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Roger Bayak (left) leads the Veterans Day ceremony at the Goshen Courthouse on Nov. 12, 2012. Bayak is with the Goshen Veterans Honor Guard. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen, File)

Adriana Hernandez walks her children home from Roosevelt Elementary School on May 7, 2013, in Elkhart. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan, File)
5 things you want to know for Monday in Indiana
Posted on Nov. 11, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

1. Veterans in the area will be honored with ceremonies, free meals for Veterans Day

To honor local veterans and current military members for Veterans Day today, many local organizations, schools and businesses are hosting ceremonies and giving away free stuff.

Echo Taps for the Heart will play outside the Lerner Theatre at 10 a.m. and Goshen will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. outside the county courthouse featuring the Goshen Honor Guard.

Nappanee Elementary School is inviting veterans to visit for its Veterans Day program. NorthWood Middle School and Mary Beck Elementary School are also hosting programs.

Drive and Shine and John's Auto Spa are both giving away free car washes to veterans on Monday. Several local restaurants, including Papa Vino's, Texas Roadhouse and McCarthy's on the Riverwalk, are giving away free meals.

Find a full listing on ElkhartTruth.com.

2. Activists to speak at IU South Bend about crisis in Syria

Two activists will speak about the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria during a free public forum at IU South Bend, the South Bend Tribune reports.

Raghid Kadi, a Granger resident and Syrian immigrant, and Suzanne Kawamleh, whose parents are Syrian immigrants, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday night, Nov. 11, in the Fireside Rooms in the University Grill, which is located in the Administration Building on campus. Kadi recently started a project dedicated to delivering food and medical supplies to Syrians called Syrian Orphans Sponsoring. Kawamleh brought food and medical supplies to one of the largest Syrian refugee camps in Jordan over the summer.

The forum will include a question and answer session.

3. Autumn is almost over and winter will be bringing snow to Michiana tonight

The National Weather Service has issued a lake effect snow watch that will take effect in St. Joseph, Starke, LaPorte and Porter counties beginning tonight.

An arctic cold front is expected to move across Lake Michigan Monday afternoon and bring between three to seven inches of snow to the west side of St. Joseph County and all of Starke and LaPorte counties. Northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph may cause blowing and drifting snow. Roads, especially highways, may become slippery and hazardous.

Additional warnings or advisories may be issued throughout the day as the cold front moves closer to the area.

4. Kosciusko County police are searching for three suspects in a home improvement fraud

Bobby Allison, 22, and Elvis Allison, 26, have active felony warrants issued for their arrest after the pair committed several scams in Kosciusko and Whitley counties and now police are searching for a third suspect, The Elkhart Truth's news partner, WNDU reports.

Police say Tyson Allison scammed a victim on Friday near Silver Lake in Koscisuko County. He was last seen driving a white pickup truck with Montana plates.

Anyone who sees any of the three suspects may contact the police.

5. Should Indiana be on Central time? A Notre Dame professor argues it will save lives

John Gaski, a professor at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business, says that putting all of Indiana on Central time will keep kids from going to school in the dark and prevent incidents such as the crash on Oct. 25 that killed two women.

“You'd have an extra hour of sunlight and an extra hour for that ice to melt," Gaski said.

Gaski is an advisory committee member on the Indiana Central Time Coalition. He has done studies on the amount of darkness in the mornings and cites mostly safety concerns for his support of a switch.

But the issue hasn't gained traction in the statehouse, despite lawmakers attempting to bring it up a few times in the past five years. Officials say that it won't likely be a major issue in the near future.