Kitty Conley’s Scratching Post, Dec. 13
By Kitty Conley December 11, 2012 1:50PM
Updated: December 11, 2012 1:59PM
Dec. 13: Tasha Jansen-Gomez
Dec. 17: Becky Krampen
Dec. 18: Bill Kozlowski
Dec. 18: Mike and Joan
Please keep Justin Stiener and all members of our military in your prayers. Justin shipped out for the Middle East on Dec. 5. His father Gerry Stiener is president of the Winfield Town Council.
Thank you to the Indiana Department of Transportation for awarding an almost $18 million bridge tear-down and rebuilding contract. These are good paying union jobs that come here to work on the Nine Span Bridge in Hammond just north of Woodmar Shopping Center. The precast concrete beams will also put more local labor to work. One thing about road and bridge construction, the jobs cannot be outsourced. The work has to be done right here.
Santa & Mrs. Claus are in the lower level of the historic Lake Courthouse from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22.
Saw our mayor and first lady out running the other day.
Help needed: Lake Street School needs your help. They are in a competition to get a $50,000 Power a Bright Future grant from the Clorox Company. The grand-prize of $50,000 goes to the school that receives the highest number of votes. Number two in the “Play,” “Create” and “Explore” categories will each be awarded a $25,000 grant. In addition to that they could also win one of three judges’ awards of $25,000 each. Text 1532pbf to 95248 or go to the website powerabrightfuture.clorox.com/nominees/detail/?nid=1532. Please ask your friends to vote.
Dec. 15: Polar Express and Tour of Lights. Sign up now to reserve your spot for the Polar Express storytelling and the city Tour of Lights. Call the Mayor’s Office
of Special Events at 662-3290 to sign up. You must be registered in advance. The event will be based at the Civic Center on the southwest corner of East and Clark streets. Story-telling is at the top of each hour from 4 to 8 p.m. and the Tour of Light buses depart every hour on the half-hour starting at 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 21: Winter begins
Interesting facts from Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman:
The poultry industry in Indiana contributes a total of more than $2.4 billion annually to Indiana’s economy. Indiana is the number-one duck producing state, ranks third in egg production, sixth in turkey production and raises millions of broiler chickens each year.
The top turkey producing state in 2011 was Minnesota at 46.2 million birds. Indiana was steady at 16 million. It is estimated that 248.5 million turkeys will be raised in 2012. Measured by total live weight processed, the two top companies that process turkeys are Butterball at 1,300 million pounds and Jennie-O Turkey Store at 1,290 million pounds. The top five turkey consuming areas in 2010 are the U.S., Canada, European Union, Brazil and Mexico. This information is form the National Turkey Federation.