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Bremen fireman’s festival 2010

Where: Bremen Fireman’s Festival.  The festival is held at Sunnyside Park in Bremen, Indiana.
When:  June 29 – July 4

The Bremen Firemen’s Festival kicks off on June 29th with the Annual Firemen’s Parade featuring area fire departments, businesses, and organizations. Carnival rides, entertainment, and games continue through July 4th at Sunnyside Park.

The festival will end on July 4th with Bremen’s traditional hometown fireworks display at Sunnyside Park. It’s a can’t miss show, and certainly one of the best displays in Northern Indiana.


2010 Festival Schedule:

Tuesday, June 29:
Festival Opening with Parade at 6:30pm
Carnival Opens at 6:00pm
Bremen Firemen’s Food Tent Opens at 6:00pm

Wednesday, June 30:
Carnival Opens at 6:00pm
“Two People Ride For the Price of One Night”
Bremen Firemen’s Food Tent Opens at 6:00pm

Thursday, July 1:
Carnival Opens at 6:00pm
“Ride Any Ride As Often as You Like” starting at 6:00pm
Bremen Firemen’s Food Tent Opens at 6:00pm
Tractor Pull starts at 3:00pm

Friday, July 2:
Carnival Opens at 6:00pm
“Pay-One-Price Night” Ride any ride as often as you like starting at 6:00pm
Bremen Firemen’s Food Tent Opens at 6:00pm

Saturday, July 3:
Bremen Firemen’s Waterball at 10:00am
Corn Hole Tournament Sign In at 4:00pm, start at 5:00pm
Carnival Opens at 1:00pm
“Bargain Day – All Rides Take One Ticket”
Bremen Missionary Church Fish Fry 11:00am to 7:00pm

Sunday, July 4:
Carnival Opens at 2:00pm
Bremen Firemen’s Food Tent Opens at 2:00pm
Bremen Firemen’s Raffle Drawing at 8:00pm

  • For more information, contact:
    Bremen Chamber of Commerce
    Email: info@bremenchamberofcommerce.com
  • the elkhart truth endorses jack jordan

    Jack Jordan

    Full article in The Elkhart Truth.

    Jack Jordan, teaches in the school of business and economics at Indiana University South Bend. He has a background in business, health care and international economics. He’s also a member of the Bremen school board.

    Jordan will work to build effective coalitions. In that sense, he’s reminiscent of U.S. Rep. Mark Souder, R-3rd.

    While he and Walorski hold similar views on the economy and health care, Jordan is intelligent and thoughtful. A flame burns inside him. He understands the urgency of the moment, but unlike Walorski, he doesn’t allow his emotions to overtake him.

    That makes Jordan a potential power broker in Washington — a power broker on behalf of the people who live and work in the 2nd District.

    So, for that reason, we endorse Jack Jordan in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

    Additional urgent jordan update – may 1

    Jack Jordan

    Dear Campaign Team –

    Sadly, our opponent continues to exaggerate endorsements!

    Exaggerated Endorsements:

    #1 – NRA Endorsement: I’m a Lifetime Member of the NRA and a strong proponent of protecting our second amendment rights.  Therefore, I was deeply disappointed by our opponent’s misrepresentation of this fine organization and falsely claiming the NRA was endorsing her over me.  The title on the very front page of the South Bend Tribune today, “NRA Scolds Walorski Over Press Release.” Source:  South Bend Tribune, May 1, 2010  http://www.southbendtribune.com/article/20100430/News01/100439934/1129/News

    #2 – 4 Group Endorsements: Last week our opponent had a press conference with 4 individuals and then issued a press release stating that 4 groups had endorsed her.  Unfortunately, that was a misrepresentation of the facts.  The truth was that the 4 individuals (not even the top leader of each of these groups) stated their public support for her.  Following is from the Elkhart Truth reporter who attended the event and then our opponent’s press release:

    Elkhart Truth, April 23, 2010 by Josh Weinhold:

    “…The members of many of the tea party movement groups voted to not endorse candidates this year, leaders said. Thus, the endorsements do not represent the groups’ official approval…”

    The title and first paragraph of our opponent’s official Facebook Press Release.   Exaggerating and explicitly stating endorsements from the groups:

    Stand with Jackie: Local Tea Party, Taxpayer Groups Endorse Walorski

    Local Tea Party, Taxpayer Groups Endorse Walorski

    Friday, April 23, 2010 at 12:45pm

    (Elkhart, IN) – Leaders from local Tea Party and taxpayer groups today announced their endorsement for Republican 2nd Congressional District Candidate Jackie Walorski. Groups making official endorsements of Jackie’s candidacy were Citizen’s for Common Sense, the St. Joe County Tea Party Patriots, Concerned Citizens of Michiana, and the Tea Party of Michiana Action Coalition.

    #3 – On the lighter side: Our opponent did get the endorsement of Mike Pence.  But as I talked with Mike face-to-face last week, he sheepishly revealed that he had promised Jackie months before I got into the race that he would support her when she ran.  He felt it was important that he keep his promise to her.   He said, however, he has followed our race closely and is extremely impressed with our campaign.  Mike then went on to say that if we win in November that he looks forward to working with me in the U.S. Congress beginning in January!

    Lastly, reminding you again of the absolute importance of voting in this upcoming Tuesday, May 4th Republican Primary along with urging your family members and friends to get out and vote for Jack Jordan (to ultimately replace Joe Donnelly in the U.S. Congress).  Voter turn-out will win this race for us!

    With sincere appreciation for all your help and support,

    Jack Jordan

    Approved by Jack Jordan and

    Paid for by the Jack Jordan for Congress Committee

    Republican party dirty politics

    in doing some searching around on the web, I Came across this article about the 2nd district congressional race here in Indiana.
    It’s about the difficulties that jack Jordan is facing when trying to get out to meet his constituents.  I really hope this kind of politics doesn’t continue through the entire election.

    I find it interesting to the Republican Party would go to such great lengths to stifle competition.  But then, they are politicians after all.  It just goes to show that career politicians tend to be far too heavy handed, and scared of competition.  Let’s hope that they eventually come to their senses and don’t go to0 negative on this.


    Making bremen a destination part 2

    this is the second part of the report from Bill Davis from the Chamber of Commerce.


    The Town of Bremen…A Destination Part 2

    By: Bill Davis – President Bremen Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

    In my last article I ended with the three new initiatives the Chamber would undertake in 2009,

    1. Take on the challenge of design, funding and implementation of an improvement to our town entrances. This would include the West Side at 106, North Side at 331, and the East Side near where the Depot will be housed.
    2. Develop a marketing plan for the Town of Bremen that will promote our town as a destination for business, individuals seeking a great place to live, and visitors that are looking for a town to visit
    3. Assist the Town of Bremen in developing a downtown redevelopment plan that will attract new investment and commerce.

    The town entrance project is in full swing with the help of Bremen’s own Matthew VanSoest an architecture fellow at Ball State University. The project would involve new signage and landscaping at each of the towns entrances. We are seeking input from community members that have experience in either of these areas to assist us.

    As far as the marketing plan project this involves establishing our most compelling assets and building upon them. I will attempt to summarize the strengths identified this year at our Community Development Conference under some general categories of hard assets, soft assets, and Attractions/Programs.

    Hard Assets

    • Newly renovated school building
    • Bremen’s own electric and water facilities
    • New soccer field, tennis courts, and swimming pool.
    • Lake of the Woods
    • Good Parks System
    • Modern Library
    • Retirement Center / Independent Living Facility
    • State Police Post and Post Office
    • Senior Center and Low Income Apartments
    • 18 Hole Golf Course
    • Lutheran School
    • Modern Fire and Police Department
    • New Hospital and Doctors Hospital
    • Farms and Farm Land
    • Multiple retail and dining establishments
    • Strong Industrial Base
    • Local Food Pantry
    • Banks and Car Dealership options
    • Popular Campground

    Soft Assets

    • GOOD Town
    • Bedroom Community
    • School System Size
    • Skilled Workforce
    • Good Spiritual Community Base
    • Low Tax Rate
    • Clean Water and Sewers
    • Growing Latino Population
    • ESL educational programs
    • Amish Community
    • Progressive Town Council
    • Strong Health Care System
    • Church Collaboration
    • Very Self Reliant in taking care of its own people
    • Amazing youth sports programs
    • Community PRIDE
    • Self Sustaining Town
    • Great Place to raise children
    • Low Crime Rate
    • Close to various modes of transportation (Air,Rail, Highway)

    Attractions and Programs

    • Firemen’s Festival and Parade
    • Koontz Antique Tractor Show
    • Kiwanis Club Monthly Travelogue and Weekly Meetings
    • Letter Carrier Food Drive
    • Personal Care Product Drive
    • United Way Campaign
    • 4 Preschool and pre-K Programs
    • Annual Holy Walk
    • Annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony
    • Annual Homespun Holiday Retail Days
    • Dollars for Scholars Fundraiser
    • Historic Bremen Group
    • Annual Leadership and Youth Awards Dinner
    • Bremen Day at the Cove
    • Lake of the Woods Recreation
    • Yellow River Kayaking (Proposed)
    • Revitalized Downtown Shopping District (Proposed)
    • New Community Center (Proposed)

    Making bremen a destination

    This article is from the Bremen chamber of commerce web site, and it is some interesting reading if you are interested in the town itself. there is a second part that I will post as well shortly.


    The Town of Bremen…A Destination

    By: Bill Davis – President Bremen Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

    In 1990 Ball State University assisted various members of our community in evaluating the Town of Bremen’s assets and liabilities to document the direction future planning would take us. Some highlights included; downtown revitalization, commercial and industrial development, transportation and infrastructure, housing and quality of life. I would like to briefly summarize each of these committees Policy Statements & Recommendations from the 1990 plan.

    Downtown Revitalization Committee

    • Establish “Downtown Bremen as the heart of the community
    • Upgrade the downtown public environment as a symbol of community pride, creating a pedestrian friendly and aesthetically pleasing downtown.

    West End Commercial District Committee

    • Develop a district corridor plan to guide the public and private investments which reinforces the commercial districts sense of place. A subset of this recommendation was to develop a streetscape plan for this area of town.
    • Create a funding mechanism to generate infrastructure and improvements in the district.
    • Upgrade the edge and connections to adjacent land use. Work with property owners to improve this area.

    Housing Committee

    • Provide opportunities for reinvestment and revitalization of existing older housing stock.

    Transportation & Infrastrucure

    • Develop a “Thoroughfare Plan” for the Town of Bremen.
    • Improve the intersection of US 331 and US 6 to better accommodate truck access to the community.
    • Develop a landscaping plan for US 6 that creates a linear gateway and town edge.

    Industrial Parks Committee

    • Upgrade existing industrial parks.
    • Evaluate role of Industrial and community development
    • Create an industrial development strategy that considers industrial diversity and environmental impacts.

    Quality of Life Committee

    • Maintain and reinforce the small town atmosphere.
    • Reinforce the community celebrations and festivals.
    • Continue to look for opportunities to expand the relationship between the community and the school system through recreational and educational programs.
    • Stimulate the development of community pride through heritage and cultural enrichment activities.
    • Continue joint community programs sponsored by local churches.
    • Create a greenway system linking existing parks and open space.
    • Create a master plan for parks and recreational facilities.
    • Build a Community Center that facilitates a broad range of indoor activities.
    • Continue the development of youth and senior activities

    Although many projects took place back in the early 1990’s it is interesting to note that our first ever Community Development Conference in January 2009 brought to light many of the very same concerns. Before I review these results there was another group of caring community leaders that did a Community Analysis in 2004, our Kiwanis Club of Bremen. In their survey they uncovered to many needs to cover in this article but there were some similarities such as; the need for a community center that could serve our youth and seniors alike, the need to promote industrial growth for new jobs, and more park programs.

    So here we are in 2009 with the same high aspirations for our community to grow and prosper. The Bremen Chamber of Commerce is attempting to take a lead role in driving change for the better. The first step was our Community Development Conference which was a starting point to identify the Towns accomplishments, strengths, weaknesses, external threats and prioritization of goals to enhance Bremen. I would like to summarize these under the headings of the 1990 BSU Plan to try and keep the grand plan in mind.

    Downtown Revitalization

    • The group did not recognize any accomplishments.
    • The group identified one strength, the Towns low income housing downtown.
    • The weaknesses identified were an empty downtown, need to update the downtown lights, limited downtown parking, and lack of downtown directional signage.
    • The goal receiving the second most votes was the town needed to have a marketing plan that promoted Bremen as a destination.

    West End Commercial District / Transportation & Infrastrucure

    • The group did not recognize any accomplishments.
    • The only strength discussed under this heading was a general comment about having a strong industrial base in Bremen for its size.
    • The number one goal voted on by the participants was to improve the Town Entrances which, of course, we have more than one that would require our attention.

    Housing Committee / Quality of Life

    • The accomplishment and strengths identified are overwhelmingly relating to quality of life life in Bremen. From having a brand new state of the art hospital and now a Doctors Hospital to a new pool and tennis courts. The entire report can be read on line at www.bremenchamberofcommerce.com . The participants identified great parks, churches, our Community Foundation and United Way, or food pantry, and a soon to be relocated train station. The strengths continued until our facilitator from the State informed the group that we had identified more strengths than any other town she had facilitated in! This made me take pause and reflect on choosing to relocate here 10 years ago as being a wonderful idea.

    As I have attempted to process all of this information I have come to some realizations; many leaders before us have contributed to Bremen becoming a place with more strengths than any other town in Indiana, and it will take strong leadership to continue adding to the list of strengths without having any fall off.

    We at the Chamber are attempting to be a leader in change through our emphasis on uniting local businesses in an effort to advocate and support economic vitality while cultivating community prosperity and quality of life in Bremen. Based on the feedback we have received beginning in 1990 through our two sessions in 2009 we have added the following initiatives to our 2009 agenda;

    1. Take on the challenge of design, funding and implementation of an improvement to our town entrances. This would include the West Side at 106, North Side at 331, and the East Side near where the Depot will be housed.
    2. Develop a marketing plan for the Town of Bremen that will promote our town as a destination for business, individuals seeking a great place to live, and visitors that are looking for a town to visit
    3. Assist the Town of Bremen in developing a downtown redevelopment plan that will attract new investment and commerce.

    We are hoping others from the community will come forward to assist us with these initiatives. Join us at our next Community Development Conference meeting on November 19th or call us at 546-2044 and speak to Trent Miles our Chamber Coordinator about how you can be of service.

    Bill Davis