Kitty Conley’s Scratching Post, May 2
By Kitty Conley April 30, 2013 11:14AM
Updated: July 1, 2013 2:23AM
May 3: Karen Ruez
May 8: Darlene Marchina
The official Earth Day was April 22, 2013. I am proud of Dennis Conley. He planted a tree on Earth Day. It was harder than it sounds. He had to remove an old dead one first, then dig a better hole and plant his new evergreen in the back yard. It can be seen from the dining room. It will be fun to put lights on at Christmas.
Very nice friends of ours, Ann and Eric Doris, took us as their guests to the Lake County Right to Life 40th annual fundraising banquet at Avalon Manor on April 19. Thank you to both Ann and Eric. What a great way for Eric to celebrate his birthday. His grandmother and his father were at the table with us. Slainte! Their company sponsored a table and they also took us as their guests to a VIP meeting with the guest speaker Rebecca Kiesling. She was there singing to the choir. She was telling her personal story. She is that child brought about by rape. If abortion had been legal she would not be here. It was a heart-wrenching story told by an unschooled, untrained but honest voice. The Rev. Sammie Maletta, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in St. John, was the emcee. If you have never heard this man preach you should take the time to go and listen to him. What little he did as an emcee was enchanting. I am sure that of the over 1,000 people that were there, 999 of them were uplifted by Fr. Maletta. This was the largest fundraising gathering of the Lake County Right to life Advocates that has ever happened. Even the politicians were there, and there was no Irish Jig. A group of Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration were there from Mishawaka. There were many that I did not see, because the crowd was so big. Avalon did pretty well on the roast beef. Food for 1,000 all eating at the same time is very hard to do. I am so glad that they didn’t try to pre-cook and hold fish.
The Lowell police get a number of strange calls, just like all the rest of the police departments around here. So-and-so’s dog is barking, kids are wrestling on the lawn, a number of welfare checks when neighbors or family cannot reach someone. The ones I find most disturbing are the 911 calls for help, reporting that a known person is making threatening text messages and harassing phone calls. In Lowell, Officer Burkus responded to one such call on April 22. He spoke to all the involved parties and told the suspect to stop making contact with the victim. Burkus also took a report and told the victim how to obtain an order of protection. This can either be the first step to safety for the victim or the first step that will escalate to more than just words. The only way that this can be that first step to safety is if victims call the police and ask for help, early and often.
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 The walkers will start after all the runners get going. Enjoy the post-race party on the square.
May 11 is Kids and Kites at the Sportsplex on North Street. Lots of activities for kids of all ages. Fly kites with the Mayor, plant trees and lots more to celebrate the arrival of spring.
April 12 -27 you can see the classic “The Graduate” adapted for the stage at Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso. Seating is limited so call early for reservations: (219) 464-1636, Ext. 1, or www.ChicagoStreet.org and check out their entire season of entertainment.
May 16: The cars are back on the square for the summer.
June 1 starts the Farmer’s Market on Main Street south of Joliet on Saturday mornings until the fall. Not all products that are sold there are home grown or hand made. There are some venders that sell their party business products. So if you can’t stand going to parties to buy things, you can stop buy on Saturdays to see if any of these venders set up shop next to the home grown produce and flowers. You will get a good look at the Carnegie building as it is being restored under the direction of restoration architect Jim Smith, once the Historic Preservation Commission signs off on the work. Hopefully the work can also get approved for façade grant assistance by the Redevelopment Commission.