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Updated: December 9, 2013 11:54AM



Happy Birthday

Oct. 11: Dr. Dan Beatty and Tami Janda share this day

Oct. 14: Greg DeLor, Crown Point fire chief

Oct. 15: Holly Cook and Michelle Ross share this day

Happy Anniversary

Oct. 13: Becky & Jason Krampen, 6 years

Oct. 16: Rochelle & John McNamara

It appears, according to a little birdie, that the action outside of Winfield Town Hall is more exciting than what is going on inside at the meetings. Allegedly a town developer cussed out some of the residents in his subdivision after a meeting.

The much anticipated turnaround in Crown Point building has really turned around. More retail, restaurant, commercial and industrial growth has been joined in full force by more single-family residential building. Now let’s hope that those spoiled brats in Washington don’t have their panties in such a bind that they don’t increase the debt ceiling and kill all chance of those projects becoming profitable. I am talking about in many cases both parties. Please excuse U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky from that list of spoiled babies. He has been trying to get people to work together. Even during “Mr. Conservative” President Ronald Reagan’s time in office he raised the debt ceiling to keep up with the bills the congress already committed to pay. President Dwight David Eisenhower spent a lot of federal money growing the economy by building roads and bridges. That cannot be outsourced. One of the new congressman said earlier in the week that his opponents have to give him something in return for reopening the government, so he and his friends can save face. If he hadn’t been so stupid in the first place he wouldn’t need to save face.

Think of it this way, if you and your household bought things on your credit card and then said, “Gee, I don’t think I am willing to pay my bills from the credit card companies,” and at the same time, “Sorry NIPSCO and real estate tax bills I don’t feel like paying you or my mortgage or insurance bills either.” Just what do you think would happen to you and your blue chip credit rating? As your furniture and all your personal belonging were piled on the sidewalk outside your house for all of your neighbors to see, what would your neighbors think of you, knowing you could have paid those bills?

Congratulations to Crown Point High School grad Casey Mihal who is now at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is now a tutor supervisor for the University Homework Hotline. The Homework Hotline is set up as a place for middle and high schoolers to receive help with their science and math homework problems. These college tutors do not do the work for the younger students, but help them learn how to understand and do the work themselves. Call (877) 275-7673 or visit www.AskRose.org. Mihal is a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering.

The Garden of Reflection at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point (the hospital) has set up a beautiful, peaceful area surrounding the Crucifix outside of Admitting. Bricks in the patio are available to be purchased at $250 each and will be engraved with your text. Maximum text is 3 lines, 15 characters and spaces per line. Visit www.FranciscanAlliance.org/Foundation or call 661-3401.

Oct. 11: St. Mary’s teacher appreciation walk-a-thon starts at 10 a.m.

Oct. 12: Story telling time is at 5:30 for young children and at 7 p.m. for older children and adults at the Indiana Dunes State Park. It is the 24th annual Northwest Indiana Storytellers Festival. They will stretch imaginations all day at the Wilson Shelter for ghost stores and storytelling all day at the nature center. There will be different themes including an open microphone time slot. There is no cost for the program, but the standard gate fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $10 per out-of-state vehicle. Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 East in Chesterton.

October 12 is also Blues, Brews ‘n’ BBQ sponsored by the Rotary at the fairgrounds. Great sounds, food, and beer. You have to be old enough and be able to prove it.

Oct. 13: The IHSAA state football tournament draw will be announced. Who will your favorite school be playing in the first round of Sectionals? Go to www.ihsaa.org from 6 to 7:30 p.m. CDT. The brackets will be posted on the IHSAA website at the end of the draw.

If you don’t have your tickets yet for the murder mystery dinner fundraiser “Bullets in the Bathtub” get them now. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at The Halls of St. George, 905 E. Joliet St., Schererville. It will be your chance to see Dan Rohaley, vice president of Fidelity National Financial Title Company, in cowboy attire. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their western wear! Enjoy a great dinner, partake in the murder and enjoy the silent auction. All this is to help Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana. Tickets are $50 per person. You can call Dan at 663-5160, he has some tickets, or the official line at 923-7265 for tickets.

Franciscan St. Anthony Health is offering Diabetes Education Classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September, October and November. Tuesday is from 1 to 3 p.m. and Wednesday 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday classes begin on Oct. 8 and Nov. 5 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.

MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome’s big fundraiser is Dec. 4, just in time for buying Christmas presents. Barnes & Noble is on Silhavy Road in Valparaiso. The book fair itself is from 3 to 8 p.m. Proceeds from this event will help MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome, their library, and information resources. You can buy on line until Dec. 9. If your child has this health problem you are not alone.



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