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CHS debate coach Chris Lowery honored for putting Duneland on the Map

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Chesterton High School Speech & Debate Team Coach Chris Lowery was the recipient of this year’s Putting Duneland on the Map Award, presented at the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Chamber and Awards Luncheon on Wednesday at Allure on the Lake.

Presenting the award was Duneland Schools Superintendent Dr. Ginger Bolinger. This year Lowery not only coached Speech & Debate to its fifth consecutive IHSSFA state title--at which CHS students won three out of five individual events--he also took nine to the National Speech and Debate Association’s national tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in June. “This is one of the largest academic competitions in the world, with close to 1,300 schools vying to win,” she said. “Nine of our brightest Duneland students completed, making our region proud.”

Bolinger then offered a sampling of the praises which Lowery’s students have heaped upon him: “One of the most intelligent and helpful teachers in the school”; “He’s an amazing debate teacher”; “Lowery is the bomb, nuff said.”

“We are grateful to have such a dedicated member of our community not only put the Chesterton High School Speech & Debate Team on the map, but that he selflessly gives of his time and shares his passion of debate with the next generation,” Bolinger said.

Lowery teaches social studies at CHS.

New Construction:

Chesterton Fiber Optic Network

Winning the first of two New Construction Awards: the Town of Chesterton and NITCO for the Chesterton Fiber Optic Network, which already boasts 44 business customers.

Presenting the award was Redevelopment Commission Member Jeff Trout. “Wanting to become a leader for economic development, the Town of Chesterton understood that in order to attract new business and keep the ones that were here technological innovation was going to be necessary,” Trout said. “The Town Council realized that technological infrastructure was the way to go. A fiber optic network would be a massive advantage for Chesterton’s business community and luring businesses to call our community home.”

Operating the network under a 25-year contract is NITCO. “The partnership between the Town of Chesterton and NITCO was a natural fit,” Trout said. “NITCO has been in business for over 125 years, connecting Northern Indiana to the rest of the world. We are fortunate to have this great technological leader in our community.”

New Construction:


Winning the second New Construction Award: StoryPoint, the senior living community nearing completion on Dickinson Road, with 120 independent living apartments and 43 enhanced living units for those in need of a higher level of care.

“As a larger segment of our community moves into their golden years, a need has arisen for different housing options to make these years comfortable,” Trout said. “We have been fortunate to have StoryPoint build a beautiful senior living community within our own.”

“StoryPoint has brought many jobs to the community through the construction of the building and now as the facility is staffed,” Trout added. “We are grateful to have such a beautiful community within Duneland that allows our most treasured residents to stay in the community they love. We are all certainly richer for such a great facility in our backyard.”

Renovation: Allure on the Lake

Presented with the Renovation Award on Wednesday was Troy Clark, owner of Allure on the Lake--formerly the Waterbird Inn Banquet Center--and of The Allure in LaPorte.

Presenting the award was Kirk Futrell. “In 2017 this beautiful hall looked very different from the one we sit in today,” Futrell said. “No attention to detail was spared in the renovation of this hall, from the reclaimed wood that was burnt with an ancient Chinese technique to the handmade light fixtures. It is clear to see that Troy poured his time, dedication, and heart into this building.”

“Since its opening, The Allure has hosted over 300 of life’s most special moments,” Futrell noted. “With a space that is flexible for all sorts of events, The Allure is a true asset to have in our community. When a facility like this opens in our area, not only does it create economic development for our community, but for surrounding communities as well. From bakers to florists to drivers, everyone benefits from this beautiful banquet facility in our own backyard.”



Posted 7/20/2018




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