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Yep, the naysayers are right when they say Hobart is going to the dogs, but they aren’t telling the whole story. 

The dogs belong to police K9 units. Ten master trainers will attend a convention in Hobart from Sept. 26 to 30.

The dogs will compete in activities such as tracking, area search, article (water) search, deployment and a narcotics search. Officer Simon Gresser, who heads the Hobart K9 unit, thinks the city’s dogs will make a good showing. 

Did you know Hobart has four dogs? They help in searches throughout Northwest Indiana.

Paul’s Place closed June 4 and left us with many happy memories. At the City Council meeting June 1, Mayor Brian Snedecor honored Angie Ames with the Key to the City, he highest honor the city can give. In the past five years, only one other person received the honor, Bill Isakson.

Ames also received a bouquet of flowers. Mike Adams, Hobart Chamber of Commerce CEO, said the chamber made her a life member. 

Paul’s Place has been a chamber member almost from the group’s founding. The chamber has more than 400 members.

Ames will continue to be active in our community.

For seven years, the Hobart YMCA has honored active members 90 years and older with a breakfast attended by “Y” senior citizens and some members of the honorees’ families.

This year, the honor of being the oldest member went to George Christakis, who turned 97 on June 6. He was followed by Helen Neitzel, whose 97th birthday was June 8. Margaret Sandor will turn 97 in September. 

The “babies” of the group were Joan Zoladz and Chuck Thomas, both 92. Mary Tarr, 104, died earlier this year.

They agreed that staying physically active kept them healthy and added to their quality of life. Christakis swims from one-quarter to one-half mile six days a week. 

Joining him were his son, Dean, and daughter, Sandra Pero, and great-granddaughter Lilly Rose Petty, who is 9 months old.

The honorees were presented with birthday certificates.

Congratulations to Pat Romanchek for 25 years as a financial adviser for Edward Jones. He has had his office at the same location all that time. A large sign in the window proclaims, “Pat Romanchek Celebrating 25 Years with Edward Jones.” The sign was put up as a surprise by his secretary, Ruth Wilkinson, who has been with him for 24 of those years.

Members of the Trinity Lutheran School and Church set a fine example of citizenship for us each year. To observe Earth Day, they normally clean the church and school grounds, plus a three-block circle of the surrounding neighborhood. 

This year, due to inclement weather on Earth Day, the cleaning took place in late May. About 100 volunteers participated. 

Karen Nowak, who teaches at the school, was in charge and did a great job.

Congratulations to Merrillville artist Maryann Bodnar Bartman for earning first place at the 2011 Gateway to Imagination, a national juried art competition at the Farmington (N.M.) Museum.

“Arbor at Taos Pueblo” was selected for this honor by juror JD Challenger, a world-famous artist. The show opened May 6 and runs through July 9.

Calling all Hobart graduates and anyone who has taught in Hobart: A grand reunion named Brickiefest is planned from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Brickie Bowl.

There are many second-and third-generation Hobart High School graduates, but the Carl Bowman family has four generations: Carl, Class of ’41, and his wife, the former Josephine Smolenski, Class of ’44; daughter Brenda Kasperek, Class of ’69; grandchildren Jennifer Kasperek, Class of ’89, and Michael Kasperek, Class of ’92; Kasperek’s wife, the former Kristi Vasques, Class of ’94; and great-grandson Jacob Kasperek, Class of 2011.

Check it out! Jaycee Fest will run from June 24 to July 3 in the parking lot of the Strack & Van Til complex on the north side of 37th Avenue, just west of Indiana 51. As always, great bands will perform each night.



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