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The Abandoned Bridge of Hickory Creek

Call it a “phantom” bridge or an “abandoned” bridge, it's still the same thing. In Berrien County, St. Joseph Township, near Stevensville, is Hickory Creek. Across the creek at a certain point are two bridges: one is a small steel riveted pony truss, constructed in the 1930s and overgrown with foliage. The other is a Timber Stringer, built in 1962 on Maiden Lane, bypassing the old steel bridge.
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Indiana Dunes National Park to start charging admission to pay for upgrades

The Indiana Dunes National Park will start charging an entrance fee on March 31, 2022, for the first time in its 55-year history. Back in August, when the park was seeking feedback on the then-proposed fees, Superintendent Paul Labovitz had said the revenue would help to pay for a backlog of more than $30 million in maintenance, saying the park was “kind of beat up.”
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YMCA Of Greater Michiana Holding COVID Vaccination Clinics

The YMCA of Greater Michiana is holding some COVID-19 vaccination clinics in February. It says there will be clinics at both its Niles and St. Joseph locations. The clinics being held in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will be February 1 and 15 at the Niles office and February 2 and 22 at the St. Joseph office. All clinics are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The YMCA says the clinics will offer all three vaccines — Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson, free for adults and children. Walks-ins will be welcome. Anyone can call the YMCA for more information.
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Berrien County commissioners learn more about ARPA funding

ST. JOSEPH – Berrien County Commissioners learned more details about American Rescue Plan Act funding requirements Thursday as they approved an application form area townships can fill out to get funds for rural broadband projects. The idea to get an application form out to townships first came up at...
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Brandywine superintendent to retire at end of school year

NILES — Karen Weimer is ready for her next chapter. The longtime Brandywine Community Schools superintendent recently announced her retirement effective June 30, after 34 years with the district. She was named superintendent in 2016. BCS board president Dennis Hinsey said the board is still in the planning stages...

YMCA to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The YMCA of Greater Michiana in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will host four COVID-19 vaccine clinics in February at its St. Joseph and Niles locations. All clinics are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays. Clinics at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA, 905 N. Front St. in...

Zoning Board grants ‘Birdies’ plan a needed variance

NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Jan. 20 enthusiastically approved a variance to allow a one-foot east side yard setback for a proposed addition to a building at 207 North Whittaker St. where the new Birdies Restaurant & Bar is planned. “I love...

Artists For BH And SJ Monument Project Announced

The artists have been selected for the Unified Civic Monuments Project in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. After a national search, the team of Harold Woodridge and David Alan Clark have been selected to design and install the monuments. The project seeks a total of four monuments. Each city would get a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, and the Krasl Art Center’s Laura Winkle tells WSJM News Woodridge and Clark are proposing “Bridges,” which includes a cast bridge in each city.

Communities near the Palisades nuclear plant brace for its closure

If you stroll out to the South Haven Lighthouse and look South along the shoreline, you can’t miss the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant with its billowing steam. Sarah Snoeyink says eventually the familiar sight will disappear from the beach. “It won’t happen overnight, obviously it’s a controlled process, especially...

Local State Lawmaker to Hold Hearing on Human Trafficking

LANSING, MI (WHTC-AM/FM, Jan. 26, 2022) – While political observers await what Governor Whitmer might say during her Wednesday State of the State address, state lawmakers are going ahead on what they want to accomplish in 2022. Third-term Republican Representative Mary Whiteford of the South Haven area is term-limited...

Group Representing Ambulance Services Seeks State Package To Address Staff Shortage

Michigan is facing a shortage of EMTs and paramedics, and the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services is asking the state for an aid package to help recruit and train about 1,000 new professionals. Jack Fisher is director of Medic One in Benton Harbor and also a former president of the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services. He tells WSJM News the lack of new EMTs and paramedics has led to a shortage of about 1,000 statewide, with the problem the worst up north where training opportunities are fewer. Fortunately for Medic One, it’s not been facing a dire staffing shortage.
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Niles DDA Main Street announces return of Match on Main grant program

NILES — A statewide grant program that has helped several downtown businesses in the past has returned once again. Niles DDA Main Street announced Monday that the Match on Main grant program is back for a second round of funding. Provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Match on...