Ray Chamberlin was officially honored at the Mishawaka High School Alumni Luncheon as Mishawaka’s “Poet Laureate” on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.
Ray grew up on Wenger Street in Mishawaka, one of ten children, and was greatly influenced by his father, George Chamberlin, who was both a poet and a painter. Ray was a Mishawaka mail carrier for 25 years and began getting some local renown when he wrote a poem in response to the silly song, “The Little Blue Nun,” which was written by an Alabama football fan in protest of Notre Dame winning the 1977 national championship.
Mishawaka’s Department of Code Enforcement is working hard to complete their sixth Top 100 program, which addresses the city’s 100 most blighted structures each year. Currently, 82 of the predetermined Top 100 cases have been addressed.
Mayor Dave Wood and General Manager of Mishawaka Utilities Jim Schrader recognized the Electric Department employees’ performance at the Indiana Municipal Electric Association's (IMEA) Linemen Rodeo held on August 26th and 27th in Anderson, Indiana.
As the saying goes, everything old is new again. When the heart of our City was developed in the mid eighteen hundreds, the automobile didn’t exist and walking was a way of life. All the older areas of the City with small lots, alleys, and little off street parking can attest that these properties were probably not developed with the same emphasis on the automobile that exists today.