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Winter auto checks offered at Career Center

Updated: October 29, 2012 6:25AM



It seems as though the trees are losing leaves earlier, and the fall colors are beginning to make their appearance before expected.

Sooner than we expect, and before we want, the north winds will blow those ice cold days our way. Now is the time to get your vehicle checked to make sure it is ready to carry you through winter without problems.

There are some kind and know-ledgeable instructors and students at the Porter County Career and Technical Center that have a gift for all of us. They are offering their expertise and service to ensure our cars, vans and trucks are ready to roll.

The automotive students, our future mechanics, will give vehicles a winter checkup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the career center on the corner of Evans Avenue and Lafayette Street in Valparaiso.

If you are unable to get there this Saturday, these super students will be there for you again Oct. 6 — same time, same place.

These young men and women are giving their time and talents to help keep their neighbors’ wheels safe. That makes them pet persons of the week.

Thank you to all of you who care about all of us in our cars.

If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt or friend of anyone with little ones, you are probably aware of the rising cost of children’s clothes.

Sometimes that adorable outfit or those cute shoes are far too expensive for your pocketbook. But, we are in luck!

The Mothers and More group is hosting a Fall Kids Closet Sale starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Butterfield Pavilion at the old fairgrounds on Evans Avenue in Valparaiso. With so many new and used clothes, toys and “stuff” to choose from, you’ll feel like you are in an elite children’s store.

Admission is $2 from 8 to 10 a.m. and $1 thereafter.

What a super time to purchase some neat, affordable items while helping the Mothers and More group raise funds to improve the lives of moms needing support through education and advocacy.

If you are a mom and interested in joining the national organization, visit mothersandmore.org.

My husband and I are both sports fans, and enjoy watching all sports in person and on television. But I have to admit I really don’t understand why almost every major league baseball player has to slow the game down each time he bats by redoing his batting gloves after each pitch, and then rearranging parts of his anatomy. Even more yucky is the constant need to spit.

I wish one of them (maybe Jeff Samardzija or Ron Kittle) would write an article explaining these actions, ’cause I think if any of us acted that way in public, we’d be arrested, or at least strongly reprimanded, especially if you’re a youngster trying to emulate your favorite player.

It sure would be more fun to watch the games without all those antics.

Oh, well, baseball season is almost over. Soon it will be time for basketball, and there’s no spitting on the court!

Whoops, I guess I’m ending with a pet peeve.

Keep smiling, and I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.

Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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