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LAGRANGE COUNTY
LaGrange County is known for being
a place where the old and the new meet
a place where old-fashioned rural
character lives in harmony with progress
and growth.
About one-third of the countys
37,128 residents are Amish, who dot the
countryside with small, medium and
large farms and homes. LaGrange is
French for the farm, a name that is
very suitable for the rural county.
According to the most recent Census
of Agriculture, there are more than 1,500
farms in the county, ranking it first in
the state of Indiana in the number of
farms and the number of small farms. It
is also ranked first in the state in cattle
and calf production, first in the state in
horses and ponies, second in the state in
meat-type chickens, and second in the
state and nation in duck production.
The rest of the countys population
lives in incorporated towns (towns with
a stoplight or two). Some cluster around
the countys unincorporated communi-
ties (towns with a stop sign or two).
About 3.5 percent of the county
population is Hispanic, representing a
community that has grown in recent
years.
The county has three public school
systems, the Lakeland, Prairie Heights
and Westview school districts. The
county is also home to The Howe
School, along with a number of
parochial schools and preschools.
Community groups abound, such as
the American Legion, Lions Clubs,
Purdue Extension and 4-H.
HI STORY: The county seat originally
was in Lima, now Howe, when the first
courthouse was built in 1833. Because
LaGrange was the geographical center
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LaGrange 4 6761
Mongo 4 6771
Shi pshewana 4 6 5 6 5
South Mi l ford 4 678 6
Stroh 4 678 9
Topeka 4 6 571
Wol cot t vi l l e 4 679 5
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LAGRANGE COUNTY
of the county, it became the new county
seat in 1843.
The first courthouse in LaGrange was
a two-story wooden frame building
constructed in 1844. The cornerstone of
the present courthouse was laid Aug. 15,
1878. The total cost of the red brick
structure was $71,675.32 $25,000
more than the contract price. County
offices and the sheriffs department were
housed in the courthouse for many years
after it was built.
Due to the efforts of the LaGrange
County Historical Society, the
courthouse was placed on the National
Registry of Historic Places on July 17,
1980. After years of renovations, the
LaGrange County Circuit Court room
was restored much to its original design
of the 1880s and rededicated in February
2007.
Today, the county clerks office, the
circuit and superior courts and the
probation departments are housed in the
courthouse. Other government offices
are in the LaGrange County Office
Building, built in 1986. The LaGrange
County Health Department is across the
street from Parkview LaGrange Hospital
on Townline Road, LaGrange.
POPULATI ON: 37,128 in the 2010
Census.
GOVERNM ENT: A board of three
elected commissioners and a council of
seven elected council members run the
countys government. The county
commissioners meet the first and third
Mondays of every month at 8:30 a.m. in
the LaGrange County Office Building,
114 W. Michigan St., LaGrange. The
county council meets the second
Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. in
the County Office Building.
Other officials include the LaGrange
County prosecutor, clerk, recorder,
treasurer, auditor, coroner, sheriff,
surveyor, assessor and judges.
RECREATI ON: LaGrange County
boasts two golf courses, more than 70
lakes, wildlife preserves and recreation
grounds, a disc golf course, archery and
shooting range, hunting and fishing,
museums, fairs and festivals, a large flea
market, and a public park department
that maintains six parks, a nature center
and several public beaches.
POLI CE: The LaGrange County
Sheriffs Department provides police
protection throughout the county. For
emergencies call 911. For nonemergen-
cies, phone 463-7491. All calls go to
LaGrange County Communications.
A pair of Sandhill cranes watch across a
small opening next to the Pigeon River in
the Pigeon River Wildlife area just west
of Mongo. Cranes are considered a
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HOWE
The historic town of Howe, on the
northern edge of LaGrange County, is
about three miles south of the Michigan
state line. It is the first southbound stop
off the Indiana I-80/90 Toll Road, a
major east-west highway that is one of
the main arteries bringing business to
the county. S.R. 9 runs directly south
from the toll road and intersects with
S.R. 120 at Howe.
The Town Square Park is in the
center of Howe and serves as a gathering
point for various events.
HI STORY: Howe, settled in 1834, was
the first white settlement in LaGrange
County. The town was then called
Mongoquinong, because the area was
called the Mongoquinong Prairie by the
Potawatomi Indians, who were native to
the region.
The name was later changed to Lima,
and then Howe, after John B. Howe, one
of the founders of the communitys first
bank.
The first county courthouse was at
Lima in 1833. The county seat was
moved to LaGrange, the countys
geographical center, in 1843.
POPULATI ON: 807 in the 2010 Census.
SERVI CES: Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment.
EDUCATI ON: Elementary students
attend Lima-Brighton School (kinder-
garten through fifth grade), then go to
Lakeland Middle School and Lakeland
High School in LaGrange. The Howe
School cadets attend grades 5-12.
RECREATI ON: A park on the town
square offers a basketball court,
playground and picnic area. It is the
scene of several annual celebrations and
the annual Farmers Market throughout
the summer months. An 18-hole golf
course is north of town at Cedar Lake.
Pine Knob Park, maintained by the
county parks department, lies east of
Howe on S.R. 120. It offers a number of
amenities including an archery and
shooting range, fishing and picnicking.
The area lakes provide activities all year
around. The Pigeon River Fish and
Wildlife Area is southeast of Howe.
BANKI NG: Farmers State Bank and
Peoples Federal Savings Bank have
branch offices in Howe.
SHOPPI NG: The town has two barber-
shops, a management/tax service, a
convenience store, novelty store, ice
cream parlor and an art gallery.
ACCESS: S.R. 9 passes the western
edge of Howe and S.R. 120 runs east-
west through Howe.
UTI LI TI ES: NIPSCO for electricity and
gas; LaGrange County REMC for
electricity; and CenturyLink telephone
service.
POLI CE: Call the LaGrange County
Sheriffs Department, 463-7491.
Emergency calls: 911.
FI RE: Emergency only: 911. Business
calls: 562-2618.
POST OFFI CE: S.R. 120 (404 Defiance
St.), 562-2191. Pam Wainwright is the
postmaster.
LAGRANGE
LaGrange, the largest town in
LaGrange County and the county seat,
centers around the LaGrange County
Courthouse, surrounded by old brick
streets.
The town sits at the crossroads of
S.R. 9 and U.S. 20 and is the scene of
the annual LaGrange County Corn
School, an October street fair. Other
celebrations in LaGrange include the
county 4-H Fair; a major steam and gas
engine show; and Liberty Days, a July
weekend celebration of freedom and
local culture, featuring a large parade.
POPULATI ON: 2,625 in the 2010
Census.
GOVERNM ENT: LaGranges five-
member town council meets the first and
third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. at
the LaGrange Town Hall on Townline
Road at S.R. 9, LaGrange.
SERVI CES: Town water and sewer
service are provided. The LaGrange
Volunteer Fire Department provides fire
protection in the town and surrounding
areas. The LaGrange Police Department
provides law enforcement in the town.
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Town Hall, 1201 N. Townline Road,
north of LaGrange.
EDUCATI ON: Lakeland School Corp.
has its administrative offices at 200 S.
Cherry St., LaGrange. The school
district operates three elementary
schools, Parkside, Wolcott Mills and
Lima-Brighton, along with Lakeland
Middle School and Lakeland High
School. The corporation office can be
reached at 499-2400.
RECREATI ON: LaGrange has a town
park that includes a playground, a
baseball diamond, basketball courts and
a skateboard park. The LaGrange
County 4-H Fairgrounds are at the
northeast edge of town. The annual 4-H
Fair is held in LaGrange every July, and
the annual Gas and Steam Show is held
at the fairgrounds in August. LaGrange
County Corn School is an annual
October street fair. There is an 18-hole
golf course west of town. Maple Wood
Nature Center, which attracts thousands
to an annual Maple Syrup Days Festival
every March, sits about four miles east
and one mile south of town.
HEALTH: Parkview LaGrange Hospital
serves the areas medical needs and
provides air ambulance services to
Michigan and Fort Wayne hospitals.
LaGrange Countys Emergency Medical
Service is based on Townline Road,
north of the hospital, and provides
service to the LaGrange and surrounding
communities. Redi-Care Inc., north of
LaGrange, provides an after-hours
clinic, Monday-Friday 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., on a first
come, first served basis. There are two
specialized health care facilities, Millers
Merry Manor and Life Care Center of
LaGrange. The Kenny Burkett Clinic at
102B W. Michigan St. offers free
medical care to the uninsured residents
of LaGrange County from 5-8 p.m.
Thursdays.
BANKI NG: Farmers State Bank, Lake
City Bank, Wells Fargo Bank and
Peoples Federal Savings Bank have
offices in LaGrange.
ACCESS: At the intersection of S.R. 9
and U.S. 20.
UTI LI TI ES: NIPSCO for electricity and
natural gas; LaGrange County REMC
for electricity; CenturyLink telephone
service.
POLI CE: The town marshal is Rich
Snyder. For emergencies, call 911; for
business calls, 463-7031.
FI RE: Matt Huffman is the fire chief.
He can be reached at 463-3139. for
emergencies, call 911.
TOWN CLERK: LaGrange Town Hall,
1201 N. Townline Road, LaGrange.
Mike Rowlison is the town clerk. He can
be reached at 463-3241.
LI BRARY: The LaGrange County
Public Library is at 203 W. Spring St.
Mary Hooley is the director. She may be
reached at 463-2841. Library hours are:
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and
Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer hours change in June to close
one hour earlier.
POST OFFI CE: The post office is on
South Detroit Street. Postmaster
Chandra Steury can be reached at 463-
2844.
SHI PSHEWANA
The influence from people of the
Mennonite and Amish faith contributes
to Shipshewanas unique, small-town
atmosphere.
Most businesses are closed in the
evenings and on Sundays, reflecting the
Mennonite-Amish tradition of strong
family values and close ties within the
community.
Though small, Shipshewana hosts
one of the nations largest flea markets
and some 150 retail shops, attracting
over half a million visitors each year.
The Shipshewana Town Center
provides conference and convention
space for up to 1,000 guests, and is
home to the new Hudson Museum in
Shipshewana.
More tourism information may be
found at shipshewana.com.
HI STORY: Shipshewana was platted in
1889 but was not incorporated until
1916. The town was named for Chief
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Shipshewana of the Potawatomi tribe
that lived in the area.
The first settlement of Amish people
came to the area from Pennsylvania in
1844.
POPULATI ON: 658 in the 2010 Census.
GOVERNM ENT: The town council is
comprised of five members and meets at
the Shipshewana Town Hall at 6 p.m. on
the second and fourth Thursdays of
every month. Ruth Ann Downey is the
town clerk. She can be reached at the
town hall at 768-4743.
SERVI CES: The Shipshewana
Volunteer Fire Department and Shipshe-
wana Police Department provide fire
and police protection. Parkview
LaGrange Hospital has a LaGrange
County EMS unit based southwest of the
town.
EDUCATI ON: Elementary students
attend Shipshewana-Scott Elementary
and Meadowview Elementary schools.
Fifth- and sixth-graders attend Westview
Elementary School and seventh through
12th grades attend Westview Junior-
Senior High School in Emma.
RECREATI ON: Wolfe Park in the
downtown area has a playground and
basketball courts. Shipshewana
Community Park, at C.R. 250N and C.R.
735W, has a ball diamond and is home
to an immense soccer field.
HEALTH: The town has a chiropractor,
optometrist, osteopath and two doctors
offices. One dentists office serves the
area.
BANKI NG: Farmers State Bank, Lake
City Bank and Wells Fargo Bank have
branches in Shipshewana.
SHOPPI NG: Stores in the center of
town include antique shops, clothing
stores, a flea market, toy stores, florist
shops, glass shops and bakeries, to name
a few.
ACCESS: Shipshewana is directly
accessible by U.S. 20, S.R. 5 and S.R.
120, and indirectly via S.R. 9, S.R. 15,
and Interstate 80/90.
UTI LI TI ES: NIPSCO for electricity and
gas; LaGrange County REMC for
electricity; and CenturyLink telephone
service. The town provides water, storm
drainage and waste water services.
POLI CE: Tom Fitch is the town
marshal. For emergencies, call 911. For
nonemergencies, call 786-4310 or the
LaGrange County Sheriffs Department,
463-7491.
FI RE: The fire chief is Chad Miller.
Business calls: 768-4746; emergency
only: 911.
POST OFFI CE: Located on Main Street.
Postmaster Cindy Howard may be
reached at 768-4172.
TOPEKA
Topeka, in the rural southwest corner
of LaGrange County, is LaGrange
Countys major industrial town.
Topekas history is steeped in a rich
Amish cultural heritage. The Topeka
Livestock Auction attracts thousands of
people seeking to purchase horses,
carriages and exotic animals.
The Topeka Area Historical Society
Inc. operates a museum in the old
railroad depot at 123 Indiana St.
More information about events in
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HI STORY: The town was settled in the
spring of 1832. Throughout its history,
Topeka has been known as Hawpatch,
Slabtown, Hawpatch again, and then
Topeka.
Topeka is believed to have been
called Slabtown because of a lumber
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Hawpatch when the Wabash Railroad
brought a line through in 1891.
The town was named Topeka in 1893
when it was platted. The name Topeka
had been put on a depot that railroad
workers constructed there in 1891, and
the name stuck. (Many of the railroad
workers were from Kansas.) Topeka was
incorporated in August of 1913 and soon
thereafter had its own water works
system.
POPULATI ON: 1,153 in the 2010
Census.
GOVERNM ENT: The town council is
comprised of three members and meets
at the Topeka Town Hall at 5 p.m. on the
second and fourth Monday of every
month. Katie Braid is the town clerk and
Ron Eash serves as town manager. They
can be reached at the town hall at 593-
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Police Department provide fire and
police protection. Parkview LaGrange
Hospital has a LaGrange County EMS
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EDUCATI ON: The administrative
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1545 S. C.R. 600W, Emma, north of
Topeka. Students from the Topeka area
attend Topeka Elementary School
(kindergarten through grade four) or
Meadowview Elementary School, then
go to Westview Elementary School (fifth
and sixth grade) followed by Westview
Junior-Senior High School.
RECREATI ON: The town has two
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tennis courts, two ball fields, a pavilion
and new playground equipment. West
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and restrooms. Several industries helped
pay to develop a Little League ball field.
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office with two physicians, one dentist, three chiropractors,
an optometrist, two veterinarians and a horse practitioner.
BANKI NG: Peoples Federal Savings Bank, Farmers State
Bank, and Taper Lock Employees Federal Credit Union all
have offices in Topeka.
SHOPPI NG: The town has an active business life with a
popular pharmacy and restaurant and a central hardware
store, among many others. The town also has its own
Chamber of Commerce, which is very active, sponsoring
several events through the course of the year.
ACCESS: C.R. 700S and C.R. 600W intersect in Topeka
and are the main access routes to the town. S.R. 5 also runs
just west of town.
UTI LI TI ES: NIPSCO for electricity and gas; LaGrange
County REMC for electricity; and CenturyLink telephone
service. The town provides water, storm drainage and waste
water services.
POLI CE: Carl Stoltz is the town marshal. In nonemergen-
cies, call 593-2822 or the LaGrange County Sheriffs
Department, 463-7491. For emergencies, call 911.
FI RE: The fire chief is Stewart Bender. Business calls:
593-2883. Emergency only: 911.
POST OFFI CE: 129 E. Lake St. Postmaster Pamela Vance
and may be reached at 593-2199.
WOLCOTTVI LLE
Wolcottville lies on the southern border of LaGrange
County, with a chain of lakes nearby and a winding creek
running through the middle of town. The southern half of the
town is part of Noble County.
Wolcottville is the central business and shopping location
for the many year-round and summer residents on the Indian
Lakes chain and other rural residents of southern LaGrange
County.
The lake chain consists of Dallas, Witmer, Westler,
Atwood, Messick and Hackenburg lakes and brings a
population swell to the community in summer months.
HI STORY: Wolcottville was settled in 1832 by two French
traders sent from Fort Wayne by a trading company. A small
cabin was built, and then a double-log building made of
tamarack poles called the Tamarack House. Later, a dam and
sawmill were built near Tamarack House; a store and a
gristmill opened; and the first village in the area was settled.
A stone from the old gristmill is still located along Main
Street.
George Wolcott arrived in Wolcottville in 1837 and built
a log cabin. In 1838 he built a sawmill that became well
known throughout the area. He also started the first store in
Wolcottville. The town was named Wolcottville in his honor
when it was laid out in 1848.
POPULATI ON: 998 in the 2010 Census, split nearly evenly
between LaGrange and Noble counties.
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first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at
the town hall, 104 W. Race St.
SERVI CES: Town water, sewer and
garbage services are available. Johnson
Township Volunteer Fire Department
and the Wolcottville Police Department
provide fire and police protection.
EDUCATI ON: Elementary students
attend Wolcott Mills Elementary School
(kindergarten through grade five) in
town. Students in grades 6-12 attend
Lakeland Middle School and Lakeland
high School in LaGrange.
RECREATI ON: Taylor Park south of
town provides a playground, basketball
courts and a ball diamond. Wolcott Park
is a natural area on S.R. 9 on the north
side of town. Field of Dreams, on the
west side of town, includes three
baseball fields, a combination
soccer/football field, and a playground.
Wolcottville has a flag football league.
BANKI NG: A Farmers State Bank
branch operates in Wolcottville.
SHOPPI NG: A variety of specialty
shops line Main Street. Among them are
an office supply store, a jewelry store
and an ice cream shop. To the north and
south of town are gas stations, a grocery,
a general merchandise store and restau-
rants.
ACCESS: S.R. 9 is the main north-
south thoroughfare.
UTI LI TI ES: NIPSCO for electricity and
natural gas; LaGrange County REMC
for electricity; CenturyLink for
telephone service.
POLI CE: The Wolcottville Police
Department is based in the Wolcottville
Town Hall, 104 W. Race St. Town
Marshal Ryan Kauffman may be
reached by calling the business number,
854-2930. For emergencies only, call 9-
1-1.
FI RE: The Johnson Township
Volunteer Fire Department is in town on
600W. County Line Road. Fire Chief
Mike Martz can be reached at 854-4131.
For fire emergencies only, call 9-1-1.
CLERK S OFFI CE: Wolcottville Town
Clerk Jeanette Combs can be reached at
the Wolcottville Town Hall, 104 W. Race
St., Wolcottville, or by phone at 854-
3151.
POST OFFI CE: The post office at 105
N. Main St., can be reached by calling
854-2314. Monica Rowe is the
postmaster.
COMMUNI TI ES
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New lambs started arriving at an Amish farm just north of LaGrange in mid-March.
Sign on spring
PATRICK REDMOND
BRI GHTON
Brighton is on S.R. 120 about six
miles east of Howe. One of the oldest
congregations in the area, English Prairie
Church of the Brethren, more than 140
years old, is in Brighton. Messiah
Fellowship, in the old Brighton High
School building, and Brighton Chapel, a
Brethren church, are also very active in
the Brighton community. Brighton is in
Greenfield Township, and students attend
schools in the Lakeland School Corp.
Police protection is provided by the
LaGrange County Sheriffs Department.
EM M A
Even though Emma is a small
community, it is very busy, since it is the
location of Westview Elementary School,
Westview Junior-Senior High School and
the Westview Community Schools
administrative office. Located about six
miles west of LaGrange and two miles
south of U.S. 20 in Clay Township,
Emma is also popular for a historic
grocery, Emma Country Store. The store
originated in the 1800s and was rebuilt in
1931, after a fire. It was purchased in
January 2007 by Molly Hostetler, a
Topeka native, and now houses Emma
Cafe and Catering. Emma is also home
to a Mennonite Church and a Christian
Fellowship Church. Fire and police
protection are provided by the Topeka
Voluntary Fire Department, the Topeka
Police Department and the LaGrange
County Sheriffs Department.
HONEYVI LLE
Honeyville is the home of Eden
Worship Center, formerly the Honeyville
School. Honeyville is about 10 miles
west of LaGrange in Eden Township
near S.R. 5 and also has a number of
growing businesses: Honeyville Metal,
Honeyville Feed Mill, Honeyville
Propane, Eden Enterprises (a mechanical
service shop) and an antique shop. Fire
and police services for the town are
provided by the Topeka Volunteer Fire
Department and the Topeka Police
Department.
UNI NCORPORATED COMMUNI TI ES
A quilt design named Crosses and Losses hangs on the Springbrook Farm
barn on LaGrange Countys western edge. Many barn quilts can be seen in
LaGrange County.
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M ONGO
Mongo is popular stop for hunters and
fishermen, since it is in the heart of the
Indiana Department of Natural
Resources Pigeon River Fish and
Wildlife Area on S.R.3, about eight miles
east of LaGrange and three miles north
of U.S. 20. Much of the activity in the
town centers around the river. The
Trading Post rents canoes, has a
campground and small souvenir and gift
shop. A second campground is in the
Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area.
Another local spot is Sarges Downtown
Tavern. A town park opened in 2009 on
C.R. 780E, one block south of S.R. 3.
Mongo, in Springfield Township, has an
active Lions Club, and Mongo United
Methodist Church is well known in the
county for its many fundraising
breakfasts and suppers. Mongo Volunteer
Fire Department provides fire protection
for area residents, while police protection
is provided by the LaGrange County
Sheriffs Department.
ONTARI O
A large community park is the main
attraction of Ontario, as well as its
proximity to the Pigeon River. Near the
park is the Ontario Congregational
Church. It is also home to two beauty
salons and a small apartment building.
The Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area
starts just to the east of town. The
Ontario Dam is on the northern edge of
town. Ontario is south of S.R. 120 on
C.R. 400N and C.R. 200E in Lima
Township. Ontario receives police
protection from the LaGrange County
Sheriffs Department.
STROH
Stroh is by the LaGrange-Steuben
county line near Big Turkey Lake, about
11 miles east of LaGrange and five miles
south of U.S. 20. Named after Emill
Stroh, who started a cement manufac-
turing business near Big Turkey Lake in
the late 1800s, the community was
established in the 1900s. With a popula-
tion of about 350, it is home to Stroh
Lions Club and has a playground and a
baseball diamond. Businesses include the
Stroh Fixit Shop and Stroh Farm Supply.
There is a Farmers State Bank branch in
the town. Just to the north in the area of
Elmira is a public access to Big Turkey
Lake, Johns Turkey Lake Tavern and
Restaurant, which is known for its
special fish dishes. Faith is centered
around the Stroh Church of Christ.
Students who live in Stroh attend Prairie
Heights Community Schools. Located in
Milford Township, Stroh receives
firefighting services from the Stroh
Volunteer Fire Department and police
protection form the LaGrange County
Sheriffs Department.
SOUTH M I LFORD
South Milford, situated on S.R. 3
about eight miles southeast of LaGrange
and seven miles south of U.S. 20, is
surrounded by nearby lakes. It is known
for being the first home of the
widespread J.O. Mory business. Other
businesses in the area include South
Milford Grain, a gas station, beauty
salon, a tax service and two sawmills.
The Indiana Northeastern Railroad stops
at South Milford. The community has an
active Lions Club, the Community
League and a number of churches in the
town and surrounding area. Police
service is provided by the LaGrange
County Sheriffs Department.
UNI NCORPORATED COMMUNI TI ES
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Parks department superintendent and master of maple syrup Jim Carr tends to
a few final details on a batch of maple syrup. Carr was able to make more than
100 gallons of maple syrup in 2012, which was all on sale at Maple Syrup Days
celebration at LaGrange Countys Maple Wood Nature Center in mid-March.
PATRICK REDMOND
LaGrange County is predominantly an
agricultural community, with 78 percent
of its land used for crops, pasture or hay
land.
Cropland use varies throughout the
county. Because the county has a large
number of dairy operations and a large
Amish population, much of the land is in
hay or pasture. Corn, soybeans and
wheat are the major crops.
LaGrange County has a number of
organic farms producing organic dairy
products, chickens and eggs.
LaGrange County also has approxi-
mately 16,358 acres of woodlands and
15,000 acres of wetlands. The Pigeon
River Fish and Wildlife Area, maintained
by the Indiana Department of Natural
Resources, provides more than 10,000
acres of land for fishing, hunting and
other recreational activities.
County, state and federal agencies are
available to assist farmers and other
landowners of the county.
FARM SERVI CE AGENCY
910 S. Detroit St., LaGrange 46761;
463-3166.
Kerry Shank, county executive
director
Deb Notestine, advisor
Scott Gochenaur, committee member
Dewey Troyer, committee member
Ryan Young, committee member
FARM CREDI T SERVI CES
400 Union St., LaGrange, 463-3233
888-823-2718
USDA RURAL DEVELOPM ENT
788 W. Connexion Way, Suite E,
Columbia City 46725
244-6266, ext. 4
LAGRANGE COUNTY PURDUE
EXTENSI ON SERVI CES
County Office Building, Suite 10
114 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, 499-
6334
John Emerson, director and 4-H Youth
Development educator
Steve Engleking, agriculture educator
Ann Fremion, health and human
sciences services educator
Debby Pontecorvo, family nutrition
program
LAGRANGE COUNTY FARM BUREAU I NC.
Kent Tracey, president, 351-3443
John Reffett, vice president, 463-3291
Jo Gunthorp, womens leader,
367-2359
Nancy Stump, secretary 351-2380
USDA NATURAL RESOURCES
CONSERVATI ON SERVI CES
910 S. Detroit St., LaGrange,
463-3471
Derek Thompson, district
conservationist
SOI L AND WATER CONSERVATI ON
DI STRI CT
910 S. Detroit St., LaGrange,
463-5200
Martin Franke, district manager
Julie Diehm, program assistant
Marsha Bogado, office coordinator
Supervisors:
Richard Yoder, chairman
Gary Myers, board member
Monroe Raber, board member
Bob Cart, board member
R.D. Wolheter, board member
I NDI ANA CONSERVATI ON OFFI CERS
Andy Runyon, 244-3720
PI GEON RI VER STATE FI SH AND
WI LDLI FE AREA
Nate Levitte, manager
Lance Tresenriter, assistant manager
Mongo Headquarters
P.O. Box 71, Mongo
367-2164
FAWN RI VER STATE FI SH HATCHERY
Orland, 829-6241
CURTI S CREEK TROUT REARI NG STATI ON
Fish hatchery, Howe, 562-3855
I NDI ANA DEPARTM ENT OF NATURAL
RESOURCES
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Jason Wade, District 3 wildlife
biologist, 468-2515
DNR customer service, 317-232-4200
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The LaGrange County Lakes Council
is a membership group for people
interested in the present and future
welfare of the lakes and watersheds in
LaGrange County.
Board meetings are held on the fourth
Thursday of each month (except
November and December) at 6 p.m. in
the Lakes Council Office at 111 W.
Spring St., LaGrange. The public is
invited to attend.
The council and its programs are
governed by a board of directors made
up of representatives of many of the
populated lakes in the county.
Officers of the lakes council are:
president, Steve Scott-Welty, North
Twin Lake;
vice president, Carolyn Thatcher,
Little Turkey;
secretary, Buzz Wasson, and
treasurer, Meredith Cameron, Oliver
Lake.
Access Sites
LaGrange County is home to more
than 70 public freshwater lakes, as
classified by the Indiana Department of
Natural Resources.
Opportunities to get on these lakes for
all sorts of recreational activities,
including fishing, are made available
through public access sites operated by
the DNR and through private access.
These lakes have DNR public access
sites in LaGrange County:
Adams Lake
Aldrich Lake
Appleman Lake
Atwood Lake
Beaver Dam Lake
Big Long Lake
Big Turkey Lake
Cass Lake
Cedar Lake
Emma Lake
Fish Lake
Little Turkey Lake
Messick Lake
Meteer Lake
Mongo Mill Pond
Nasby Dam
Oliver Lake
Ontario Mill Pond
Pigeon River (3 sites in addition to
dams and mill ponds)
Pretty Lake
Shipshewana Lake (2)
Troxal Lake
Wall Lake
Westler Lake
Witmer Lake
LAKES COUNCI L
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Hunter Smith, 10, digs into his first plate of pancakes, sausage
and maple syrup at Maple Syrup Days at the LaGrange County
Park Departments Maple Wood Nature Center in mid-March.
Smith and his brother Ashton, 12, both of Fort Wayne, came to
the park just for the food. They were in the area visiting their
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. RIchard Smith, Wolcottville.
Pankcake boys
PATRICK REDMOND
Count y Pa r ks
SCOTT M I LL PARK
6780 N. C.R. 675W, LaGrange
The site of the former grist mill for
the town of Scott. Through a covered
bridge, visitors can access a 100-acre
wooded island along the Pigeon River. A
timber picnic pavilion is available for
group reservations.
AM ENI TI ES: picnic, hiking, wetlands,
fishing
DAVI D ROGERS M EM ORI AL PARK
2355 W. C.R. 550S, Wolcottville
Most notable for its authentic pioneer
log homes relocated to the park, It also
is the gravesite and memorial to pioneer
philanthropist Dr. David Rogers. David
Rogers Days Pioneer Living History
Festival is the fourth weekend of
August, celebrating the work and play of
1845.
WEBSI TE: www.davidrogersdays.org
AM ENI TI ES: picnic, grassy area
DELT CHURCH PARK
6455S. C.R. 200W, Wolcottville
Bordered by the Little Elkhart River,
this park contains 119 acres with three
oak timber picnic pavilions available for
group reservation. On one side of a grass
playing field is the MegaTower
Playground, a handicapped-accessible
facility with zones divided for children
2-5 years and 5-12 years. Throughout
the park is a flying-disc golf course.
There are wooded hiking trails and a
restored prairie. Picnic tables and grills
are provided.
AM ENI TI ES: playground, picnic,
hiking, wetlands, grassy area, disc golf
DALLAS LAKE PARK
0505 W. C.R. 700S, Wolcottville
The park takes in 96 acres on the
south shore of Dallas Lake. The beach is
staffed by lifeguards in the summer.
Enjoy a wetland observation deck for
wildlife and bird watching. A lodge is
available for group rental. Admission is
$5 per car. Park Office hours Monday-
Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 854-2225.
AM ENI TI ES: playground, picnic,
hiking, swimming, wetland, grassy area
M APLE WOOD NATURE CENTER
4550 E. C.R. 100S, LaGrange
Northern hardwood forest, wooded
swamp and wet prairie can be enjoyed
on miles of hiking trails. Excellent
habitat for wildflowers, birds and trees.
Maple syrup season is celebrated the
third weekend of March with Maple
Syrup Days. Hours: Wed. 8 a.m. to 4
p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. 1 to
5 p.m. (closed Sundays in July). For
more information call 463-4022.
AM ENI TI ES: picnic, hiking, wetlands
PI NE KNOB PARK
2825 E. S.R. 120, Howe
The park has 99 acres of oaks, pines,
soft maples, high quality marsh and
Meteer Lake. Special facilities are
provided for hunters and fishermen.
There are field archery targets and a
wooded 3-D archery trail with life-sized
game targets. 3-D trail fees are $5. Trails
and a fishing dock are accessible. Picnic
tables and grills are provided. A
program center is available for rental,
call 854-2225.
AM ENI TI ES: picnic, hiking, wetlands
DUFF NATURE PRESERVE
25 acres of wildlife and natural
woodland in Bloomfield Township, near
Cedar Lake area of Howe.
Count y Bea ches
SHI PSHEWANA LAKE BEACH
On the east side of Shipshewana Lake
AM ENI TI ES: Picnic tables and
playground.
CEDAR LAKE BEACH
East of Howe at C.R. 325E and C.R.
700N. and across from Cedar Lake
Golf Course
WALL LAKE BEACH
North of S.R. 120 at C.R. 600N,
Howe
Fish for crappie, bluegill, redear,
largemouth bass, perch, and Northern
pike. Wall Lakes swimming area is part
of the LaGrange County public parks
system. It is open from 8 a.m. to sunset.
Public Access on southeast shore,
C.R. 565N. Boat ramp, handicapped
access, restroom
ATWOOD LAKE BEACH
Located on C.R. 700S on the north
side of Atwood Lake
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FI SHI NG I NFO: Redear sunfish,
bluegilll, largemouth bass. Public Access
Location: southwest shore off CR 745S
PUBLI C ACCESS FACI LI TI ES: No
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LAGRANGE
LaGrange Town Park is on Factory
Street on the northwest side of
LaGrange.
The Courthouse Gazebo was erected
on the lawn of the LaGrange County
Courthouse and is available from 8 a.m.
to 10 p.m. daily. Reservations are made
through the auditors office at 499-6310.
(Alcoholic beverages prohibited.)
HOWE
Town Square Park in the center of the
Town of Howe is the site of many
community events.
SHI PSHEWANA
Wolfe Park is on Morton Street, next
to Wolfe Community Building, and is
complete with playground and baseball
diamonds.
Shipshewana Community Soccer
Fields are at 790 E. Middlebury St. and
are home to the West End Soccer
League.
TOPEKA
East Park is on the east side of town,
and West Park is on the west side.
A Little League ball field is on West
Lake Street, across from West Park.
WOLCOTTVI LLE
Taylor Park is on the south side of
town on S.R. 9, and Wolcott Park is a
natural area on S.R. 9 on the north edge
of Wolcottville.
Field of Dreams, on the west side of
town, has a combination soccer-football
field, two baseball fields and a
playground.
M ONGO
The Mongo Community Association
opened Mongo Town Park in 2009. It is
on C.R. 780E, one block south of S.R. 3.
ONTARI O
Ontario Town Park is in the center of
the town of Ontario and is the site of
church and community events.
Recr eat i on
LAGRANGE
Maple Wood Nature Center features
displays of plants and animals of the
area. The nature preserve is open to the
public for nature walks and other
outdoor activities. Nature programs are
held there throughout the year. The
center can be reached at 463-4022.
M ONGO
Pigeon River State Fish and Wildlife
area provides a place for fishing,
hunting, trapping and wildlife viewing.
It is an 11,500-acre site that includes
three reservoirs and land along the
Pigeon River. There are archery ranges,
shooting ranges and a 44-site primitive
campground.
SHI PSHEWANA
The Shipshewana Flea Market is
open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays May
through October to shoppers and
tourists. It is on S.R. 5 at the south edge
of Shipshewana.
WOLCOTTVI LLE
Dallas Lake Park offers a public
beach and good fishing area. The woods
and surrounding marsh are excellent for
bird watching.
PARKS AND RECREATI ON
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More than 40 painted turtles climbed aboard a little
floated debris on a Sunday afternoon in late March, intent
on catching a little sunshine. The turtles call a small pond
in rural LaGrange County home.
PATRICK REDMOND
Apost olic
APOSTOLI C LI GHTHOUSE TABERNACLE:
950 W. U.S. 20, LaGrange. 463-3720.
Sunday 10 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible
study 7 p.m. Pastor Robert W. Yenna.
Bapt ist
CHARI TY UNI TED BAPTI ST: P.O. Box
165, Stroh. 1 mile south of U.S. 20 and 1
mile east of S.R. 3. Rev. Terry Tuttle.
Sunday worship 11 a.m.
COM M UNI TY BAPTI ST: Rev. Leburn
Combs. Northwest of South Milford on
C.R. 700S. Sunday school 9:45 a.m.
Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday prayer 7
p.m.
CORNERSTONE BAPTI ST: Shipshewana.
Rev. Joseph Sheely. Phone 768-4304.
S.R. 120 and C.R. 1000W. Sunday school
10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
Wednesday 7 p.m.; Bible study Tuesday
7 p.m.
FI RST BAPTI ST: (A.B.C.) 116 N. Main
St., Wolcottville. Sunday school 9:30
a.m. Sunday worship 10:30 a.m. Pastor
Keith Perry. Phone 854-3136.
FI VE CORNER BAPTI ST: Two miles
north of Wolcottville on S.R. 9. Pastor
Clarence Combs. Sunday school 9 a.m.
Worship 10 a.m. Wednesday prayer 6
p.m. Third Saturday: Worship, singing at
6 p.m.
HELM ER I NDEPENDENT BAPTI ST: C.R.
766S, Helmer. Pastor Rick Davis. Sunday
school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. Thursday
worship 6 p.m.
LAGRANGE BAPTI ST: 1370 N. S.R. 9.
Pastor Jeff Farnham. 463-2348. Sunday
school 9:30 a.m. Services 10:30 a.m., 6
p.m. Wednesday 6 p.m.
LI BERTY FREEWI LL BAPTI ST: 2900 E.
C.R. 1150N, Wolcottville. Pastor Terry
Hinds, 854-4700. Sunday school, 9:45
a.m. Sunday worship 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
Wednesday prayer 7 p.m.
M OUNT CALVARY UNI TED BAPTI ST:
Main Street, Stroh. Pastor Willie Collins,
351-4183. Sunday school 10:15 a.m.
Worship 11 a.m. Worship third Saturday
of month 6 p.m.
NEW FREEDOM BAPTI ST: 300 N.
Sycamore St., LaGrange. Rev. Wade
Sturdivant.
SOUTH M I LFORD I NDEPENDENT
BAPTI ST: Pastor Earl Bolen. Sunday
school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m. and
second Saturday at 6 p.m.
STROH UNI TED BAPTI ST: Rev. Jerry
Collins. Services on first Saturday at 6
p.m. and every Sunday at 11 a.m.
TOPEKA BAPTI ST: 104 North St.,
Topeka. Rev. Gene Parker. Phone 593-
2111 or 350-2740. Sunday school 9 a.m.;
Sunday worship 10 a.m.; Prayer 6:30
p.m., Mondays; and Bible Study 6:30
p.m. Thursdays.
ZI ON UNI TED BAPTI ST: Valentine.
Sunday school 10 a.m. Worship 11 a.m.
Bret hren
BRI GHTON CHAPEL: 5445 N. S.R. 3,
Howe. Pastor Rustin Krapfl. 562-2505.
Sunday school 9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m.
Kids Club 6:15 p.m. fall through spring.
ENGLI SH PRAI RI E CHURCH OF THE
BRETHREN: 4370 N. S.R. 3, Brighton.
Sunday school 9 a.m. Praise and worship
10 a.m. G.A.B.S. for youth, Wednesday
at 6:30 p.m. Rev. Dwight Kauffman,
pastor. Phone 562-2997 or 499-0977.
Roman Cat holic
ST. JOSEPHS CATHOLI C CHURCH: 100
E. U.S. 20, LaGrange, Father Mark
Weaver. 463-3472. Mass Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m.,
Wednesday and Friday at 5:15 p.m. and
Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday Mass 9 a.m.
Sunday Mass in Spanish at 11:30 a.m.
Sacrament of Penance Saturday 4 p.m. or
Sunday at 12:30 p.m. or by appointment.
ST. M ARY OF THE ANGELS: Big Long
Lake. Father James Rose. Mass 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday.
Church of Christ
SOUTH M I LFORD CHURCH OF CHRI ST:
North of South Milford on S.R. 3. 351-
3671. Senior Minister Brian Walter.
Sunday worship 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.
Sunday school 9:40 a.m.
STROH CHURCH OF CHRI ST: Preaching
Minister Mike Hamm. Sunday school
9:45 a.m. Worship 8:30, 10:45 a.m.
Sunday evening groups 6:30 p.m.
Church of God
LAGRANGE FI RST CHURCH OF GOD:
S.R. 9 North. Rev. Brian J. VanOsdol.
463-3700. Sunday worship 8 a.m., 9:30
a.m. Contemporary worship 11 a.m. Tree-
House Sunday worship 11 a.m. Sunday
school 9:40 a.m. Wednesday: Adult Bible
Study 10:30 a.m. Family Night 6:30 p.m.
Kids Club 6:30 p.m.
STONE LAKE CHURCH OF GOD:
Shipshewana. Sunday worship 10:30
a.m., 6 p.m. Sunday school 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday 7 p.m.
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STROH CHURCH OF GOD: Pastors Jeff
and Brenda Berry. Adult Sunday school 9
a.m. Morning worship 10 a.m. Childrens
Sunday school 10:15 a.m. Bible study
and prayer Wednesday at 7 p.m.
WOLCOTTVI LLE CHURCH OF GOD: 210
S. Main St., P.O. Box 336, Wolcottville.
Rev. Gene Suffridge, 854-3636. Sunday
school and worship 10 a.m. Evening 6
p.m. Wednesday prayer and youth service
7 p.m.
Congregat ional
ONTARI O CONGREGATI ONAL: Sunday
worship 11 a.m. Sunday school 10 a.m.
Episcopal
ST. M ARKS EPI SCOPAL PARI SH, ST.
JAM ES CHAPEL: The Howe School. Father
David Yaw. Sunday worship 9 a.m.
Lut heran
M ESSI AH LUTHERAN: (Missouri Synod)
S.R. 9 at C.R. 700S, north of
Wolcottville. Pastor James Tews. 854-
3129. Sunday worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday
school and adult Bible school 8:30 a.m.
Holy Communion 2nd and 4th Sundays.
M T. ZI ON LUTHERAN: 797 N. Detroit
St., LaGrange. Rev. Sandra Hutchens,
Rev. Thomas McShannock. 463-3624.
Sunday school 8:30 a.m. Sunday worship
9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday
study 9 a.m.
PRI NCE OF PEACE LUTHERAN: (LCMS)
C.R. 550S at C.R. 1025E, southwest of
Stroh. 351-2144. Pastor Jim Elsner.
Sunday worship 9 a.m. with childrens
classes. Bible study 10:30 a.m. Holy
Communion 2nd and 4th Sundays.
M ennonit e
EM M A M ENNONI TE: 1900 S. C.R.
600W, Topeka. Pastor Gene Hartman.
593-2036 or 593-3726. Worship 9 a.m.
Sunday school 10:15 a.m.
FORKS M ENNONI TE: 11435 W. C.R.
25S, Middlebury. Pastor Eldon Stoltzfus,
phone 574-825-9333. Sunday school 9
a.m.; worship 10 a.m.
HEBRON FELLOWSHI P M ENNONI TE:
C.R. 600W, Shipshewana. Pastor Virgil
Hershberger; phone 768-4450. Sunday
school 9:30 a.m.; worship 11 a.m. Every
other Sunday: Worship 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
LAKE BETHEL M ENNONI TE: Stroh.
Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship 10:30
a.m., 7:30 p.m.
M ARI ON M ENNONI TE: 5460 N. C.R.
450W, Shipshewana. 562-3261. Sunday
worship 9 a.m;. Sunday school 10:40
a.m.
SHORE M ENNONI TE: 7235 W. C.R.
100N, Shipshewana. Pastor Carl Horner.
768-4240. Sunday worship 9:15 a.m.;
Sunday school 10:15 a.m.
TOPEKA M ENNONI TE: Topeka. Pastor
Robert Martz. 593-2389. Sunday school
9 a.m. Worship 10 a.m.
M issionar y
LI FEGATE CHURCH: 2555 N. C.R.
900W, Shipshewana. Rev. Rick Schultz.
Phone 768-4296. Sunday contemporary
worship 10:45 a.m., Life Group 9:30
a.m.; free meals 2nd and 4th Wednesday
6:30-8 p.m.; Food Pantry and Clothes
Closet open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 5-
6:30 p.m.
LAGRANGE M I SSI ONARY: 808 N.
Detroit St., LaGrange. Rev. Brent
Danielson. Phone 463-3528. Sunday
worship 10 a.m. Handicap accessible.
Nazarene
LAGRANGE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE:
508 S. Poplar St., Rev. Steven McKee,
463-2552, Sunday worship 10:30 a.m., 6
p.m., Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Singspira-
tion 1st Wednesday, Missionary 3rd,
Bible study 2nd and 4th.
SHI PSHEWANA CHURCH OF THE
NAZARENE: 2695 N. C.R. 900W. Rev.
Andy Dayton. 768-4455 or 768-4291.
Worship 9 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 7
p.m.
Presbyt erian
FI RST PRESBYTERI AN: 200 W.
Michigan St., LaGrange. Rev. Kenneth L.
Weaver. Sunday education 9 a.m.
Traditional worship 10 a.m. 463-3239 or
710-2434.
LI M A PRESBYTERI AN: Fourth and
Williams streets, Howe. 562-2296.
Sunday worship: 9:30 a.m.
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Wolcottville. Pastor Skip Hartmann, 574-
534-1834. Local Elder Ken Marsh, 854-
3675. Saturday Bible study 9:30 a.m.;
worship 11 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study
6:30 p.m.
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Unit ed M et hodist
EAST SPRI NGFI ELD UNI TED
M ETHODI ST: U.S. 20 East, LaGrange.
Rev. James D. Bartlett. 367-2625.
Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship 10
a.m.
LAGRANGE FI RST UNI TED M ETHODI ST:
209 W. Spring St., LaGrange. 463-2859.
Senior Pastor Chris Danielson. Sunday
traditional service 8:30 a.m. Contempory
worship service 10:40 a.m.; church
school 9:45-10:45 a.m.; youth meeting
Sunday 5:30 p.m.
HELM ER UNI TED M ETHODI ST: Pastor
Donna Holcomb; Sunday worship 9:15
a.m.; Sunday school 10:30 a.m.;
Thursday services 7 p.m.; youth
gathering 1st and 2nd Saturday and every
Monday 5-9 p.m.
HOWE UNI TED M ETHODI ST: 511 Third
St., Howe. 562-2250. Rev. Jean Ness.
Sunday worship 9 a.m.; Sunday school
10:15 a.m.
LAKEVI EW UNI TED M ETHODI ST: 4975
S. C.R. 050W, LaGrange. Pastor
Emerald Joe Miller. Sunday school 10
a.m.; worship 11 a.m.
LI M A UNI TED M ETHODI ST: 6900 N.
C.R. 450W, Howe. Rev. Jeff Stedge.
Phone 768-7257. Sunday school 9:30
a.m.; Sunday worship 10:30 a.m.;
Wednesday meal at 5:30 p.m. with Bible
study at 6:30 p.m. at Scott UMC. Youth
meet 3rd Sunday at 3 p.m.
M ONGO UNI TED M ETHODI ST: S.R. 3,
Mongo. Rev. James D. Bartlett. Sunday
school 9:50 a.m.; Sunday worship 9
a.m.; contemporary service 11:30 a.m.
PLATO UNI TED M ETHODI ST: 0340 S.
C.R. 500E, LaGrange. Pastor Russell
Hepler. 463-7412. Sunday worship 10
a.m.; Sunday school 9 a.m.
PRETTY PRAI RI E UNI TED M ETHODI ST:
C.R. 750N, Howe. 562-2260. Rev.
Dewey Miller. Sunday worship 10:30
a.m.; Sunday school 9:30 a.m.
SCOTT UNI TED M ETHODI ST: 7020 N.
C.R. 675W, Shipshewana. Rev. Jeff
Stedge. 768-7257. Sunday worship 9
a.m.; Bible study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.;
junior and senior youth 3rd Sunday 3
p.m.
SHI PSHEWANA UNI TED M ETHODI ST:
Shipshewana. Rev. Scott Carmer. Sunday
school, 9:15 a.m.; worship 10:15 a.m.
SOUTH M I LFORD UNI TED M ETHODI ST:
Pastor Barbara K. Cross. Phone 351-
3381. Sunday worship 8:30 a.m.; Sunday
school 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study
7 p.m.
TOPEKA UNI TED M ETHODI ST: 124 W.
Pine St., Topeka. Pastor Diana Siegel.
593-2941. Worship 9 a.m.; Sunday
school 10 a.m.
WOLCOTTVI LLE UNI TED M ETHODI ST:
107 County Line Road West,
Wolcottville. Pastor Jack K. Thomas.
854-2920. Sunday worship 9 a.m.;
Sunday school 10 a.m.
WOODRUFF GROVE UNI TED
M ETHODI ST: 4860 S. C.R. 450E,
Wolcottville. Rev. Frederick Cain. 854-
2067 or 854-2801. Sunday church 9:30
a.m.; Sunday school 10:30 a.m.
Non- denominat ional
CALVARY CHAPEL FELLOWSHI P: C.R.
435S and C.R. 1170 , Stroh. 351-4215.
Sunday service 9:30 a.m. Pastor Gary
Rifenburg.
CHURCH OF THE STONE: 7270 S.R. 9,
Wolcottville, Sunday school 10 a.m.,
worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday
prayer 7 p.m. Pastors Mike and Abi
Stanley, 854-2738.
CHURCH OF THE TRUE GOD: 5685 S.
S.R. 3, Wolcottville. 894-4874. Sunday
school 9:30 a.m., worship 11 a.m.;
Wednesday service 7 p.m.
COM M UNI TY FELLOWSHI P OF TOPEKA:
128 Roy St., Topeka. Sunday services 10
a.m. Pastor Lyn Stutzman. 593-2472.
EDEN WORSHI P CENTER: Old
Honeyville School, 4095 S. C.R. 900W,
Topeka. Pastor Matt Gingerich. 593-
2979. Sunday: Coffee and fellowship
8:45 a.m.; worship 9:30 a.m.; childrens
ministry during service; cell groups
Wednesday and Friday evenings and
youth service Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
GORDONS CAM PI NG: Campground
minister Wade Sturdivant. Sunday
worship, 8:30 a.m.
LAGRANGE CHURCH OF CHRI ST: 407 S.
Townline Road. 463-3571. Sunday
school 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m., 6
p.m.; Wednesday Bible service 7 p.m.
M APLE GROVE CHURCH: 806 S. Main
St., Topeka. Pastor Barry St. Clair; phone
593-2844. Sunday worship 10 a.m.;
Sunday school 9 a.m.
M ESSI AH FELLOWSHI P: 6200 E. S.R.
120, Howe. Pastor Ron Hyre. 562-3236.
Sabbath Saturday worship 6 p.m.;
Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
PLATO CHRI STI AN FELLOWSHI P: 5005
E. U.S. 20, LaGrange. Pastor Jerry
Stutzman. 574-825-1223 or 574-202-
4430. Sunday worship 10:30 a.m.;
Sunday school 9:30 a.m.
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Tow nships
LaGrange Countys 11 townships are
served by township trustees. They are the
chief administrators of each township
and their responsibilities include poor
relief. Trustees in LaGrange County and
their townships are:
BLOOM FI ELD: William Pipher,
463-3411
CLAY: William F. Connelly, 463-2750
CLEARSPRI NG: Melisa Lewton,
463-5212
EDEN: Dawn M. Christner, 593-2045
GREENFI ELD: Arlys E. Boggs,
562-3041
JOHNSON: John Russell, 854-2160
LI M A: Thomas L. Smith, 562-2727
M I LFORD: Kathy L. Dunafin,
351-9103
NEWBURY: Ann Glick, 768-4042
SPRI NGFI ELD: Debra Notestine,
367-2124
VANBUREN: Erma (Lynn) Conklin,
768-3098
Count y
Many elected officials serve county
residents in different capacities:
ASSESSOR: Pat Monroe, County
Office Building, 114 W. Michigan
St.,LaGrange, 499-6318
AUDI TOR: Kay Myers, County Office
Building, 114 W. Michigan St.,
LaGrange, 499-6310
CLERK: Vacant, LaGrange County
Courthouse, 499-6372
BOARD OF COM M I SSI ONERS:
LaGrange County Office Building
Garry Heller, 499-6314
George Bachman, president, 350-4287
Larry Miller, vice president, 499-6314
Circuit Court Judge: J. Scott VanDer-
beck, LaGrange County Courthouse,
499-6358
CORONER: Bruce Coney, LaGrange
County EMS, Townline Road,
LaGrange, 463-9493
COUNTY COUNCI L: LaGrange County
Office Building, 463-6314
Jac Price, president
Mike Strawser
Charles Ashcraft
Steve McKowen
Fred Brown
Ryan Riegsecker
Peter Cook
PROSECUTI NG ATTORNEY: Jeffrey
Wible, County Office Building,
499-6326
RECORDER: Sharon Shiltz, County
Office Building, 499-6320
SHERI FF: Terry Martin, LaGrange
County Jail, 463-7491
SUPERI OR COURT JUDGE: George E.
Brown, LaGrange County
Courthouse, 499-6363
SURVEYOR: Rex Pranger, County
Office Building, 499-6307
TREASURER: Vonda Akey, County
Office Building, 499-6316
APPOI NTED COUNTY OFFI CI ALS:
The LaGrange County Redevelop-
ment Commission has the responsibility
to identify blighted areas in the county,
then work to enhance the areas so
business growth takes place. It meets on
the fourth Thursday of the month at the
LaGrange County Office Building, 114
W. Michigan St., LaGrange.
LaGrange County Alcoholic
Beverage Commission. This three-
member panel is charged with issuing
and renewing liquor licenses and
permits. They are assisted by officers of
the Indiana State Excise Police. The
commission meets the fourth Wednesday
of each month at 11 a.m. in the
LaGrange County Office Building, 114
W. Michigan St., LaGrange.
LaGrange County Attorney. Kurt
Bachman serves as LaGrange Countys
attorney. His LaGrange office can be
reached at 463-4949.
LaGrange County Board of Health.
A board of directors oversees the activi-
ties of the LaGrange County Health
Department at 304 N. Townline Road,
LaGrange. The county health nurse may
be reached at 499-4182.
The LaGrange County Board of
Zoning Appeals has five members. The
board hears and determines appeals on
orders, requirements or decisions made
in connection with county zoning
ordinances. It meets the fourth Monday
of each month at 7 p.m. in the County
Office Building, 114 W. Michigan St.,
LaGrange.
The LaGrange County Drainage
Board is comprised of the three county
commissioners. It meets on the first
Monday of the month.
LaGrange County Purdue Extension
Service. LaGrange County is served by
three Extension educators provided by
Purdue University. John Emerson is the
director and county 4-H and youth
development educator and Steve
Engleking is the agriculture and natural
resources educator, Ann Fremion serves
as the health and human sciences
educator. Debbie Pontecorvo serves as
the Family Nutrition Program assitant.
They may be reached at 499-6334.
LaGrange County Highway Depart-
ment. Jeff Brill, the countys highway
superintendent, may be reached at the
departments building at 300 E. Factory
St., LaGrange, or by calling 499-6353.
LaGrange County Library Board.
The LaGrange County Library is
operated by a board of directors
appointed by various governmental
bodies. The library board meets on the
third Wednesday of the month in the
community room of the library. The
library director is Mary Hooley.
The LaGrange County Public Library
is at 203 W. Spring St. It can be reached
at 463-2841 The Topeka Branch is at 133
N. Main St., Topeka, and can be reached
at 593-3030. The Shipshewana Branch
Library is at 250 Depot St. in Shipshe-
wana. It can be reached at 768-7444.
LaGrange County health nurse
Audrey Howe can be reached at the
LaGrange County Health Department,
304 N. Townline Road, LaGrange, 499-
4182.
LaGrange County Parks and
Recreation Board. This six-member
panel oversees the operation of the
county park system. It meets at Maple
Wood Nature Center at 7:30 p.m. on the
fourth Thursday of each month. Michael
Metz is the county park director, Scott
Beam is the park naturalist and Jim Carr
is the park superintendent. The depart-
ment can be reached at Dallas Lake Park,
854-2225.
The LaGrange County Plan
Commission includes nine members who
serve on the board because of appoint-
ment or because of other offices held
within the county. The Plan Commission
has jurisdiction with the unincorporated
area of the county for surveying,
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preparation of maps and administration
of zoning ordinances. The planning and
zoning administrator is Bob Shanahan.
He can be reached at 499-6347. The
commission meets the third Tuesday of
the month at 7 p.m., in the LaGrange
County Office Building, 114 W.
Michigan St., LaGrange. The LaGrange
County Planning and Zoning Commis-
sion office can be reached at 499-6346.
The LaGrange County Plat
Committee is responsible for platted
subdivisions of one or more lots. The
committee meets 12 days prior to the
Plan Commission meeting at 8:30 a.m. in
the LaGrange County Office Building,
114 W. Michigan St., LaGrange. It can
be reached at 499-6346.
The LaGrange County Probation
Department is located in the LaGrange
County Courthouse basement. The
Superior Court probation department can
be reached at 499-6365, while the Circuit
Court probation department can be
reached at 499-6356.
The LaGrange County Regional
Utility District was founded to address
the need for public utilities in the
unincorporated areas of the county. Its
board members are appointed by the
LaGrange County Commissioners. The
board meets on the second Wednesday of
each month at 6 p.m. in its office at 116
E. Wayne St., LaGrange. The office can
be reached at 499-6349.
Tow ns
LAGRANGE
The five-member LaGrange Town
Council meets at the LaGrange Town
Hall, 1201 N. Townline Road, LaGrange,
on the first and third Mondays of each
month at 7 p.m. The town clerk is Mike
Rowlison. He can be reached at the town
hall at 463-3241.
SHI PSHEWANA
The five-member Shipshewana Town
Council meets at the Shipshewana Town
Hall, 345 N. Morton St., Shipshewana, at
6 p.m., on the second and fourth
Thursdays of each month. The town
clerk is Ruth Ann Downey. She can be
reached at the town hall at 768-4743.
TOPEKA
The three-member Topeka Town
Council meets at the Topeka Town Hall
at 124 E. Lake St., Topeka, at 5 p.m. on
the second and fourth Mondays of each
month. The town clerk is Ron Eash. He
can be reached at the town hall at 593-
2300.
WOLCOTTVI LLE
The three-member Wolcottville Town
Council meets at the Wolcottville Town
Hall at 104 W. Race St., Wolcottville, at
6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each
month. The town clerk is Jeanette
Combs. She can be reached at the town
hall at 854-3151.
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FI RE CHI EF: Mark Wannamacher
FI RE EM ERGENCY: 911
FI RE BUSI NESS LI NE: 562-2618
I ndiana State Police
Fort Wayne Post
(800) 552-0976
LaGrange
FI RE CHI EF: Matt Huffman
FI RE EM ERGENCY: 911
FI RE BUSI NESS LI NE: 463-3139
POLI CE CHI EF: Rich Snyder
POLI CE EM ERGENCY: 911
POLI CE BUSI NESS LI NE: 463-7031
LaGrange County
Sheriffs Department
SHERI FF: Terry Martin
COUNTY JAI L: 0875 S. S.R. 9,
LaGrange
POLI CE EM ERGENCY: 911
DEPARTM ENT BUSI NESS LI NE:
463-7491
LaGrange County
Emergency M anagement
Stewart Bender, (260) 350-2323
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EMERGENCY SERVI CES
M ongo
FI RE CHI EF: Jeff McNabb
FI RE EM ERGENCY: 911
FI RE BUSI NESS LI NE: 367-2140
Shipshewana
FI RE CHI EF: Chad Miller
FI RE EM ERGENCY: 911
FI RE BUSI NESS LI NE: 768-4746
POLI CE CHI EF: Tom Fitch
POLI CE EM ERGENCY: 911
POLI CE BUSI NESS LI NE: 768-4310
Stroh
FI RE CHI EF: Hillard Gayheart
FI RE EM ERGENCY: 911
FI RE BUSI NESS LI NE: 351-3554
Topeka
FI RE CHI EF: Stewart Bender
FI RE EM ERGENCY: 911
FI RE BUSI NESS LI NE: 593-2883
POLI CE CHI EF: Carl Stoltz
POLI CE EM ERGENCY: 911
POLI CE BUSI NESS LI NE: 593-2822
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SOUTH BEND- DI STRI CT HEADQUARTERS:
(574) 236-8291/(574) 236-8815
FORT WAYNE OFFI CE:
(260) 423-4667/(260) 424-8753
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JOHNSON TOWNSHI P FI RE CHI EF:
Mike Martz
FI RE EM ERGENCY: 911
FI RE BUSI NESS LI NE: 854-4545
POLI CE CHI EF: Ryan Kauffman
POLI CE BUSI NESS LI NE: 854-2930
AM ERI CAN LEGI ON POST 215
Leonard Lambright, post commander
100 Industrial Parkway, LaGrange
463-4172
AM ERI CAN LEGI ON AUXI LI ARY
( POST 215)
Shirley Helmuth, president, 463-4172
AM ERI CAN LEGI ON SONS OF ( POST 215)
Kyle Olinger, commander, 463-4172
BAR ASSOCI ATI ON OF LAGRANGE COUNTY
Lisa Bowen-Slaven, president, 463-4444
BI G BROTHERS/ BI G SI STERS
Sheila Anderson, 260-456-1600,
ext. 2237
CULTURAL ARTS COUNCI L
OF LAGRANGE COUNTY
Pat McFadden, secretary, 463-3769
DAUGHTERS OF THE AM ERI CAN REVOLUTI ON
Amber Taylor, contact person, 825-5388
DEM OCRATI C CENTRAL COM M ITTEE
Mark Eagleson, chairman, 463-2852,
cell 336-3182; Mary Mynhier, vice
chairman, 463-4104
FAM I LI ES FOR FREEDOM
Sara Fisher, contact, 260-347-4075
GI RL SCOUTS OF SI NGI NG SAND COUNCI L,
ASSOCI ATI ON X ( TEN)
(LaGrange County Girl Scouts)
Michael Seleme, community
development director
80-283-4812, ext. 110
KNI GHTS OF PYTHI AS
Roger Olds, chancellor, 269-651-7582
LAGRANGE COUNTY A.A.R.P. CHAPTER
Joe Freiertag, president, 463-3011
Lulu May Carney, vice president
LAGRANGE COUNTY CHAPTER
OF PHEASANTS FOREVER
David Arrington, president, 463-8890
LAGRANGE COUNTY
CHAM BER OF COM M ERCE
Beth Sherman, executive director
Ashley Skinner, administrative assistant
901 S. Detroit St., LaGrange
463-2443
Rob Myers, president, Parkview
LaGrange Hospital
Randy Zimmerly, vice president,
Westview School Corp.
Ken Mishler, treasurer, Lake City Bank
Lori White, secretary,
Farmers State Bank
LAGRANGE COUNTY HI STORI CAL SOCI ETY
Byron McCoy, president, 463-3763;
cell 260-350-8561
Becky Rowe, secretary,
lagrange_history@yahoo.com
LAGRANGE COUNTY LAKES COUNCI L
P.O. Box 86,
111 W. Spring St. Suite 8
LaGrange
www.lagrangecountylakescouncil.org
499-5253
CLUBS AND ORGANI ZATI ONS
Brian May & Lowell May
Directors
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309 W. Michigan Street LaGrange
463-3131 www.fruripmayfuneralhome.com
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Steve Scott-Welty, president
Carolyn Thatcher, vice
president
Harold Wasson, secretary
Meredith Cameron,
treasurer
Leslie Raymer, staff
administrator
M OOSE LODGE NO. 1351
463-4286
M OOSE AUXI LI ARY
Kara Overfield, acting
senior regent, 463-4286
NORTHEAST I NDI ANA
STEAM AND GAS ASSOCI ATI ON
Jim Eberly, president,
463-3639
RETI RED SENI OR
VOLUNTEERS ( RSVP)
Patty Sheppard, director
Shirley Johnson, assistant
director, 925-0917
TOPEKA AREA
HI STORI CAL SOCI ETY
Harold Gingerich,
president, 593-2689;
www.topekahistorical
society.com
UNITED FUND OF
LAGRANGE COUNTY
Angie Kresse, director,
463-8040
LI ONS CLUBS
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Tom Van Almen, president,
269-625-1125
M ONGO
463-7585
SHI PSHEWANA
768-4402
TOPEKA
DeWayne Bontrager,
contact, 593-2263
SOUTH M I LFORD
351-3581
STROH
351-3014
WOLCOTTVI LLE
215-1356
LAGRANGE COUNTY PURDUE
COOPERATI VE EXTENSI ON
SERVI CE
Contact LaGrange County
Extension Office
County Office Building
114 W. Michigan St.
LaGrange
499-6334
John Emerson, executive
director, 4-H/Youth
Development educator
Steve Engleking,
Agriculture/Natural
Resources educator
Ann Fremion, Extension
educator/Health & Human
Sciences
4- H FAI R ASSOCI ATI ON
Ken Martin, president,
499-3200
Beth Sherman, vice
president, 562-2043
Diane Mackey, secretary
Marilynn Grossman,
assistant secretary
Yvonne Eash, treasurer
JoLisa Lantz, assistant
treasurer
4- H CLUBS
Contact LaGrange County
Extension Office
County Office Building
114 W. Michigan St.
LaGrange
499-6334
LAGRANGE COUNTY
EXTENSI ON HOM EM AKERS
COUNTY OFFI CERS
Laura Lemings, president
Barbara Maskow, vice
president
LOCAL EXTENSI ON CLUBS
GREENFI ELD M I LLS
Mary Beth Lemings,
president
NEWBURY
Alverna Carpenter,
president
PATCHWORK PATTERNS
Nancy Cain, president
PLATO
Shirley Strayer, president
SPRI NGFI ELD
Connie Burns, president
PURDUE EXTENSI ON
M ASTER GARDENER
Rebecca Gump, president
SORORITI ES
DELTA THETA TAU
Amanda Taylor, contact,
463-4371
PSI I OTA XI
Jane Fuller, president,
854-4451.
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April
14 Annual Yoders Consignment
Spring Sale, John & Esther Yoder Farm.
4 miles southwest of Shipshewana, IN
18 Toy Auction, Shipshewana
Antique Auction Building
28 Kite Komotion Clinic and
Festival, Shipshewana Town Center.
M ay
1 Shipshewana Flea Market
opening day
4-5 Shipshewana May Fest,
downtown Shipshewana
4-5 Exotic Animal Auction,
Topeka Livestock Auction
5 Garden, Art, Antique & Green
Outdoor Show, Shipshewana Antique
Gallery
11-12 Town Garage Sales, Topeka
25-26 South Milford Community
League Community garage sale, South
Milford
28 Memorial Day Extended Flea
Market, Shipshewana Flea Market.
June
2 Wolcottville Appreciation Days,
Wolcottville
8-10 8th annual Wakarusa
Bluegrass Festival, Wakarusa.
8 Shipshewana Yard Sale
16 Cooks Calf Day Celebration,
Cooks Bison Ranch, 5645 E. C.R. 600S,
Wolcottville.
16 13th annual Pumpkinvine Bike
Ride, Goshen and Shipshewana.
18-22 Honeyville 38th Annual
Topeka Quilt Show & Sale, Eden
Worship Center, Topeka
20-23 Shipshewana Quilt Festival,
Shipshewana
July
4 July 4th Extended Flea Market,
Shipshewana Flea Market
4 Wolcottville Fourth of July
Celebration
4 Topeka Fourth of July parade
4 Tri State Horse Pull, Topeka
Livestock Auction
7 South Milford Community
League Train Ride, South Milford.
7-14 LaGrange County 4-H Fair,
LaGrange County Fairgrounds
13 Shipshewana Yard Sale,
Shipshewana Antique Gallery
23 National Day of the American
Cowboy, David Rogers Memorial Park,
2655W 550S, LaGrange
27-28 Old Fashion Farming Days,
Merv Yoder Farm, 6450 W. C.R. 275 N
Shipshewana.
August
3 17th annual LaGrange County
Habitat for Humanity Auction
Shipshewana Auction Barn
3-5 Amishland and Lakes Bicycle
Tour, Howe School, Howe.
4 Shipshewana Antique Market,
Shipshewana Antique Gallery
9-12 31st Annual Steam & Gas
Show, LaGrange County Fairgrounds
25-26 David Rogers Day, David
Rogers Memorial Park
September
3-5 Labor Day Extended Flea
Market, Shipshewana Flea Market
14 Shipshewana Antique Market,
Shipshewana Antique Gallery
18 Airsoft Sportsman Sim, Pine
Knob Park, Howe
22 Standardbred Horse Sale,
Shipshewana Auction
October
2-6 LaGrange County Corn
School, LaGrange
4-6 Shipshewana Fall Crafters Fair,
downtown Shipshewana
12 Driving Horse Auction,
Shipshewana Auction
17 Toy Auction, Shipshewana
Antique Auction
30 2 Fall Draft Horse and Carriage
Sale, Topeka Livestock Auction
31 Last Day of Flea Market,
Shipshewana Flea Market
November
3 Antique and Collectable Show,
Shipshewana Antique Auction
7 Specialty Auction, Shipshewana
Antique Auction
9 Evening at the Gallery,
Shipshewana Antique Gallery
23 Day after Thanksgiving Horse
Auction, Shipshewana Livestock Auction
Building
December
7-8 Grand Piano Christmas
Extravaganza, Blue Gate Theater
7 Christmas Open House at
Lambright Woodworking
7 Draft Horse Auction,
Shipshewana Auction
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AM ERI CAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross is a
humanitarian organization led by
volunteers and guided by its congres-
sional charter that provides relief to
victims of disaster and helps prevent,
prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Blood services are provided through
voluntary donations to meet require-
ments for whole blood and its
components wherever the need exists.
The program functions through a
network of fixed centers and mobile
collection sites. It also provides
educational programs related to health
and safety and disaster assistance. For
more information, contact Jo Schrader,
coordinator of the LaGrange branch of
the American Red Cross, at 463-3552.
LAGRANGE COUNTY ASSOCI ATI ON OF
RETARDED CI TI ZENS
( ARC OPPORTUNI TI ES)
LaGrange County ARC, a nonprofit
organization based at 0235 W. C.R.
300N, Howe, serves all developmentally
disabled clients residing in LaGrange
County at no cost. It provides all
transportation to and from the program.
The 69 clients served include
homebounders, preschoolers and adults
who range in age from teenagers
through 70 years of age and above. It
offers employment for those with
disabilities such as sheltered workshops
and community-based sheltered employ-
ment. For more information, contact
Deb Seman, chief executive officer, at
463-2653.
CLOTHES AND FOOD BASKET OF
LAGRANGE COUNTY
Clothes and Food Basket of
LaGrange County, housed at 202 N.
Detroit St., LaGrange, is a nonprofit
organization that offers emergency
assistance of food and clothing to
eligible residents of LaGrange County. It
is run entirely by volunteers and is
operated and maintained by donations.
Food and clothing are available on
referral by the township trustee, any
other social service agency and/or a
church pastor in the county. Hours of
operation are Mondays and Thursdays, 9
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information,
contact the office at 463-7974.
COM M UNI TY ACTI ON OF
NORTHEAST I NDI ANA
CANI is a private, nonprofit organi-
zation dedicated to removing the causes
and conditions of poverty in LaGrange,
Noble, Steuben, Whitley, DeKalb and
Allen counties. CANI uses state, federal,
local and private resources to improve
the quality of life for low-income
citizens. CANI offers assistance with
childcare costs, education, family
development, food, housing and utilities
at no cost to the client. For more
information, contact the CANI office
463-5276 or 888-437-5010, Monday
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30
to 11:30 a.m.
COM PASSI ON PREGNANCY CENTER
Compassion Pregnancy Center at 830
N. Detroit St., LaGrange, provides free
and confidential services to LaGrange
and Steuben counties. It provides
pregnancy tests with consultations,
abstinence support, prenatal classes and
courses, adoption referrals and
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FI RST STEPS
First Steps is a family-centered,
coordinated system that serves children
from birth to age 3 who have disabilities
and/or who are developmentally vulner-
able. It supports families by connecting
them with a variety of services and
professionals. For more information,
contact the First Steps of Northeast
Indiana Central Office at 866-725-2398.
Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.
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LAGRANGE COUNTY
HEALTH DEPARTM ENT
The LaGrange County Health Depart-
ment was formed to protect, promote,
maintain and improve the health and
quality of life for LaGrange County
citizens and visitors through a respon-
sive, well-managed and organized
community effort.
A board of directors oversees the
activities of the department, based at
304 N. Townline Road, LaGrange. The
board meets four times a year at 7 p.m.
at the LaGrange County Health Depart-
ment. The board chairperson is Dr.
Rhonda Sharp. Board members are
Trudy Manderfeld, Katie Caldwell,
Madonna Price, Dr. Joe Greenlee,
Charles Ashcraft, Dr. Rob Bolinger and
Dr. Jeffrey Bassett. LaGrange County
Health Officer Dr. Tony Pechin, M.D.,
can be reached at 768-4141.
The LaGrange County Health Depart-
ment employees offer a wide range of
public health services through partner-
ships with the county, state and federal
agencies.
The departments programs and
services include health surveillance,
health protection programs, preventive
services and public records. The office is
open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and staffed by Dr. Alfredo Garcia,
Ph.D., administrator and environmental
health specialist; Craig Chivers, food
inspector; Linda Bergman, office
manager and vital records registrar;
Audrey Howe, public health nurse; Deb
Grossman, assistant nurse and WIC
coordinator; Linda Sabelhaus, assistant
nurse; and LouAnn Sherck, data entry
and clinic coordinator. For more
information, call the office at 499-4182.
LAGRANGE COUNTY EM ERGENCY
M EDI CAL SERVI CE
LaGrange County Emergency
Medical Service (EMS) is provided in a
partnership between LaGrange County
and Parkview LaGrange Hospital. The
central EMS office is north of the
hospital at 0982 N. Townline Road,
LaGrange.
With two vehicles stationed in
LaGrange, two in Shipshewana and one
in Topeka, EMS provides emergency
medical response throughout LaGrange
County and is available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.
The EMS director is Bruce Coney.
EMS employs 11 full-time paramedics,
one full-time basic paramedic, one full-
time advance emergency medical tech,
with 18 part-time employees, and has a
total of 30 employees. The EMS director
can be reached at Parkview LaGrange
EMS at 463-9493. In a medical
emergency, call 9-1-1.
LAGRANGE COUNTY COUNCI L ON AGI NG
The LaGrange County Council on
Aging is a nonprofit organization based
at 125 Fenn St., Suite 4, LaGrange.
Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday. It provides
services and resources to improve the
quality of life for the senior citizens of
LaGrange County. The agency provides
a number of services designed to assist
in keeping individuals independent. It is
the home of LaGrange County public
transportation. For more information,
contact Cheri Perkins, director, at 463-
4161.
VI STULA HEAD START AND LAGRANGE
COUNTY HEALTHY FAM I LI ES
LaGrange County Healthy Families at
603 N. Townline Road, LaGrange, is a
free and voluntary program that serves
families in LaGrange County of all ages
and economic class, regardless of race
or religion. It provides outreach to
engage families, parenting skills,
emotional support, crisis intervention
and effective discipline techniques,
among others. For more information,
contact Jennifer Motz, program director,
at 463-2363, ext. 2.
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LAGRANGE COUNTY DI VI SI ON
OF FAM I LY RESOURCES
The LaGrange County Division of
Family Resources is a county office of
the state social service agency that
provides temporary public assistance to
needy families through food stamps,
HIP, Medicaid, TANF and Hoosier
Healthwise insurance. Assistance with
employment services also is available.
For more information, call the office at
499-4618.
LAGRANGE COUNTY DEPARTM ENT
OF CHI LD SERVI CES
The LaGrange County Department of
Child Services is based at 122 N. Detroit
St., LaGrange. Office hours are 8 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. It provides child welfare
assistance to residents in LaGrange
County through adoptions, child protec-
tive services, foster homes and daycare
licensing. For more information, contact
Wendy Petty, director, at 463-3451.
WOM EN, I NFANTS AND CHI LDREN ( WI C)
WIC is a supplementary food and
education program directed to improve
the health and nutrition of women and
children. The office is at 304 N.
Townline Road, LaGrange. For more
information, call 499-4182.
LEAGUE FOR THE BLI ND AND DI SABLED
The League for the Blind and
Disabled is sponsored by the League for
the Blind of Fort Wayne. The LaGrange
County support group meets 1:30-3:30
p.m. on the third Wednesday of every
month at Millers Merry Manor, S.R. 9,
LaGrange. For more information,
contact Linda Scribner at 800-889-3443.
LI FE CARE CENTER
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Millers Merry Manor at 787 N.
Detroit St., LaGrange, provides 24-hour
assisted living, skilled care for citizens
of LaGrange County. It provides a
number of inpatient and outpatient care
options. For more information, call the
office, 463-2172.
NORTHEASTERN CENTER
The Northeastern Center at 2155 N.
S.R. 9, north of LaGrange, is a private,
nonprofit mental health office that serves
all residents of LaGrange County and
other surrounding counties. Its mission is
to promote good health by providing
education, consultation and participatory
planning for the betterment of the
community. It offers a number of
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programs in counseling for both
inpatients and outpatients by psychia-
trists, social workers and mental health
workers. Fees for services depend on the
type and length of services and the
academic degree of the person providing
the services. For more information, call
the office at 463-7144.
PARKVI EW LAGRANGE HOSPI TAL
Parkview LaGrange Hospital at 207
N. Townline Road, LaGrange, is a
critical access care, community-based
hospital providing acute care services to
the people of LaGrange County and
surrounding areas. The hospital has been
in operation since 1950 and offers wide
range of general medical and surgical
services. Occupational health and
rehabilitative care and a sleep lab are
available. A number of clinics are housed
at the facility, as well as community
programs and support groups. The
hospital is an affiliate of Parkview Health
and accepts both Medicare and Medicaid
patients. For more information, call the
hospital at 463-9000.
PRENATAL EDUCATI ON
Prenatal education will help support a
person with the physical, emotional and
social aspects of birth. Classes begin at 6
p.m. at Parkview LaGrange Hospital,
207 N. Townline Road, LaGrange.
Classes are designed to provide prenatal
information, group activites to promote
learning and skills useful during labor
and birth. Classes are free, but class sizes
are limited. Call 463-9300 or toll-free
800-745-4441, ext 49300.
REDI - CARE I NC.
Redi-Care Inc., 2120 N. Detroit St.,
LaGrange, provides medical care. Hours
are by appointment 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Patients are seen on a first come, first
served basis, Monday-Friday 5:30-8:30
p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For
more information, call the office at
463-2468.
SAFE HAVEN ( ELI JAH HAVEN) CRI SI S
I NTERVENTI ON CENTER I NC.
Safe Haven is a nonprofit organiza-
tion dedicated to providing services for
all people who have been affected by
domestic violence and to advocate
violence-free living. It offers a 24-hour
crisis line, emergency safe shelter, crisis
counseling, emergency transportation
and domestic violence education. For
information, call the office at 463-8700.
Safe Havens emergency crisis line in
LaGrange County is 463-3400, and in
Steuben County at 866-463-3400.
STROKE SUPPORT GROUP
The Stroke Support Group is
sponsored by Parkview LaGrange
Hospital, Millers Merry Manor and Life
Care Center of LaGrange and LaGrange
County Council on Aging. Meetings are
at the LaGrange County Council on
Aging, 125 Fenn St., LaGrange, at 6:30
p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each
month. For more information, call
Randy Packer at 463-9280.
TOBACCO- FREE LAGRANGE COUNTY
The mission of Tobacco-Free
LaGrange County is to reduce tobacco
use in LaGrange County through
education, prevention and cessation. The
agency works in partnership with the
Council for a Drug-Free LaGrange
County and Indiana Tobacco Prevention
and Cessation. Cessation classes and
support groups are offered. For more
information, contact Greg Johnson,
director, at 350-9166.
HABI TAT FOR HUM ANI TY
The mission of LaGrange County
Habitat for Humanity, based at 109 E.
Central St., LaGrange, is building
houses in partnership with Gods people
in need. Two types of partnerships are
offered for families in LaGrange
County: building new homes and
maintenance for existing homes.
Families who wish to qualify must fulfill
three requirements: show housing need,
meet income guidelines, be willing to
participate by providing sweat-equity
hours with the organization. More
information is available by calling 463-
8519 or logging onto lagrange-
habitat.org/FamilySelection.htm.
HEALTHCARE AND HUMAN SERVI CES
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Drawing its inspiration from the fall season, this building is
home to a quilt known as Autumn Splendor. There are many
barn quilts on buildings throughout LaGrange County.
Autumn splendor
PATRICK REDMOND
SCHOOLS
Lakeland
Students from LaGrange, Howe,
Wolcottville and the surrounding areas
attend Lakeland School Corp. The corpora-
tion has five schools in its district.
Lakeland also operates the LaGrange
Academy, an alternative high school.
Board members are Bob Bond,
president; Steve Bowen, vice president;
Kathy Fuller, secretary; and members
David Larimer, Carey McKibben and Chad
Olinger.
ADM I NI STRATI ON:
Lakeland School Corp., central office
200 S. Cherry St., LaGrange, 499-2400
Risa Herber, superintendent
LAKELAND HI GH SCHOOL
0805 E. C.R. 75N, LaGrange, 499-2470
Eva Merkel, principal
Randy Miller, assistant principal
LAKELAND M I DDLE SCHOOL
1055 E. C.R. 75N, LaGrange, 499-2480
Karen Lake, principal
Steve Wilson, assistant principal
PARKSI DE ELEM ENTARY SCHOOL
1 LeMaster Circle, LaGrange,
499-2430
Galen Mast, principal
Susan Mueller, assistant principal
WOLCOTT M I LLS ELEM ENTARY SCHOOL
P.O. Box 308, Wolcottville, 499-2450
Brad Targgart, principal
LI M A- BRI GHTON ELEM ENTARY SCHOOL
P.O. Box 158, Howe, 499-2440
Marty Burns, principal
LAKELAND ALTERNATI VE SCHOOL
LAKELAND HI GH SCHOOL
Amy Garl, supervisor, 463-2470
Prairie Heights
Prairie Heights Community School
Corp. serves the students of Hudson,
Stroh, Flint, Mongo, Orland, Helmer,
Salem Center, South Milford and rural
LaGrange. It also serves Milgrove,
Jackson and Salem townships of Steuben
County. Four schools serve these students
of Steuben and LaGrange counties.
Board members are Mike Howe,
president; Bob Ledgerwood, vice
president; Janet Grabill, secretary-
treasurer; and members Mark Thrasher
and Todd Perkins.
ADM I NI STRATI ON:
Prairie Heights Community Schools
305 S. C.R. 1150E, LaGrange,
351-3214
Alan Middleton, superintendent
PRAI RI E HEI GHTS ELEM ENTARY SCHOOL
455 S. C.R. 1150E, LaGrange,
351-3214
Brenda Rummel, principal
PRAI RI E HEI GHTS M I DDLE SCHOOL
395 S. C.R. 1150E, LaGrange,
351-3214
Jeff Reed, principal
Amy Bertram, assistant principal
PRAI RI E HEI GHTS HI GH SCHOOL
245 S. C.R. 1150E, LaGrange,
351-3214
Donell Housel, principal
Jeremy Swander, assistant principal
SCHOOLS
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Angela Spaulding wins an animal after a successful attempt at a game at the LaGrange County 4-H Fair in July. With her are
parents John and Olivea Spaulding.
4- H fair
J AMES FISHER
West view
Westview School Corporation serves
students in western LaGrange County.
The corporation operates five schools for
students in Topeka, Shipshewana and
surrounding areas. Board members are
Gerald Lee, president; David Mehas, vice
president; Carrie Schrock, secretary; and
members Jim Miller and Keith Lambright.
ADM I NI STRATI ON:
Westview School Corporation
1545 S. C.R. 600W, Topeka, 768-4404
Dr. Randy Zimmerly, superintendent
Bob Evans, director of finance
M EADOWVI EW ELEM ENTARY SCHOOL
7950 W. C.R. 50S, Shipshewana,
768-7702
Toni Whitney, principal
SHI PSHEWANA- SCOTT
ELEM ENTARY SCHOOL
325 W. Middlebury St.,
Shipshewana-Scott, 768-4158
Ian Zuercher, principal
TOPEKA ELEM ENTARY SCHOOL
138 School St., Topeka, 593-2897
Becky Siegel, principal
WESTVI EW ELEM ENTARY SCHOOL
1715 S. C.R. 600W, Topeka, 768-7717
Juli Leeper, principal
WESTVI EW JUNI OR- SENI OR HI GH
SCHOOL
1635 S. C.R. 600W, Topeka, 768-4146
Paul Johnston, junior high principal,
retiring end of the 2012 school year
Rich Cory, high school principal
Privat e Schools
THE HOWE SCHOOL
The Howe School in Howe has been in
operation since 1884. The school is affili-
ated with the U. S. Armys High School
Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
It is a private boarding school that is
affiliated with the Episcopal Church.
A board of 19 trustees from
throughout the nation governs The Howe
School.
ADM I NI STRATI ON:
The Howe School
5575 N. S.R. 9, Howe, 562-2131
Col. George Douglass, superintendent
Al Heminger, director of admission
Preschools/ Day Cares
AGAPE DAY CARE, Stroh Church
of Christ
Lisa Howe, director, 351-4626
LAGRANGE FI RST UNI TED M ETHODI ST
CHURCH WEEKDAY NURSERY
Sarah VanDerbeck, director, 463-2859
ST. JOSEPHS CATHOLI C
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Rachel Stroop, director, 463-3472
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Lori Riley, director, 768-7153
SHI PSHEWANA UNI TED M ETHODI ST
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Mechele Schlabach, director,
768-4696
VI STULA HEADSTART PRESCHOOL
Susan Swager, director,
(800) 551-9819
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Retirement Living
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independent and assisted living community,
and the areas rst choice in retirement living.
Our mission is to provide a senior living community
designed to meet the changing needs of older adults.
Cameron Woods offers a lifestyle which sustains
independence, honors individuality, provides security
and promotes community relationships.
Offering independent living and four additional levels
of care, Cameron Woods has everything you could
want in retirement living.
Apartments are currently available and staff is on site
to answer your questions and provide tours any time.
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ADVANCED CARE
at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.
Its good to know that advanced medical and surgical care is available at Parkview
LaGrange Hospital. We offer a full range of services to meet your familys needs
from 24/7 emergency care to the latest laser surgical technologies.
Convenient outpatient surgery in a comprehensive hospital setting for added
peace of mind
Latest laser surgery techniques in state-of-the-art surgical suites
Orthopaedic surgery, including joint replacement
Colonoscopy and endoscopy services
Full-service 24/7 ER with board-certified ER physicians
Family Birthing Center with all-private rooms
Diagnostic imaging MRI, CT, nuclear, mammography, ultrasound, etc.
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Rehabilitation and occupational health services
Parkview LaGrange Hospital. Giving you so many reasons to feel good about your
community hospital.
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