison, Ind., on September 25, 2021. 

“I want to thank the organizers for working diligently with our County Health Department to find a safe way to host the show, and ultimately making the tough but responsible decision to postpone,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “I know I’m not alone when saying I look forward to a time when we can safely return to attending events like this one soon.”

COLD WEATHER NOTICE

Goshen Water Utility customers should pay close attention to their water systems over the next few days as temperatures drop into the single digits and below. Although recent excavations have only shown the frost depth to be 1 foot deep, the frost depth will drive deeper with the predicted daytime and nighttime temperatures.

Goshen Utilities has already been contacted by several customers that have experienced water leaks due to broken outside spigots. To prevent this problem at your home or business, remember to remove all hoses and attachments from your outside spigots. For structures that do not have frost-free spigots, customers should shut the spigot’s isolation valve off inside the home and then briefly open the spigot handle to drain any water trapped between the shutoff valve and the spigot.

After buttoning up the water system outside, customers should evaluate other freezing points in their home and make sure adequate precautions are being taken. Some ideas on precautions to be taken are:

1. Keep your heat on and the temperature constant
2. Insulate pipes
3. Open cabinet doors when there is plumbing on outside walls
4. Seal cracks on openings
5. Drip water from your interior faucet
6. Close the garage door to keep heat inside your structure.

A little effort now will save you from plumbing repairs, property damage, and a higher utility bill.

GOSHEN SEEKING COMMUNITY INPUT ON ARTS AND CULTURE

The City of Goshen and the Goshen Arts Council are seeking valuable community input on ways to improve the arts and culture scene here.

With plans to continue building new programs that will enhance the arts and culture landscape in Goshen, City staff and artists are turning to residents for suggestions on how best to create a positive impact through arts and culture through a short survey.

Click here to take the survey.

Residents within City limits who complete the survey will be entered to win one of three private movie screenings for 25 people at the historic Goshen Theater. The beautiful, newly renovated space is equipped to play a film of the winner’s choosing. Complimentary pop and popcorn will be included.

“The strength in Goshen’s arts culture comes from our diverse community of artists and residents interested in making our home a better place to live,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “We want to continue supporting this important work by collecting ideas from the community at large and helping implement them.”

In December 2020, the City of Goshen was one of four cities in Indiana that received the coveted Spotlight Community recognition from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) — and this year, the City is preparing to apply for the state Cultural District Designation.

An Indiana Cultural District is a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area with unique, authentic art and cultural identity. Each district is a statewide leader in cultural development.

The IAC provides project funding for designated Indiana Cultural Districts, facilitates statewide collaboration through the Indiana Cultural District Consortium, and provides other capacity-building opportunities for cultural district leadership.

“A Cultural District Designation would allow the City to pursue funding for artistic endeavors and programming for all residents, strengthening the community’s quality of life,” Goshen Arts Council Program Director Adrienne Nesbitt said. “This work is important for future planning on arts services and programs in Goshen. I am excited to see what feedback we receive and hope the community is just as excited to see what comes next.”

NEW YEAR’S EVE AND NEW YEAR’S DAY

All City offices will close at noon Thursday, December 31, and will be closed all day Friday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.

Trash collection services will be normal on New Year’s Eve, off on New Year’s Day, and delayed by a day afterward.