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HHS senior earns Eagle Scout status

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Updated: November 2, 2011 4:34PM



Too often, we read about young people who have broken the law or caused problems.

So I am happy to write about a special young man, Matthew D. Binder, a senior at Hobart High School. On Oct. 22, he was named an Eagle Scout, an honor that only about 4 percent of Scouts achieve. One requirement is to complete a special project that improves the community.

Binder, a former student at Trinity Lutheran School, chose to improve the area around the church bell tower. He removed the shrubs and laid paving blocks.

Binder comes from a Scouting family. His father was a Scout, and his uncle, Michael Binder, and cousin, Seth Binder, were Eagle Scouts.

Matthew is a National Merit Scholar finalist and a finalist in the U.S. Senate Youth Program. He had a perfect score in Advanced Placement U.S. history and scored a perfect 800 on the SAT history test.

Matthew praised his Scout master, Joe Larson, who has been involved with Troop 241 for 29 years. Twenty young men have become Eagle Scouts under his leadership.

For 53 years, the St. Thomas Council of the Knights of Columbus has honored one of its members with the Columbian Award, given for distinguished service to the council, community and church.

This year’s recipient is Joel Helding, a former Grand Knight of the St. Thomas Council and a Fourth Degree Knight. He and his family operated the concession stand at the 24-hour Relay for Life in Portage.

Each year, Helding works in the kitchen for the Mama Mia Spaghetti Supper. We know him for his sense of humor, but he also is a compassionate, caring person.

Joel and his wife, Betty, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

The Hobart Special Events Committee will sponsor its second annual Holiday Market on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Police Court Community Complex, where there is lots of space and great parking.

The committee is seeking vendors. This is a great chance for crafters of holiday items to sell their wares. Last year, decorations and sweet treats sold well.

For applications or more information, contact Raeann Trakas at 406-1938 or www.city.hobart.in.us.

Hobart senior citizens can get a free pass to all Hobart High School home sporting events at the HHS Athletic Office, Door 18.

Good news; the Country Lounge is under new ownership, and it is the “old” Country Lounge, where we all enjoyed dining. Zeb Vinovich must be smiling down on manager Butch Huntley and owner Hank Laninga.

In 1961, when the Rev. John Barley started the 1st United Pentecostal Church, his congregation included four or five families. Fifty years later, at least 200 people regularly attend services. The name was changed to the First Church, and his son, the Rev. Jonathon Barley, is the pastor.

Rev. John fills in as needed as senior pastor. During Pastor Appreciation Week, the congregation presented him with a golf cart.

At the start of each holiday season, Hobart senior citizens are treated to a play at Hobart High School. The event is made possible through the Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Fund.

This year’s play is “The Crucible,” written by the late Arthur Miller, and will be presented Sunday, Nov. 20. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 2 p.m., with the play at 3.

Registration is a must; call 947-7777.

Anyone interested in improving the fishing at Robinson Lake are invited to the Hobart Park Board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the Hobart Community Center. Tom Bacula, a Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist, will discuss the results of a DNR fish study.

For more information, call Sam O’Brien at 743-0679.



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