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Updated: May 4, 2011 5:26PM



Augustana Lutheran Church is the oldest congregation in Hobart. In 2012 it will celebrate its 150th anniversary. 

The church is looking for pictures of its history. A picture of past ministers is missing from its archive room. Fires in the church in 1932, 1933 and 2004, plus a fire in the parsonage in 1933, account for the loss of photos of the former church on Lillian Street and records of worship services and group activities.

All these items are needed for the booklet on the history of the church. Call Paula Isolampi at 947-2464 for more information or drop off items at the church, 207 N. Kelly St.

Today, May 5, is observed as World Day of Prayer. As in many years in the past, Hobart businessman Nino Bruscemi will host a gathering in front of the Hobart City Hall to join our voices in this observance. Representatives from many faiths, as well as that great choir from the Kiwanis Club, will be present. 

Please join us if you can or just take a moment to reflect on the many people all over the world who are having troubled times, and be thankful for our country. The program starts at noon and will last about 45 minutes.

As is fitting, the new Hobart City Court courtroom will be named for the late Anthony Cefali. Tony, as he was best known, was Hobart’s first city judge. He served in that post for 28 years.

For many years he was the only member of the Democratic Party serving the city. Tony and I go way back. We attended first and second grades together at St. Emeric School in Gary.

The Hobart Community Foundation will have its annual meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Hobart Chamber of Commerce building, 1001 Lillian St. There will be an election of officers and a terrific program. 

Parents as Teachers is doing wonderful work with parents of preschool children. I know — my great grandson, Will, is one of the children benefiting from the program.

Janet and Jim Herrick are two of Hobart’s very active volunteers who make living in Hobart special. As members of the city’s Special Activities Committee, they are responsible for bringing the model boat races to Lake George. They are also active in the Kiwanis Club. Jim is a former president of Hobart Industrial Economic Development Commission. 

They have birthdays one month apart, so they observe their birthdays at one party each year. This year they reached “the big 70.”

Their children — Jim Jr. and his wife, Sherry; Jeffrey and his wife, Jennifer; and daughter Cheryl and grandson Jacob — had 75 friends share in a written memory of the occasion in what they called a Fountain of Knowledge. They served a special lunch, which I am told was a blast of jokes. 

A belated Happy Birthday to this great couple!

The Answer for Pregnancy Aid will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an open house from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Hobart Community Center. When this group was formed, its mission was to help unwed mothers. Since then, it has found that many families need help with basic necessities for babies.

The open house, called the Shower of Love Donation Drive, will have vendors, a silent auction, refreshments and raffle baskets. Everyone attending is asked to donate a new baby item; cash is also welcome. 

They ask your club, church or business to get involved in helping. Their group’s motto is “Together We Can Make a Difference.” For more information call 947-2272.

The Marie Reiner Foundation will have its annual health fair and luncheon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19. Lunch will be served at noon. There is no charge to attend, but this event is for Hobart seniors only.

In her will, Marie Reiner donated funds to benefit Hobart seniors, defined as persons living within the corporate limits of Hobart.

The health fair will provide many tests, and there also will be many vendors who serve seniors. One booth will sell memberships to the Marie Reiner Senior Center, which is expected to open in mid-July. The membership fee is $10 for Hobart seniors and $20 for all others.

The program, provided by St. Mary Medical Center, will feature Dr. Peter Mavrelis. Registration is a must by calling the Senior Hot Line at 947-7777. The place is the Ambassador Banquet Center at 1967 E. 37th Ave., behind the Paragon Restaurant.



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