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Herb Read turns 89 battling yet another 'done deal'

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Herb Read, long known for his activism in the Save the Dunes Council, Izaak Walton League and Bailly Alliance, celebrated his 89th birthday Monday by continuing his fight to save the Indiana Dunes from development and encouraging others to do the same.

Read roused the crowd at the DunesAction! organizing meeting, recounting the many times he and his wife, Charlotte, have battled so--called “done deals.”

He named efforts such as stopping NIPSCO’s planned Bailly Nuclear plant, overcoming the business community’s effort to block the establishment of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 50 years ago and, later, battling further efforts to block expansion of the Lakeshore and bulldoze the remaining dunes.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s already over. This is not a done deal,” said Read.

“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

He received shouts of support and rounds of applause as he urged the gathering not to give up.

Following the meeting, a dozen or so Dunes Action! members sang “Happy Birthday” to Read.

The Library Service Center was standing room only for the meeting, as over 125 people attended the informational event.


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Posted 6/23/2015




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