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Tribune honored by Izaak Walton League for banquet center coverage

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The Chesterton Tribune has been honored by the Izaak Walton League’s Indiana Division for its coverage of Pavilion Partners’ plans to build a banquet center at the Indiana Dunes State Park beach.

At its annual convention, on June 5 in Terre Haute, the Chesterton Tribune was presented with the Russell Sinclair News Media Award for its “excellent reporting and editorials” in support of the Izaak Walton League’s Porter County Chapter and Dunes Action, in the two organizations opposition to what they came to call “The Mistake on the Lake.”

“The Tribune has been a huge supporter of the Dunes and the efforts to protect them for decades,” Porter County Chapter President Jim Sweeney said. “We are lucky to have a locally owned and a locally committed newspaper in Duneland.”

The Porter County Chapter itself was recognized again with the Indiana Division’s Chapter Achievement Award, for its opposition to the banquet center, its work in restoration activities along the East Branch of the Little Calumet River, and its Family Nature Nights program.

“This is an incredibly dedicated and talented bunch of people and I could not be more proud of them,” said Sweeney, who noted that the chapter has grown by over 50 percent over the last few years.

Finally, Porter County Chapter member Bill Iltzsche of Valparaiso won an Environmental Achievement Award for his work as a volunteer.

“We have a lot of excellent volunteers and Bill is one of them,” Sweeney said. “He is also our vice-president and shows up at almost all our events. He works hard and he participates in our decision making. He has been a great addition to the chapter.”

Sweeney expressed the hope that Porter County Chapter would bring home more awards after the Izaak Walton League’s national convention in July in Stevens Point, Wis.


Posted 6/20/2016





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