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Hobart earns Innovator Award

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Hobart is the first city in Indiana to have a paint recycling program.

That distinction earned the city Ivy Tech Community College’s Innovator Award.

Accepting the award were Mayor Brian Snedecor, Superintendent of Streets and Sanitation John Duback and Jeff Langbehn from Lake County Solid Waste Management.

Under the program, the Sanitation Department collects used latex paint of any color and recycles it. The paint, which becomes light gray in color, is offered to the public at $3 per gallon.

I have used this paint on my basement walls. It’s a very good value and also is attractive. To donate or purchase paint, call 942-6121.

The Kiwanis Club’s annual food drive, under the chairmanship of Larry Barrasas, collected enough nonperishable items to feed 150 families for two weeks.

The number of families needing help has soared from last year’s average of about 75 per week. Thanks to those who support this worthy cause.

NiSource, the parent company of NIPSCO, will donate $500 to a not-for-profit through its “Dollars for Doers” program when an employee performs 25 hours of volunteer service for that group. The donation comes from the NiSource Charitable Foundation.

Scotty Leir, a member of American Legion Post 54 in Hobart, recently performed the required hours and earned $500 for the post.

This is a great way to help a not-for-profit — first through the volunteer work, then through the NiSource donation.

Earlier this year, I told you about Ron Budzielek’s plan to mark the 50th anniversary of his graduation from Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer by walking 50 miles as a fundraiser for the school. Budzielek reports he finished the walk and raised $3,000.

Earlier this month, he and his wife, Diana, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In lieu of gifts, they asked family and friends to donate money or food to the Hobart Food Pantry. The result was $1,500 in cash and a large number of food items donated in their honor.

For 52 years, the Epsilon Zeta chapter of the Hobart Tri Kappa sorority has sponsored a fundraiser luncheon. Most years, the event featured vendors, a Bountiful Basket raffle, music and a fashion show.

This year will be different. The raffle remains, but there will be fewer vendors. The theme is “Brunch at Tiffany’s,” with a menu to match, including that great salad with the candied nuts.

But the biggest change will be the program. Eight local celebrities will perform their version of the popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars.” They have been taking lessons at Duneland Ballroom, and are prepared to dazzle us.

The luncheon will be Sunday, Nov. 6, at Avalon Manor Banquet Center, 3550 E. U.S. 30. Doors open at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Tickets, at $35 each, are available at the Hobart Chamber of Commerce, 1001 Lillian St., from sorority members or Juli Whiteman by calling 741-5854.

More tickets will be available this year, but the number still is limited. They will not be available at the door, and sales will stop one week before the event. So get your tickets early.

Congratulations to the Hobart Police Department and its K-9 Division for a successful Canine Conference. This is the first time the event was in Indiana.

Cpl. Simon Gresser, a Hobart K-9 team handler, received an award for excellence in service.



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