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Hearts of Hope trees shine bright

Those beautiful crimson lights that decorate the Hearts of Hope trees outside the west side of St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart shine brightly this holiday season. They are funded by donations for cardiac research. Each light represents a donation made in honor of, or …

Bruscemi parade keeps Christ in Christmas

For 28 years, the holiday season in Hobart has opened with the Christmas Parade, sponsored by Nino Bruscemi. When Bruscemi came to the United States from his native Italy, one of the big differences he noticed was how Christmas was observed. He said in Italy, …

Chloros family treats 900 seniors to free meal

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 …

Higel voted top dancer at Tri Kappa event

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 …

HHS senior earns Eagle Scout status

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 …

Hobart earns Innovator Award

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 …

Cancer walk-athon is Sunday

In the 13 years that Phi Beta Psi sorority has sponsored the “Foot-in’ for a Cancer Cure” walk-athon, it has raised $266,000. This year, the walk will be dedicated to the memory of Dr. John O. Carter, who recently died of cancer. Phi Beta Psi, …

Hobart 9/11 services inspiring

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 was observed in Hobart with two special services. The Hobart Jaycees marked the day with a picnic at the City Ballpark. Proceeds will help purchase items for care packages to be sent to military personnel. The picnic was followed by …

Summer events wind down; model boats at Lake George

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer — and a wonderful summer it was, filled with so many exciting events. The last summer concert occurred Sept. 1. We owe Virginia Curtis and her crew a big thank-you for those 15 great programs, and the …

Senior Center a hub of activity

Were you among the many people who attended the ribbon cutting at the Marie Reiner Senior Center? If you were, you know what a treasure this seniors-only venue is to Hobart. It is a place where you can hang out with your friends or come …

Boyds mark century in Hobart

Boyd Construction has been an important part of Hobart for 100 years. The company built most of our sewers and built the Old Mill in 1914, which helped make Hobart a vital part of Northwest Indiana. Farmers from as far away as Michigan City came …

Parade a long tradition

This year, America will celebrate its 235th birthday. Hobart has celebrated Independence Day for the past 135 years with a parade and a series of events.  Bruce Weber from the Hobart Historical Society said his group has a picture of the first parade that took …

K9 event planned in Hobart

Yep, the naysayers are right when they say Hobart is going to the dogs, but they aren’t telling the whole story.  The dogs belong to police K9 units. Ten master trainers will attend a convention in Hobart from Sept. 26 to 30. The dogs will …

August events promise plenty of fun

Wasn’t July a great month for events to show off our city? We had hardly recovered from that great Fourth of July parade, so masterfully organized by Hobart Chamber CEO Mike Adams, when the Brickiefest hit us. Sponsored by the Hobart High School Alumni Association, …

Hobart police issue 100th newsletter

Congratulations to Lt. Jack Grennes on the 100th issue of the Hobart Police Department Weekly Newsletter. In March 2008, the newsletter started with 53 issues. Some 263 families receive mailings and more than 800 receive email copies. Grennes modestly credits volunteers, including Marilyn Leach, a …

Hobart church needs help with history

Augustana Lutheran Church is the oldest congregation in Hobart. In 2012 it will celebrate its 150th anniversary.  The church is looking for pictures of its history. A picture of past ministers is missing from its archive room. Fires in the church in 1932, 1933 and …

Bishop’s Ceremony honors 8th-graders

Recently, the annual Bishop’s Ceremony was conducted at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Hobart. It recognizes Boy Scouts in the Diocese of Gary who have completed work on the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII religious emblems.  Eighth-graders Jonathan Krienke and Brendan Mullaney received …