Commissioner -- and long-time Chesterton Police Reserve Lieutenant -- John
Schnadenberg is the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s Serviceperson of the
received the honor at the Chamber’s annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday at
Sand Creek Country Club.
award was Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski, who noted that Schnadenberg
is not only a “hands-on type of supervisor” who is often “the first if not
only Street Department employee” to respond when “after-hours assistance” is
needed--SOP for Schnadenberg since his appointment in 1985--but that he has
also served with the Police Reserves for 32 years, beginning in 1987.
Schnadenberg has volunteered “just short of 9,000 hours” to the Reserves,
the equivalent of four and half work-years; was a member of the CPD’s
Emergency Response Team during the entirety of its tenure; and was
recognized by the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police in 2013 with its
Community Service Award. “There is not a single officer, full-time or
otherwise, who would not be happy to have or see John working with or beside
them,” Cincoski said.
“Many years ago, my
father told me to watch a man and his work,” Cincoski added. “And if the
qualities, deeds, and impressions you receive leave you with the belief that
that person has their act together, pay attention, because they are somebody
and they are going somewhere. My father would be proud to meet the recipient
of this year’s Serviceperson of the Year award. John’s sense of duty and his
commitment surpass all our definitions of service.”
accepting the award, thanked his wife, Karan, especially, for her “support
and patience,” and Cincoski himself for keeping the Reserve program strong.
“It’s been a
pleasure to serve,” Schnadenberg said, “and I think everyone who has the
time should serve the community.”
Putting Duneland on
The recipient of
this year’s Putting Duneland on the Map Award: the Chesterton Tribune,
founded in 1884 by Arthur Bowser and since 1928 under the ownership of the
award was Lorelei Weimer, executive director of the Porter County
Convention, Recreation, and Tourism Commission, who opened her remarks with
the grim fact that, since 2004, one in five locally owned newspapers has
been shuttered, while many others have been, or under threat of being,
gobbled up by national chains.
Tribune is the only newspaper that gives in-depth coverage on the
Duneland communities,” Weimer said. “What makes the Chesterton Tribune
unique is they devote the space needed to cover the story adequately, versus
other newspapers whose articles are written to accommodate a specific amount
of column space.”
quality of the Chesterton Tribune is how generous they are in
publishing community press releases and community photos,” Weimer also said.
“Think about the people, businesses, and organizations that have been
positively impacted by their information and photographs being published in
the Chesterton Tribune.”
Accepting the award
on behalf of the Trib was reporter Lily Rex, who noted that publisher
and managing editor David Canright was unable to attend the luncheon because
he was--as always at lunch time--still putting the day’s paper together.
Rex noted that
every edition of the Trib is a group effort, and would be impossible
without the daily efforts of the front office staff, Adam Peffers, Lora
McMeans, and Nicole Migliorini; the press operator, Jerome Nowaczyk; sports
editor, TR Harlan; photo editor co-publisher Margaret Willis; photographer
/advertising representative Dana Gilbertson and reporter Kevin Nevers.
“And none of us
would have a job if Duneland didn’t do so many interesting things for us to
write about,” Rex added.