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Updated: September 17, 2013 2:03PM



Happy Birthday

Sept. 20: Dawn Long
Sept. 21: Tony Qualizza
Sept. 22: Charles Boilot
Sept. 25: J.T. Janda is 12 years old today — next year a teenager; watch out dad.

The City of Crown Point is repaving Clark Street from East to Main street, along with the alleys on the north to the new municipal parking lot north of city hall and to the south to Perry Court. City Engineer Tris Miles was told to get it done for under $30,000 with Walsh & Kelly to include paving, striping and ADHD access ramps at curbs. Walsh & Kelly did a very nice job on all of East Street and the rest of the city.

With the new dome going in the SportsPlex to be privately owned on land leased from the city, it will be interesting to see the final contract. My first question is if the city books a big tournament here, which the mayor likes to do, does the city get any revenue from the usage of the dome, since there will be increased expenses for the Police, Street and Fire-Rescue departments, which will have more work both in and outside of the SportsPlex? For that same reason of increased expenses of city personnel, but the city having no hotels, will there be any sharing of revenue generated by the hotels outside of the city of the revenue generated by the tourneys booked into the city or is this just to benefit the region? Hasn’t anyone north of Crown Point figured out that the word “region” is not a compliment? It is even a derogatory term in Indianapolis.

Sept. 21: St. Mary school golf outing at Pheasant Valley Golf Course. If interested call Dennis Pokropinski at 808-4006 to find out more and see if there are any spots still open for this Saturday.

Hello autumn: The autumnal or fall equinox is on Sept. 22. This equinox brings autumn to the Northern Hemisphere. The other seasonal dividers are: Dec 21, the winter solstice, is the darkest day of the year when the sun reaches its most southern point in the sky and is the start of winter. March 20, the vernal equinox, is the day that day and night are each approximately 12 hours long. The sun crosses the celestial equator going northward. It is the first day of spring. June 21, the summer solstice has the most daylight of the calendar year. The sun reaches its most northern point in the sky. After this day the daylight starts getting shorter. This is the start of summer.

Jerry Ross is coming to Crown Point for a book signing and fundraising event at the old Lake County Courthouse on Sunday, Sept. 22. The courthouse foundation will be celebrating the 135th anniversary of the building. Ross will be signing his book in the rotunda, and all proceeds of book and CD sales will be donated by Crown Point’s very own astronaut to the foundation. There will also be a silent auction, and a cake reception, as well as games on the lawn for kids. Lots of fun to be had by all.

September 25 is Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day. She is the founder of the Special Olympics.

September 25 is “Smart Phone Workshop” at First Financial Bank at 11890 Broadway (corner of Broadway and US 231) from 6 to 7 p.m. You are invited to learn how to get the most out of your iPhone or Android. RSVP to Judith Mariola at Judith.mariola@bankatfirst.com or call 226-2066 This is a free event. Thank you Andrew Kyres, VP at FFB. You have great events.

Sept. 27-29: Covered Bridge Harvest Fest at the fairgrounds. Lots of fun every day and it helps the Lake County Special Olympics and the upkeep of the buildings in the fairgrounds. Every day has something that is fun for the entire family. Music, face painting, food — lots of food and entertainment.

October 6 is the annual Fire Prevention Open House at the Fire Department. It is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” There will be hot dogs, chips, popcorn, beverages and desserts available. The EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home) trailer will be there for kids, there will be a vehicle extraction demonstration, and kids will be able to take a look inside the fire trucks and ambulances and participate in hands-on activities. There will be fire truck rides available, kids can try on fire gear and the coloring contest winners from the local elementary schools will be announced and receive prizes. All coloring contest participants’ work will be displayed for viewing. It is a fun day.

Franciscan St. Anthony Health is offering Diabetes Education Classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September, October and November. Tuesday hours are 1 to 3 p.m. and Wednesday’s are 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday classes begin on Oct. 8 and Nov. 5th and Wednesday classes begin on Oct. 9 and Nov. 5. There are four sessions for each class and participants need to start with the first session. The classes will take place in the Burrell classrooms, located on the hospital’s lower level. Registration is required. Program fees are covered by most insurance companies. If you are interested, check with your insurance before registering. Medicare A and B does cover a series of classes one time and individual appointments yearly, if needed, after classes. Call 757-6268.

Be on the watch out for a murder mystery dinner/auction coming in October at the Halls of St. George. For those of you that can afford $50 per ticket, a great Western murder mystery will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana. It is called “Bullets in the Bathtub.” More to come, keep watching.

October 5 is Oktoberfest in Crown Point from 3 to 11 p.m. on South Main Street — mark your calendar. The city is also accepting applications for vendors. Contact Special Events at 662-3290. Spaces fill up quickly.

October 5 is a popular day for events. Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 7667 East 109th Avenue, Winfield (Crown Point for Google Map) is hosting its annual Fall Fantasy. The dinner this year is catered by Teibel’s and there is a fashion show for men as well as the women, and both live and silent auctions. For ticket information call Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to the parish office at 661-0644.

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is coming to Ft. Ouiatenon, West Lafayette Oct. 5 and 6 — be ready. Check it out at www.tippecanoehistory.org or www.tcha.mus.in.us/feast.htm. This is the 46th year for the festival held along the banks of the Wabash River. The Feast gets its name from the moon cycles of the Miami Indian calendar. Recreated military units, period artisans, craftspeople musicians, voyager canoeists, civilian encampments, and Native American cultural presentations about the time period portrayed. Great for all ages and people that love to eat. They even have free parking and shuttle buses from Ross-Ade Football Stadium at PU.



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