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Thursday, April 17, 2014

 An adult prom event raised $50,000 for the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

Organizers of this first-time event were happily surprised when the adult prom raised $50,000 for land development.

Lydia Sheaks
Posted on April 16, 2014 at 9:06 p.m.
 Buds are beginning to form on trees in Kercher's Sunrise Orchard in Goshen on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Low temps in the 20s are not enough to do harm to apple crops, experts say.

Dan Spalding
Posted on April 14, 2014 at 10:06 p.m.
 Jeff Burbrink gives a talk on the Emerald Ash Borer, a pest that has been killing Ash trees across Indiana, to Conrad and Karen Miller in the Agriculture Hall during the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Wednesday, July 24, 2013. In his latest column, Burbrink talks about how to properly dispose of trees that are dying - and why.

Dead and dying trees - caused by the Emerald Ash Borer - can really pose a risk to peoples' safety if they aren't disposed of quickly.

Jeff Burbrink
Posted on April 13, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.
 Paul Messerschmidt, known as the Gooseman, is shown with his costumed geese. He will be a roaming act at the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair.
Posted on April 12, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair will have some unusual animal acts this year, including costumed geese.

 Tree seedlings will be for sale Saturday, April 12, at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds. Not-for-profit groups and government agencies may be eligible for a tree seedling grant.
Posted on April 7, 2014 at 4:15 p.m.

The Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Michiana Master Gardeners will sell tree seedlings April 12. Not-for-profits and government agencies may qualify for grants.

 Stephanie Yoder, the previous fair queen, crowns Sierra Mae Walter the new Fair Queen during the Elkhart county 4H Fair Queen Contest Friday, July 19, 2013.
Posted on April 7, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

You better fill out your application quickly – only the first 50 entries will get a chance to win the crown.

 Huntington University students Ayla Yeiter of Roanoke, Dane Drew of Columbia City, Matt Nelson of Granger, T.J. Clounie of Huntington, Hannah Hochstetler of Goshen, Micah Christensen of Winamac and Stephanie Morin of Gorham, Maine, won the statewide
Posted on April 7, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.

An HU student from Goshen and another from Granger participated in the statewide "Promoting the Good Works of Indiana Agriculture" competition.

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 12:15 a.m.

Pond owners might find something a little unpleasant as the ice thaws -- dead fish. Here's information on why it happens and how it affects your pond's ecosystem.

 Jeff Burbrink
Posted on April 3, 2014 at 8:22 a.m.

The master gardener hotline offers advice about emerald ash borers, how the weather will affect trees and plants and other horticulture-related issues

 Francesca Battistelli will perform at the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair.
Posted on March 26, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

Attendees at Elkhart County 4-H Fair will be able to see Francesca Battistelli for free on Sunday, July 20.

 A great blue heron brings a twig to its nest in a wetlands in Boxford, Mass. On April 5, bird enthusiasts are invited to watch this species in its natural habitat at River Bend Park in Middlebury.
Posted on March 25, 2014 at 8:36 a.m.

The Middlebury Park and Recreation Department will host the bird-watching event at River Bend park April 5.

 A number of chickens gather around a bucket in a pasture near Karen Wellingtons' home in Goshen on July 2, 2010. The city council voted against allowing people to own hens in city limits on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Posted on March 22, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.

Goshen councilman Jeremy Stutzman and city attorney Larry Barkes are researching whether the city could issue a limited number of permits for people who want to own chickens in city limits. 

 A number of chickens gather around a bucket in a pasture near Karen Wellingtons' home in Goshen on July 2, 2010. The Goshen Ctiy Council voted Tuesday, March 18, 2014, to turn down an ordinance to allow residents to keep chickens on properties in city limits.
Posted on March 20, 2014 at 9:17 a.m.

A reader asked about the rules regarding chickens in Elkhart County. Here’s the answer.