The funds raised thus far for the pool project are being held through a contractual agreement with the Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) which gives the pool committee until the end of 2020 to complete the project.

The projected cost of the new pool is over $500,000. Proposed plans call for the new pool to be a depth of five-feet across and to be largely fitted into the footprint of the 50-year-old town pool, located next to the Community Wellness Center (formerly the YMCA). The old pool was closed three years ago due to its age and deteriorated condition.

The committee has raised $150,000 for the new pool. The Town of Winamac has also pledged another $150,000 for the project, which it is legally bound to pay, according to early statements by the town council's own attorney, and confirmation from the CFPC's executive director.

Additional funding was anticipated through a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. But without the town council's support, the parks and recreation board cannot apply for such grants.

Indeed, one of the questions raised at last week's informational meeting was whether the town council had thought through or realized that its withdrawal of support would jeopardize the $150,000 pledged and hamper efforts to obtain grant funding and donations.

Heater said she could not speak for other town council members. She acknowledged the council is concerned by a projected fall in expected revenues, but added she didn't understand why the council felt it had to withdraw its support of the pool project at this time, with three years remaining until the deadline.

The town council voted 3-2 Oct. 4 to cease efforts to proceed with the project until such a time town revenues can maintain a pool. Heater, a member of the council, was one of the dissenting votes.

Another concern raised at the informational meeting was what would happen to the funds raised if the pool project does not go forward.

According to the fund agreement document signed with the Community Foundation, the pool must be completed by the end of 2020. If the sponsor determines the project cannot be accomplished according to the agreement terms, the future use of the funds will be determined by the Community Foundation board.

All this information regarding the funds raised and pledged was confirmed last month after the town council's action by the Community Foundation's executive director Wendy Rose.

She said at that time, "we have been and will continue to be supportive of those who have worked so hard on this project. It's early in the game. For the many, many people who have donated to this project, I can assure you the Foundation will not act rashly."

Pool committee member Sherry O'Connor noted at last week's meeting that in the contract with the Community Foundation, if a pool is not built, the funds raised will be considered for projects that promote safety, exercise or other activity programs that will benefit children and adults.

Park board president Courtney Poor attended the informational meeting and offered the suggestion to raise funds for the pool's operation and maintenance first - a major concern of the town council - and then focus on funds to build the pool. He feels this would send a message to the council that the pool committee is addressing an issue that worries the council most.

In fact, from its beginning Heater and other pool committee members have acknowledged the need to continue their fundraising efforts after the pool is constructed to help with future maintenance.

Several of those attending the meeting asked about other entities in the community being brought into the project, such as the school and/or hospital. Heater has met with both institutions and others in the past and will keep communications and options open for any possible partnerships.

"We still want a pool, and we will not give up on that idea," she said.

For now, the only deadline for the Community Foundation pool funds is to have the pool constructed by the end of December 2020. The parks board will appear at the Nov. 21 Community Foundation board meeting for a status update.

Heater and the pool committee plan to keep raising money for the project. She noted the pool committee has worked to keep its efforts positive and upbeat, and the response has been supportive.

Donations will continue to be accepted for the project and may be directed to the Community Foundation of Pulaski County at P.O. Box 407, 127 E. Pearl St., Winamac. Visit for more information.


By Karen Clem Fritz






Local News Briefs

Pulaski County Systems of Care group conducting needs assessment survey

The Pulaski County Systems of Care group is asking county residents to complete a needs assessment survey related to local mental health and substance abuse services.

The survey may be completed online, and will be open for completion from Nov. 20 through Dec. 20.

PCPL lists December events, including Santa visits

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for December, including visits by Santa, Christmas carols and Christmas Bingo.

For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946- 3432.

Salvation Army 'Kettle Campaign' to run Nov. 22 - Dec.23

The Salvation Army of Pulaski County has announced its annual holiday kettle campaign will run Nov. 22 - Dec. 23, in the lobby at Sanders Grocery in Winamac.

Funds raised during the campaign will be utilized in Pulaski County.

Winamac Methodist Church to serve community Christmas dinenr

WINAMAC - The First United Methodist Church, Winamac, will once again serve a "Community Christmas Dinner" on Christmas Day.

The free dinner, open to all, will be served from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25, at the church, located on the corner of Monticello and Spring streets, Winamac.

Pulaski Christmas Lights on display through Jan. 1

PULASKI - The annual Pulaski Christmas Lights displays are now lit from 5 to 11 p.m., nightly through Monday, Jan. 1, for public viewing.

For nearly 30 years, the residents of the river village have attracted visitors from near and far to view the lights, offered as "A Gift to Brighten Your Christmas."

NIPFP 26th annual Toy Show Jan. 21

The 26th annual Farm Toy Show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21, at Eastern Pulaski Elementary School in Winamac.

The event, sponsored by the Northern Indiana Power From the Past, Inc., usually attracts over 2,000 visitors.

Pulaski County Historical Society membership drive underway

The Pulaski County Historical Society welcomes new - and "re-newed" members as it launches its annual membership drive for 2018.

As 2017 draws to a close, many current or new members may prefer to pay their tax deductable memberships before the new year begins. Memberships also make thoughtful gifts for the holiday season.

4-H enrollment opens for Pulaski County

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment opened Oct. 1, and will run through Jan. 15.

New and current 4-H members can enroll by going online at or by picking up an enrollment form at any of the local schools or the Extension Office. There is a $15 state program fee for each 4-H member to enroll in 4-H. Kindergarten through second grade members are exempt.

PMH Senior Care helps senior citizens with mental health issues

Pulaski Memorial Hospital's new Senior Care program can help senior citizens with mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, fear and worry lasting more than two weeks. It also assists with grief issues.

Program director Mindy Shidler, RN, hopes to spread information about the Senior Care program throughout the community.


Indiana News

Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike on Jan. 1

INDIANAPOLIS - Usher in 2018 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks.

First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2018 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends.

A hike at Tippecanoe River State Park, north of Winamac will begin at 12 noon. Those who wish to participate should meet at the fire tower parking lot for a half-mile hike that will last about 30 minutes. Hikers can climb the tower for excellent views.

Indiana Farm Bureau president discusses 2018 priorities

INDIANAPOLIS - Each year at the Indiana Farm Bureau convention, the organization’s president discusses his vision for the coming year with members from across the state.

This year’s convention took place Dec. 7-9 in French Lick.

Young, Donnelly release statements on Senate tax reform bill

The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping tax rewrite early Saturday (Dec. 2) in a 51-49 vote.

Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee joined all Senate Democrats in voting against the 500-page bill. The proposed legislation now moves to a conference committee to work out the differences between the Senate version a House of Representatives tax bill passed last month.

Pulaski County unemployment rate remains at 3.5%

Pulaski County's unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent in October, the same rate as September, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Nov. 20). The rate was 3.9 percent a year ago.

The county has 5,822 employed persons in a labor force of 6,034. Last month those numbers were 5,883 of 6,094. A year ago the numbers were 5,973 of 6,213.

Food Finders Food Bank receives pet food donation

LAFAYETTE - Food Finders Food Bank recently received a pet food donation of 820 bags of dog and cat food totaling 31,160 pounds from PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program. For every bag of pet food purchased from PetSmart until Dec. 31, they will donate a meal to a pet in need.

The families Food Finders serves often struggle with difficult choices like paying the rent or buying food, and some have to choose between keeping their pet and putting food on the table. Pets provide comfort and become part of the family, and people who are struggling financially more than likely will need food for their pets as well.

Veterans Day 2017 - Veterans by the numbers

From U.S. Census Bureau

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.

Indiana Dept. of Agriculture launches conservation ‘one-stop’

INDIANAPOLIS – Improving water quality and soil health continues to be a priority for farmers statewide, and while data has always been available to support this claim, it hasn’t been accessible in one, easily navigable location.

To address this issue, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), using information compiled by the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP), launched Oct. 12 an online story map, a one-stop shop for Indiana’s conservation efforts.


Post News

EPCS approves 2018-19 school calendar

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community Schools Board approved the 2018-19 school calendar as presented at its monthly meeting Monday evening (Dec. 11).

Before the board vote, Superintendent Dan Foster noted there is current discussion concerning legislation to start school later in August.

Peyton Newman named recipient of 2018 Lilly Scholarship

One Pulaski County student has been named the recipient of a full-tuition, four-year scholarship as the Community Foundation of Pulaski County 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Peyton Newman will receive full tuition to an Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

West Central Board continues work on safe school entrance projects

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board advanced plans for its "school entrance security" projects, heard praise for the high school's dual credit program, and accepted bids for two new school buses at its December meeting.

Also, Superintendent Don Street reported that the Indiana Department of Education has notified school districts that the tuition support monthly payments will be decreased because the Indiana State Budget for education is less than the total tuition support payments.

Community Foundation renews commitment to pool project agreements

In a letter to the community, the Community Foundation of Pulaski County has renewed its commitment to the Winamac Community Pool Project agreements.

The Community Foundation voted last year to enter into two fund agreement contracts relating to the pool project.

One dead, another injured in Medaryville incident

MEDARYVILLE - One man is dead and another injured as the result of an apparent stabbing and shooting incident at a Medaryville residence Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 21).

The Pulaski County Coroner's Office identified the dead man as Kenneth Ray Henry, 41, of Rensselaer. The name of the injured man has not been released.

Winamac Town Council prepares for new garbage pick-up bidding

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council discussed preparations for bidding a new garbage pick-up contract next year, and heard updates on the new restroom project on the Winamac Parkway and progress on the new police department at its regular monthly meeting Nov. 13.

Town manager Brad Zellers also reported on plans to apply for a grant to obtain new decorative light poles for downtown.

CFPC awards youth grants

Two county youth organizations have recently been awarded grants totaling $800 through the Good Oil/BP Youth Philanthropy Fund.

Checks were presented to Boy Scout Troop #229 to support their 2018 Summer Camp, and to the Winamac Community High School Arts Department for “Sculpting Clay/Shaping Futures” project.

EPCS board approves teachers' master contract

WINAMAC - A new master contract with the Eastern Pulaski Teachers Association was approved by the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board at its month meeting Monday evening (Nov. 13).

Superintendent Dan Foster recommended an approximate three percent increase in compensation and some updated language in the contract. The contract was earlier approved by the teachers association.