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Hobart police issue 100th newsletter

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Updated: June 1, 2011 3:28PM



Congratulations to Lt. Jack Grennes on the 100th issue of the Hobart Police Department Weekly Newsletter.

In March 2008, the newsletter started with 53 issues. Some 263 families receive mailings and more than 800 receive email copies.

Grennes modestly credits volunteers, including Marilyn Leach, a retired Lew Wallace High School teacher. She is responsible for the 263 mailings. Leach volunteers her time and printer to get the envelopes, address labels and stamps ready for mailing. 

Grennes said Leach also brings sweet rolls and donuts to help make the work more pleasant.

Erin Geib picks up the weekly police arrest blotter and summarizes it for publication. She is also a Neighborhood Watch block captain in the Hobart Baptist Church and School area. Alice Cope and Fran Hamilton, Hobart High School librarians, recruit students to help fold and seal the mailings.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, call Grennes at 942-1125, Ext. 1070. Each newsletter has a wealth of information on current scams in Hobart and Northwest Indiana.

Many residents have fallen for these scams, then called police. If you get calls or mailings about receiving gifts or money for which you did not register, call before you act.

For four years, the Hobart Community Foundation has recognized a volunteer of the year with $500 given to that person’s charity of choice. The Helen Galler Volunteer of the Year Award is named for the late Helen Galler, who was the first recipient.

This year, the award was given to Nick and Joan Holzmer, who have volunteered at the Hobart Food Pantry, St. Bridget Church, the St. Vincent DePaul Society and other groups.

Nick is an original member of the Rusty Pipes Band and the originator of the German Band.  He is the former owner of Kellan’s Florist, and Joan is a retired art teacher for the School City of Hobart.

They chose the Hobart Food Pantry to receive the $500.

On May 22, my latest great-grandchild, Matthew, was born. His parents are Liz and Getty Sikora. Big brother Will is 3 years old. His grandparents are Susie and Bill Sikora and Sandra and Rick Kuchta. 

I am giving you fair warning. For the next month or so, if you see me, keep walking unless you have at least 15 minutes to listen to stories about how smart or how cute he is. He raised his head and opened his eyes before he was one day old.

Liz and baby Matthew are doing great. The rest of us are walking on a cloud.

Work on the Maria Reiner Senior Center is on schedule. It should open in mid-July at the Hobart police-court-community building, 705 E. 4th St. Memberships are $10 per year for Hobart residents and $20 for all others. Forms are available at the clerk-treasurer’s office.

Today is the start of an exciting summer of activities. The Farmers’ Market is open from 2 to 7 p.m. on the corner of 3rd and Main streets. Tom Ehrhardt, a member of Hobart’s Special Events Committee who started the market, said about 20 vendors will participate.

Last year’s food vendors are returning, and so is that large fresh-vegetable vendor. 

New will be a farmer from Kouts featuring “home-grown” veggies. Also new will be a floral vendor from DeMotte.

The Hobart Arts League will display works of some members.

At 7 tonight at Festival Park, Joe Sibley will present a tribute to Kenny Rogers in the second summer concert.

On June 9, the Chorus of the Dunes will entertain, followed June 16 by the Hobart Youth Band.

Bring a chair (and a blanket just in case). The concerts are a great way to spend an evening.



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