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The 10th anniversary of 9/11 was observed in Hobart with two special services.

The Hobart Jaycees marked the day with a picnic at the City Ballpark. Proceeds will help purchase items for care packages to be sent to military personnel.

The picnic was followed by a candlelight parade from the Doughboy Monument to Festival Park, where the Wolffgang Singers performed patriotic songs, followed by several speakers and a laser light show and slide show of local service personnel.

Holly Sandilla did a wonderful job coordinating the event, which was chaired by Christina Meadows. Mayor Brian Snedecor estimated that 1,000 people attended.

A community prayer service was conducted at Veterans Memorial Park. The speakers at the interfaith service were Robbie Stanley Halpern from Temple Israel, Pastor Jonathan Gosser from First United Methodist Church, and Imam Mongy El-Quesny from the Northwest Indiana Islamic Center.

The Clock Tower Model Boat Races played to packed houses. For the second year, Stew Barr of Indianapolis walked off with the trophy — a beautiful replica of the Clock Tower built by Dr. Jim Herrick, the husband of race coordinator Janet Herrick.

Janet did a great job, but she modestly credited her volunteers. Members of the Lions Club and Trinity Lutheran Church already have volunteered to help with next year’s race.

The participants were happy to be in Hobart, and merchants and restaurants were happy, too.

Membership at the Marie Reiner Senior Center has topped 1,000. Leni Vinzent is the 1,000th member. Rudy Pavletic’s Karate School has been a fixture on Third Street for many years, and he teaches a tai chi class to about 50 people at the Senior Center. He said he volunteers because it is his way of thanking the people of Hobart for their patronage.

Ruth Crawford will lead a genealogy class Tuesdays starting Oct. 4.

Hobart will be the site of the American Police Canine Association Fall Conference. Units from Toronto, Canada; Lima, Ohio; Concord and Wilmington, N.C.; Owensboro, Ky., plus many parts of Indiana will participate.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, through Friday, Sept. 30. The conference is not open to the public, but you likely will see the dogs and their handlers in Hobart and many other parts of the area.

Hobart’s four K-9 dogs always have done well in competitions.

Do you miss that great bean soup we all enjoyed at Paul’s Place? Angie Ames is serving bean soup and one other variety daily, except Mondays, at Ellney’s Bakery & Catering, 1995 W. Old Ridge Road (across the street from Ellenberger’s Tree Service). The soups are served carryout only.

Do you know anyone who has attended a president’s birthday party? You do if you know Tom or Jennie Steffus.

Tom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Steffus. Mrs. Steffus said the couple attended President Barack Obama’s birthday party at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Jennie received the invitation through her job at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Marine Ramon P. Cancel of Lake Station was killed in Vietnam 43 years ago. The bridge on Liverpool Road in the city recently was renamed in his honor. Army veteran Fred Villagran and American Legion Post 54 in Hobart helped purchase a memorial plaque.

Do you enjoy taking pictures of nature, clouds, sunrises and sunsets? The Friends of Robinson Lake is sponsoring a photo contest for Hobart residents.

All entries must be taken at Robinson Lake Park. Regular and digital photos are acceptable, and each contestant may submit up to four photos. The deadline is Dec. 31, and three prizes will be awarded. Each photo must have the name, address and phone number of the photographer. Send entries to: Friends of Robinson Lake — Photo Contest, P.O. Box 562, Hobart, IN 46342.



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