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The city of South Bend launched a new version of it’s website Monday. The design is meant to make the most used features easy to find.

The site was designed with a lot of input from different sources. Resident surveys, the South Bend Code School and the University of Notre Dame all played a role.

The city’s chief innovation officer Santiago Garces said for the next year or so they will be taking resident opinions and issues into account to improve the site.

Michiana Stories: Studebaker Part 1

Jul 16, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

On this episode of Michiana Stories, Assistant Director of the Studebaker Museum, Jo McCoy, has a conversation with both the museum’s archivist, Andrew Beckman and the museum’s curator, Aaron Warkentin about the innovation at the museum as well as some of their favorite Studebakers.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Barb Anguiano / WVPE

St. Joseph County, Indiana Habitat for Humanity is counting down for the start of the 35th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Works Project during the last week of August. The non-profit hosted a “Kid’s Day” Tuesday for those moving into new homes to mingle with future neighbors.

Jim Williams is the President and CEO of St. Joseph County Habitat for Humanity. He stands under a pavilion at Potawatomi Park in South Bend, as he tries to avoid a collision with kids present for the ‘Kid’s Day’. He says events like this help build a sense of community for those in the program.

Grant Beachy

In this episode of Michiana Stories, we rejoin the conversation with Director Hannah Fischer and rising director Chloe Ilene (EILEEN), this time regarding the inspiration behind one of their favorite performances, Mercy/Shelter.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE and is heard Monday mornings at 7:45, and Monday afternoons at 4:45, on 88.1 WVPE.

Grant Beachy

On this episode of Michiana Stories, Hannah Fischer, founding director of Fischer Dance, speaks with Chloé Ilene, rising director of New Industry Dance, about the rebranding of the company. The conversation was recorded on location at Fischer Dance.

Below is information from a Fischer Dance press release from June 26, 2018.

Fischer Dance bids farewell to founding director Hannah Fischer, announces a new name, and ushers in a new era of contemporary dance in South Bend, Ind.

Michiana Stories: South Bend LGBTQ Center

Jun 25, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

LGBTQ Center employees Tricia McCann and Jamie Morgan talk about the different local events and local resources available in South Bend for the LGBTQ community.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE. It is aired on Monday mornings at 7:45, and Monday afternoons at 4:45, on 88.1 WVPE.

 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center in South Bend hosted its first Juneteenth celebration. Junteenth is a holiday focusing on the Emancipation Proclamation, and the freeing of African American slaves during the Civil War.

 

Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865, when word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas. The Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln in 1863, though slaves in Texas didn’t learn of the president’s action until two years later.
 

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

The non-profit Near Northwest Neighborhood in South Bend hosted free lead testing for area residents Saturday.
 

  The tests were primarily for children under the age of seven and pregnant women in census tract six on South Bend’s Northwest side.
 

Emily Dean is an outreach coordinator for Near Northwest Neighborhood. She said testing is the first step in addressing the issue of lead in the neighborhood.   
 

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

South Bend’s Pride Week 2018 wrapped up over the weekend with a downtown Block Party.
 

Vendors and non-profit organizations from across northern Indiana lined a block of Michigan street for the final event of South Bend’s 2018 Pride Week.
 

Jason Wilkinson is the executive director at the LGBTQ Center in South Bend. He says he’s proudest of all the young people that showed up during the week’s events.
 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend

 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is among the list of Democrats the news website Politico has indicated met with former President Barack Obama in D.C., to discuss a potential 2020 bid for the Presidency.

Mark Bode, Buttigieg’s Director of Communications, confirmed the Buttigieg and Obama have met several times, most recently for a- quote, “informal, private conversation last fall.”

 

Jennifer Weingart

 The three disaster recovery centers set up in Indiana after record late winter flooding will close permanently this Saturday.

The centers in South Bend, Elkhart and Utica were created to help people impacted by the flooding fill out applications for assistance through FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state.

Applications and assistance will still be available online and by phone. The centers will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. then will close.

 

  The city of South Bend will reimburse residents for replacing broken sidewalks and curbs or for adding them where there are gaps.

The program allows property owners to contract work on sidewalk and curbs that abut their property. The city will pay $20 per linear foot for sidewalk, and $15 for curbs.

In some cases the city will also reimburse for ADA compliant ramps.

 

The South Bend Police Department is accepting applications for its Citizen's Police Academy classes.

The Citizen's Police Academy is nine weeks of Tuesday night classes that allow civilians a peek into what it’s like to be a police officer.

Spokesperson Ken Garcia said they hope the class attracts people from all walks of life.

Jennifer Weingart

 

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.

St. Joseph County Public Library

Michelle and Nat FitzGerald are the owners of Make South Bend and curators of the Rebel Art Fest. They talk about their love for the River Park neighborhood of South Bend.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and WVPE and is heard Monday mornings at 7:45, and Monday afternoons at 4:45, on 88.1 WVPE.

Music: "Son of Man" by SPACESHIPS (Nat FitzGerald is a member of the band)

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