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Kitty Conley’s Scratching Post, April 25

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Updated: June 24, 2013 2:12AM



Happy Birthday

April 19: Eric Doris — my birdie fell out of the tree again. We celebrated.

April 25: Marisa Schweitzer, Shawn Ballantine and Tim Tully share this date.

April 26: Tina Pease Poling

April 28: Meghan Conley, 1975-1996

April 30: Diane Poulton and Patricia Sinclair share this date.

Happy Anniversary

April 26: Mark & Jill Baumgardner, 2008. Happy 5th.

I have to say it. What a bunch of wimps. We elected them and we should be ashamed. I am talking about the U.S. Senators who voted no to background checks for the commercial purchase of guns at gun shows and online. This includes Indiana’s own Dan Coats. Shame on you! My friends that hunt buy guns. They buy them from gun stores and every time they buy a gun they pass that background check. I think that these senators are just anti-business. The ones who voted no are trying to put the legitimate businesses out of business.

No more rant. Happy news:

Welcome Jon Luczak to the full-time staff at the Crown Point Fire-Rescue Department. He is a firefighter/paramedic who has worked part-time in the city and is awaiting the steps necessary for the state’s pension process to clear. He is coming from the Schererville Fire Department where he has been since August 2005.

Dirk DeLor, who was a volunteer here in Crown Point working under his father, Fire Chief Greg DeLor, has left the nest. Since August of 2012, Dirk has been an assistant prosecuting attorney in Chicago and lives in Chicago.

Fire dog Jake is doing well in his training. Chief DeLor doesn’t know the date yet as to when firefighter Ryan Cusack will be going down south to train with the dog.

Michelle Ross from Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Winfield will be spending the next two years in the Archdiocese of Houston, working in Galveston. This is part of her Echo program at the University of Notre Dame. At the same time she will be studying for her master’s degree in theology. Ross is a graduate of both Merrillville High School and soon to be from Indiana University in Bloomington.

City Engineer Tris Miles suggested to the Plan Commission that it might be time for the city to consider a dust-free zone. He is referring to the gravel parking lots that are approved in industrial zones within the city. Perhaps he should ask the Plan Commission to require oiling the parking lots similar to oiling the gravel streets as was the custom just 100 years ago. I do not know if the private owners of the gravel parking lots could be compelled to do that. It might be easier to no longer allow any gravel parking, but require paving throughout the city. Hmmm!

April 29: A non-partisan rally against a Lake County income tax will take place in the 4H building of the Lake County Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub, D-Crown Point, an opponent of the proposed 1.5 percent personal income tax, will be speaking. Larry Blanchard, former Republican Lake County councilman from the 7th District now works for Scheub. Blanchard will be there to answer questions about the proposed tax. Former chairwoman of the Lake County Republican Pary Kim Krull will be there to collect signatures of taxpayers against the tax. The petition is online at www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-a-lake-county-income-tax.html. By the time you get that keyed in correctly it might be faster just to go to the rally.

May 1: St. Mary Catholic Community School kindergarten open house, 6 to 8 p.m. www.stmarycp.org/school

May 2: Chain Saw Safety Training Workshop — a 6-hour workshop to keep your arms, legs, fingers and body parts in one piece. If you use or are going to use a chain saw learn how to run it safely. Workshop runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. No fee, but registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats are limited. A boxed lunch will be provided. Email: inltap@ecn.purdue.edu.

May 4 is the youth baseball and softball parade around the square to kick off their seasons.

May 5 is the Hub Run. It has both a 5k run and a 2k walk. The gun goes off at 2 p.m. for the 5k. The walkers will start after all the runners get going. Enjoy the post-race party on the square.

May 11 is Kids and Kites — watch for date and time.

May 16: The cars are back on the square for the summer.

June 1 starts the Farmers’ Market on Main Street south of Joliet (U.S. 231)on Saturday mornings.

Congratulations to the City of Crown Point for being once again chosen as a Tree City USA by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.



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