WINONA LAKE — As ice finishes its thaw from area lakes and temperatures begin to warm, the town of Winona Lake appears to be embracing the change of seasons with enough activities and projects to make a beehive seem calm.
At the monthly meeting of the town’s board of trustees Tuesday, March 19, the board heard reports of not only upcoming community activities, but also impending construction and infrastructure projects.
Town Coordinator Craig Allebach, along with several community members and town staffers, announced local activities and later in the meeting briefed board members on upcoming construction projects.
“The Village March Madness is going on the entire month of March,” said Allebach, who asked Nick Hauck, managing director of the Village at Winona to clarify. Hauck said that residents and visitors to the village will be rewarded for shopping in as many retail establishments as possible.
“All the shops have donated gift cards or products, so the grand prize is worth over $1,000,” Hauck said. “If you shop at five shops, you get one name entry and if you shop at 10 shops, you get three name entries.” Hauck added that for shoppers who patronize 20 businesses, their names would be entered 10 times for the chance to win the big prize.
“So the more you shop, the more you have an opportunity to win,” he said.
For upcoming concerts in the area, Allebach deferred to Terry White, who told the board that the 4th of July concert would be held the Saturday before on June 29.
“Throughout the summer, there are various things going on,” White said.
“Parks Director Holly Hummitch announced the list of Easter egg hunts scheduled for the town park on April 20.
The Special Friends Hunt will lead off the day’s hunts at 11 a.m. This hunt is available to children and young at heart with special needs. The remaining hunts include a hunt for children up to two years at 1 p.m. near the basketball court, followed by a hunt at 1:30 p.m. adjacent to the Greenway for children three to five years and a hunt for children from six to 10 years at 2 p.m. on the playground.
Hummitch also announced a community planting for the town’s shoreline project on May 14-15 with a rain date of May 16.
Allebach told the board that 32 upcoming infrastructure projects are scheduled to begin soon. He said half of the scheduled projects are already funded through Community Crossings grants, with the most, if not all of the remaining projects expected to be funded through upcoming grants.
“Probably the biggest and most notable one will be King’s Highway,” said Allebach. “We’re going to resurface and do a lot of work on that one from the light to Miller Field.”
In other business, the board approved the appointments of Jill Shroeder and Jeremy Mullins to the park board.