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Updated: November 15, 2013 9:39AM



Happy Birthday

Nov. 6: A lovely young lady named Scarlette turned 11— a very bad birdie didn’t tell me earlier.
Nov. 14: Nikki LaDuke
Nov. 15: Deacon Chris Stanish

November 15: Double lighting in C.P. Crown Point will flip the switch turning on the Christmas tree lights at 5:30 p.m. on the east side of old courthouse. After singing and hot drinks everyone is asked to go to the tank at Main Street and Goldsborough for the lighting of the war memorial in support of our troops.

Salvation Army Red Kettles are up and out. Please be generous. Remember it is bad luck to walk past a bell ringer without putting at least a few coins into the Kettle, every time. Santa knows if you’ve been good or bad, so be good for goodness’ sake. Seriously, the Salvation Army has been serving the U.S. for more than 130 years. Nearly 30 million Americans have received assistance from the Kettle Drives. If you don’t need them be grateful and help someone else, we are our brothers’ keepers.

The Knights of Columbus Council 7473 is holding a Christmas coat drive from now until Dec. 13. They are asking for new or slightly used clean coats for children and adults. The Knights have a big decorated Christmas present box in the parish halls of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church at 509 W. Division Rd., near Lake Eliza, and Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 7667 E. 109th Ave. in Winfield. Help keep someone warm this winter.

Two weeks until Turkey Day: Make up a list of what you are thankful for and tell people about it as you eat Thanksgiving Dinner. Little things, big things and stuff in between.

November 30th starts everything: National Small Business Saturday — shop locally; Crown Point Santa Parade from Jewel to the square with Santa on a fire truck — what fun; Santa in residence in the old courthouse from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Crown Point holiday shopping booths in the Maki Ballroom on the first floor, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk around the Square and see how the year-round businesses have decorated and what great gifts they have for you to give. Lots to look at and lots of presents to buy, from A to Z, boots to picture frames and things to go in your tummy. Both of our new steakhouses might even be opened by then. If not, have tea, or tacos, or baklava.

The Lake of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force has been busy. In October 2013 it answered 89 calls. Of those, 76 were for emergency services (paramedics) and 13 were for fire and rescue services. That is almost three times each and every day. Yes, there are two paid paramedics on duty around the clock. For every call that comes in at the same time as the “on duty” crew is answering a call, more paid paramedics have to be called in to respond. A minimum of 13 times during the month volunteers had to come in to one of the two LOFS stations and take out a fire truck or two, or three. You have to have four people to be meet State of Indiana standards to take each truck out of the firehouse. The volunteers never know if that call is going to last 15 minutes or 15 hours. Can you call in your place of employment and say I can’t come in today; I am still fighting a fire from the night before? Thanksgiving is coming — remember to thank a firefighter.

In the city of Crown Point, the Fire-Rescue Department has a paid professional force. Big enough for the first engine and two ambulances, after that it is also volunteers. The city has two more ambulances — that means four paramedics/EMTs have to be called in to staff those vehicles. If more than that are needed, they have to call in the nearby fire stations in other communities to help. They like to come and man the station in Crown Point — the Women’s Auxiliary does a great job of feeding them.

It is that time of year. The Crown Point Fraternal Order of Police needs your help. It is time for “Shop with a Cop” event this holiday season. Make a donation by mailing your check to the Crown Point FOP, P.O. Box 603, Crown Point, IN 46307 or drop it off at the Police Department, 126 N. East St. One hundred percent of the funds gathered will go towards the children.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, if the spending caps were waived there would be 800,000 new jobs by the end of 2014. That would be 800,000 more people that would be paying taxes to pay for the removal of the spending caps. That same Budget Office says that the current budget deficit has gone down to 3.4 percent of our GDP. Wouldn’t those 800,000 people employed and paying taxes help reduce our deficit even more? I guess I have never been able to understand why the Chamber of Commerce would not be screaming to have the government spend money on our infrastructure so more people would be working and buying stuff. Then more people would be working. They could buy little things like houses, cars, shoes, entertainment, travel and food stuff like that. I almost forgot, more people could buy stocks and bonds and reinvest in us and U.S.

The Town of Cedar Lake is looking for residents to fill vacancies on various boards and commissions: Redevelopment Commission, 5 vacancies; Plan Commission, 1 vacancy; Police Commission, 2 vacancies, 1 Democratic and 1 Republican; Storm Water Board, 1 vacancy, Democratic. Pick up an application at the Cedar Lake Town Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or online at www.cedarlakein.org. Applications must be submitted in person at the Town Hall. Proof of residency is required as is political affiliation where applicable. Application deadline is Dec. 1.

MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome’s big fundraiser is Dec. 4, just in time for buying Christmas presents. Barnes & Noble Booksellers is on Silhavy Road in Valparaiso. They are open to shop all day. The MAAP bookfair 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 health problem you are not alone.

Franciscan Alliance is expanding its spiritual care services to cyberspace. An E-Chaplaincy program was launched Oct. 21 and is available to all. The site locally is www.franciscanalliance.org/crownpoint. Get online to get forms. Visitors should click on “Patients & Visitors” and then on “e-chaplaincy” found on the left side of the page under “As a patient.”

The Garden of Reflection at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in 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/spaces per line. Visit www.FranciscanAlliance.org/Foundation or call 661-3401.



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