5 things to know for Friday in Elkhart County

News about a RV industry success story, a famous comedian coming to Michiana, the weekend forecast and more stories.

Posted on Jan. 31, 2014 at 5:30 a.m.

1. Mother Nature is preparing more snow for Elkhart County in the coming week

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch to be in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Generally, 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected and highs in the 30s are in the forecast, but it could vary throughout the area.

As if that isn't enough snow, a more severe winter storm is expected to hit Elkhart County on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. 

The storm is too far away to determine the path and the type of precipitation it will bring, said Evan Bentley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. What is certain is that a storm system with a lot of precipitation is expected to arrive in the Ohio Valley early next week, he said.

“It’s something to be on guard on,” Bentley said, adding, “by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, there’s going to be a pretty big storm system affecting (us) here in the lower Great Lakes.”

2. Parks and Recreation's Aziz Ansari is coming to South Bend

Aziz Ansari, who plays Tom Haverford in the popular NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, will be bringing his "Modern Love" stand-up comedy tour to South Bend in March.

Ansari’s recent work on the silver screen includes appearances in “Funny People,” “30 Minutes or Less” and “This is the End.”

Tickets for the show are on sale for $38 online at www.morriscenter.org, at the Morris box office or by phone at 574-235-9190 or 800-537-6415.

3. A temporary spot turns into a permanent gig at Notre Dame

Mike Denbrock was named offensive coordinator for the Fighting Irish football team on Thursday, Jan. 30.

After former offensive coordinator Chuck Martin left to become the head coach at Miami of Ohio, Kelly named Denbrock the interim offensive coordinator for the Dec. 28 Pinstripe Bowl.

Denbrock and Kelly will meet with the media at noon on Friday, Jan. 31.

4. Middlebury-based EverGreen RV rises from the ashes of the Great Recession

In 2008, a group of four Pilgrim International executives had been planning a new model that the recreational vehicle maker would market as more environmentally friendly.

But then came the Great Recession, causing Pilgrim, like many others in the area, to close its doors. After they won the support of influential investors, EverGreen RV was born in late 2008.

More than five years later, EverGreen last year was the fastest-growing RV maker among the 15 largest companies in the industry, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm that tracks the RV industry.

5. Whatever you do, don't call her Butkus

You can call Ellie the English Bulldog any name you want. Jessica. Mary. Phyllis. But don't call her Butkus.

On Sunday, Elisabeth Hazen of Elkhart uploaded a YouTube video of her English Bulldog, Ellie. In the video, Hazen tells Ellie that she wants to change her name. The bulldog responds with playful growls, but only to the name "Butkus."

The video was uploaded Sunday, Jan. 26, and had been viewed nearly 110,000 times as of Thursday night, Jan. 30.

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