Higel voted top dancer at Tri Kappa event
November 16, 2011 3:22PM
Updated: November 16, 2011 4:26PM
The annual luncheon sponsored by the Epsilon Zeta chapter of the Tri Kappa sorority was a huge success.
About 500 people attended the event, some because of the chance to watch a local version of the popular ABC TV show “Dancing with the Stars.”
The local stars were Peggy Buffington, Hobart superintendent of schools; former mayor Linda Buzinec, Councilman Jerry Herzog, Michelle Higel from the Center for Possibilities, Gretchen Coubal, who operates a yoga center; Rikki Gutherie, a member of the Hobart School Board; Scott O’Kelly, a Hobart firefighter; and Dan Murchak, a member of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.
The winner, who was chosen by popular vote of the attendees and a panel of judges, was Higel.
Each year, the sorority awards a continuing education scholarship to a woman who is resuming her education after being out of school for at least five years. This year, two scholarships were awarded.
Margaret (Eich) Abernathy, former Hobart resident but presently living in DeMotte, received $1,500 to attend the College of Court Reporting.
She is married to Darin and has three children — two daughters, ages 22 and 21, and a son 17.
Lori Pall of Valparaiso received a $500 scholarship to attend Indiana University Northwest in Gary. She is a single parent with two children, a daughter age 16 and a son age 13.
Hobart VFW Post 5365 is always looking for ways to help our service personnel.
The most recent way members have raised funds is through a program called Cell Phones for Soldiers. They collect old cell phones, then sell them to a recycling center.
The money raised is used to purchase telephone calling cards for deployed service personnel, so they can call their families.
The post, at 5th Street and Ohio Street, is an official drop-off site.
Hobart Police Chief Dave Evans also has provided a drop box at the police station at 705 E. 4th St.
Before dropping off a cell phone, terminate the service.
Post 5365 also is collecting names of deployed Hobart soldiers to receive free phone cards.
Names may be submitted online by visiting the website www.cell
phonesforsoldiers.com and clicking on “Request Free Talk Time for a Military Member.”
For 22 years, Ron Jackson has raised funds to purchase bullet-proof vests for Hobart police officers. He does this through a model railroad swap-and-sell meet.
This year’s event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at the St. Bridget Catholic Church Parish Center, 101 Center St. Admission is $3 per person, but children younger than 12 get in free.
Vendors who want to sell items can reserve a table at $15 each. For more information, call Jackson at 942-8940.
In my last column, I told you how the congregation at The First Church honored Senior Pastor John Barley on the 50th anniversary of the church.
On Oct. 30, Mayor Brian Snedecor presented Barley the Key to the City. This is the highest honor the mayor can give.
Pastor Barley is the first member of the clergy to receive this honor.
Monday, Nov. 21, will be the last meeting of the Bishop Noll Circle of the Daughters of Isabella.
This group is an auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus. The Bishop Noll Circle is disbanding after 85 years.
The final meeting is a luncheon at which members will conduct the installation of officers of the Lowell and East Chicago circles. The event will be at the Hobart Elks Lodge, 3580 W. 61st Ave.
For more information, call regent June Behnke 942-3337 or regent Evelyn Lisek at 942-7484.
Oops! In the story about Eagle Scout Matthew Binder, I gave the wrong troop number. Matthew and Scoutmaster Joe Larson are members of Troop 42.
His uncle, Michael Binder, and cousin, Seth Binder, are members of Troop 241.
Sorry about the mistake.