5 things: Millersburg's new marshal, Petermann suspends Libertarian bid for U.S. House and more

The Millersburg Town Council appoints Al Mackowiak as the new town marshal, Jeff Petermann suspends third-party bid citing lack of support from and disillusionment with the Libertarian party and more.

Posted on Aug. 1, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.

Mackowiak named new town marshal in Millersburg

The Millersburg Town Council appointed Al Mackowiak, director of campus safety and security at Goshen College, to the position of town marshal at a meeting Wednesday evening, July 30.

Mackowiak replaces David Keith Hathaway, who was charged with two counts of conversion, a Class A misdemeanor, on July 16. He admitted to stealing panties belong to his son’s girlfriend.

Town officials accepted Hathaway’s request to retire as town marshal, according to the Millersburg clerk-treasurer. Hathaway will still be retained in a “part-time administrative capacity.”

Options scarce for struggling tenants with limited resources

Struggling tenants in Elkhart County don’t have a lot of options when a landlord does not address issues quickly. Some families said they have dealt with electrical problems, exposed mold and knee-high grass for months with nothing but empty promises that the problems will soon be fixed.

Angel Barsoda, her husband and her two daughters face homelessness because their Goshen apartment has been left in a state of disrepair. The family said they have dealt with falling ceiling tiles, black mold growth and a building-wide bed bug infestation for months. A city inspection deemed the property unsafe on June 30.

Another rental management company tried to take over but resigned shortly after. The company informed residents in a letter that the bank had filed a complaint for foreclosure on the property, and that tenants had to leave the property within 30 days.

Conflicts like this are difficult for struggling families to navigate because of the lack of liability for landlords and few alternative housing options.

Petermann suspends Libertarian bid for U.S. House, leaving GOPer Walorski and Democrat Bock

Jeff Petermann has suspended his third-party bid for the U.S. House and dropped out of the Libertarian Party. He cited a lack of support from and disillusionment with the party.

Petermann said his views, which are socially moderate and fiscally conservative, did not sit well with others in his party.

Elkhart Education Foundation sponsors fun day for Elkhart students

The Elkhart Education Foundation will host a free event Saturday, Aug. 9, in downtown Elkhart’s city plaza for area children who are starting off the school year.

The event offers a carnival, a touch-a-truck activity, live action role-playing games, musical performances and a pep rally. Families should expect to pay between 50 cents to $2 for carnival games.

Celebrate Elkhart with a week of local festivities

A week of fun activities in Elkhart will begin with the Dog Daze of Summer event benefiting the Human Society of Elkhart County on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Civic Plaza.

The week will round out with a block party celebrating The Elkhart Truth’s 125th anniversary Saturday, Aug. 9, along Main Street in downtown Elkhart. The event features performances from Zach DuBois and The Tumbleweed Jumpers. There will also be a beer garden with craft beer from Iechyd Da Brewing Co. and New Paradigm Brewing Co. and food provided by Cubby Bear Pizza.

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