By Carl Stutsman – May 29, 2020 0 696 2020 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Logo The following is a release from the Elkhart County 4H Fair:2020 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Postponed It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board of Directors has voted to postpone the 2020 Fair to be held in conjunction with the 2021 Fair from July 23-31, 2021. Additionally, the board voted to allow 4-H to proceed with the 4-H programs at their discretion with the understanding that they will comply with all of Purdue’s guidelines during the traditional fair week. For months we have continued to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, including local, state and federal health agencies’ recommendations on preventing this disease. We have also consulted with other Fair officials across the nation and with experts in our industry on how to execute an event of this scale under these circumstances. However, the safety of our fairgoers, board, staff, vendors, volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors, and our community are our utmost priority and it is simply not possible to hold our beloved Fair this year, safely and financially. There are simply too many unknowns and circumstances out of our control. We have every hope for our community to reach Stage 5 of the Governor’s Back on Track Plan by July 4, but there is no guarantee it will arrive as anticipated. Stage 5 of the plan also still advises fairs and festivals to enforce social distancing measures and follow other CDC protocols. A fair with these measures would not be the Fair we all know and love, nor would it be the Fair our community deserves. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, we must also be fiscally responsible so that we may continue our mission of promoting agriculture, youth development, community enrichment and 4-H for generations to come. By continuing to work with local health officials, we hope to provide an alternative event in August for our community in a smaller, more manageable setting and will release more details about this event in the near future. We understand our community may be disappointed and we are too. However, rest assured we are still here for our community and our youth, working to find ways to serve you safely. We are already hard at work on our 2021 Fair and know that with your support, we will be back stronger and better than ever, ready to welcome all of you with open arms. ## The Elkhart County 4H Fair will not take place in 2020 Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleElkhart County 4-H Fair offers drive-thru fair foodNext articleHundreds of local casino workers risk losing jobs permanently Carl Stutsman
By Denise DiStephan |Amy Handlin, a Republican who was reelected to her District 13 Assembly seat in 2017, is not running for re-election in 2019 when her two-year term expires.Handlin, 62, who has represented the northern Monmouth County district since 2006, retired from her teaching position at Monmouth University at the end of the spring semester and decided, after 30 years in politics, that it was also time to retire from the public sector to have more time for family, travel and new career interests.“When I retired from Monmouth, I started re-evaluating and, after so many years of public service, it seemed to make sense to leave now so I don’t run out of energy or ideas,” Handlin said in a telephone interview. “I’ll be able to look back and reflect on a wonderful career.”And when she reflects, she said what she’ll remember most fondly are the times she worked with residents on important causes, like the time she worked with a local group that successfully fought a Jersey Central Power and Light Company (JCP&L) proposal to build a controversial high-voltage transmission line between Aberdeen and Red Bank.This year an administrative law judge, and then the state Board of Public Utilities, pulled the plug on the proposal residents and officials said would negatively impact public health, property values and aesthetics.Handlin, whose district includes the five towns the line would have passed through – Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and Red Bank – said it was the same proposal JCP&L had pushed about 30 years ago.“It was the second time we had to fight that,” Handlin recalls. “Citizens should always speak up, speak loudly and make sure they’re heard. That’s the great gift of being an American.”Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesperson, said in a telephone interview the utility is not appealing the decision and had no further comment.Now that she is retiring, Handlin said she wants to spend more time with family, including her two children, travel and pursue consulting and writing work.Another constituent issue Handlin has been working on is the problem of scam artists who prey on senior citizens, often through phone calls. For Handlin, the fight is personal: con artists bilked her 92-year-old father-in-law of large sums of money through a series of cons before the family became aware of it.Handlin and state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) introduced a bill forcing telecommunications companies to include free information about fraud and scams in public outreach already being sent to customers. If the bill becomes law, the director of the Division of Consumer Affairs will determine a warning statement to be published and contact information for other state and federal agencies will be attached.Telecommunications companies charging customers for scam protection is “one of the things that steams me,” Handlin said. The bill would eliminate that.Handlin, a Middletown resident, was a Monmouth County freeholder from 1990 until 2005 and on the Middletown Township Committee from 1987 to 1990. Her legislative office is in Red Bank.Handlin earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, an MBA in marketing from Columbia University and her doctorate from New York University. She was as an associate professor of marketing at Monmouth University for the past 27 years.This article was first published in the Oct. 25 – Oct. 31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
17 May 2011; A new sponsorship deal has been announced for the Topaz Donegal International Rally which takes place from the 17th -19th of June, to coincide with it’s 40th aniversary. Topaz, the country’s largest fuels and convenience retailer, has agreed to sponsor the rally for the next 3 years. In attendance at the launch are, from left, CEO of Topaz Eddie O’Brien, Irish Tarmac Rally Champion Gareth McHale, Danny Gormley, Clerk of the Course Donegal Motor Club, and Damien Crawford, Donegal Motor Club. Topaz Donegal International Rally Launch Photocall, Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny.A new sponsorship deal has been announced for the Topaz Donegal International Rally.The three-year sponsorship deal coincides with the 40th Anniversary of the rally.More than 150 drivers from all over the country will participate in this year’s Topaz Donegal International Rally from June 17 to 19, 2011. The Clerk of the Course, Danny Gormley said: “The Topaz Donegal International Rally is the biggest annual sporting event in the northern half of the country and we could not stage an event of this magnitude without the extremely generous financial support of Topaz.“This year we are celebrating our 40th birthday and the signing of a new three year deal is a vote of confidence in the event and a huge boost for the North West as a whole” Gormley said.Topaz Chief Executive Eddie O’Brien said: “Since the first Rally in 1971, this event has enjoyed a reputation as Ireland’s leading rally. Initiatives such as the town stage in Buncrana means the event continues to enjoy huge support and this year will attract up to 70,000 spectators.“As an Irish-owned and managed company we know how important the Rally is to the local economy, particularly the tourism sector and we wish the Rally and all associated with it, continued success.” TOPAZ GET BEHIND DONEGAL RALLY FOR THREE MORE YEARS was last modified: May 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)