Kitty Conley’s Scratching Post, March 21
By Kitty Conley March 20, 2013 9:46AM
March 22: Mike Goletz, Jr.
March 23: Christy Yoder has a milestone birthday
March 26: Joan Kolozenski
More potholes than pavement: The businesses along the frontage road on the west side of North Main Street in Crown Point are being treated like second-class citizens. The businesses from Burger King south to Crown Auto Parts should be given a tax break on their real estate taxes since they may be losing customers who don’t want to ruin the safety of the vehicles while trying to get services from those businesses. I know that the frontage road is also part of the state mandate to fix, since the state is responsible for S.R. 55 repairs and maintenance. But that is North Main Street. It is not the state that is being hurt by the potholes. It is the City of Crown Point’s businesses that are being hurt. Competition is too intense to have these business lose customers because of something beyond their control. Spring is coming and now is the time to at least hot patch the holes.
Welcome to Pope Francis. He is a first. The first: Latin American pope, Jesuit pope, pope named Francis. He would not wear the heavily gold and jewel encrusted cross of his predecessor; he wore his own simple cross. Jesuit priests do take a vow of poverty. He even rode the bus after the election to go back to the hotel the Cardinals were staying at to pay his own bill. He even went to a press conference with 5,000 journalists from around the world without his red shoes. He wore his comfortable black shoes from Argentina. This will be interesting.
I hope that everyone had a great St. Patrick’s Day and a great St. Joseph’s Day. (March 17 and 19). This year’s corned beef and cabbage left a lot to be desired. I know that the city bought it from a caterer. Shame on the caterer — someone there must have boiled the beef instead of simmering it for lots of hours. The meat was tough. For three generations in this country my family has cooked corned beef, and I am almost 70. The city was well decked out and the floats were all lit up and green. The Band of Brothers Pipe and Drum Band was great. They came into the Crown Point Fire Station and played for the people gathered there. They are firemen that were playing for firemen.
Today, March 21, a College Fair at Andrean High School is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Admissions representatives from over 50 colleges and universities will be there to answer questions and admission topics, financial aid, and college application procedures. The program is free and open to all area high school students and parents.
St. Matthias Catholic Church, 101 W. Burrell Dr., Crown Point is hosting its third annual performance of “The Living Stations” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and 3 p.m. Friday, March 29 (Good Friday). This is a production of the youth and young adult ministries. All are welcome.
March 24 is Palm Sunday; March 28 is Holy Thursday and the start of the Triduum. March 31 is Easter Sunday.
Congratulations and good luck to Lowell’s new interim police chief, Corporal Erik Matson.
Crown Point Jr. Bulldog Cheerleader sign-up: At Lake Street Elementary School, returning girls 5 to 7 p.m. April 12, new girls 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13. Girls must live in CP or Hanover school district. For more cheer information go to: www.crownpointjrbcheer.org.
The Crown Point Fire Rescue Canine Unit is continuing to get ready for K-9 Jake’s arrival and still needs some help. They need to build some agility equipment. They need lumber, hardware, barrels and other items. If you think you can help, give them a call at 662-3248, Ext. 0. They also have a big list of equipment to purchase. Just remember you or someone you love may need to be rescued someday. It will be nice to know that our own firemen will be able to get to you faster because Jake found you.