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Two Hobart teachers honored for excellence

Congratulations to Dean Wolff and Rhiannon Jolliff for being named “Teachers of Excellence” in recognition for their dedication, compassion and knowledge.

Jolliff has been a first-grade teacher at Martin Elementary School in Hobart for the past eight years.

Wolff, the founder and director of the Wolffgang Singers, has been teaching music to students in every grade from kindergarten to 12th. He works with the drama department at Hobart High School, helping with their many productions.

On an interesting note, another honoree, David Lashenik, fifth-grade teacher at Liberty Intermediate School in Chesterton, is a Hobart High graduate and a member of the well-known Hobart family. Members of the family were part of the Hobart Fire Department.

Again, congratulations, the honor is well deserved.

During the holiday season we are all more apt to volunteer our time.

But volunteers are needed to some degree or other all year round. The success of many projects reflects this.

In reviewing the many events held in Hobart, I see what a great part volunteers played. The Kiwanis Chili Supper, which will be held later this month, always has many people helping make the wheels go around.

In February, the Mama Mia Spaghetti Supper, and the Dam Duck Race in August, raise funds for the Hobart Industrial Economic Development Corp., which in turn is returned to the city’s not-for-profit organizations in the form of grants. These events bring many visitors to Hobart.

Virginia Curtis and her “gang” could use help each Thursday at the summer concerts. The group sells hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks during the concerts.

The treats are very reasonable and the funds raised help fund the events sponsored by the City Improvement Committee. To volunteer at the concerts, call the Hobart Chamber of Commerce at 942-5774.

The Special Events Committee, under the direction of Raeann Trakes, brought the farmers marke to Hobart each Thursday at the corner of 3rd and Main streets.

This event made it possible for residents to purchase locally grown produce as well as a number of other products. My special favorites were the cheese booth, where you could buy blue cheese that was out of this world. Another favorite was those wonderful barbecue ribs. The committee expects more vendors. This event brought about 1,000 to 1,500 “out-of towners” to Hobart.

Janet and Jim Herrick are almost personally responsible for bringing the International Model Boat Race to Hobart on the first weekend in September. The races are coming back, bigger and better!

The Special Events Committee also brought us the Christmas Market in early December. Again, all these events need volunteers! You can work as little or as much as you like. Call 406-1938.

Our July Fourth celebration, which lasts four or more days, has been going on for more than 100 years. It is one of the oldest in the state. This past year’s parade held a special meaning for me because I was honored to be named the parade marshall.

Under the administration of former Mayor Linda Buzinek, Hobart acquired the former Hobart Middle School. Mayor Brian Snedicor and his crew have turned the building into a court/police/civic center. Recently the new courtroom was named in honor of the late Judge Anthony Cefali. The building also houses the Maria Reiner Senior Center.

Pam Broadaway is doing a great job as director. It offers a weekly lunch on Tuesdays and breakfast on Thursday. If you are age 55 or older and would like to “get in shape,” the center offers some great workout equipment. There are dozens of activities. Check them out!

Hobart is on the move and bringing in more and more visitors. The year 2012 should be great!



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