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Updated: October 24, 2011 12:17AM



Were you among the many people who attended the ribbon cutting at the Marie Reiner Senior Center?

If you were, you know what a treasure this seniors-only venue is to Hobart. It is a place where you can hang out with your friends or come to make new friends.

There are two pool tables for those who enjoy playing that sport. I’m told there is talk of forming teams.

The exercise equipment is geared toward senior-type workouts.

As soon as volunteer teachers are recruited, there will be computer classes a creative-writing class and genealogy classes.

These next few weeks mostly will be devoted to settling in, but Pamela Broadaway, the executive director, is open to suggestions.

Tom Ehrhardt, the board president and guiding light of the center, said it was needed, and he promised the City Council there would be 200 members when it opened. The opening date was Aug. 15, and paid membership topped 600.

The best part of this is, no taxpayer money will be used to operate the center.

The Marie Reiner Fund, through the Legacy Foundation, gave two grants totaling $193,600.

The rest of the funds have come through donations. The city is providing only the building.

Come check it out. Membership for Hobart residents is $10 per year, $20 for nonresidents.

For more information, call Broadaway at 947-1864.

The Hobart Special Events Committee has arranged the fourth annual Model Boat Races on our lakefront from 8 a.m. to dusk Sept. 9 to 11.

More than 75 participants will race 250 remote-controlled boats three feet or longer.

They will race from the Clock Tower just off Main Street and Third Street to the Lake George Dam.

The boat owners are from 28 states to date, plus France, the Bahamas and Canada. They are friendly people and enjoy discussing their hobby.

Last year, I enjoyed visiting with them as much as I did watching the races. They, in turn, said Hobart was a great place for the races because the people were so friendly.

Janet and Jim Herrick, members of the Special Events Committee, are responsible for bringing the races to Hobart.

Jim, a retired dentist and a great craftsman, has built a model of the Clock Tower that will be awarded to the lucky boat winner.

On Saturday evening, the Midwest Sundowners Club will fly model float planes on the lake between Third Street and the Lake George Dam.

It has been many years since Sister Francis taught at St. Bridget Catholic School. The Hobart native also taught English at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Ill.

Sister Francis will be honored Sunday for 60 years of service as a nun in the Order of Mantellate Servants of Mary. A reception will run from noon to 3 p.m. in the St. Bridget Parish Center.

Sister Francis grew up in Hobart as Marie Gresser, a member of that Hobart pioneer family.

Her siblings are Barbara (Keith) Huard of Munster; Bob (Phyllis) Gresser, who recently returned to Hobart after spending many years in Arizona; and Frank, Joe and Marge, all of Hobart.

It is hard to believe the 9/11 terrorist attacks were 10 years ago.

The day will be commemorated in many ways.

Four firefighters from Santa Clara, Calif., are making a 3,800-mile bicycle ride to raise funds for the families of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives.

Darrell Sales, his son, Darrell Dean, and David Lombardo are riding, and Fred Belligan is driving a support van. The group is scheduled to stop in Hobart on Monday at the fire station at 400 E. 10th St.



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