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Updated: July 27, 2011 4:50PM



Boyd Construction has been an important part of Hobart for 100 years.

The company built most of our sewers and built the Old Mill in 1914, which helped make Hobart a vital part of Northwest Indiana. Farmers from as far away as Michigan City came to have their grain milled.

In the early 1900s, Hobart had a great deal of timber. The mill made it into logs, which were shipped to Chicago for projects in what is now the downtown area.

In 1916, the company built the Third Street Bridge, east of what was then the Old Street Car Barns.

Vincent R. “Doc” Boyd Sr. started the company and set a good example for his children in public service. The foundations of many of our first church buildings were constructed for free.

I can attest to this public service because when I was mayor, I knew anytime the city needed extra heavy equipment, one phone call to Bud Boyd (Vincent Jr.) would bring whatever we needed, for free.

The original Lake George Dam was built by Doc Boyd in 1929. In 1989, Bud rebuilt the dam at almost no cost to the city. Most of the work done on Festival Park was done by the Boyds, along with citizen volunteers, at almost no cost.

Dick Boyd and his brothers, William and Robert, carry on their great family tradition. Hobart should be proud to have them.

Thank you for all you have done.

Is your garden producing more veggies than you can use? The Hobart Food Pantry is serving an average of 150 families per week and could use your surplus produce.

It also needs grocery bags — paper and plastic — plus nonperishable food and personal items. People on food stamps cannot purchase items such as soap and paper goods with them, so they depend on the pantry for help.

The next time you buy any of these items, if possible, buy one or two more to donate to help our less-fortunate neighbors.

Cash also is welcome.

The Chip and Charmer bowling team has been together 47 years. Members have changed, but some of the originals remain.

What makes these ladies different is, they donate their winnings to Hobart charities. This season, they donated $1,582 to the Hobart Food Pantry and $1,582 to the Hobart Humane Society.

If you are a “so-so” bowler who enjoys the company of other bowlers, Carole Cobble would like to hear from you. The team bowls at noon Wednesdays at Hobart Lanes. For more information, call Cobble at 942-7067 or Hobart Lanes at 942-0906.

I am not a fan of bumper stickers, but recently I spotted one that I would like to have. It reads, “God Bless Everyone — no exceptions.” Do you know where I can buy one?

One out of three isn’t bad. American Legion Post 54 sent three candidates to the state Officer of the Year competition. Police officer Joe Clemmons, firefighter Michael Haney and paramedic Ronald Reed Jr. had been awarded that honor by Post 54 and the First District. In the state competition, Reed finished first.

To us, all three are winners.

Members of the Friends of Robinson Lake thank those who made their rummage sale a great success. Chairman Zeta Allen said all proceeds from the sale will support and improve Robinson Lake Park.

They are working with the Park Board, Park Department and mayor’s office. All unsold items were donated to the Salvation Army and the Hobart Branch of the Lake County Public Library.

The Saint Joseph’s College Class of 1961 is observing its 50th reunion. Members will raise funds to renovate the Reflecting Pond Fountain. Ron Budzielek of Hobart is a member of that class. He owns Bud Insurance and, in order to raise funds for the project, he will walk 50 miles. Budzielek is asking friends to make pledges for each mile he walks.

The fountain has special meaning for Ron and his wife, Diana. He proposed to her there shortly after graduating. They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in October. The Budzieleks have five children, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. To pledge any amount, call Ron at 942-1028 or evenings at 942-3508.

A big welcome to all Hobart High School alumni who will attend Brickiefest on Saturday. At least 1,000 people are expected at the event, which will run from noon to 7 p.m. at Brickie Bowl.

For more information, visit www.brickiefest.org.



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