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WaterSense Spring 2018 Issue & Updates

New Website: Check Your Links!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently updated its website with a new look and easy-to-use navigation. The WaterSense home page address is the same, and it still has all the great content and tools you need to save water indoors and out.
To make navigating the site easier, WaterSense has streamlined some of the pages and changed their URLs. If you have linked to or bookmarked specific pages within the WaterSense website, your links may be broken, and you will need to update them using the site’s new URLs. Check out the redesigned website, a great resource to help save water!
How many gallons of water can a hose leak as small as the tip of a pen waste each month?
a. 63 gallons
b. 630 gallons
c. 6,300 gallons
See this issue of the WaterSense Current for the correct answer!

How Does Your Garden Grow…With Less Water?
Turn your green thumb a little more blue this spring with a yard that’s both beautiful and water-smart. The average American family uses 30 percent of its water outdoors, but in some areas, landscape watering accounts for 60 percent of a family’s watering. By revisiting your landscape with water efficiency in mind, you can have curb appeal with less watering.

Inspect, Connect, Direct, and Select Your Way to Savings
Residential outdoor water use across the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, and as much as 50 percent of the water we use outdoors is wasted from inefficient watering methods and systems. This spring, a little home irrigation system maintenance can go a long way, so spruce your sprinklers!

Charlottesville Residents Love Their Landscapes
Showing just how easy it is to spruce up your sprinklers as part of spring yard maintenance, WaterSense 2016 Promotional Partner of the Year the City of Charlottesville (Virginia) collaborated with another WaterSense partner, the Albemarle County Service Authority, to launch the Love Your Landscape contest.

Cobb County Maximizes Its Water Savings
From fixing leaks and challenging hotels to promoting professionals and making showers better, Cobb County (Georgia) Water System actively participated in all of the WaterSense campaigns, which helped earn its 2016 Promotional Partner of the Year Award.

Save Blue by Dining Green
Did you know approximately 15 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States is from hospitality and food service establishments? If your favorite local restaurant is implementing water-efficient practices, it could decrease its operating costs by 11 percent!

WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people simple ways to use less water.
The WaterSense Current is a quarterly update dedicated to news and events related to WaterSense. For more information, please visit the WaterSense website.

OCRA hires Andrea Kern as Northeast Community Liaison

OCRA welcomes Andrea Kern as the Northeast Community Liaison
INDIANAPOLIS – On January 16, 2018, Andrea Kern joined the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) as the Northeast Community Liaison. The North East region covers the following counties: Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash and Wells.
Before joining OCRA, she previously worked as a Preservation Specialist for Architecture and Community Heritage (ARCH) based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more than two years, she worked closely with both public and private sectors to advocate for historic preservation solutions to development challenges. This non-profit helped Andrea develop and hone her skills in grant writing, fundraising, tax credits, along with education and advocacy. She also worked as an independent consultant in partnership with the Noblesville Main Street and Indiana Landmarks to develop design guidelines for a new local historic district in downtown Noblesville.
Outside of work, her passion for historic preservation brought her to volunteer with Auburn’s Main Street organization as part of the façade grant committee; as well assisting in the development of a neighborhood planning document with the DeKalb County Historian, City Planning Department, and the Eckhart Neighborhood. As a native of Auburn, her love of historic properties began at home.
“I fell in love with this field early on, growing up in Auburn, Indiana, where we love to celebrate our hometown history as the Classic Car Capitol of America,” said Kern. “I have developed a unique perspective on how important historic preservation is to maintaining a unique sense of place in small towns across Indiana.”
Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Indiana University and a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. Her master’s thesis titled Modernizing State Enabling Legislation for Locally Designated Historic Resources received an award in 2016. Her thesis focused on analyzing state enabling legislation for historic districts, identifying potential issues, and developing creative solutions.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity, because it allows me the opportunity to connect more Hoosiers with community development strategies and solutions on a regional scale. I love this region, and I can’t think of a better way to give back to the place I call home.”
Andrea lives in Auburn with her husband Jacob along with their Labrador Nubia. They are in the process of moving into a beautiful c. 1912 Colonial Revival home near downtown Auburn.

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Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as the Secretary of Rural Development, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development. For more information, visit ocra.in.gov.

Passing of Steven Blaugh of Garrett, IN (Auburn Water Department)

Steven M. Blaugh age 68 of Garrett, IN and formerly of Fort Wayne, IN. died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Bethlehem Woods Nursing Home, Fort Wayne, IN.
Steven was born March 20, 1949 in Fort Wayne, IN to Thomas and Phyllis (Thompson) Blaugh. He married Susan E. Chapman on June 29, 1974 in Fort Wayne, IN and she survives in Garrett, IN. Steven was the superintendent at the Auburn Water Department, until retiring in 2014. Steven was an Army Vietnam Veteran.
Steven was a member of the Church at Garrett, Northeast Indiana Vietnam Vets, Auburn American Legion, Auburn Legion Riders, Garrett VFW, D.A.V., American Water Workers Association, Harley Owners Group, ABATE, Auburn Moose and Tommy Who ? support group.
Steven is survived by his wife: Susan E. Blaugh, Garrett, IN; son: T.J. Blaugh, Fort Wayne, IN; mother: Phyllis Blaugh, Fort Wayne, IN; 3 brothers: Rick Blaugh, Fort Wayne, IN; Mike Blaugh, Fort Wayne, IN; Greg Blaugh, Roanoke, IN.
Steven was preceded in death by his father: Thomas Blaugh and daughter: Julie Blaugh.
Visitation will take place from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Thomas Funeral Home, 1277 C.R. 56, Garrett, IN
Graveside services will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Highland Park Cemetery with Pastor Tom Wilcoxson officiating. Military honors by the United States Army and the Auburn American Legion.
Memorials are to the Auburn American Legion
You may send a condolence or sign the on-line register book by visiting: www.thomasfuneralhome.org

O.W. Krohn & Associates adds new Partner: Jarrod S. Hall

 

Jarrod S. Hall, CPA, CGMA & SEC Registered Municipal Advisor became a Partner with O. W. Krohn & Associates, LLP effective January 1st, 2018. Hall was admitted into the Partnership after joining the Firm as an intern in 2008 and as a full-time professional staff member immediately after graduation from Ball State University the following year. Hall is a Member of the Indiana CPA Society (“INCPAS”) and the American Institute of CPAs (“AICPA”). After earning his credentials as a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), Hall also received the AICPA’s international accreditation and is a Certified Global Management Accountant (“CGMA”). In 2017, Hall (and his partners) fulfilled the recently enacted standards of practice and examinations set forth by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) qualifying Hall (and his partners) to be designated as SEC Registered Municipal Advisors.
A native of Noblesville, Indiana, Jarrod enlisted in the US Navy after graduation from Noblesville High School. Following his military service, he attended Ball State University earning degrees in Accounting, Risk Management and Insurance graduating in 2009. Jarrod and his wife, Trisha, reside in Noblesville and welcomed their first child in 2017, a son, Tate.
O. W. Krohn & Associates, LLP is a Westfield-based firm of CPAs and Independent Consultants that have a niche practice that serves the unique accounting and financial advisory needs of local governmental units, school districts and utilities: municipal bonds, utility rates, property tax rates, budgets, local income tax & local government finance.

By: Otto W.“Buzz” Krohn, Executive Partner & James W. Treat, Managing Partner

Indiana 811: Congratulations to Justin Shaffer of Decatur, IN

An Update from the #makethecall Winner
In March, Indiana 811 congratulated Justin Shaffer on winning the grand prize in the #makethecall app competition hosted by CGA and Phillips 66 Pipeline, LLC. Shaffer, of Decatur, Ind., received a gift card for Disney World worth $8,500 and visited Disney World with his family of six in the spring. In a recent update, Shaffer shared that he and his family had a blast enjoying the parks. He is currently planning another trip to use the rest of the gift card from the contest and is thankful to 811 for making a dream come true!