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History of Syracuse Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation (WACF) Page 5 Oakwood Resort/Brook Pointe Inn Chautauqua-Wawasee Page 6 Municipal Pier Syracuse-Wawasee Museum Page 7 Syracuse Public Library Page 9 Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber Events Page 11 Culture Page 13 Economic Development Page 14 Parks, Trails and Lakes Page 24 Syracuse Community Page 25 Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Page 26 Chamber Membership Benefits Page 30 Major Chamber Investments Page 31 Membership Alphabetically Page 36 Resource Guide Page 38 Membership Categorically Center Pullout Map insert
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SYRACUSE IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE! TOWN OF SYRACUSE
The Syracuse/Wawasee area is a developing and ever-changing community that blends a progressive, diverse economy with country charm and midwestern friendliness. It has been a destination for visitors for generations. Lake Wawasee, the largest natural lake in Indiana, connects to Syracuse Lake providing more than 3,500 acres of water for year round recreation.
known for its narrow tree-lined streets both in the commercial and residential areas and is proud to be a Tree City USA. Downtown Syracuse is composed of historic
Spink Wawasee Hotel Syracuse is a small rural town of approximately 3,000 year-round residents, increasing in the summer and distinct architectural brick months to around 20,000 as the buildings that have been home to a part-time lake residents return for variety of businesses since the the season. Syracuse offers a high town of Syracuse was laid out in standard of living, which includes 1837. desirable housing, warm neighborhoods, a strong Our business district in the Village commitment to schools, a low of Syracuse has a lot to offer crime rate, easy access to Fort people of all ages including the Wayne or Chicago and a large Lakeland Youth Center, thriving employment base. Syracuse is businesses, several childcare options, a modern nursing home for senior citizens, several physicians and an urgent care center. There are also several banks in town, and more than half of the townâ€™s restaurants are locally owned. There are many year round activities in Syracuse. We invite you to explore our town. Photos courtesy Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum
SYRACUSE IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE! WAWASEE AREA CONSERVANCY FOUNDATION (WACF)
In 1991, the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization was created to protect, preserve, and enhance our watershed for present and future generations.
The Wawasee Area Watershed ecosystem includes Lake Wawasee (Indiana's largest natural lake at over 3,000 acres,) Syracuse Lake, Bonar Lake, Papakeechie Lake, as well as the ten lakes in the Upper Turkey Creek sub-watershed. The WACF protects over 12 miles of shoreline and fifty-three properties, totaling 971 acres of critical wetlands and woodlands adjacent to lakes and tributaries in the watershed.
and takes corrective action to remediate the threat to our lakes. For more on WINS please visit www.wacf.com.
The Levinson-LaBrosse Lakes and Wetlands Education Center serves as the WACF headquarters and is located on 40 acres of wetlands, woods and lakeshore, approximately one mile south of town on SR 13. On-site at the Center are over two and a half miles of trails for walking and
WACF's primary focus is clean water. Last year the WACF, in partnership with Dr. Jerry Sweeten, Ecosystems Photo credit Larry Baumgardt, WACF Connections, LLC, initiated the Wawasee Inlets Nutrient Study hiking, now connected to the (WINS), a three-year water Syracuse-Wawasee Trail from testing, and flow monitoring study Harkless Drive. The WACF hosts on Lake Wawasee. This data rich the popular Lake Talk & Eats study, the first of its kind in our programs, Wetland Adventures watershed, will provide information Kids program, and other education on sediment & nutrients flowing and information programs into Lake Wawasee. The data will throughout the year at the Ruddell allow us to identify and address Pavilion located at the Center. (See "hot spots" and will serve as a the Chamber calendar insert for guide for remediation projects for this year's programs.) For more the coming decade. The WACF is information on all WACF programs the only force in our watershed go to www.wacf.com or email that monitors and studies the firstname.lastname@example.org. environment, identifies problems, Phone: 574.457.5637
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Visitors can experience first-hand the amazing view of beautiful Lake Wawasee at Oakwood Resort. Whether you are planning a weekend visit, a wedding, or just a lakeside lunch or dinner…there is much to enjoy at the Oakwood Resort. The resort grounds offer a waterfront hotel featuring 77 spacious rooms and luxury suites, beach, The Pier and Back Porch, a full service salon/spa, banquet facility and conference center. Two large event centers, several conference rooms, and an outdoor event area are available to accommodate all of your event space needs. The Oakwood Tour Boat, is in operation beginning the 3rd week of May and continues through mid-October. Visit Oakwood’s website: www.oakwoodresort.com Phone: 574.457.5637
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This hotel facility has 30 elegantly decorated rooms including Jacuzzi suites, king, queen and double bed rooms. In addition it offers an indoor pool and over 20 beautiful acres for you to enjoy. They also offer cabins on the property. Visit Brook Pointe’s website: www.brookpointeinn.com
Pronounced SHUH-tah-kwah, Chautauqua-Wawasee refers to the Chautauqua Institution, and was founded in the town of the same name in southwestern New York State in 1874. The Chautauqua Institution is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program of events that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times, stimulating provocative, thoughtful involvement of individuals and 5
SYRACUSE IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE! MUNICIPAL PIER
In between Downtown and Lakeside Park one can find the Municipal Pier on Syracuse Lake. This pier is free for public use for visitors and residents to park and walk to downtown to shop, eat, and explore.
families in creative response to such issues.
The Chautauqua experience is based on engaging the public in four areas called Pillars by the Chautauqua Institute: Arts, Education, Religion, Recreation. ChautauquaWawasee, based out of the Oakwood Resort, has several cultural events planned through the year. Visit their website at www.chautauquawawasee.org for more information, history and events. 6
Located inside the Syracuse Community Center across from Lakeside Park, the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum has been offering a glimpse back into Syracuseâ€™s history since 1987. It was founded with funds gained from the Syracuse Sesquicentennial Celebration. The museumâ€™s main attractions are the 1905 Mier car designed by local resident Sheldon Harkless and a collection of Native American artifacts found in surrounding fields.
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Visit the Museum website at www.syracusemuseum.org to view the calendar of events and the Syracuse-Wawasee digital archives.
SYRACUSE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Whether youâ€™re a current resident, a new addition to Syracuse or just returning to the lake for the summer, the Syracuse Public Library is a wonderful community resource for all of your information needs. The library has a full range of materials to choose from: large print section, periodical section, audio book section, DVD section, as well as many volumes of reference materials. There is a local history section with volumes outlining the history of Kosciusko Phone: 574.457.5637
County and Indiana history. The microfilm collection includes local newspapers dating from 1875 through 2004; physical copies of local newspapers are kept in the library for five years after the publication date. There are approximately 87,000 library visits each year. The Syracuse Public Library is also in possession of twenty-two historic books detailing the history of Syracuse and Kosciusko County. These books are one of a kind and have no other copies in public institutions. Visit the library website at www.syracuse.lib.in.us for hours, newsletter and current calendar of events.
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SYRACUSE IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE! SYRACUSE-WAWASEE CHAMBER EVENTS
The Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce has a full line-up of opportunities for members and the community. We are creating a placemaking task force to create beautiful spaces and inviting areas throughout Syracuse. If you are interested in serving on this task force, please contact the Chamber office at 574-457-5637 for more information. Please join us this year!
Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber Golf Outing at South Shore Golf Club June 18, 2020/11am registration/11:30am lunch/1pm shot gun start Highway Clean Up Days May 21st at 3pm August 20th at 3pm Volunteers needed, contact email@example.com
Monthly Chamber Meetings RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org May 28th/Noon at TBD June 25th/7am at Chamber Office August 27th/Noon at TBD September 24th/7am at Chamber Office November 19th/Noon at TBD
Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber Quarterly Lunch & Learn Series - Noon to 1pm April 15th – Workforce Readiness at Tippy Creek Winery July 22nd – To Be Announced October 21st – To Be Announced
Syracuse-Wawasee Last Fridays - May through September - 5pm to 8pm May 29th – Garden & Arts Fair June 26th – Family Night Out July 31st – Back to School Bash August 28th – Date Night September 25th – Taco Wars Booth spaces available for your business to showcase for $25.00 each Last Friday – Contact email@example.com Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber Paddle Battle - Oakwood Resort August 30th/3pm to 8pm
Syracuse-Wawasee Small Business Saturday - November 28, 2020/10am to 1pm Chamber Pop In
Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber Holiday Open House - December 10, 2020/4:30pm to 6pm
Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber Annual Dinner - January 14, 2021 at 5pm - Location TBD
To see more community events, visit swchamber.com for more up-to-date events. Phone: 574.457.5637
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The Syracuse community and Lake Wawasee have much to offer year round. For a complete listing of all of the events, attractions, and specials visit www.swchamber.com/events.
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SYRACUSE IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE! ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTED TO DEVELOPING OUR COMMUNITY A strong community involves multiple partners who work together to build a successful infrastructure, to make Syracuse a great place to be! Take a look and you will see why. Our Schools The mission of the Wawasee Community School Corporation is to partner with students, families, and community to meet the needs of all students and empower them to reach their highest potential. The Wawasee Community School Corporation is comprised of the communities of Milford, North Webster, and Syracuse. Wawasee High School and
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Wawasee Middle School each reside in Syracuse. Milford Elementary and Milford Middle school share a building in the town of Milford. The high school Career Techical Pathways Education Program focuses on ensuring every participating student receives dual credit or certification through Ivy Tech in a potential career path.
North Webster Elementary and Syracuse Elementary both have new facilities in North Webster and Syracuse.
Wawasee Community School website is wawasee.k12.in.us.
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SYRACUSE IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE! PARKS, TRAILS AND LAKES
Henry Ward Park – Henry Ward Park hosts a boardwalk, fishing pier, and a recently updated playground. It is a popular fishing spot, hosting many Bass Fishing Tournaments throughout the spring-fall months. The park is conveniently located adjacent to the public access site for Syracuse Lake for easy access to put in and take out boats. The park has a pavilion with a charcoal grill, restrooms, a fishing pier, playground equipment for the kids and has plenty of shade during the hot summer months.
Veteran’s Memorial Park – Shaded by a mature canopy of trees and lying along State Road 13, in the heart of Syracuse, Veteran's Memorial Park at Crosson Mill has a historical theme with a cannon and a Veteran's
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Memorial, including individuals from the Syracuse area who have served in the Armed Forces.
Veteran's Memorial Park at Crosson Mill is also the site of the Laudeman Family Pavilion and Playground. The pavilion is available for lunches, birthday parties, or other special events and has restrooms.
Harold Schrock Athletic Complex – Located at 900 W. Brooklyn St., the Harold Schrock Athletic Complex has the following amenities for use by the general public: 4 baseball/softball fields (2 with lights), 2 tee ball fields, 1 football field, and a 1/2 mile walking trail. In the winter it features a lighted outdoor ice Phone: 574.457.5637
skating rink (open based on weather beginning in January).
Lakeside Park – Lakeside Park is the anchor of the Syracuse Parks system as the oldest and largest park in Syracuse and dates back into the 1930’s. The park is lined with Saucer Magnolia trees that blossom in early spring providing a breathtaking view. Lakeside Park features the Ken Harkless Gazebo, a picnic pavilion, playground and swimming beach.
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Syracuse Community Center â€“ The community center is located at 1013 N. Long Dr. across from Lakeside Park. Since opening in the summer of 2002, the Syracuse Community Center has become home to many Syracuse special events, as well as daily use for young and old alike. The community center houses a computer lab, fitness room, senior citizen area, gymnasium, and additional rooms are available to rent for meetings and other events.
office at 574-457-3440 or email the Park Office email@example.com.
There are several activities and events occurring on and off the lakes throughout the entire year. July is a very busy time of the year for our community! The two weeks surrounding the 4th of July are
For more information about the rental of the Parks grounds, venues, or the Syracuse Community Center, contact the Park and Recreation
SYRACUSE IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE! always full of events, from a 5k run, to Flotilla (boat parade), Tour des Lakes Bike Ride and of course lots of Fireworks! During the winter months residents and visitors enjoy ice skating, snowmobiling, skiing, snow kiting, ice boating and ice fishingâ€Ś just to name a few. In January, Syracuse hosts the Annual Wawasee Winter Carnival highlighting family activities.
The purpose of the Syracuse-Wawasee Trail Committee (a committee of the SyracuseWawasee Park Foundation) is to
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walking, jogging and bicycling. The trail connects parks, lakes, schools, neighborhoods, and businesses, and exists to encourage and fulfill the need for healthy outdoor, family-oriented activities. If you have enjoyed using our trails and want to see their continued growth, please show your support with a tax-deductible donation. To make a contribution contact the Executive Director Erlene Yentes, firstname.lastname@example.org. 17
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