Jennifer Weingart

Reporter/Host, All Things Considered

Jennifer Weingart is a reporter and All Things Considered host. She holds a degree in broadcasting and journalism from Central Michigan University, prior work experience from WCMU in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. and WDET in Detroit. She likes stories that involve passionate people doing awesome things. Her work is heard on WVPE, the Michigan Public Radio Network, Indiana's regional journalism cooperative and a few times on NPR.

Jennifer believes that Public Radio is where the best stories go to get told.

When she's not chasing a story she can be found listening to NPR podcasts while running, baking recipes off Pinterest, doing something marching band related, or reading anything that stands still long enough. She also enjoys cats, dresses with weird prints, camping and TV shows with quality character development. She is a fantastic whistler.

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Curtesy of Krasl Art Center

 

The Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan will be under construction this summer as they completely revamp their space.

 

Most of the changes at Krasl are happening outside. The center is located on the bluff in St. Joe. Currently a lot of their outdoor space is taken up by parking.

Executive director Julia Gourley said that’s going to change, “So we’re taking over some of that parking area and getting rid of a drive off lake boulevard and making that a plaza where people can gather.”

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Three months after February’s record breaking floods, Michiana is still cleaning up the mess left behind. Disaster centers in the region are working to help residents with recovery efforts.

The FEMA disaster recovery centers in Elkhart and South Bend have only been open for about a month. So far $2.3 million dollars in aid has been handed out to nearly 1,900 registrants.

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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Mishawaka today at the new SF Motors plant.

SF Motors is a Chinese company that makes electric vehicles. It's headquartered in Santa Clara, California, but will be building cars for the U.S. market in the Mishawaka plant it calls EVAP (Electric Vehicle Assembly Plant).

 

SF Motors is currently in the process of updated the former AM General Plant in Mishawaka that used to make the Hummer and Mercedes-Benz.

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While Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was in Northern Indiana on Wednesday he visited the FEMA disaster assistance center in Elkhart.

The center in Elkhart is one of three in Northern Indiana providing help for those impacted by record flooding in late February.

Residents can apply for FEMA assistance, or for loans and help from the U.S. Small Business Association.

Holcomb greeted all the workers in the center, as well as a few people getting assistance.

 

Last week students in Elkhart Community Schools voted on the new name and mascot for the merged high school.

Today officials released those names. They are the Elkhart Alliance High School Elks (black, silver). The Elkhart Community High School Express (black, white, royal blue). The Elkhart High School Jaguars (red, navy blue, gold). The Elkhart United High School Mangy Lions (red, white, navy blue). And The Heartland High School Thundering Herd (royal blue, gold).

Google Earth

 

Indiana Michigan Power is lowering the water levels around its dam in Berrien Springs for maintenance work.

The St. Joseph River will be lowered three and a half feet, by six inches a day for the next week to allow for maintenance on the dam.

The maintenance will impact mostly those above the dam in an area known as Lake Chapin

I & M spokesperson Schnee Garrett said the work isn’t out of the ordinary.

The National Weather Service

 

Temperatures this weekend into Tuesday topped 90. Some storms Tuesday night and into Wednesday are expected to cool Michiana down.

It’s not usually this warm in late May.

Megan Dodson is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. She said the recent heat wave is out of the ordinary.

City of South Bend

 

The Best Week Ever festival kicks off today in South Bend with Memorial Day events. There are plenty to do this week all over the city.

Last year for the first annual Best Week Ever there were a lot of complaints about the events being too spread out. So this year organizers have each day’s events centered in one neighborhood.

Across the week there will be art festivals, food, live music, themed parties, kids activities, rafting on the East Race and an attempt to break a world record.

Curtesy of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

 

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi are holding their annual Memorial Day pow wow this weekend.

People are already arriving to camp at the pow wow grounds in Dowagiac. Dancing starts Saturday.

The Oshke-Kno-Kewéwen is a traditional pow wow. That means the dancing is for fun or spiritual reasons instead of as part of a competition.

Organizer Andy Jackson said pow wows like these give native children a chance to experience the pow wow and learn through more opportunities to dance.

 

Elkhart Community Schools has confirmed that superintendent Rob Haworth has tendered his resignation.

In a statement Haworth and the school board cited his need to be closer to family. Haworth is awaiting board approval to be the new superintendent of Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haute.

Elkhart Community Schools

 

A media outlet is reporting Elkhart Community Schools Superintendent is leaving his post after six years in the job.

Rob Haworth is rumored to have announced his resignation at a closed school board meeting Tuesday night.

WVPE has been unable to independently confirm Haworth’s resignation. Calls to officials have not been returned.

Golfers put on a practice green in front of a clubhouse building
Jennifer Weingart

 

The events around the Senior PGA tournament tee’d off in Benton Harbor Tuesday.

 

The tournament is about golf, obviously, 156 players start official rounds on Thursday. There’s also the pro-am rounds Tuesday where some of the professional players go through the course with amateurs with ties to the title sponsor KitchenAid.

But off the fairway there are cooking and product demos by KitchenAid, concerts, a kids space and tastings from local wineries and breweries.

Championship Director Ryan Ogle.

 

Economic development started in Elkhart in 2017 is continuing into 2018. Economic numbers in the first quarter are up.

The city of Elkhart has issued permits for 48 million dollars in new construction and upgrades so far in 2018. If that continues it will outpace 2017’s 144 million in developments. In 2016, less than 60 million dollars was put into such investments.

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese said the city still faces problems with getting qualified people for available jobs.

Bike Michiana Coalition

 

Bike to work week in Michiana is coming to a close. Organizers say it has been successful despite some wet weather early on.

Bike to Work Week Michiana did have to move there usual South Bend pancake breakfast from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Karen Haun is on the board for the Michiana Bike Coalition. She said the week is a great chance for biking co-workers to form groups.

 

New Buffalo’s beach will have lifeguards on a limited basis this summer, despite an effort to drop the program.

Lifeguards will be on the beach on weekends and holidays only, much like they were last year.

Earlier this year city manager Dave Richards proposed a draft budget without the lifeguards on it. A local resident and a few lifeguard organizations protested and the lifeguards were kept on the budget.

Richards said finding lifeguards in New Buffalo is hard.

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