Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Bikes swiped, so Knights of Columbus ride to rescue ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — When the news broke late last month about the theft of bikes from the St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home in East Chicago, the Knights of Columbus St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Council No. 7473 took action. The Crown Point-based organization was answering the call to help when they delivered bikes to the home, a residential child care facility. Sister Maria Giuseppe, Provincial Superior at the home in East Chicago, thanked the Knights for walking in Jesus’s footsteps. She said in a thank you letter, “We are overwhelmed by your generosity in personally delivering so many wonderful bikes for our … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:29:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Safari hunt’ part of reading strategy at St. Mary ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — There was a little bit of monkey business to take care of during the recent first day of school at St. Mary Catholic Community School. Marlene Moreth’s kindergarten class went on a “safari hunt,” according to a press release from the school. The students were looking for their class AR (Accelerated Reader) monkey, Henry. After looking all around the building, they found Henry in Class 2A, where they also met their new second-grade reading buddies, the release said. Staff report … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:25:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ CP swimmer takes bronze medal in Maui ]]>

The Crown Point Swim Club head age group swim coach John C. Krick was so excited. One of his swimmers, Hannah Kukurugya, took the bronze medal in the 200 Butterfly finals at the 2014 Junior Pan Pac Championships in Maui, Hawaii. “She set another personal best time in the finals with a 2:09.68 and broke her current Indiana state association records in both the 15 and 16 year-old open age groups.” This time earns Kukurugya the rank of 33rd in the world and 8th overall for the USA rankings in this event. The events continued over Labor Day Weekend. Two … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:25:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Family Express eyes gas station near I-65 ]]>

CROWN POINT — A Family Express gas station and convenience store planned for U.S. 231 just west of the southbound entrance to Interstate 65 got a favorable recommendation from the Crown Point Board of Zoning Appeals on Aug. 25. The recommendation was for the city council to allow a special use for what would be the third Family Express in Crown Point. There has been a gas station at that location since the late 1950s, before the site became part of the city. It has been run as a gas station and small convenience store by Superior Petroleum and the … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:25:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Democratic candidate for state treasurer visits Crown Point ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — Mike Boland, the Democratic candidate for state treasurer, visited the 22nd Annual Northwest Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council’s steak fry/corn roast picnic at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Aug. 28. Lots of people were there to enjoy the beautiful day. With it being an election year, candidates from both major parties seemed to be everywhere, mixing with the rank and file union members. Politics were being discussed. Boland has some ideas on how the treasurer’s office should be run. To begin with, the Illinois transplant — who moved to Indiana to be closer to his grandchildren … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:29:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kitty’s Scratching Post for Aug. 28, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Happy birthday Aug. 28 Kelly Miller Aug. 29 Jill Ross shares this day with her dad, Allen Ross Aug. 30 Jessica Janda is 16 Sept. 3 Sue Landske Happy anniversary Aug. 28 Michelle and Mike Fajman Sept. 1 is Labor Day — no mail, no government offices open. It is time to celebrate our American workers. It would also help to say a prayer that more Americans are put back to work at living wages. It is time to remind our elected representatives to get the roads and bridges fixed. Those are good-paying local jobs. The city of Crown Point … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:20:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ LC building mishap is more smoke than fire ]]>

CROWN POINT — On Aug. 19 the Crown Point Fire Rescue Department went flying up to the Lake County government complex on North Main Street at 10 a.m. There was a fire in Building A. The building was evacuated and remained closed for the rest of the day. It did smell of smoke. “Some people can be bothered by the smell,” said Mark Baumgardner Sr., Crown Point Fire Department division chief of operations. “They were welding on Monday and it caught some insulation on fire and it smoldered for a while.” According to the Baumgardner, some of the walls on … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:17:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local USF instructors earn advanced degrees ]]>

FORT WAYNE — Teachers at the Crown Point campus of the University of St. Francis were among those honored at a scholarship banquet Aug. 19 on the main campus in Fort Wayne. Three Crown Point faculty members were recognized for completing advanced degrees in the School of Health Sciences: Kelly Elder, a nursing department instructor in Crown Point, received a master’s of science in nursing. Marsha King, dean of USF Crown Point, received a Ph.D. in nursing practice. Jeanette Zelhart-Smith, also a nursing department instructor in Crown Point, received a master’s of science in nursing. USF’s auxiliary school is located … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:17:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ 7th-grader rakes in gardening honors ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — Katelynn Neal has a very green thumb. She won the grand prize gardening award and the Green Leaf 4-H Garden Award at the Lake County Fair earlier this month. The Green Leaf award is a new award sponsored by Green Leaf Inc., a Fontanet, Indiana. manufacturer of agricultural products. Katelynn won a plaque and a $25 Visa gift card along with her title. She’s in seventh grade at Wheeler Middle School in Crown Point and is a member of the St. John Spitfires 4-H Club. And as a gardening grand prize winner, she’s a candidate for one … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:11:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Almanac for Aug. 28, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Aug. 28, 1914 Thirty-nine to sign the roll as the Day was spent in telling stories of the Civil War. A general good time was the order of the day. The Lake County Veteran Association held their annual meeting at the fair grounds last Tuesday, August 25th, and it was a success in every particular, and the day was perfect. The floral hall was used for a dining room, and the grand stand was occupied for the meeting. There was the usual music, speaking and talks by the Veterans and it was pronounced one of the best meetings ever held, … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:35:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Getting things done with the ‘Power of the Purse’ ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — Eleven years ago a few women started working together to get things done. It didn’t matter how much they could afford, they were all philanthropists in the Crown Point Community Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle. Once a year many of the women gather to decide where the money will go — an event known as the Power of the Purse. This year’s dinner was held Aug. 5 at Niemeyer’s Landscape Supply, which was turned into an outside patio garden by Wayne Gruber. At the Power of the Purse event, the women discussed new places to donate $9,900 — … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:11:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ How a Crown Point surgeon helps the world’s poorest patients ]]> Lead story image

A plastic and reconstructive surgeon from Crown Point has just completed not his second or third medical mission trip — but his 40th. Earlier this month, Dr. Nicholas Retson and his medical team traveled to Nicaragua for the second time this year, spending over 75 hours providing 44 procedures to patients. Most of the surgeries Retson’s team conducted remedied burn scars, deformities from past injuries, and, most commonly, cleft palate and lip conditions. Retson began volunteering on surgical missions in 1990, traveling to Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador and India to offer free surgeries to adults and children in need. … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:09:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ New upscale development headed to I-65 and 109th ]]>

CROWN POINT — At the Crown Point Plan Commission Todd Kleven, vice president of Hawk Development, brought news about his boss’s proposed development of the North Street entrance into to the city. This was done as a workshop so no vote was taken, but the commissioners did indicate that they liked the idea that he was presenting. To begin with there were no residential units in the presentation. The closest it came was a possible two hotels that Hawk Development and I 65 Properties are marketing to hotel chains that Kleven had met while was in Las Vegas at the … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:14:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Plans move ahead for lots at Broadway and 107th ]]>

CROWN POINT — On Aug. 11 the Crown Point Plan Commission approved changing two lots to be closer in size on the northeast corner of Broadway and 107th Avenue. They also approved the site development plan for both lots. This is in the same commercial subdivision where Strack and Van Til is located. These two outlots are separated from the primary area of the shopping center by 107th Avenue. Formerly known as lots Nos. 2 and 3 on the north side of 107th Avenue, these are the lots next to Broadway. They had not originally been platted as similar in … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:14:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rezoning likely for corner of Indiana and North ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — The Crown Point Plan Commission on Aug. 11 voted favorably on a request to rezone the northeast corner of Indiana Avenue and North Street from R-2 to a planned unit development, or PUD. This still has to go before the City Council since it is a rezone. The project was presented to the planners by Jeff Ban of DVG Engineering; with him at the meeting was Ted Rohn of Rohn Associate Architects and property owner Bob Rossman from Rossman & Associates. This property that is in line to become a Planned Unit Development will consist of 28 … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:12:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ 911 consolidation hits city with equipment costs ]]>

CROWN POINT — At both the Redevelopment Commission meeting on Aug. 11 and the Board of Works & Public Safety meeting on Aug. 13, Mayor Dave Uran asked the city to expend money to pay for all-new radio equipment. The money would be used to make the city’s radios work with the new county-operated 911 center. At the meetings, Police Chief Pete Land explained that this expense falls on each member of the community. “All the equipment we have has to be replaced,” Land said. There are different levels of equipment that can be chosen. According to Land the equipment … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:57:33 -0500