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Updated: October 22, 2013 1:15PM



Happy Birthday

Oct. 25: Marilyn Kaper

Oct. 27: Shelly Beatty

Oct. 28: Band of Brothers pipe and drum band of firefighters

Oct. 30: Trish Cichoracki

Thank you U.S. Senators Dan Coats, a Republican, Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, and U.S. Reps. Pete Visclosky, D-1, Andre Carson, D-7, Susan Brooks, R-5, and Todd Young, R-9, for voting to raise the debt ceiling and be able to pay our bills. These people voted to pay for what Congress has already voted to buy. Here are the people that do not want to pay for what the Congress already bought: U.S. Reps. Larry Bucshon, R-8, Luke Messer, R-6, Todd Rokita, R-4, Marlin Stutzman, R-3, and Jackie Walorski, R-2. I can understand and respect someone who works to prevent us from buying something we cannot afford, or even shouldn’t spend our money on. I have no respect for someone that will not pay for what we have already bought. That is like the little kid that says, “If I can’t get my own way I’m going to take my ball and bat and go home.” In Indiana they should not fear the tea party part of their party, but should run from it. The tea party is why we have one Republican and one Democratic senator. If Dick Lugar had been nominated he probably would have beaten Donnelly.

The Garden of Reflection at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point (the hospital) is 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.

This may be your last chance. If any tickets are left, get them now for the murder mystery dinner “Bullets in the Bathtub.” 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 of Fidelity Nat’l Financial Title Company in cowboy attire. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their western wear! Enjoy a great dinner, partake in the murder mystery and enjoy the silent auction. All this is to help the 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, 923-7265.

October 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. is the Crown Point elementary students’ Halloween Party in the Crown Point High School cafeteria. There will be games, a movie, trick or treating, a haunted house and a cake walk. Wear a costume! Bake sale proceeds to benefit Rebuilding Together. This is sponsored by the Crown Point High School Key Club.

Halloween is here; be ready for little ghosts and goblins ringing doorbells for treats.

Franciscan St. Anthony Health is offering diabetes education classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in November. Tuesdays are from 1 to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday classes begin on Nov. 5 and Wednesday classes begin on Nov. 6. 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. Program fees are covered by most insurance companies. If you are interested, please 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

Crazy Bunco is coming: If you love to laugh and have fun you can do a doubleheader in one week. On Sunday, Nov. 3, Crazy Bunco is at the Crown Point Fire Station, 126 N. East St. Brought to you by the Ladies Auxiliary. Tickets are $10 each and get you lunch and unlimited Bunko fun. Doors open at noon and play starts at 1 p.m. Call 662-3248 for information about tickets. Not done yet! On Friday, Nov. 8, Crazy Bunco is at the Four Seasons Fire House #1 just south of the Four Seasons at 745 West 275 South in Winfield Township. The fun starts at 6 p.m., so come for food and fun. Call Cathy Waitkus at 746-6827 or email cwaitk@aol.com. Tickets are $13; reserve ahead of time and get a bunco buck for reservation.

MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome’s big fundraiser is Dec. 4, just in time for buying Christmas presents. Barnes & Noble Bookseller is on Silhavy Road in Valparaiso. They are open to shop all day but the fundraiser bookfair 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 online until Dec. 9. If your child has this heath problem you are not alone.

If you love to fish for walleye the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife has successfully brought stocking to LaPorte. Last year two walleyes around 27 inches were collected near the channel that connects Pine Lake to Stone Lake and are believed to have come from the DNR 2002 stocking. They have done it again. DNR released more than 4,000 walleye fingerlings into the lake with the average at 7.5 inches and which should reach legal size of 14 inches in two or three years. Did you know that walleyes as well as cat fish are being raised by inmates at Terre Haute’s federal prison? The DNR and Federal Bureau of Prisons have a partnership to raise fish. I did not know that and find it interesting. Always nice to know that ex-politicians have something creative to do while sitting in federal prison. They always were a little fishy.

The “Go FishIN in the City” program is part of this. It enhances fishing opportunities in Indiana’s small urban areas. The only lake around here was a recent release of about 1,000 catfish that are about 13 inches long in Robinson Lake in Hobart. Fancher Lake in the Lake County Fair Grounds is stocked every spring with 1,000 rainbow trout that are 11 inches long. Happy fishing from the DNR.



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