Public can comment on I&M rate hike

A field hearing will be held in South Bend by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to hear from the public on the rate case petition of Indiana Michigan Power Co. The hearing is set for Thursday at 6 p.m. at the South Bend Century Center Recital Hall, 120 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

According to information from the commission, I&M has filed a petition for a new schedule of rates and charges for electric utility service.

During field hearings, ratepayers have the opportunity to speak directly to the commission or submit written comments. Because this is a pending case, the commissioners and judge are not allowed to answer questions or engage in any discussion about the case, according to the news release.

Those who are unable to attend may submit written comments to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor at Ratepayers also can submit their comments by mail, email, or fax:

• Mail: Consumer Services Staff, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500

• Email:

• Fax: (317) 232-5923

Written comments should include the ratepayer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “Cause No. 45235”


Black Expo to host annual parade

To celebrate 46 years of services in Elkhart, The Elkhart Chapter of the Indiana Black Expo will host its annual community parade July 27.

At 2 p.m. the parade will start at the corner of South Sixth Street and Lusher Avenue and proceeding down Sixth Street, ending at Benham Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive

This year Cora Breckenridge will serve as grand marshal. Following this year’s parade there will be light refreshments served at Ullery Park.

The Elkhart Chapter of the Indiana Black Expo is accepting parade participants. All car clubs, motorcycle clubs, dance and drill teams, churches, business and organizations are welcome.

Those who are interested in participating should contact Robert Taylor at 574-226-4328 or or Arvis Dawson, 574-536-1970.


Upcycle workshop offered at park

The Elkhart County Parks staff will offer a hands-on Upcycle Extravaganza Workshop July 13 from 1–2:30 p.m. at the Baldwin One Room School House in Bonneyville Mill County Park.

Those who attend will learn the art of upcycling in an interactive workshop that will explore

how to make useless products useful again. The class will teach participants how to transform

everyday unused items, like vinyl records, worn T-shirts, and quilting scraps into something modern and practical. All materials will be provided, but participants are asked to an take an old

T-shirt to the program.

The program cost is $5/person and open to ages 8 and above. Registration is required by Monday, To sign up, visit

Bonneyville Mill County Park is located 2.5 miles east of Bristol, at 53373 C.R. 131.

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