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Chloros family treats 900 seniors to free meal

Updated: November 30, 2011 4:24PM



As children, we were taught to say “thank you” for any gift or kindness received. But somehow, this courtesy is being used less and less.

Not so by members of the Mike Chloros family, who operate the Lakeview Restaurant in Hobart. As a way of thanking their customers, each year, they treat those ages 62 and older to a free turkey dinner the day before Thanksgiving, complete with soup, salad, turkey, dressing, rolls and dessert.

This was no small feat, since they served more than 900 guests this year. A big “thank-you” to the Chloros family from the seniors.

For many, this was their only Thanksgiving dinner.

It took the joint efforts of American Legion Post 54, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the city of Hobart to raise $3,200 to place an Army tank and an anti-aircraft gun at Hobart’s Veterans’ Park on 73rd Avenue, just west of Indiana 51.

The items will be placed in the spring, after the concrete pads are poured.

The money was raised through a raffle and contributions. The winners of the raffle were Alex Glowick, first; Gary Tyrrell, second; and Barb Wirtz, third. George Rainey sold more than 500 tickets; Betty Haslett sold more than 180.

On Friday, Dec. 2, the ladies from St. Ann’s Confraternity will serve their annual soup-and-salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the St. Bridget Fellowship Hall, 568 E. 2nd St., Hobart.

There will be a variety of soups and salads. Coffee and tea will be provided, and desserts will be available for an additional cost. Carryouts also will be sold. The cost is $4, and the doors open at 10, so you can browse the 15 vendors who offer holiday crafts and gifts.

It was a very surprised Tom Ehrhardt who was honored again for his many contributions to the betterment of the city of Hobart.

Mayor Brian Snedecor, on behalf of Gov. Mitch Daniels, presented Tom with the Governor’s Distinguished Hoosier Award. Tom is very modest, but we want him and his wife, Rosemary, to know we appreciate all he does for us.

There still is time to apply for vendor space at the Hobart Holiday Market, which will from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the two gyms at the new Police-Court Community Complex, 705 E. 4th St. Vendors will sell holiday crafts, gifts and decorations, plus sweets. Members of the Maria Reiner Senior Center will have a bake sale.

For vendor applications, call the special events director at 406-1938.

Many couples were married on Nov. 11 (11-11-11). One was retired Marine Col. Mike Adams and Janice Gornick. In lieu of wedding gifts, they asked guests to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Marines’ Toys for Tots program. A total of 337 toys were donated.

I promised not to tell who “cried like a little girl.” Almost everyone did at the beautiful ceremony, officiated by U.S. District Judge James Moody.



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