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Updated: August 29, 2012 12:58PM



Happy Birthday

Aug. 26: Megan McNamara (my birdie fell out of the tree.) Happy 10th. Aug. 31: Diane Aden Hayes Sept. 1: Eric McCann Sept. 2: Jesse Nedohon Sept. 3: Sue Landske Sept. 4: Georgean Minogue

Happy Anniversary

Aug. 25: Sandy and Joe Szczerbowski 33 years. (My birdie is lazy! Sorry I’m late.) Aug.28: Mike and Michelle Fajman (My birdie really is lazy.) Sept. 5: Wayne and Angie Borowski — 3 years

Weddings

Aug. 11: Lance and Sue became Mr. & Mrs. Ryskamp — Best Kept Secret in Winfield Sept. 2: Ian & Collette will become Mr. & Mrs. Nicolini — Cedar Lake

Congratulations to our State Senator Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake, for being named “The Woman of the Year” by the Indiana Federation of Republican Women earlier this month. It may have been unexpected by Sue, but totally deserving.

NOTICE: Pick up Rental Unit Registrations in the C.P. Building and Planning Department office. That is the Clark Street door in City Hall. For information call 662-3239.

September 1 is the first Winfield Community Day and after the parade there will be lots of fun. The Four Seasons Fire Force will have its Brew Fest and third annual Hog Roast at the Fire Station behind the government building on Randolph. The proceeds from the events support the Fire Force. According to the firefighters they are willing to throw one heck of a party to get your support. Just a $15 donation will get you in the door to sample around 60 different brews, hear some great bands, sample from tons of food and other entertainment. Brew Fest kicks off at 2 p.m. with last call at 5:45 p.m. There will also be a car show, booths in front of the Winfield government center on Randolph as well as a play area for kids. In addition to the Fire Department’s brew fest and hog roast, there will be a beer tent, and more food.

September 2 is the Lakes of the Four Seasons Freedom Fest 2012, from 3 p.m. until midnight on the clubhouse lawn. This will be to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Food, fun, music: come and help support the Wounded Warrior Project.

September 1: Lake County Fairgrounds will start taking 2013 reservations for a building or shelter. Call 661-3071.

St. John the Evangelist parish’s Health Ministry will host its seventh annual Flu Vaccination Clinic on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Church Narthex, located at 10701 Olcott. St. John. There will be a $20 fee, payable by cash or check and Medicare, too. Vaccines are limited and pre-registration will be required in order to reserve your vaccine. Registration continues through Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 in the Parish Office, which is located at 11301 W. 93rd Ave., St. John, IN 46373. It is possible that some additional serum will be available for walk-ins, but registration is strongly encouraged. For further information, please contact the Health Ministry Coordinator at the Parish office, 365-5678.

Now that the kids are back in school, drivers should be on their best behavior. Watch out for the future of our community, country and world. Sometimes kids are distracted by the pure joy of just being kids and forget to watch out for traffic. Always expect a child to come running out between cars. Hit a child and you might have been in the right as far as the law is concerned, but that car you drive is a lot bigger than even a fully-grown person. Kids can die that way. Take the extra five minuites and save a life. This is not a new problem. I graduated from high school 51 years ago. I had done a forensics competition with a monologue called “Late for a Date.” It was how it changed the life of the teenage boy rushing to pick up his date, and hit and killed a young boy on his bike. We, as the driving public, still have not learned. Thirty years ago and today I see not only kids driving like maniacs but a whole bunch of “aduliquents” as well. I am sure all of us have missed paying attention, even if we didn’t’ get caught. It is up to you.

The West Nile virus outbreak is the largest ever seen in the US. There have been 1,118 cases reported to the Center for Disease Control including 41 deaths. In Indiana earlier this month health officials have announced finding infected mosquito as close as Griffith. So far West Nile virus in Chicago suburbs has caused at least two deaths. Suburbs that are both north and south of the city have been hit. There is an epidemic in Texas. Weather permitting the city has been spraying from dusk to midnight starting on Aug. 25. Cedar Lake has been spraying since early summer. Keep in mind that the mosquito-borne virus isn’t just a risk for those spending time in wooded areas, fishing or camping. The majority of people who become infected do so while spending time around the outside of the home, when working in the garden, mowing the lawn or simply sitting on the porch.

September 21 is Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra’s season opens with “A Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles” at 8 p.m. at the Star Plaza Theatre. Tickets range from $10 for students, and adult tickets from $25 to $65. Call 836-0525 and you can have your first experience or relive the sounds of those four Brits that invaded the US.



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