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INDEX

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Welcome DeMotte Remington Rensselaer Wheatfield County Government Courts Public Safety Animal Shelter Highway Department Bureau of Motor Vehicles Veterans Services REMC Probation Department Jasper County Airport Festivals and Events Historical Society Prairie Arts Council Economic Development Tourism Township Trustees Schools Libraries Jasper Newton Foundation Community Services Chambers of Commerce Health & Wellness SWCD CASA Purdue Extension Historical Landmarks Attractions


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t is our privilege to introduce the 2020 Jasper County Indiana Fact Book, a production of the Rensselaer Republican and Kankakee Valley Post newspapers. We hope that this publication will serve as your guide to Discover Jasper County. Jasper County, settled in 1832 and named in honor of Revolutionary War Sergeant William Jasper, is perfectly located south of Chicago and beautiful Lake Michigan and north of Indianapolis. Intersecting highways, railways, and waterways allow for easy transport of goods. Abundant transportation resources paired with the area’s naturally rich soil make Jasper County a leading agriculture producer in Indiana. Jasper County is truly a place for everyone! The county combines quaint small towns with developing cities. If you are looking for up and coming unique downtown scenes or more rural experiences, Jasper County can provide both within a matter of miles. The Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers, along with Jasper-Pulaski State Wildlife Area provide ample access to fishing/ hunting, camping, hiking, and birdwatching. Close proximity to cities like Chicago and Lafayette/ West Lafayette allows you to “Bear Down” or “Boiler UP” and expose yourself to vibrant city life. An art-infused culture mixed with unique local shops, restaurants, breweries, and wineries. There is so much to discover when you live in or visit Jasper County. 2019 was year that introduced many changes to Jasper County and its residents. We celebrated the announcement of Inteplast and their investment in Remington, committing to the creation of approxi-

mately 40 future jobs. We saw the infusion of public art into our communities, creating excitement and vibrancy. Then we experienced the devastation of the Town Mall fire in Rensselaer in November, but also felt the resolve of the community in the wake of it all. Jasper County has been working together to find solutions for these issues, with the Jasper County Economic Development Organization (JCEDO) spearheading a lot of discussions. The future for the county continues to look bright. JCEDO has been around since 1986 and continues to run on the resiliency of our community and the opportunities that keep knocking on our door. As one of the few rural counties in the state with a growing population, we are primed to see unprecedented growth in the agricultural, industrial, and residential sectors. JCEDO is poised to seize this momentum by: • Increasing opportunities for small businesses. • Improving relationships with existing businesses. • Continuing to grow and attract a strong workforce. • Enhancing tourism and community development efforts. • Building a stronger relationship with the community that we serve. We hope that you enjoy the 2020 Fact Book and continue to learn more about Jasper County! Sincerely, Stephen Eastridge Executive Director Jasper County Economic Development Organization

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The Jasper County Tourism Commission (JCTC) is the lead entity guiding the countywide tourism initiative and invests in productive activities designed to increase the economic impact produced by visitors’ spending at hotels, restaurants, attractions, events, and other tourism-oriented businesses. Jasper County Economic Development Organization (JCEDO) provides administrative oversight and professional staffing services to the JCTC’s efforts. Through our work we seek to grow the county tax base by leveraging increased business investment and job creation.

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Town of DeMotte The Town of DeMotte, which is located in Northern Jasper, was named after Civil War veteran Mark DeMotte, who served as a first lieutenant with the Indiana Light Artillery

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DeMotte Town Council The DeMotte Town Council meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the DeMotte Town Hall. Town Council members are President Jeff Cambe, Vice President Alana Bauman, Street Commissioner Dale Eenigenburg, Police Commissioner Mark Boer, and Sewer Commissioner Terry Schultz. Town Manager is Heather Tokarz and Town Hall Office Manager is Donna Shear. Address: 112 Carnation St. SE, DeMotte IN, 46310 Phone (219) 987-3831 Website: www.townofdemotte.com

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DeMotte Police Department The DeMotte Police Chief is Tom Jarrette. The department has six full-time, and seven part-time officers. Address 112 Carnation St SE, DeMotte IN. Phone (219) 987-3344 Website: www.demottepolice.com Dial 911 for emergencies. DeMotte Park Board The DeMotte Park Board meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at DeMotte Town Hall from February to November. Park Board members are President Peggy Michelin, Vice-President Tom Frederich, Secretary Leann Doffin, and member Marie Eenigenburg.

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Town of Remington Remington, situated in southern Jasper County, was founded in the spring of 1860 and was a small farming community known at that time as Carpenter Station Suzie Flickner or Carpenter, after Carpenter’s Creek. The name later changed to Remington, perhaps the name of a local storeowner. The railway was completed and known as the Logansport, Peoria, & Burlington Railway. The depot was constructed in the fall of 1859, built just west of the crossing at Ohio Street. Trains began running January 1860. On Sept . 6, 1869 the town held its first meeting to elect a board of trustees. Situated just 90 miles southeast of Chicago and 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis, Remington is host to many local businesses and community organizations. Interstate 65 is just miles east, and US 24 and US 231 pass through town. Remington boasts many homes and landmarks of historic note, with many types of architecture represented. Remington’s town government is made up of five council members elected by ward. The term of office for a member is four years, beginning Jan 1, following the election. Two members are elected

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as president and vice president each year. The town departments report to the town council. The council passed ordinances, resolutions, establishes salaries for town employees, passes an annual budget and sets utility rates. Town Council Current town council members are Susie Flickner (President), Patricia Berger, James Stewart (Vice President), Charlie Illingsworth, and Bob Braaksma. Town Clerk-Treasurer is Terri Budde. Town council meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. Meetings are held in the town hall at 6:30 pm (EST) Address 24 S Indiana St. Remington IN Phone 219-261-2523 Website: www.remingtonindiana.com Park Board Don Pampel Darcy Allegrini Bob Cantrell Phone: 219-261-2523

Patricia Berger

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Remington Fire Department Fire Chief: Mike Martin Address 509 N Harrington St Remington In 47977 Phone 219-261-2050 Remington Police Department Town Marshal John Schuetzenhofer Phone:219-261-3133 For Emergencies call 911 Town Manager Jonathan Cripe His main objective is to manage and oversee the operations of the town, coordinating the activities of the other town employees, and act as liaison to the town council, and performing duties as assigned by the town council.


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City of Rensselaer

When Rensselaer was initially platted in 1839, it was named Newton, but was renamed in 1844 after James Van Rensselaer. Many events take place in Rensselaer each year like, the Little Cousin Jasper Festival, Rock the Mayor Steve Wood Arts, Oktoberfest, The Farmer’s Market, Annual Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, Prairie Arts-Carnegie Center Events. The Christmas Parade, Cops Night Out, Halloween Trunk or Treat, and Cruise Night just to name a few. There are many organizations that help to promote and improve the quality of life in Rensselaer from the Greater Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce, Jasper County Economic Development Organization, and Main Street Rensselaer. Rensselaer is also home to the Franciscan Health of Rensselaer, the Jasper County Courthouse, Jasper County Detention Center, Rensselaer Central School Corporation (grades K-12) and St Augustine School (grades K-5) The City of Rensselaer takes great pride in its large parks department that includes several parks and green spaces, sports programs for adults and youth, a public pool, and about three miles of recreational walking trails. City Council A mayor and five elected council members currently

Frieda Bretzinger

William Hollerman

govern Rensselaer. The council includes: Mayor Steve Wood, Russell Overton, at large; William Hollerman, 1st Ward; Noelle Weishaar, 2nd ward; George Cover, 3rd ward; and Ernest Watson Jr, 4th Ward. Frieda Bretzinger is the Clerk/Treasurer. The City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the city hall council chambers at 124 S Van Rensselaer St, in Rensselaer. Phone: 219-866-5212 Website: www.cityofrensselear.com City Attorney: Jacob Ahler The Rensselaer Community Recreational Development Corporation meets on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Rensselaer Parks Headquarters in Iroquois Park, 222 N College Ave, in Rensselaer. Police Department The Rensselaer Police Department Chief is Matthew Anderson, the department has 10 full-time officers and 5 full-time communication personnel. Parks Department The Park Superintendent is Joe Effinger Mail all correspondence to: Rensselaer Park Board

Noelle Weishaar

George Cover

Earnest Watson

Russell Overton

P.O. Box 280 Rensselaer In 47978 Members of the parks board include: President Michael Manis, Bill Wornhoff, Glen Allie, Rick Williams, and Kris Phillips. Rensselaer offers residents five different utilities: electricity, gas, water, sewage, and sanitation that include curbside recycling pickup. New residents can sign up for all utilities at Rensselaer City Hall – 124 S Van Rensselaer St. Rensselaer IN, 47978.

Over the years, Rensselaer has had multiple projects to improve the quality of life for its residents. One current project is the Parks for People Campaign, which has added walking trails throughout our parks, is building multiple new ball fields, and recently opened a new dog park. The downtown revitalization is another ongoing project with new plans in place. Phase one of the project is to redo the brick roads on Harrison Street and Van Rensselaer Street in the downtown square. Depending on financing, this should be done within the next year or two. Another piece of this project was implemented in the summer of 2019: The Rensselaer Art Walk. Artists from all over the world were hired to paint over a dozen murals on buildings throughout central Rensselaer. These works of art led a lot of people to explore and enjoy the downtown area. Rensselaer is unique in many ways. Our constant mission is to plan ways to be environmentally friendly and promote growth and economic stability.

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Town of Wheatfield The Town of Wheatfield was founded in 1883 on land donated to the town by Simon and Mae Thompson. The first post office was opened a year prior to that in 1882. Wheatfield may have gotten its name from the wild rice or swamp grass that grew in the area, which was said to look like a field of wheat. The town was originally a railroad town with the Plymouth, Kankakee and Pacific railroad Richard Hudgens Robin Gear running through it. The railroad Deborah Norberg is the Clerk/Treasurer. was used to ship wildlife caught by local hunters to Town Hall is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 the markets in Chicago area. a.m.-5:30 p.m. Address: 170 S Grace St Wheatfield The town is now known for its Sandhill Crane IN 46392 Festival, which features a car show, entertainment, Phone 219-956-3119 food and crafts. Wheatfield Public Safety Wheatfield Town Council Town Marshal is David Schaetzel Town Council meets the third Thursday of the Address 160 S Grace St. Wheatfield IN month at 6:30 p.m. at the Wheatfield Municipal 911 in case of emergencies. Building. Town Council members are President Richard Wheatfield Ambulance Hudgens, Vice President Robin Gear, and Diana Address 490 E Grove Street, Wheatfield In 46392 Birky. Phone 219-956-4865

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Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Department Address 91 N Bierma St Wheatfield In Phone 219-956-2319 911 for Emergencies Chamber of Commerce The Chamber of Commerce serves the town of Wheatfield. The chamber meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the town’s municipal building. There is a fee of $5 to help provide meals at meetings. Address P.O. Box 183 Wheatfield In 46392

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County Government

Jasper County Commissioners

The Jasper County Commissioners serve as the executive and legislative authority for the county. Commissioners have a number of duties including receiving bids and authorizing contracts, approving construction and maintenance of the county bridges, management of county property, auditing and authorizing of claims, supervision of county building regulations and appointments to boards, commissions, committee and certain departments heads. The commissioners meet the first Monday of each month at 8:15 am in the commissioner’s room at the Jasper County Courthouse in Rensselaer Address: 115 W. Washington St. Suite 200, Rensselaer IN, 47978 Phone 219-866-4930 www.jaspercountyin.gov

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Jasper County Council members are, from left, Brett Risner, Paul Norwine, Gary Fritts, Rein Bontreger, Andy Andree, Gerrit DeVries and Steve Jordan. Jasper County Council meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the Commissioners Room at the Jasper County Courthouse. PO Box 5 Jasper County Courthouse Rensselaer IN 47978 Phone 219-866-4930 Website: www.jaspercountyin.gov

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Jasper County Plan Commission

The Jasper County Plan Commission meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. providing there is an agenda, in the commissioners room of the Jasper County Courthouse in Rensselaer Address 115 W Washington St Suite 109 Rensselaer IN 47978 Phone-219-866-4930 Website: www.jaspercountyin.gov Members: James Martin, Justin Rodibaugh, Todd Peterson, Gerritt DeVries, Sandra Putt, Bryan Overstreet, Vince Urbano, Kent Korniak, and Jim Walstra.

Jasper County Board of Zoning Appeals

Meets the fourth Monday of each month following the Plan Commission meeting, providing there is an agenda. Address 115 W Washington St Suite 109 Rensselaer IN 47978 Phone-219-866-4930 Website: www.jaspercountyin.gov Members: Chairman James Martin, Kent Korniak, Lance Strange, Scott Walstra, Mark Jordan.

Jasper County Planning & Development

The office issues building permits for non municipal areas of Jasper County, inspects building sites for code compliance and administers for the county plan commission and board zoning appeals

Current inspector is Mary Scheurich Address 115 W Washington St Suite 109 Rensselaer IN 47978 Phone-219-866-4930 Website: www.jaspercountyin.gov

Jasper County Auditor

As the accountant for the county, the auditor distributes moneycollected by the treasurer’s office to various government agencies. The auditors office is responsible for payroll and billing and calculates the county tax rates each year . The auditor also serves as a secretary for the county commissioners, county council and county board of reviews. Minutes for theses meetings are kept and stored at the auditors office as well as land transfer records. Kim Grow is currently auditor. Address 115 W Washington St Suite 109 Rensselaer IN 47978 Kim Grow Phone-219-866-4930 Website: www.jaspercountyin.gov

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County Government

Jasper County Surveyor

Is responsible for perpetually maintaining all government section corners throughout the county and to maintain official records related to these corners. The surveyor is the technical authority on the construction. Reconstruction, and maintenance of all regulated or proposed open and tiled drains in the county and served as a ex-offico member of the Jasper County Drainage Board and the Kankakee Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Vince Urbano Current Surveyor is Vince Urbano Address 2530 North McKinley Ave, Rensselaer IN 47978 Phone: 219-866-4907 Email. Vince.Urbano@co.jasper.in.us

Jasper County Assessor

In Jasper County, the Tax assessors office maintains property tax records filed by the tax assessor who also oversees a general assessment in the county and serves as secretary for the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals.

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Dawn Hoffman is the current Assessor. Address: Room 104 of the Courthouse in Rensselaer Phone 219-866-4930 Office Hours 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday-Friday

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Jasper County Recorder

The office of the recorder was the first constitutional office in the county government in Indiana. The recorder preserves public records, including deeds, mortgages, liens, leases, articles of incorporation, powers of attorney, military discharges, certificates authorizing foreign corporation to do business within the state, bankruptcy notice and miscellaneous records. Beth Warren Beth Warren is the current recorder. Address 115 W Washington St. Suite 203 Rensselaer IN, 47978

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County Government

Jasper County Circuit Clerk

This office administers marriage licenses, child support payments, and traffic ticket payments. The microfilm department is under the jurisdiction of this office, as well as the circuit and superior court clerk office. “In Indiana the Clerk is also the official who oversees and conducts all elections, as a member of the Election Board. The Clerk is responsible to administer and certify results for all federal, state, county, township, municipal, special and school board elections.” Accord- Kara Fishburn ing to the county website Kara Fishburn is the current clerk Address: Address 115 W Washington St Suite 204, Rensselaer IN 47978 Phone-219-866-4930

Jasper County Coroner

The Jasper County Coroner is responsible for determining the manner and cause of death in cases involving violent or unexplained circumstances. It is an elected position. Current Coroner is Diana Boersma Address 2748 West 1400 North Wheatfield IN 46392 Phone: 219-863-3957 Email: dboersma@boersmafuneralhome.com

Diana Boersma

Jasper County Prosecutor

Jasper County Treasurer

The constitution of Indiana provides for the election of a treasurer in each county. The treasurer is responsible for the collection of county property taxes and is the custodian for all money belonging to the county. The treasurer is also responsible to invest the public funds in a manner, which provides the highest investment, return with maximum security. The Treasurer is responsible for mailing of tax statements, and or collection and distribution for all taxes generated in Jasper County.

County Treasurer is Donya Jordan Address 115 W Washington St Suite 201 Rensselaer IN 47978 Phone-219-866-4930

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The Jasper County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney represents the State of Indiana in all felony and misdemeanor criminal prosecutions resulting from crimes committed within Jasper County. Jasper County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney has many duties and responsibilities. The office is also responsible for seeking and enforcing child support orders entered in divorce and paternity cases, enforcing traffic violations, and supervising grand jury proceedings. Current County Prosecuter is Jacob Taulman Address: 125 S. Cullen St. Suite 101 Rensselaer, IN 47978 Jacob Taulman Phone number: 219-866-5321

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County Government Jasper County Health Department The health department encompasses several diverse but related functions within the county. The clerkregistrar of the department is responsible for keeping the records of all births and deaths that occur within the county. The food sanitarian is responsible for licensing and inspecting restaurants, grocery stores, taverns, caterers and booths at county fair, as well as investigating complaints stemming from food-borne illnesses. The food sanitarian is also responsible for animal-related health problems such as bites or ticks that make a person ill. The environmental sanitarians are responsible for on-site inspection of all wells and septic systems in the county and for issuing permits. Bacteria tests for new wells are submitted to this office. These sanitarians are also responsible for unfit dwelling inspections and condemnation of house. The health department also employs nurses who are responsible for immunizations and investigation of communicable disease reports. The department is also trained for a public health emergency with a preparedness coordinator and

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Jasper County Department of Weights and Measures Jasper County is required to have a weight and measure department due to it population. Michael Harper is the weights and measures inspector for the county, working part-time; He can be reached at 219-866-5523 Harper inspects and certifies gas pumps, scales, (including grocer, pharmacy, high school and middle school wrestling scales and vehicle scales) and times devices such as dryers at Laundromat. Every weight and measure has to be checked every year. The inspector does not have a specific time or date when he shows up for the inspection and usually does so without prior notification. When he has inspected something, a new sticker will be places on the device with his name and number listed.

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County Courts

Jasper County Circuit Court

Located on the top floor of the Jasper County Courthouse, handles all of the juvenile cases in the county as well as small claims and infraction cases. The Circuit and Superior Courts share criminal and civil cases, including paternity and domestic relations cases, adoptions, estates, and guardianship. Criminal cases are assigned to the courts on the predetermined basis pursuant to the Supreme Court rules; however in most civil matters, the litigants may choose the court in which they wish to file their Judge John Potter case. The court reporters and bailiff for the circuit court are appointed positions. There are 92 circuit courts in the state, with each county having one. Superior courts are created by the legislature and based upon population and other factors. Circuit and Superior court judges are elected for a term of six years and although the judges are partly paid by the county they serve, the judges are state officers. The current Circuit Court Judge is John D. Potter who has served since 2006. He was appointed to that position by former Governor Mitch Daniels. Address: 115 West Washington St. Rensselaer In 47978 Phone 219-866-4941 Office Hours: 8 a.m.- noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Jasper County Superior Court

The Jasper County Superior Court is located on the top floor of the Jasper County Courthouse. It is a court of general jurisdiction that handles all matters including infraction, small claims and juvenile cases. The current Superior Court Judge is Russell Bailey. Court security for both courts are provided by Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. Address: 115 West Washington St. Rensselaer IN 47978 Judge Russell Bailey Phone 219-866-4971 Office Hours: 8 am- Noon and 1-4 pm Monday-Friday.

Jasper County Superior Court Clerks Office

The Clerks office is located on the ground floor of the Jasper County Courthouse. The office handles small claims records, and some criminal and civil records for Jasper County. Title and search records, divorce records, Department Of Natural Resources violations, bond records and traffic violations that involve misdemeanor or felony charges are available to the public through this office. Small claims cases may be filed or paid through this office. This clerk’s office also manages the main room of the county library. The library is open to the public to read and make copies only. Phone 219-8664922 for civil cases, 219-866-4912 for small claims, and 219-866-4913 for criminal cases.

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Public Safety

Jasper County Sheriff

The sheriff is an elected position that was established under the Indiana constitution. The sheriff is responsible for law-enforcement, jail operations, and transportation of inmates, security of the courts, civil process service, sheriff sales, emergency communication center, and administrative duties that include handgun permit application. The sheriff’s office currently employs 23 merit deputies. All Sheriff Pat Williamson of the merit officers must be an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy graduate and maintain certified training hours each year to stay current as a law enforcement officer. Duties that officers are involved include, drug interdiction and investigation, detective, sexual assault investigation, homicide investigation, polygraph operation, certified School Resource Officer, advance crash investigation, advance patrol and traffic safety, high risk warrant and suspect apprehension operation, courthouse security specialist, and tactical team operations, plus any duties assigned by the Sheriff The current sheriff is Pat Williamson. Phone 219-866-7344 (Non-emergency) Website: www.jaspercountypolice.com Physical Address 2171 N McKinley Ave, Rensselaer IN 47978 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 296 Rensselaer IN 47978

Jasper County Emergency Management Agency

The director is responsible for developing, administering, and maintaining emergency response procedures for the duration and aftermath of disasters in the county. The director coordinates and maintains the intake and disbursement of Homeland Security Grant monies received by Jasper County from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The Director controls and accounts to Karen Wilson the state the expenditure of these monies and authorized equipment to gain county security Karen Wilson is the current EMA director. Address 103 Kellner Blvd, Rensselaer In 47978 Phone: 219-866-9423 Website: www.jaspercountyin.gov

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Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Services The sheriff’s office provides a number of services. Some of those are gun permits, accident reports, vendor/purchasing requirements, and obtaining officials records.

Code Red

Code Red is Jasper County’s Emergency Mass Notification System which can alert residents, businesses and schools of any natural or man-made threats to the community. This system will allow the department to send informational messages to telephones and cellphones in the event of an emergency. These alerts can also be used to notify the public in the event of abduction, missing children, crime spike, information gathering, etc. To register a telephone or cellphone, please complete the online form at www.jaspercountypolice.com. If you are unable to complete the online form, please call the Jasper County Sheriffs office at 219-866-7344 and provide your names, address, and phone number(s) To be removed from the system contact the sheriff’s office at 219-866-7344 and provide your name, address, phone number and reason for removal.

Handgun License Application

License applications may be processed Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s office. You may also apply online from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department website at www. jaspercountypolice.com • Hunting and/or Target Practice Fees $5 (state) and $10 (local) • Personal Protection Fees: $30 (state) and $10 (local) • Firearm Dealer Fee: Exempt • Retired Police Officer Fee: Exempt

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Offender Watch

Our office is pleased to provide OffenderWatch for the citizens of Jasper County. OffendersWatch is the nations leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool with hundreds of leading agencies in dozens of states utilizing it. Jasper County’s law enforcement utilizes OffendersWatch to manage and monitor whereabouts, conduct and compliance status of the registered offenders in Jasper County. OffenderWatch provides the most accurate and timely information available and now this information is available to residents. OffenderWatch is updated instantaneously throughout the day as offender addresses and other offender’s information is updated at the sheriff office. Residents may enter any address in the county and see real-time information on the publishable offenders within a specified radius of the address you entered. Offenders move frequently, so instead of having to check the maps on a weekly basis, the best way to stay informed is to take advantage of the department’s free email alert system. You may confidently register as many addresses in the county as you wish. Jasper County Sheriff Office maintains this OffenderWatch portal as a community service.

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Contact either Bonnie or Tammy at 219-866-4987 or 219-866-1350. From: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Allow 48 hrs. after the incident before requesting a report. There is a $5 processing charge per report. Reports may also be obtained at the Jasper County Sheriff’s North Annex, which is located on CR 600 W State Rd in DeMotte IN; Hours 1:30pm-6:00 pm. Monday and Wednesday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Tuesday and Thursday Noon-5:00 pm.

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Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Services VINE

Indiana VINE, is the Automated Victim Information and Notification Service for Indiana County Jails. Indiana VINE is an innovative service providing crime victims and other concerned citizen with free, prompt and confidential notification and status information for offenders in Indiana County jails. You may also register to receive automated messages by telephone or email when a particular offender is released, transferred, or escapes. You may register through this website or by calling 1-866-959-VINE.

Civil Process Papers

Contact either Tim or Tammy at 219-866-4998 or 219866-1350.

Jasper County 911

The 911 Communication Center serves the citizen of Jasper County 24 hours a day, seven days a week, dispatching police, fire and EMS. 911 operators are well trained and have various certifications in order to meet the standard care for the citizens of Jasper County. The 911 center monitors multiple radio frequencies, uses a computer-aided dispatch system and answer both emergency and non-emergency telephone calls amongst many other tasks. If you have an emergency and need immediate assistance, please dial 911. Allow the 911 operator to ask the questions he or she are trained to ask. This will allow them to obtain the help you need as soon as possible. After calling 911, listen to the 911 operator’s instructions and do not hang up the phone until the 911 operators tells you as additional information may be needed. If you mistakenly reach 911 center, please do not hang up before the 911 operator answers the phone, If you are not on the phone when the operator answers, he or she will call you back to check if there are any problems.

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The Jasper County Highway Department is committed to maintaining and improving the quality of county roadways and right of ways. The department is committed to the safely and quality of the road system in the county jurisdiction to provide travelers with the best system of roads possible. This system includes 941.17 miles of roads and 128 bridges, serving 30,043 county residents.

The Jasper County Commissioners established the Jasper County Animal Shelter in 1998. Animal Control is responsible for reporting of animal bites, and the enforcement of issues pertaining to animals running at large, nuisance barking, leash laws, etc. Enforcement powers have been granted under County Ordinance. The Jasper County Animal Shelter is located at 2430 West Clark St (SR 114) Rensselaer IN 47978 Phone 219-866-5156

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JCHD is responsible for the following maintenance, repair, and construction. • construction of new bridges and roads • paving • patching of asphalt • cleaning of roadside ditches • removal of trees and brushes fromroads and county right-of-way • removal of snow • grading of gravel roads • issuance of driveway permits • installation of culverts under county roads and in county right-of-ways • repair of tile under county roads and in county right-of-ways • repair wash-outs • placement and maintenance of road signs • shoulder dressing • maintenance of county highway vehicles • chip and seal maintenance of asphalt roads • erosion control • maintenance of bridges • record keeping in compliance with the State Board of Accounts • recycling of appliances - appliance drop-off

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Jasper County Department of Veterans Services The office provides a location for veterans to apply for benefits. The office also provides information and services to veterans and their dependents. Services include death and disability pension, disability compensation, VA guaranteed loans, education benefits, burial assistance, and service-disabled veterans insurance. County Veterans Services Officer: Tim Flinn To apply for benefits, you may call to make an appointment or Tim Flinn they also accept walk-ins. Bring all of the following to the Veteran Service Office: • Any form of government ID • Compensation award letter • DD 214

Bureau of Motor Vehicle Branches

The following are the phone numbers and addresses of license braches in Jasper and Newton Counties All branches provide title and plate services, as well as operators CDL, motorcycle and watercraft licenses. DeMotte Branch 411 N Halleck St DeMotte Indiana Phone 219-987-5141 Hours: Monday , Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 a.m.-noon/1-5 p.m. Morocco License Branch 113 E State St Morocco Indiana Phone 219-285-6848 Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Rensselaer License Branch 646 S College Ave Rensselaer IN Phone: 219-866-3004 Hours: Tuesdays and Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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Rural Electric Membership Corporation

Jasper County Rural El ectric Membership Corporation (REMC) A not-forprofit electric distribution cooperative, Headquartered in Rensselaer, Indiana. We serve over 8,500 customers across 1,078 miles of line. We serve Jasper and Parts of White, Pulaski, Porter, and Newton counties in northwest Indiana The Corporation is owned and governed by the people we serve. A nine-member board of directors is elected by and from our membership. The board sets the policies and guidelines by which we operate. As a customer of REMC, you are also a member/owner of our company, which entitles you to vote for the Board of Directors each year at the annual meeting. Current Board Members are: Dain Hayworth, Bart Nesius, JoAnn McElfresh, Kerry Miller, Mark Hurley, Kenneth DeYoung, and David Duttlinger. Annual meeting is held the second Tuesday in June Address: PO Box 129 Rensselaer In 47978 Phone 219-866-4601 Emergency Phone to report outage - 888-866-7362 Website: www.jasperremc.com

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Jasper County Airport Authority Serving as the general aviation gateway to Jasper County since 1933, Jasper County Airport (KRZL) is located on the west side of Rensselaer in central Jasper County. Meeting monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 4 pm, the Jasper County Airport Authority is responsible for safely operating, maintaining, and improving the airport’s two runways, fuel farm, and hangar infrastructure, in year-round service to all business, agriculture, and recreational users in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) regulations. Airport amenities include competitively-priced 24-hour self-service fueling as well as assisted self-service fueling (for an additional charge); free hangar in/out service; pilot lounge with vending machines and complimentary coffee, tea, and water; complimentary community conference room; and a five passenger courtesy car that can be operated within 20 miles of the airport. Additional transportation options available at the airport with prior arrangements include local/two-way car rental through White’s Auto; one-way car rental through Enterprise; shuttle service through community services; shuttle service between Indianapolis, Lafayette, Jasper County Airport, and Chicago through Lafayette Limo; and limousine service through Jarrette Enterprises. A new component of the airport’s Aviation Education Initiative, Jasper County Airport now offers an airport-operated Cessna 172 aircraft, giving licensed aviators and future pilots a local option for flight training and rental. The airport also has a high school aviation education program available to area schools in addition to offering an Aviation Summer Camp for area youth and an annual Aviation Career Day and Open House event that is free and open to the public. The airport is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, but is attended Monday through Friday 7-4pm.

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Jasper County Festivals & Events Rensselaer Farmers Market

May-October Every Saturday Located on the south side of the Courthouse Square in Rensselaer, it is convenient and festive for vendors and shoppers alike! The market is open every Saturday May-October from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The market is also open on Tuesdays in July and August from 4 to 6 p.m.

DeMotte’s Market in the Park

June - July every Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Held in Spencer Park every Wednesday MayAugust. Crafters, Farmers, Food Vendors, Live Entertainment, and the town’s Move in the Park following the market (weather permitting).

JC Cruisers Car Show & Cruise Night

July 11, 2020 Car show at Brookside Park in Rensselaer from 8 am-4 pm. Cruise night from 6-9 pm in downtown Rensselaer. Registration to enter the car show is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trophy presentation is at 4 p.m.

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Jasper County Festivals & Events Jasper County Fair

July 25-August 1, 2020 Rensselaer Fair Grounds host the annual Jasper County 4H Fair. Food, Fun, and Family, Live Entertainment & Grandstand Events, Vendors 4H activities and livestock

Fountain Park Chautauqua

July 18-Aug. 2. 2020 Fountain Park in Remington has continued to promote the concepts of the early Chautauqua movement with art and entertainment. There are nondenominational Sunday worship service and daily devotion

Rock the Arts

July 4, 2020 Rensselaer Potawatomi Park from Noon to 11 pm. Engage your 5 senses in the sights, smells, taste, feel, and sound of this event! A fun evening filled with art, food, and live music!

Jasper Jaunt

August 1, 2020 An agri-tourism tour of three local farms in Jasper County. The event will feature lunch, music and more.

Firework Display

August 1, 2020 Starts at dusk at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Rensselaer. on the last day of the Jasper County Fair

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Food South Lake County Agricultural Historical Society

July 10,11 & 12, 2020 Gates open 9am Lake County Fairgrounds 889 South Court St. Crown Point, IN

FEATURING 路Allis Chalmers 路 Massey Harris and Rumely Tractors 路 Allis Chalmers Garden Tractors 路 Stover Gas Engines WORKING EXHIBITS: Sawmill, Shingle Mill, Threshing, Baling, Corn Shelling and Grinding, Dyno Testing, Chainsaw Carving, Wood Carving, Giant Lionel RR, Blacksmiths, Antique Steam Engines, Tractors, Garden Tractors and Rock Crushing, Antique Cars and Trucks and Military Equipment For more information see www.slcahs.org or Facebook at South Lake County Antique Farm and Tractor Club Phone: 219-662-9204

Pies, Pork Chop Dinner, Food Vendors

Also see: Tractor Pulls, Pop Up Artisan Market, Quilt Raffle, Horse Drawn Equipment, Flea Market FOR KIDS! Kids Tractor Pull, Petting Zoo, Kids Barrel Ride, Kids Crafts and Sandbox

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Further Your Career with Industry Certifications The Career College will be focused on offering non-degree professional certifications. Saint Joseph’s College is already State-approved to offer various programs with more programs to be added. Please check the SJC website for current listing.

check our website for a list of certification programs available www.saintjoe.edu/certificate-programs 219.866.6000 Ext. 2016


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In rural Indiana, our story is rich with history—woven deep into the fabric of

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Jasper County Festivals & Events Touch of Dutch Festival and Parade

August 7 & 8, 2020 At Spencer Park in DeMotte. The family-fun event features live entertainment, car show, craft and food vendors, beer garden, kids’ entertainment, parade, giveaways, Rotary Ramble 5k run/ walk and so much more!

Little Cousin Jasper Festival

September 11-13, 2020 There will be something for everyone: Parade, Car Show, Music, Entertainment, Vendors, Crafts, and Food.

Sandhill Crane Festival and Car Show

September 19, 2020 Held in Downtown Wheatfield during the peak of the Sandhill Crane Migration, this festival boast a large car show. There are also craft vendors, food, children games and an art exhibit at Town Hall.

16th annual Rensselaer Oktoberfest

September 26, 2020 Main Street Rensselaer invites you to enjoy a festive night of German and American cuisine from local eateries, try wines from local winery and sample seasonal beer at our beer garden. Enjoy live entertainment on the Historic Downtown Rensselaer Square.

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Jasper County Historical Society The Jasper County Historical Society collect artifacts and catalogues historical information of Jasper County, The group maintains the Museum in Rensselaer that is open on the first and third Saturdays each month or by appointment. The meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month from September to June excluding January. The group’s current goal includes cataloging historical items online. New members are always welcome to join the historical society. The annual dues for individuals are $15, family at $25 and lifetime membership is $150. President Roger Buschman, Vice President Linda Buschman, Secretary Janett Kingman and Treasurer Mike Kingman lead the group with the help of county genealogist Sue Caldwell and county historian Judy Kanne. The society building is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Prairie Arts Council There is a thriving and energetic arts community within Jasper County, led primarily by the Prairie Arts Council. Established in 1993, the Prairie Arts Council is an arts program and service organization that serves Jasper and Newton counties. The organization is headquartered in the historic Carnegie Center in Rensselaer where it maintains an office and operates the Lilian Fendig Gallery The Prairie Arts Council presents, sponsors, and supports programs that provide arts and cultures activities for the public as well as providing a forum and recourses for local artist in the performing and visual arts. The Prairie Arts Council is a non-profit corporation supported its members, donations, events sponsorships, and grants form the Indiana Arts Commission and other arts support groups and foundations Everyone is invited to become a Prairie Arts Counsel member and gain the satisfaction of supporting arts and cultural activities in the local area. Members do receive some benefits such as discount on purchases, classes, admissions and use of PAC resources. Phone: 219-866-5278 email: pacrensselaer@gmail.com website: prairieartscouncilnet

Rock the Arts has strived to include a variety of activities for locals of all ages.

Prairie Arts Council 2020 Schedule

Mar. 17 – Apr. 5 Middle Schools Art Show – Fendig Gallery Apr. 17 – Jun. 18 PAC Member Show - Fendig Gallery June 5 - 7 Art at Tippecanoe River State Park July 4 ROCK the ARTS, Music & Arts Festival –Potawatomi Park, Rensselaer July 10 - Aug. 20 Celebrating Women Artists Sept. 4- 24 Jasper County Art League – “Reflections” – Fendig Gallery Oct. 2 – Nov. 5 Judy Crawford solo show – “Facets” – Fendig Gallery Nov. 13 - 14 HOLIDAY ART SHOW & SALE – Carnegie Center Dec. 1 – Jan. 5 Photography Show – Fendig Gallery

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Jasper County Economic Development The Jasper County Economic Development Organization (JCEDO) is the county-wide economic development entity for Jasper County. Incorporated in 1986 as a 501(3)c corporation, JCEDO’s purposes include: • To promote and stimulate agricultural, business, civic, commercial, financial, industrial, recreation, residential, tourism, and trade interests. • To strive to achieve maximum employment and wealth creation in Jasper County through the attraction of new businesses and residents, the expansion of existing businesses, marketing the county and its unique attributes, public policy advocacy, and strategic economic planning and related infrastructure investment. The Executive Director of JCEDO is Stephen Eastridge. Josie Brown joined JCEDO in January of 2020 as the Economic Development Coordinator Address: 223 W. Kellner Blvd, Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: (219) 866-3080 Web: jaspercountyin.com

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Board of Directors Chairman – Mr. Rodney Urbano, Town & Country Paving Vice Chairman – Mr. Jonathan Cripe, Town of Remington Treasurer – Mr. David Del Principe, Del Principe & Allie Secretary – Ms. Cindy Admave, NIPSCO Past Chair – Mr. Bryan Washburn, Jasper County REMC Mr. Tony Albrecht, First Merchants Bank The Hon. Rein Bontreger, Jasper County Council The Hon, Kendell Culp, County Commissioner Mr. Dirk Eggleston, T&M Limited Partnership Ms. JoAnn McElfresh, Jenkins Realtors, Inc. Mr. Tom Long, NITCO Mr. Dave Heninger, ConAgra Foods Mr. Jon Schwab, Presidio Group Mr. Mitch Van Kley, The Hamstra Group Mr. Jeremy Scheitlin, Titan Construction Mr. Jatin Patel, DJS Hospitality Ms. Heather Tokarz, Town of DeMotte Mr. Fred Geyer, American Melt Blown

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Jasper County Churches welcome you . . . FIRST CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

1633 S. Halleck • DeMotte • 987-2586 Pastors Jim Alblas and Blake Campbell. Sunday Worship with Children’s Church 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Sunday evening worship 5:00 p.m.

CALVARY ASSEMBLY of GOD

1317 15th St. SE • DeMotte • 987-4280 James D. Clark, Pastor Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday by Appointment Sunday 9:00 a.m. Sunday School Main Service: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Family Night: 7:00 p.m.

SORROWFUL MOTHER CATHOLIC CHURCH

165 Grace Street • Wheatfield • 956-3343 Rev. Paul W. Cochran, Pastor Weekend Mass Sat. 5 p.m., Sun. Masses 8 and 10:30 a.m. Weekdays: Mon., Thurs., and Fri. 8:30 a.m.; Wed. 6:30 p.m.

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521 S. Halleck • DeMotte • 219-987-2005 Rev. Rick Vanderwal, Pastor Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. 5:00 p (Sept.-May) 6p (June-Aug.) Sunday School 10:50 a.m.; Coffee Break - Wed. 9:30 a.m. with story hour & nursery

ST. CECILIA CHURCH

DeMotte • 987-3511, Pastor Fr. Dennis Faker Mass: Saturday 5:00p.m.; 7:30 p.m. Hispanic Mass, Sunday 8:30 a.m.; 11 a.m


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Jasper County Tourism Commission

The Jasper County Tourism Commission (JCTC) is the lead entity guiding the countywide tourism initiative and invests in productive activities designed to increase the economic impact produced by visitors’ spending at hotels, restaurants, atTori Robertson tractions, events, and other tourism-oriented businesses. JCEDO provides administrative and professional staffing services to support the JCTC’s efforts. Tori Robertson started with JCEDO in the spring of 2019 as the Tourism and Community Relations Coordinator.

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KEENER Robert Bryan P.O. Box 233 DeMotte, IN 46310 219-987-7825 MARION Dain Hayworth 219 W. Hanison St. (Office) Rensselaer, IN 47978 863-1214 (Cell) 219-866-7740 (Office) MILROY David Webb 141 E 900 S Rensselaer, IN 47978 219-866-5397 (Home) NEWTON Margaret Miller 6699 S 1000 W Rensselaer, IN 47978 219-866-5473 UNION Nicole Davis 1325 NUS Hwy 231 Rensselaer, IN 47978 219-866-2299 WALKER Ryan Myers 71 East 550 North Rensselaer, IN 47978 219-613-8964 WHEATFIELD Rachel Myers 14013 N 200 W Wheatfield, IN 46392 219-816-0072

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Jasper County Schools

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Jasper County Schools

Covenant Christian High School

Grades 9-12 Address 611 15th SW

P.O. Box 369 DeMotte IN

Phone 219-987-7651 Superintenent Devon Brinks Principal Rick DeFries

Tri-County School Corporation

Superintendent: Patrick Culp Address: 105 N 2nd street Wolcott in 47995 Phone: 219-279-2418 Website www.trico.k12.in.us Tri-County Jr/Sr High School

DeMotte Christian School

Grades K-8 Address: 1223 Begonia St. SE DeMotte In 46310 PO box 430 Phone 219-987-3721 Superintenent Devon Brinks Assistant Principal Dan Weaver

Principal: J. R. Haskins Assistant Principal: Shawn McCracken Address 11298 W 100 S Wolcott In 47995 Phone: 219-279-2105

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Jasper County Schools Tri-County Intermediate School Principal: Brian Hagan Address 200 W North St, Wolcott IN 47995 Phone: 219-279-2138 Tri-County Primary School Principal Elaine Hall Address: 300 E Michigan, Remington In 47977 Phone: 219-261-2214

St. Augustine Catholic School

Principal: Bruce Schooler Address 328 N McKinley Ave Rensselaer In Phone: 219-866-5480

Rensselaer Central Schools Corporation

Corporation Office Address: 900 E. Washington St. Rensselaer, IN 47978 Superintendent Curt Craig Phone: 219-866-7822

Rensselaer Central High School Principal: Andrew Jones Address: 1106 E Grace St , Rensselaer IN Phone 219-866-5175 Rensselaer Central Middle School Principal: Greg Michael Address: 1106 Bomber Blvd Rensselaer IN Phone: 219-866-4661 Van Rensselaer Elementary Principal: Chad Wynn Address: 902 E Washington St Rensselaer IN Phone 219-866-8212 Rensselaer Central Primary Principal: Jennifer Norris Address: 1144 N. Melville St. Rensselaer, IN Phone: 219-866-5441

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Who Are My Representatives? Federal and State Representatives U.S. Senate

Todd Young 493 Russell Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510 Phone #: 202-224-5623 (Washington) Fax # 202-228-1820 Mike Braun B85 Russell Denate Office, Washington, Dc 20510 Phone #: 202-224-4814 (Washington)

U.S. House of Representatives

Jim Baird 4th District-----All Of Jasper County 532 Cannon Hob Washington, Dc 20515 Phone #: 202-225-5037 (Washington) Fax # 202-226-0544

Indiana Senate

Ed Charbonneau 5th District-----Barkley, Gilliam, Keener, Kankakee, Marion 4, 5 & 7, Newton, Union, Walker & Wheatfield Townships Brian Buchanan 7th District--- Jordan, Milroy, Carpenter, Marion 1, 2, 3 & 6, and Hanging Grove Townships

Indiana House Of Representatives

Sharon Negele 13th District---Milroy, Carpenter, Jordan Douglas Gutwein 16th District----- Barkley, Gillam, Hanging Grove,Keener, Kankakee, Marion, Newton,Union,Walker,and Wheatfield

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Jasper County Libraries

Local libraries have books, movies, music, genealogy, and local history, and programs for adults, teen and children

DeMotte Library Address: 901 Birch St SW DeMotte Phone: 219-987-2221 Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9am-8 pm Wednesday 9 am to 6 pm Friday and Saturday 9 am -5 pm and closed on Sunday Rensselaer Library Address: 208 W Susan St. in Rensselaer Phone: 219-866-5881 Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm Friday& Saturday 9 am-5pm Sunday closed Wheatfield Library Address 250 S Bierma St Wheatfield Phone: 219-956-3774 Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 am -5:30 pm Tuesday 9:30 am-8pm Friday-Saturday 9am-5 pm Closed Sunday Remington Carpenter Township Library Address 105 N Ohio St Remington In Phone: 219-261-2543 Hours: Monday and Wednesday 10 am -7 pm Tuesday and Friday 10am -5pm Thursday and Sunday closed Saturday 9 am to 1 pm EASTERN TIME

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Jasper Newton Foundation The Jasper Newton Foundation Inc. is 1 of 94 community foundations that serve the state of Indiana. Operating in Jasper and Newton Counties, we seek to provide the following: • Services to donors by offering various fund and options and ways of giving, and by making possible the use of gifts and memorials or tributes to specific individuals. Gifts may also be distributed to benefits selected areas of interest or specific organizations • Services to non-profit organization including Executive Director Brienne Hooker grants from the earning of the community foundation unrestricted fund to address special needs. Additionally the can provide income for agency programs • Services to the community by ultimately initiating projects and approving grant request from community organizations to improve the quality of community life. More specifically, the quality

of community life. • Represent not-for-profits and donors providing to accomplish their charitable giving goals. • Assist communities thought building, over time, substantial endowed fund from contributions- large and small. Executive Director: Brienne Hooker Phone: 219-866-5899 Address: 301 N Van Rensselaer St Rensselaer IN Website: www.jaspernewtonfoundation.org

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Jasper County Community Services JCCS is a non profit corporation that has been serving the community through federal, state and county funded programs and services since 1975. JCCS’s outreach to the residents of Jasper County is provided through three centers, which are located in Rensselaer, DeMotte, and Remington Indiana. The people of Jasper County look to JCCS to meet their need for congregate meals, public transportation, energy assistance, and education, weatherization, section 8 housing intake, homemaker in-home services, preventative health and nutrition programs, community workshops, social events, and activities. The agency is under the leadership of a 15 member Board of Directors and Executive Director Sharon Colee. JCCS serves three locations, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. -4 p.m.

Address 967 E Leopold St Rensselaer. Phone: 219-866-8071 Toll free: 1-888-526-0305

Executive Director Sharon Colee

Rensselaer Senior Center 219-866-4333 Robert A. Fase Senior Center (DeMotte) 219-987-7909 Remington Senior Center 219-261-2228

JASPER COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC. Serving the Community for over 40 Years

510 S. College Ave. • Rensselaer, IN 219-866-7220

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Rensselaer Senior Center - Rensselaer (866-4333 or 866-8071 or 888-826-0305) Robert A. Fase Education & Senior Center - DeMotte (987-7909) Remington Senior Center - Remington - (261-2228) Lunch Served Mon.-Fri at 11:30 a.m. at each Site Call by 9:00 a.m. the day before for reservations Age 60 & Over

Social Events Nutrition Program Lunch Meals Section 8 Housing Public Transportation Information & Referral

Daily Activities Homemaker Services Energy Assistance & Education Preventative Health Programs Out of Town Trans / Medicaid Trans Exercise Programs / Dance Classes

Legal Aid and Assistance / Income Tax Filing Financial & Retirement Programs Health & Educational Programs Card Groups / Games / Musical Jam Sessions and Entertainment Workshops / Social Opportunities Something New Every Month! All Activities available for 55 & Over

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Chambers of Commerce DeMotte Chamber of Commerce

The DeMotte Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to foster an environment conducive to business growth through good government/ business relations, showcasing quality housing, displaying community pride through various public events and promoting the business community. The DeMotte Chamber sponsors the annual Touch of Dutch Festival. Executive director is Tara Hernandez. Address: 327 N. Halleck St., PO Box 721, DeMotte Phone: 219-987-5800 Email: info@demottechamber.org. Website: DemotteChamber.org. Office hours are Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed on Wednesday

Greater Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce

The goal of Greater Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce is to promote local busi-

nesses and the positive atmosphere of the City for new businesses and expansion. The November-December 2015 issue of on-line www.buildingindiana.com ranks Rensselaer as the 8th Best Place to start a Small Business in Indiana. Whereas small businesses may be at the nucleus of the city, we are also home to several national corporations. The Chamber of Commerce works within the community as an advocate of civic events and recognition of local businesses as together we strive to raise awareness of the city’s appeal. The Chamber hosts monthly luncheons with speakers and organizes Community Shred Days, the annual Christmas parade and Civic Awards. The director of the Greater Rensselaer Chamber Of Commerce is Linda Comingore. Address: 129 N. Weston St. Phone: 219-866-8223 E-mail: info@rensselaerchamber.com Website: rensselaerchamber.com

Identity Theft Happens Everyday

Please be aware of who contacts you through electronic applications and telephone. Never release personal information by telephone. Stay current on information and Jasper County updates.

Wheatfield Chamber of Commerce

The Wheatfield Chamber of Commerce was organized in 2005. It sponsors the annual Sandhill Crane Festival & Car Show the third Saturday of September. It also sponsors the Christmas Tree Lighting Annual Event serving ham and beans and chili soups along with hot chocolate and coffee. Address: PO Box 183, Wheatfield, IN 46392 Website: www.wheatfieldchamber.org

Remington Main Street Organization

Remington’s Main Street is a segment of the Indiana Main Street Organization and works to promote and enhance historic downtown Remington. The group organizes the festivials and works to promote downtown beautification efforts. The group has developed a Downtown Revitalization Plan that includes renovations to the railroad depot as well as other structures. The Remington Main Street organization is made up of volunteers and others are always welcome to join. The group meets the third Thursday of every month 5:30 p.m. at the Remington library.

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Health & Wellness

FRANCISCAN HEALTH RENSSELAER

Franciscan Health Rensselaer is Jasper County’s only hospital. Franciscan Health Rensselaer is a member of Mishawaka, Ind.emergency services, home care and hospice, outpatient surgery, based Franciscan Alliance, one of the largest Catholic healthcare critical care, oncology, cardiology, ear-nose-throat, ophthalmology, systems in the Midwest with 14 growing hospitals, approximately orthopedics, general surgery, urology, podiatry, neurology, nephrol20,000 employees and a number of nationally recognized Centers ogy, pain management and gynecology, radiology services, sleep/ of Healthcare Excellence. Franciscan Health Rensselaer includes EEG, laboratory, wellness, rehabilitation, long-term acute care and Franciscan Brook Health Center, Franciscan Health and Fitness respiratory care. Other available services offered in Jasper County Center, and Franciscan Wheatfield Health Center. include ExpressCare, primary care outpatient offices and a fitness Franciscan Health Rensselaer is accredited by the Centers for center. Medicare and Medicaid Services, American College of RadiolFranciscan Wheatfield located at 492 South Bierma Street in ogy, Life Safety Code/CMS, Occupational Health and Safety Wheatfield offers primary care for individuals from infant to Administration, and the Indiana State Department of Health. geriatrics. Franciscan Health Rensselaer is affiliated with Indiana Hospital The Franciscan Physician Network Rensselaer Medical Center, Association, Indiana Rural Hospital Association and American located at 118 W. Drexel Dr., has a team pf physicians and nurse Hospital Association. practitioners welcoming patients of all ages providing preventitive Franciscan Health Rensselaer offers the following services: care to management of chronic health conditions.

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Jasper County SWCD

In Indiana, a soil and water conservation district (SWCD) is a unit of state government responsible for soil and water conservation programs within its county boundaries. The district provides a means for all interested people in a county to work together for natural resource conservation and development. It is funded through a variety of sources including county and state appropriations, activities, grants, and private donations. There is a district office in each county in Indiana. The SWCD belongs to the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and they provide more information on the partnerships needed to be successful in conserving our natural resources. The official governing body of the SWCD consists of five supervisors. Three are elected (one each year for a three-year term) at an annual meeting of land occupiers held in January or February. Two are appointed (also for staggered three-year terms) by the State Soil Conservation Board based upon recommendations of the leadership in the district. Thus, selection of all five supervisors is based on input from the local people they serve. Identifying local resource concerns and addressing the needs of the community is a priority for the Jasper County SWCD. This is accomplished by conducting community meetings with the residents who best know the natural resource problems. After priorities are established the district looks for ways in which to address the problems. This may involve developing educational programs or applying for funding to implement conservation practices on private lands.

Promoting a Healthy Environment by...

Providing assistance to local residents for reducing soil erosion, conserving and protecting water quality, and solving other natural resource problems. Working directly with private landowners and residents, the district coordinates technical assistance to develop plans uniquely suited to their resource concerns. Providing information and education outreach to youth and adults, encouraging

Celebrating 75 Years

Derek Carty Shelby Keys Carolyn Ahler good stewardship of our natural resources. Contact the Jasper County SWCD office for more information.

SWCD Board Meetings

Are held the fourth Friday of each month at 8:00 a.m. at the USDA Service Center, 211 East Drexel Parkway in Rensselaer. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Due to conflicting schedules, the meeting date does occasionally change. Check with the office to confirm. Address: 211 E Drexel Pkwy, Rensselaer, IN 47978 Phone: 219-866-8008 x3

Staff

District Program Manager - Derek Carty Assistant District Director/ District Treasurer - Shelby Keys Watershed Outreach Coordinator - Carolyn Ahler Chairman Vice-Chairman Supervisor Supervisor Supervisor

SWCD Supervisors Mark Jordan Lana Zimmer Derek Luchik Jim Martin Mark Kingma

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Crossroads CASA Crossroads CASA is a volunteer program through the Jasper Circuit Court that focuses on recruiting, training, supervising, and supporting community volunteers whose mission is to advocate for abused and neglected children in Jasper, Newton, and Benton Counties. CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks and their thoughts and needs become unheard. CASA volunteers enable a child’s voice to be heard in court. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant link that children need in order to thrive. Crossroads CASA is searching for community members who are willing to help the children in need . Are you ready to stand up for a child who needs you? Inquire today about the power you have to change a child’s life. Contact Information: Director - Katie Hall 910 S Sparling Ave Rensselaer, IN 47978 katie.hall@co.jasper.in.us Phone: 219-866-0843 Fax: (219) 866-0852

Katie Hall

Medical and Surgical Group

The staff of Pulaski Memorial Hospital Medical and Surgical Group works diligently to provide groundbreaking services and care to the residents of our surrounding communities. With twenty-four excellent physicians and nurse practitioners operating clinics in five convenient locations, our team is dedicated to providing “Quality Care, Closer To Home.” Winamac 525 Hospital Dr. (574) 946-2194

Francesville 112 Montgomery St. (219) 567-2223

North Judson 414 Lane St. (574) 896-4325

Monterey 6194 E. Main St. (574) 542-2552

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Saint Joseph’s College Saint Joseph’s College has been a landmark in Jasper County since 1867 when the Catholic Diocese purchased the farm south of Rensselear. Since that time, Saint Joseph’s College has gone through many “evolutions,” and 2020 is another. Saint Joseph’s College is now initiating a new beginning with the creations of the Saint Joseph’s University Center and the Saint Joseph’s Career College. These two closely related ventures will allow students to come to the Saint Joseph’s campus – regardless of what their career aspirations are. The Career College will be offering non-degree industry training and industry-recognized certifications. The Career College will host training that will allow individuals to earn the needed certification for a new career, advance in their current career, or need to re-skill to stay current within their chosen field. The needs of the local communities will guide what industry training the Career College will offer – this will ensure students will learn the knowledge and skills that are locally in-demand. The other part of Saint Joseph’s College will be the University Center. The beginnings of the University Center will focus on sequences of classes which will result in a two-year associate degree from an “anchor institution.” These “anchor institutions” will be colleges and universities that will be hosting classes on the Saint Joseph’s College campus. The future of the Saint Joseph’s College University Center will include the opportunity for students to continue with their college aspirations of earning a bachelor’s degree by continuing to attend classes on Saint Joseph’s College campus. These junior-senior level college classes could be associated with either another higher education institution or be junior-senior programs developed by Saint Joseph’s College.

29 YEARS of serving our community!

Saint Joseph’s College will continue to be a cornerstone of Jasper County, and as a new chapter in Saint Joseph’s College begins, they look forward to once again being a vibrant, integral and positive part of our community. Please visit our website for updated information and program offerings: www.saintjoe.edu or call 219-866-6000.

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Purdue Extension Jasper County Information about agriculture, natural resources and consumer and family sciences can be found in this office, which is the statewide informal educational arm of Purdue University. It is part of a national network of extension services based at each state’s land-grant university and in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Brochures, pamphlets, and other media productions on a wide array of topics are available to the public through this office. The 4-H youth program is run by this office. Address: 2530 N. McKinley Ave., Rensselaer Phone: 219-866-5741 Web site: www3.ag.purdue.edu/extension The Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation’s largest providers of scientific research-based information and education. It’s a network of colleges, universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving communities and counties across America. The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service program areas are:

• Agriculture and Natural Resources • Health and Human Sciences • Economic and Community Development • 4-H Youth Development Purdue Extension is a service tailored to meet the needs of Indiana, needs we know firsthand. Our educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 92 Indiana counties. We provide the link between Land Grant research and Indiana citizens. In doing that we provide practical solutions to local issues. We provide information and expertise that’s available in the form you want, when you want it. That’s Purdue Extension, Indiana’s home team advantage.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Extension educators with agricultural and natural resource specialties offer programs and information on agricultural production and financial management for farmers, food and fiber processors, manufacturers and consumers. We also provide expertise in environmental issues, natural resource conservation and land use.

Health and Human Sciences

Health and Human Sciences Extension specialists and educators provide education to people. They: - help communities analyze, identify and meet the needs of families. - train volunteers and paraprofessionals to assist in areas of critical concern to families. - motivate people to become leaders and address community issues. - collaborate with agencies, community organizations, and educational groups to address the needs of families.

Community Development

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Purdue Extension Community Development strengthens the capacity of local leaders, residents, and organizations to build strong, vibrant communities by using research-based resources to guide their decisions. It provides local support and resources in the areas of leadership and civic engagement, community and organizational planning, economic and business development, local government education, and creating quality places.

4-H Youth Development

A dedicated network of Extension educators, parents, local leaders and volunteer staff, makes Indiana 4-H one of the most valued youth programs in the state. Purdue Extension youth educators develop individual talents, life skills and leadership abilities among Indiana’s young people through the traditional venue of 4-H clubs and county fairs, but also through fieldtested school enrichment materials and local-led community programs.


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Jasper County Historical Landmarks The Jasper County Courthouse that sits in the center of the Rensselaer downtown square is not the first county courthouse. The structure of Bedford limestone, turrets, curving arches and gabled dormers is the third courthouse to house the county government. According to “The Jasper County Courthouse 18961996,” in late 1839, a log building was constructed in Newton (Rensselaer). In 1845, a second courthouse was built with a frame building, while in 1857 a third courthouse was built of brick. The third building was damaged by fire that started under mysterious circumstances on Jan. 18, 1865, according to the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana website. It was repaired and continued to serve the county until 1895 when commissioners hired an architect from Fort Wayne to design a fireproof courthouse. Construction for the building began in 1896. County officials were able to move into the completed courthouse in 1898. Since then the courthouse has received continuous upkeep and in 1996 decorative painters restores original interior stencils, gilding, and a 16-color paint scheme in celebration of the courthouse’s 100th birthday. The roof of the courthouse was replaced in 2012 from shingles to slate, that is said to resemble the slate that covered the roof when it was built in 1896 to 1898. The courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Place in 1983. Beside the courthouse, some other sites in Jasper County on the National Register of Historic Places are: Fountain Park Chautauqua, added in 2001. It is located at 6244 W. County Road. 1600 S, Remington. Independence Methodist Church, located southeast of Wheatfield, added in 1982. The Remington Water Tower and Town Hall, located at 3 E. Michigan St. in Remington, added in 2003. Rensselaer Carnegie Center, located at 301 N. Van Rensselaer St. in Rensselaer, added in 1994. St. Joseph Indian Normal School (also known as Drexel Hall), located on the Saint Joseph’s College Campus, added in 1973.

The historic Jasper County Courthouse was built in 1898 and is still in use today.

Fountain Park Chautauqua has functioned continuously for over 100 years, preserving a historical part of our American heritage and keeping family values strong.


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Jasper County Attractions Carpenter Creek Cellars Winery

219-866-4334 11144 Jordan Road, Remington In 47977 www.CarpernterCreekCellars.com A farm winery producing world-class wines offering tours, a free tasting room, and special events. It is part of the Indiana Wine Trail.

Kankakee River National Water Trail

http://www.kankakeeriverwatertrail.org/ Experience 133 miles of ancient wetlands, cliffs, wooded islands, and peaceful farmland along the Kankakee River.

Sandy Pines Golf Club

Curtis Creek

219-866-7729 5385S 1080W Rensselaer In 47978 www.curtiscreekgolf.com This challenging 18-hole golf course has a driving range as well as chipping and putting greens; the Curtis Creek Golf & Grill is on site with full menu.

DeMotte Historical Society Depot Museum

Spencer Park DeMotte In 46310 A hands on real train caboose filled with photos, articles, and memorabilia regarding the importance of trains in the history of DeMotte and Jasper County, Open Sunday 9am-Noon

Embers Venue

219-987-3611 10527 Bunker Drive, DeMotte, IN 46310 www.SandyPinesGC.Com www.sp-19.com www.facebook.com/sandypinespavilion www.facebook.com/SP19-355092483515 A beautiful 18 hole golf course with Carolina Style characteristics. SP19 American kitchen & bar has a full menu. Wedding accommodations include The Pavilion and an elegant Bridal Suite. New driving range now open.

Triple B Tilapia Farm

219-869-9537 230 W Washington St Rensselaer In 47978 www.embervenue.net Providing the community with unique experience this event venue offer a combination of historical significance with modern desire, Dine at “ The Station” at Embers for a one of a kind bring oven culinary experience

Fair Oaks Farms

219-394-2025 856 N 600 E Fair Oaks In 47943 www.fofarms.com Family fun down on the farm! Fill your day with the Dairy and Pig Adventure tours, Mooville, the Pork Education Center, dinning and more.

Jasper County Historical Society Museum

479 N Van Rensselaer St Rensselaer IN 47978 www.jchsin.org 219-866-7825 www.facebook.com/JCHSmuseum Open the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month from 10am-1pm.

Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area

5822 N. Fish and Wildlife Lane, Medaryville, IN 47957 www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild 219-843-4841 Encompassing 8142 Acres of wetlands offering quality hiking, bird watching, fishing, and hunting opportunities highlighted by the Sandhill Crane migration.

219-743-1520 10700 W. 1300 N. DeMotte, IN 46310 www.triplebtilapia.com https://www.facebook.com/triplebtilapia Welcome to Triple B Tilapia your Northwest Indiana stop for fresh tilapia. They are a family owned grow out farm and hatchery, dedicated to bringing their customers the freshest all naturally grown fish.

Fenwick Farms Brewery Company

219-866-3773 219 W Washington Street, Rensselaer 47978 http://fenwickfarmsbrewingcompany.com www.facebook.com/FenwickFarmsBrewingCompany Fenwick Farms Brewing Company is extremely proud to be Rensselaer’s first brewery. Now serving food!

The Homestead

36 S. Ohio Street, Remington 47977 219-261-2138 https://homesteadbuttery.com www.facebook.com/homesteadbuttery Delicious, home-cooked meals are hard to come by these days. Sometimes, you wish you could go back to simpler times, back to when mothers had hours to plan nutritious meals. They know this isn’t always possible and that schedules can tend to get a little crazy, but they also know you want to feed your children meals you can feel good about with all the balance and flavor of those old-fashioned dishes. They are here to make that possible.


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