Call 2018 the Year
of Magical Thinking.
The year when
Porter County Clerk of Courts Karen Martin looked the County Council in the
eye and said--almost certainly believing it--that her office was fully
prepared to administer both the primary election on May 8 and the general
election on Nov. 6.
isn’t the same thing as doing. It’s not even the same thing as thinking
about doing. It’s just thinking. And a thought and three bucks will get you
a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
Only Martin knows
what she was thinking after May 8, when anecdotal reports of irregularities
began to fly, when voters or would-be voters in the primary told stories of
poll-worker error and absentee-ballot snafus.
In any case,
Martin’s thoughts alone proved utterly incapable in the
fall--Abracadabra!--of spontaneously recruiting poll workers in sufficient
numbers and with the necessary training to avoid the electoral meltdown on
places which failed to open at 6 a.m. were ordered to remain open past 6
p.m. by Porter Superior Judge Roger Bradford. Some 15,000 absentee ballots
which should have been delivered to their respective polling places before
they closed were never delivered at all. Serious questions were raised about
chain-of-custody. And when it was all over, it still wasn’t over, because
unofficial results weren’t finally released until 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.
The single saving
grace: with the exception of one race--Democrat Bob Poparad’s 15-vote
squeaker over incumbent County Council President Andy Bozak, R-1st--the
winners’ comfortable margins of victory, plus the prevailing
ticket-splitting, precluded any dark mutterings of outright fraud.
end--according to a statement released early in December by the County
Commissioners--the Indiana Secretary of State’s Election Division, with
assistance from the Indiana State Board of Accounts and the Indiana State
Police, was investigating.
general election’s most prominent loser, incumbent Prosecuting Attorney
Brian Gensel, couldn’t have been happy in June when the County Council
learned that a long-term lease of space at 15 Franklin St. with his
signature on it--for his office’s Child Support Division--was re-upped
several years before it was due.
At the time of that
renewal, 2014, the business manager of the building’s owner, Courtney Morgan
LLC, was Chuck Williams. Later the same year the property was sold to a
different entity, 15 Franklin LLC, which now was the beneficiary of a
10-year, $1.3-million contract which effectively--at least apparently, on
paper--would foil the plan in 2018 to re-locate the Child Support Division
to the old jail building at 157 Franklin St., which the County Commissioners
purchased earlier this year for the express purpose of re-locating various
government functions there.
In fact the Child
Support Division was moved into the old jail building anyway--this
month--after a preliminary opinion by a third-party legal firm indicated
that the lease has been void since 1999. Not so fast, says 15 Franklin LLC,
which promptly notified the Commissioners and Gensel that it may sue unless
the Child Support Division is moved backed into the space or it receives a
$526,543.92 lump sum to make good on the remaining lease payments through
Dec. 31, 2024.
October the Porter Tax Assessment Board of Appeals voted 2-1 to seek back
taxes after it determined that, in 2008, Courtney Morgan LLC business agent
Chuck Williams secured an improper tax exemption benefiting the LLC by
nearly the same amount in rent it annually charged the Child Support
The nexus of Chuck
Williams and Brian Gensel emerged one other time in 2018, when Gensel
referred to a special prosecutor a complaint brought against Pavilion
Partners LLC and the DNR by Dunes Action.
The substance of
the complaint: that Pavilion Partners and the DNR both failed to obtain
necessary permits before beginning work.
Gensel’s reason for
tapping a special prosecutor: his own “personal and professional
relationship with Chuck Williams.”
Perhaps a more
direct threat to the Pavilion project, though, was the National Park
Service’s finding, dated May 15, 2018, that updated plans which the LLC
submitted to the DNR in August 2017 represented enough of a departure from
the original drawings as to constitute a “conversion” of the Pavilion under
the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act.
In any event, it’s
been more than three years since all construction ceased on the Pavilion,
and one could reasonably wonder at this point the degree to which magical
thinking played a role in this project. Because thinking a Pavilion
restaurant and banquet center at Indiana Dunes State Park would be a good
investment turns out not to be the same thing as thinking them into
On Dec. 5 the
Duneland School Board announced the retirement, for family and health
reasons, of Superintendent Ginger Bolinger, effective immediately. On Dec.
10 the Duneland School Corporation announced--amid a frenzy of social media
rumor mongering--the suspension for unspecified reasons of seven Chesterton
Middle School students. And on Dec. 11 it announced the resignation of an
unnamed CMS teacher under active criminal investigation.
It’s been that kind
of snake-bit year for DSC.
Go back to March,
when in advance of a planned student walk-out at CHS to protest gun
violence, Bolinger released a murky statement in bureaucratese double-speak
commonly interpreted as expressing her support of the event. But only 90
minutes before the walk-out, when pressed by the Chesterton Tribune,
Bolinger clarified: students who participated would be marked truant and
disciplined. A couple of hundred kids walked out anyway.
In April the hugely
popular principal of CHS, Jeff Van Drie, announced his resignation,
effective at the end of the school year. Panicked rumors quickly began
circulating among the staff of possible unsuitable successors, until the
School Board named a highly able and winning one: CHS Assistant Principal
Parents for their
own part were sandbagged in August on learning of six scheduled eLearning
Days in the 2018-19 calendar. And parents of elementary and intermediate
students in particular were forced to scramble: Pay a sitter to stay home
with their children? Pay the Boys and Girls Club to watch them? Or miss a
day’s wages and stay home with their children themselves?
And in the New Year
just named Interim Superintendent Judith Malasto will likely be tasked to
the delicate mission of persuading restive parents, social media trolls, and
the community at large to support another property-tax referendum.
on the other hand, just keep doing what they’ve always done: competing,
creating, performing, at the highest levels of excellence. For a
blow-by-blow of their achievements in 2018, read the months below.
This year the
community bid farewell and Godspeed to some of its own.
In January, Lewis
Craig Sr., former Porter fire chief and 45-year veteran of the fire service,
In June, Harley,
the PFD’s K-9 partner and anchor of the Porter County Search & Rescue Team,
In August, former
CHS triple letterman and IU athlete John R. “Jay” Mathias, at 69.
In November, Sig
Niepokoj, former member of the Chesterton Town Board, BZA, and Plan
Commission, at 85.
And in December,
Ray Carnes, one of the three Wise Men who frequented Chesterton Town Council
meetings--along with Leonard Sullivan and the late Bob Ginstra--and a
tireless advocate of public safety issues, at 98.
Board buys a 10’ x 50’ boxcar from the Orville Railroad Heritage Society in
Orville, Ohio, at a cost of $9,000, to be retrofitted into a public restroom
in Thomas Centennial Park; the board also authorizes an expenditure of
$14,000 to transport the boxcar to a contractor’s workshop in Michigan City;
the board buys a caboose too, at a cost of $15,000, to be retrofitted into
an accompanying comfort station; cost of refurbishing the caboose: not to
finish second at the Al Smith Invitational in Mishawaka. CHS gymnasts beat
LaPorte 110.475-85.65 in their DAC opener. Chesterton Building Department
reports a total value of all commerical and residential projects in 2017 of
$65,616,014, a 22-percent increase over the previous year’s total value. CHS
senior Jacob Kintzele signs his National Letter of Intent to run at
James Neff is named
president both of Horizon Bancorp and its wholly owned subsidiary, Horizon
Bank. Widespread flu prompts Porter Regional Hospital to implement temporary
visitor restrictions to help curb the spread of illness to patients and
employees. Andy Bozak, R-1st, of Burns Harbor, is elected president of the
Porter County Council. The Town of Porter holds a retirement party for Fire
Chief Lewis Craig Sr., who is stepping down after 45 faithful years in the
basketball team beats DAC nemesis Merrillville, 58-18, the first Trojan
victory over the Pirates since Feb. 11, 2011. CHS speech team places second
at one of the largest speech invitationals ever held in Indiana, hosted by
Fishers and attended by 50 schools.
Building, Fire, and Safety Commission re-thinks its rejection of a
Chesterton ordinance mandating the installation of a carbon monoxide
detector in all new residential construction, meaning that the
ordinance--originally enacted in 2017--may now take effect. Burns Harbor
Building Department reports the issuance of 11 permits for new homes in 2017
and five for multi-unit appartment buildings; commercial permits include one
for a 12,000 square-foot building for Curley’s Custom Cycles.
Porter Town Council
approves an ordinance which will grant Porter residents first rights to buy
beach parking permits, on the first two days the permits are available for
sale. Burns Harbor Town Council approves an ordinance which increases the
annual stipend for Park Board members to $500 from $400, to match the
stipends received by appointed members of all other municipal boards.
CHS gymnastics team
dominates every event in its home opener against Hobart, winning
112.40-93.80 and sweeping the top three spots in all four events. CHS
wrestlers beat Valparaiso decisively, 63-18, in a DAC win.
Shirley Heinze Land
Trust announces its donation of 17.34 acres of protected natural land to
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; the acreage is adjacent to the Hobart
Prairie Grove, the Mnoke Prairie, and Miller Woods. Sean Dardeau is named
the new CEO of Porter Health Care System. The current temporary exhibit at
the Westchester Township History Museum: “Do the Dunes: Outdoor Adventures &
After a year in
merger talks, Methodist Hospital announces that it has ended negotiations
with Franciscan Alliance. Westchester Public Libary Director Leea Yelich
resigns her position; former director Phil Baugher agrees to serve as
The fourth annual
Alley Oop for Autism is held after the CHS girls basketball game against DAC
rival LaPorte. CHS girls swim team wins its 19th consecutive DAC title,
amassing 585 points and winning every event. CHS wrestlers take fourth at
the DAC meet. CHS boys basketball team takes first DAC win of the season,
beating LaPorte 73-40.
unveils the new Lu DeWulf Fitness Studio. A South Shore commuter train is
evacuated at Dune Park Station after a fire breaks out in a pantograph atop
one of the cars. CHS speech team takes third at the Steve Kirkpatrick
Memorial Speech Invitational at Concord. CMS eighth-grader Alaina Wring is
named to the 2018 Indiana Junior All State Band.
An observation deck
at the Porter Riverwalk and Lakefront site at Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore collapses following recent beach erosion. CHS boys bowling team
wins the Indiana High School Bowling sectional title at City Lanes in
Michigan City. Discovery Charter School installs the Buddy Bench.
Board names John Christy the CHS boys track coach and elects John Marshall
its president. CHS debate team qualifies three for the National Tournament
in June in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Creighton Gaff, Megan Daye, and Sid
Augustyn. CHS speech and debate team receives an anonymous $25,000 gift.
Nine days after his
final call on the job, five days after his retirement party, former Porter
Fire chief Lewis Craig Sr. dies unexpectedly. CHS graduate Tony Emanuele is
promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade in the U.S. Coast Guard. Porter County
Commissioners adopt an ordinance requiring contractors hired by county
government to provide evidence of a clean business record; they also elect
Jeff Good, R-Center, their president.
CHS debate team
qualifies six for the National Tournament: Madison Simms and Sofia Winski
(team), Matt Jewison and Ben Hoham (team), Hannah Geiss, Camma Duhammell,
Kate Balakir and Grace Whah (team), and Zachary Mullins and Emily Krygoske
(team). CHS boys bowling team wins the Indiana High School Bowling regional
championship at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo. CHS Sandpipers, Drifters, and Show
Choir Band “The Business” kick off their 2018 competitive season with a
successful outing at Milton High School in Milton, Wis.
capture their fourth consecutive sectional title with 10 individual crowns.
CHS boys swim team wins its 22nd consecutive DAC championship, with five
event titles. Top-ranked CHS gymnastics team posts the state’s best
score--114.10--to win the CHS Invitational title. CHS debate team wins its
fifth consecutive ISHFA state debate championship, accumulating 111 points
to second-place finisher West Lafayette’s 62.5 points. CHS gymnastics team
beats Valparaiso, 113.775-112.30, remaining undefeated on the season.
Beverly Shores Town
Council Member Geof Benson is elected chair of the Northwestern Indiana
Regional Planning Commission’s Executive Board. Residents are invited to
comment on the Duneland School Corporation’s draft “Strategic Initiatives
for 2018-22” document. Porter County Commissioners scuttle the Election
Board’s plan to cut polling places to 46 from 86.
basketball team falls to Valparaiso, 56-49, in the opening round of the
IHSAA sectional tournament at Kankakee Valley. Pat Bankston, Ph.D.,
announces his retirement as associate dean of the Indiana University School
of Medicine-Northwest-Gary. U.S. Steel Corporation reports net earnings in
2017 of $378 million or $2.19 per diluted share, compared to a net loss in
2016 of $440 million or $2.81; USS also reports 4Q net earnings of $159
million or 90 cents, compared to a net loss in the year-ago of $105 million
or 61 cents.
The 2018 Duneland
Flyers Gates Legacy Scholarship is awarded to Austin Peterson. ArcelorMittal
reports a net income in 2017 of $4.56 billion or $4.48 basic earnings per
share, compared to $1.77 billion or $1.87 in 2016; ArcelorMittal also
reports a 4Q net income of $1.03 billion or $1.02, compared to $403 million
or 40 cents in the year-ago.
CHS wrestlers snap
Crown Point’s 10-year streak to win the IHSAA regional title, 240-178. CHS
girls swim team wins its 19th consecutive IHSAA sectional title. CHS speech
team takes top honors at the Ben Davis Giant Speakers Tournament. WPL Thomas
Branch Children’s Librarian Heather Chaddock takes third place in the
Indiana Humanities Quantum Leap Poetry Contest.
CSU Inc., the
contractor installing fiber-optic conduit in Chesterton, strikes a water
main on West Porter Ave., one day after breaching a sanitary sewer main on
South Fifth Street. Boy Scout Timber Wittemore earns his Eagle Scout rank by
building two park benches at the Dunes Learning Center, with help from the
Duneland Boys & Girls Club. The Porter County Community Foundation offers an
additional $10,000 match for the Jo Winey Babcock Memorial Endowment,
benefiting the Duneland YMCA.
installing fiber-optic conduit in Chesterton, hits a natural-gas lateral on
South Calumet Road. The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s
Board of Directors proposes a 5-percent fare hike, to raise additional
revenues to offset the costs associated with operating Positive Trail
Control. St. Patrick School fifth-grade robotics team finishes first of 27
teams and qualifies for the state tournament. Chesterton Park Board agrees
to permanently dismantle the skate park off South 15th Street.
announces that it won’t publish in advance of a winter storm projected to
drop up to a foot of snow. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris reports that
heroin-related deaths increased by more than 50 percent in 2017: 32,
compared to 20 in 2016. CHS wrestlers take 11 first-round wins in IHSAA
semistate competition, resulting in four individual wins and six tickets for
state finals. CHS girls swim team finishes sixth at the IHSAA state finals.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 141 holds the Chesterton Town Council’s feet
to the fire on the issue of salaries. Skateboarder Sean Cromwell pushes back
on Chesterton Park Board’s decision to demolish the skate park. Chesterton
Police Commission amends the CPD’s SOP governing K-9 partners, removing the
official policy which required the dogs to undergo aggression training.
President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would cut funding by 90 percent for
the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Report: the Port of
Indiana-Burns Harbor handled 2.8 million tons of cargo in 2017, completing
the highest three-year total in the port’s history. Porter County
Commissioners approve a new timekeeping policy for county employees. CHS
gymnastics team sets a school record in its 114.575-108.10 win over Portage.
CHS graduate U.S. Air Force Airman Fernando J. Leon Jr. completes basic
military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Court rules, in a landmark decision, that Lake Michigan’s shoreline is open
to all and that adjacent property owners may not exercise exclusive control
of the beach between their homes and the water, settling a long-standing
dispute in Long Beach. CHS wrestlers Lucas Davison and Eli Pokorney complete
undefeated seasons to win IHSAA state championships. CHS boys basketball
team beats Valparaiso 71-61.
CHS boys swim team
takes its 20th consecutive IHSAA sectional title, winning 535 points to beat
second-place Valparaiso (394). CHS gymnastics team wins its second
consecutive DAC championship, beating Valparaiso 113.35-113.075. Centier
Bank reports earnings of over $38 million and a return on average deposits
of 1.04 percent in 2017. NiSource reports a net income in 2017 of $128.5
million or 39 cents basic earnings per share, compared to $331.5 million or
$1.02 in 2016.
CHS boys basketball
team loses to Portage in a 58-57 upset, quashing its chance at a share of
the DAC title. Rapid snow melt, frozen ground and four inches of rain
combine to cause flooding throughout Duneland. CHS boys swim team takes
fourth place at the IHSAA state finals. CHS gymnastics team takes the
sectional title, setting a new school record of 114.95.
CHS speech team
takes second place at the IHSFA sectional tournament, advancing 34 of 38
entries to the state finals. In the wake of the school shooting at Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the Duneland School
Corporation releases a statement assuring parents that it is “very committed
to the safety and security of our students and staff.” Town of Chesterton
enters into negotiations for the purchase of the old Lipinski Automotive
property at 1300 Broadway.
alleges that state law governing historic structures was violated in
connection with the Pavilion project at Indiana Dunes State Park. CHS boys
basketball beats Kankakee Valley 92-41 in its IHSAA sectional opener.
Intermediate School’s robotics team will compete at the Indiana VEX IQ ES
state championship. Duneland Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Cork
Screw & Brew event at Thomas Centennial Park. More than 1,000 Chesterton
residents wake up without power after a squirrel runs afoul of a transformer
in Morgan Park.
The County Park
Board agrees to move the animals at Sunset Hill Farm Park to the Northwest
Indiana Historical Power Association’s campground site; the Park Board also
enters into a $27,000 contract with Chester Inc. to design and acquire the
necessary permits for the “grain bin” activity center. The Indiana House
approves a bill originally authored by State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Portage,
to mitigate erosion along Lake Michigan’s beaches.
A new law
permitting the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday goes into effect. CHS
gymnastics team rallies to beat Valparaiso 113.975-113.925 in regional
competition. CHS boys basketball team falls to Merrillville, 80-59, in
sectional competition. CHS speech and debate team qualifies nine more
students for the National Tournament: Logan Summers, AJ Sterling, Josh
Hogan, Max Winski, Indy Loving, Bryn Jackson, Connor Wantuch, Megan Dye, and
A CHS student hacks
into another student’s Facebook account and threatens to “shoot up” the
school; investigators determine the threat isn’t credible and have him
transported to hospital for evaluation; the case against him is subsequently
forwarded to Juvenile Probation. CHS Japanese Olympiad’s second-year team
finishes second and its fourth-year team finishes third in state
competition. The Illiana Garden Railway Society prepares to move to Sunset
Hill Farm County Park.
School’s Science Olympiad team finishes third in regional competition and
moves to state competition. Longtime CHS English teacher John Hayduck
announces his retirement, while James Sensibaugh resigns as boys soccer
coach. Two Duneland School Chess Club teams qualify for state competition at
the Indiana Scholastic Team Chess Regional.
Corporation announces the re-start of two blast furnaces and the steelmaking
facilities at its Granite City Works, following President Trump’s Section
232 action; the company expects to call back around 500 employees. A
crowdfunding campaign is announced to defray some of the expenses of the
boxcar restroom project in Thomas Park; the Indiana Housing and Community
Development Authority will match, dollar-to-dollar, the first $31,000 raised
through crowdfunding; meanwhile Hopkins Ace Hardware begins a round-up
campaign, with proceeds going to the project.
CHS Jazz Ensembles
wins the Superior “Gold” rating at ISSMA’s annual Jazz Festival at Portage
High School. CHS Show Choirs garner honors at Railroader Rush Show Choir
Invitational in Garret, Ind., and in competition at Churubusco Jr.-Sr. High
School in Churubusco, Ind. Karina Martinez, a member of the Duneland Boys
and Girls Club, is named a Porter County Youth of the Year.
Election Board votes 2-1 to delegate administration of the primary and
general elections in 2018 to Clerk of Courts Karen Martin; Martin--who is
running for Porter County Auditor--tells the County Council that she is
prepared to handle both elections. Robert A. E. Lewis, 23, of Chesterton, is
charged with the armed robbery in 2017 of the Zip Foods in Porter, after DNA
evidence connects him with the crime.
CHS gymnastics team
wins its fourth IHSAA state championship, edging out defending state
champion Valparaiso 114.4-113.95; sophomore Sophie Hunzelman wins her second
consecutive all-around state championship.
In advance of a
planned student walkout at CHS--to protest gun violence--Duneland Schools
Superintendent Ginger Bolinger says that administration and staff will take
no official position on the action and that the Duneland School Corporation
“supports students’ Constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and free
expression”; only hours before the walkout, Bolinger says that students who
participate in the walkout “could face disciplinary actions”; several
hundred students nonetheless participate in the non-political action, to
honor the 17 shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in
Parkland, Fla.; those students are later informed that they were marked
truant at 10 a.m. on the day of the walkout and must either complete 30
minutes of community service or write a one-page reflection on their
and Goshen College junior Laura Hoover wins Best Play-by-Play in
Intercollegiate Broadcasting System competition. Chesterton Park Board
agrees to postpone demolition of the skate park until the end of the summer
skating season; its fate after that is unclear. Duneland Education
Foundation announces the Ralph D. Ayres Memorial Scholarship.
Plan Commission approves the primary plat for eight duplexes to be built at
the northeast corner of South Fifth Street and 1100N. The Duneland YMCA
holds its annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast at the Spa Special Events
Center. CHS junior and flutist Holly Kittredge performs at the 57th annual
Indiana High School All-State Band Festival. CHS Drifters are first
Runner-Up and the Sandpipers are Grand Champions at the Herscher High School
Swing and Sing.
Council approves $28.5 million in additional appropriations for improvements
to the Portage Courthouse, the Valparaiso Courthouse, the Expo Center, and a
new out-building at the North County Complex in Portage. Three CHS athletes
are named DAC Most Valuable Player: gymnast Jordan Bush, swimmer Lauryn
Kallay, and wrestler Lucas Davison. CHS graduate Blake Pieroni smashes the
American 200 Free swim record.
CHS senior Donovan
Lawnicki and his blues band, The Instinct Chicago, win a Chicago Music
Award. A jury finds Chesterton Police Cpl. Joe Kantowski not guilty of
pointing a handgun at his wife during a domestic dispute at their home in
September 2015. Westchester Public Library’s Board of Directors names Lisa
Stamm as WPL’s new director. Liberty Intermediate School celebrates the 41st
anniversary of its Turtle Olympics. CHS softball team beats Hobart 12-2 in
its season opener.
In a standing
room-only meeting of the Porter Town Council, Porter Cove residents demand
improvements at Kids Cove Park. Burns Harbor Police nab an escapee from the
custody of Portage Police, Michael Maldonado, 25, after a BHPD officer
recognizes him as a passenger in a vehicle at Ind. 149 and Old Porter Road.
Jay Craig, son of the late Lewis Craig Sr., is named to succeed his father
as Porter Fire Chief.
Duneland Girls and
Boys Swim Club finishes third at the Indiana Senior Short Course
Championships in Indianapolis. U.S. Steel Corporation agrees to pay a
$600,000 civil penalty and $630,000 to reimburse various federal agencies
after its Portage facility dumps a carcinogenic chemical into Burns Ditch in
April 2017. CHS baseball team opens its season with a 5-0 shutout of Hammond
Gov. Eric Holcomb
visits the North 15th Street Norfolk Southern grade-crossing in Chesterton
to announce the launch of Local Trax, a state matching program for railroad
improvements. Duneland School Board announces the resignation, effective
June 30, of CHS Principal Jeff Van Drie. Sam Wolford, 86, and Scott Wolford,
53, die in a fire in a Liberty Township mobile home. Duneland School Board
members voice concerns about the expense of school-issued devices and the
pervasiveness of technology.
Commissioners offer to buy back the old jail building at 157 Franklin St. in
Valparaiso for $3,621,500, after the current owners make improvements to it;
the space will be used for various county government functions. The Duneland
Exchange Club kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Moonth by decorating Thomas
Centennial Park and the Downtown with blue ribbons.
Sweet Treat Factory, operated by second-graders, will make and sell roughly
3,000 chocolate-covered pretzels to fundraise for United Way Reading
Buddies. Eagle Scout candidate David Archibald of Troop 908 tells the
Chesterton Park Board of improvements he plans to make at the Duneland
Diamond ballfield in Chesterton Park. CHS girls basketball coach Jack
Campbell is named Indiana Basketball Coaches Association District 1 Coach of
Foundation will honor the late Dr. Dirk Baer, former Duneland Schools
superintendent, at its annual gala. Chesterton firefighters respond to two
heroin overdoses in a single weekend, one in the 500 block of South 19th
Street, the other in the 100 block of Beverly Drive. Shawn Robb, 39, and his
wife, Alisha Robb, 38, of Hobart, are killed in a single-vehicle accident on
U.S. Highway 12 in Westchester Township.
4th Street Theatre
will host “Hat’s Entertainment.” Chesterton Town Council votes unanimously
to give all municipal employees a 4-percent raise, with the exception of
police officers and firefighters, who will receive scheduled raises to align
their take-home more nearly with that paid by neighboring municipalities.
CHS softball team beats Valparaiso 11-3. CHS boys track team drops its DAC
opener to Crown Point, 88-44. CHS girls track team wins its DAC opener
against Crown Point, 70-62.
Amerilodge Group of
Bloomfield Hill, Mich., eyes property immediately north of the Speedway gas
station and Culver’s restaurant for a double-hotel project: a Holiday Inn
Express and a Fairfield Inn & Suites. Porter Town Council donates Lot 61 in
the Woodlake Springs subdivision to the Shirley Heinze Land Trust. CHS boys
golf team shoots a team 152 to easily win its season opener against Boone
Grove, Lowell, and Andrean.
Friends of the
Indiana Dunes will hold its annual Native Plant Sale at the Dorothy Buell
Memorial Visitor Center. Burns Harbor Town Council urges residents to file
online complaint forms to report noise from the Praxair facility.
Westchester Public Library’s Board of Trustees approves a new policy
permitting patrons to use credit and debit cards when paying fines which
exceed $1. CHS boys golf team outlasts 15 other teams, including Valparaiso,
to win the Michigan City Marquette Invitational.
government is recognized as a National Gold Council of Excellence by the
National Association of Student Councils. CHS boys volleyball team finishes
second in the nine-team Border Battle tournment at CHS. The lowest of four
base quotes for retrofitting the boxcar in Thomas Centennial Park into a
restroom facility--$255,752--exceeds by not quite 150 percent the
architect’s original estimate of $105,000.
CHS Theater will
present The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood in the auditorium. Pitcher
Austin Peterson fans 14 in the CHS baseball team’s 11-0 shutout of
Valparaiso. Northwestern University wrestling recruit Lucas Davison adds
another victory to his career at Team Indiana 2018 competition at Brownsburg
High School. The City of Chicago and the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation
object to the proposed federal settlement under which U.S. Steel Corporation
would pay nearly $900,000 in fines and penalties related to the chemical
spill at its Portage facility in April 2017.
Westchester Public Library will hold its annual spring book sale at the
Thomas Branch. CPD reports: five of six HVAC condensors are stolen from the
roof of the building on Indian Boundary Road which is home to Pella,
Cigarette Discount Outlet, McColly Real Estate, and Fiesta Salons. Porter
County Commissioners approve a RFP for a wellness clinic to serve county
employees at the Administration Center.
CHS boys lacrosse
team beats Fort Wayne Concordia 14-7. Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club holds
its annual fish fry. NIPSCO agrees to a settlement under which it will seek
a lower natural-gas rate increase than it originally proposed; the average
residential customer would see a monthly hike of around $8, instead of the
$10 which NIPSCO initially sought.
The fourth annual
Autism Awareness 5K Fun Run is held at the CHS track. Dunes Action asks the
Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to investigate its claim that
demolition and construction work on the Pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park
was done without the required permit. CHS Drifters, Sandpipers, and show
choir band The Business earn high placings at the FAME National Show Choir
Finals in Waukegan, Ill.
CHS girls tennis
team improves to 3-0 in DAC with a 5-0 win over Michigan City. CHS boys golf
team falls to Valparaiso, after tying VHS with a 143 team score but losing
the fifth-man tie-breaker. U.S. Steel Corporation posts a profit of $18
million or 10 cents per diluted share in the first quarter, compared to a
net loss of $110 million or $1.03 in the year-ago. CHS girls track team
finishes seventh out of 16 teams in the Princess Relays at Elkhart Central.
CHS sprinter Braden
Corzan breaks the school’s 100 meter record as he leads the boys track team
to a third-place finish at the Kokomo Relays. No. 4-rank CHS boys volleyball
team goes 3-1 on the final weekend of the regular season at the Miller
Classic in Noblesville. Volunteers throughout the community work on rehab
projects in the annual Rebuilding Together Duneland event.
Hospital paramedic and dog-whisperer Mary Esserman reunites Finn the Puppy
with his owner, Lucas Cardona, after the two are separated when Cardona, a
trucker, rolled his rig in the Indiana Toll Road plaza; Esserman tempts Finn
out of hiding, in the woods around the plaza, with his favorite food:
hotdogs. CHS senior Nolan Poczekay is named a 2018 Indiana Academic All-Star
by the Indiana Association of School Principals. American Legion Post 170
honors two of its members, John Hogan and Carl Burton, for 50 Years of
CHS boys golf team
racks up two more DAC wins, beating Crown Point and Portage, at Sand Creek
Country Club. Four Discovery Charter School teachers become certified
archery instructors: Ben Frankowski, Sarah Pavlovic, Nathan Underwood, and
Kristen Byrt. Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute celebrates 50 years of
Barbara Hanna spots
a Bald Eagle feeding on a fresh kill on C.R. 950N in Liberty Township.
Chesterton Park Board awards a $255,916 contract for retrofitting the boxcar
restroom to Larson-Danielson Construction of LaPorte. NiSource Inc. reports
a net income in the first quarter of $276.1 million or 82 cents basic
earnings per share, compared to $211.3 million or 65 cents in the year-ago.
Porter County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel appoints a special
prosecutor to investigate Dunes Action’s claims that the DNR and Pavilion
Partners LLC dodged state law in advance of Pavilion renovations.
Ground is broken on
the grain bin activity center at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. The Northwest
Indiana Croquet Association proposes building a four-court
championship-class croquet pitch at Sunset Hill Farm Park. Shannon Donnelly
joins the Duneland Family YMCA Board of Directors. Bobby Lee Yaus, 28, dies
in an apartment fire in the 100 block of South 21st Street in Porter.
CHS girls tennis
team beats Valparaiso 3-2. CHS softball team rolls over Merrillville 18-0 in
a DAC game. The Duneland School Board names CHS Assistant Principal Brent
Martinson to succeed Principal Jeff Van Drie, resigning at the end of the
current school year.
results: Republican incumbent Porter County Council President Andy Bozak
fends off a challenge for his 1st District seat from Chesterton Town Council
Member Emerson DeLaney, R-1st; Republican Cyndi Dykes and Democrat Randy
Wilkening will vie for Coroner in the general election in November;
Republican challenger Matt Keiser unseats incumbent Liberty Township Trustee
Beth Underwood; Patricia (Pat) Boy wins the Democrat nomination for the open
9th District seat in the Indiana House.
CHS Wind Ensemble
wins the “Gold” Superior rating at ISSMA competition in Indianapolis. CHS
gymnast Sophie Hunzelman is named IHSAA Gymnast of the Year. ArcelorMittal
posts a net income in the first quarter of $1.19 billion or $1.17 basic
earnings per share, compared to $980 million or 98 cents in the year-ago.
Feedback on the long-range plan for Porter Parks indicates that residents do
not support a dog park at Kid’s Cove Park.
No. 4-ranked CHS
boys volleyball team wins the Indiana Boys Volleyball Coaches Association
regional championship, beating No. 13-ranked Columbus North in five games.
Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission agrees to spend $7,503 to promote Food
Local winners of
the Porter County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission’s R.O.S.E.
Award: Conservation Award, Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary; Fine Dining
Restaurant of the Year, Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill & Tavern; Newcomer of the
Year, The Port Drive-In; People’s Choice, Riley’s Railhouse; Food Wars
Winner, Northside Diner; Professional of the Year, Duneland Chamber of
Commerce President Maura Durham; Putting Porter County on the Map, National
Park Service, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Commission honors Cpl. Jamie Copollo with the Life-Saving Award, for her
professionalism on the scene of an attempted suicide. CHS girls track team
edges Valparaiso 152-118 for the IHSAA Chesterton sectional title. CHS girls
tennis team opens IHSAA sectional competition with a 5-0 victory over Boone
Grove. New Carol Cook Wetland Overlook birding site opens in Jackson
Township. Porter Plan Commission recommends the creation of a tax increment
financing district in Porter Beach, comprising the old Johnson Inn property
and a portion of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
CHS girls tennis
team loses to Valparaiso 4-1 in the championship of the IHSAA Portage
sectional. CHS boys track team wins six individual events and finishes
second overall at the IHSAA Portage sectional. CHS boys golf team avenges
its only loss of the season by beating Valparaiso 156-159 at Forest Park.
Gov. Eric Holcomb
appoints Porter County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mike Drenth to succeed
retiring Porter Superior Court Judge Julia Jent. Chesterton girls lacrosse
team wins its final game of the season, beating Tippecanoe 12-1. Chesterton
boys lacrosse team finishes the season with a pair of victories, 17-1 over
LaPorte and Lawrence North 16-6. Porter County Election Board holds a public
meeting to address complaints from voters and poll workers related to the
2018 primary election, administered by Clerk of Courts--and candidate for
Porter County Auditor--Republican Karen Martin.
NICTD’s Board of
Trustees votes to implement a 5-percent across-the-board fare hike, to take
effect July 1; the additional revenues will be used to operate the new
Positive Train Control system. CHS hurdler Kirsten Wozniak and 3,200 runner
Shelby Bullock win their tickets to state by finishing third at the IHSAA
Portage Regional. CHS softball team advances to the IHSAA sectional
championship game after beating Portage 9-2. CHS Senior Athletes of the Year
are Courtney Krol (seven varsity letters), Kirsten Wozniak (nine letters),
Austin Peterson (six letters), and Jacob Kintzele (eight letters).
CHS softball team
beats Valparaiso 6-2 to win the sectional championship. Sprinter Braden
Corzan, pole vaulter Ben Raffin, and 3,200 runner Jacob Kintzele earn their
tickets to state in regional competition; Corzan and Raffin earn individual
titles and Kintzele is runner-up. CHS baseball team beats Valparaiso 7-0 for
the IHSAA sectional title. CHS softball team loses to Lake Central 2-1 in
the IHSAA regional finals. CHS speech team Joshua Hogan and Logan Summers
finish in the Top 10 in duo interpretation at the Catholic National Forensic
League’s Grand National Tournment.
shuts down its coal-fired generators at the Bailly Generating Station, after
more than 50 years in service. CHS boys athletic teams win the DAC
All-Sports Award for 2017-18, thanks in part to three conference
championships. Concert for Our Lives to end gun violence is held in Thomas
Centennial Park, featuring The Striped Socks, The Toasters, Hannah Geiser,
Ally Christian, Eve Senderhauf, and The Cold Ones.
The 128th annual
CHS commencement exercises are held outside in the stadium. The Speedy Mart
at 1175 Broadway is robbed at gunpoint. CHS boys baseball team wins the
Class 4A LaPorte regional championship by beating Mishawaka 4-1. CHS boys
golf team wins the IHSAA sectional title at Forest Park, with a 13-stroke
victory over Valparaiso. CHS sprinter Braden Corzan wins the 400 meters and
pole vaulter Ben Raffin takes fourth place at IHSAA state finals.
CHS 3,200 runner
Shelby Bullock places ninth at IHSAA state finals; 300 hurdler Kirsten
Wozniak finishes 25th. Donut Hustle 5K fundraises for the Porter Police
Department. Jason Michael Harvey, 31, of Chesterton, and Michael Joseph
Maupin, 19, of Westchester Township, are charged in connection with the
robbery of the Speedy Mart on Broadway in Chesterton. Twelve CHS
student-athletes named to the IACTCCC Academic All-State Team: Jacob
Kintzele, Andrew Smenyak, Bryce Stephan, Charley Bernth, Matthew Van Kley,
JP Osafo, Alexa Tumidalsky, Marie Raffin, Kirsten Wozniak, Tessa Tilden,
Caity Bogue, and Haley Moore.
A total of
$75,407.88 is raised through a crowdfunding campaign to support the boxcar
restroom project in Thomas Centennial Park, including a $31,000 match from
the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Duneland School
Board appoints Joshua Huwig as principal of Yost Elementary and David
Alvarado as principal of Liberty Elementary. CHS certified athletic trainer
Bernie Stento is named the 2017-18 Newell Award National Athletic Trainer of
Dunes Action urges
the public to oppose the Pavilion project at Indiana Dunes State Park in
comments on a draft of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning
Commission’s Marquette Action Plan. Jerry Maren, the last surviving Munchkin
from The Wizard of Oz and a frequent guest of the former Oz Fest in Downtown
Chesterton, dies at 99. CHS graduate and motorcross racer Tyler Vore is
selected to represent Team USA in the International Six Day Enduro in Vina
del Mar, Chile.
CMS social studies
teacher Christine Bullock is named 2017-19 Duneland School Corporation
Secondary Teacher of the Year. Chesterton artist Holly Jackson’s paintings
are wrapped around trash cans in Downtown Chesterton. Superior Ambulance
Service refuses to extend its current no-charge contract with the Town of
Burns Harbor while a new one is being negotiated; in addition, it now wants
to charge the town $25,000 per month as well as to capture the first
$150,000 in revenues before splitting those revenues with Burns Harbor.
Board okays a “selfie wall” at the new restroom facility in Dogwood Park.
CHS golfer Mitch Davis advances to the IHSAA state finals after the team
finishes fourth in regional competition. CHS baseball coach Jack Campbell
will dye his hair maroon and gold for the team’s IHSAA semistate game
against Fishers, after the team wins the regional championship in LaPorte.
Foundation donates a gazebo to the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Lil
and Chuck Swickard are honored for their volunteerism by the Duneland Resale
Shop. CHS seniors Karlyn Layman, Bryan Pamintuan, and Nolan Poczekay are
college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners. CHS baseball team
falls to Fishers 5-3 in the IHSAA Plymouth semistate game, after a
controversial call of catcher’s interference by the home plate umpire
nullifies a two-RBI hit by Tyler Benson. CHS sprinter Braden Corzan wins the
Star of the Stars Award at the Midwest Meet of Champions after winning the
400 and sharing the 4x400 relay team’s victory.
Redevelopment Commission eyes a possible “Haglund Trail,” a pedestrian
pathway linking Food Truck Square and Lakeland Park. CHS graduate Kyle
Bartolini is the 2018 A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award
presented by the Duneland Exchange Club. CHS senior wrestler Lucas Davison
is named High School All-American by Wrestling USA Magazine, after finishing
the season undefeated, including an IHSAA state championship at 195 pounds.
Porter Town Council
approves a resolution creating a tax increment financing district at Porter
Beach; the Redevelopment Commission will next hold a public hearing on the
proposal. Chesterton Town Council endorses an application for an alcohol
permit under the Riverfront District designation, for a new gastro-style pub
and eatery--dubbed (219) Tap Room--under development in the 100 block of
South Third Street. CHS golfer Mitch Davis shoots a 79 in the second round
of the state tournament, after shooting a four-under par 68 in the first
Rob Dorsey joins
the Duneland Family YMCA Board of Directors. CPD announces the acquisition
of a new K-9 unit, Maverick, a Belgian malinois who’s been partnered with
Officer Erik Palleson. CPD Chief Dave Cincoski announces 47 have applied for
an open patrol officer’s position, following wage increases approved in
April by the Town Council.
PCSP Deputy John
Patrick Morris, 24, is terminated after being charged with public indecency,
following a woman’s accusations that he exposed himself to her. A 60-ton
Peterbilt crane owned by Joe’s Towing Inc. is used to lower track sections
into place in Thomas Centennial Park, at the site of the boxcar restroom and
caboose comfort station. Dr. Emily Haas, CHS Class of 2003, a research
scientist at the CDC, is the winner of the Arthur S. Flemming Award,
presented by the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public
Administration at George Washington University.
Bob Kolar will be
the 2019-20 president of the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club. Harley, for five
years the Porter Fire Department’s K-9 partner, the anchor of the Porter
County Search & Rescue Team, and Fire Chief Jay Craig’s best friend, passes
away after a brief illness; he was 8. CHS speech and debate team places nine
students at the National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. CHS softball
player Shelby Grimm doubles and triples in the Indiana Coaches of Girls
Sports Association’s North-South All-Star Game.
The 22nd annual
Midsummer Celebration is held at Chellberg Farm at Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore. Chesterton Town Council approves a $1.8-million general
obligation bond for roadwork and sidewalk repairs. Porter Redevelopment
Commission approves the creation of a tax increment financing district which
includes residential property, despite a prior statement by a consultant
that the TIF district would capture revenues from commercial property only
and would not include any residential property.
Nearly two miles of
Furnessville Road in unincorporated Westchester Township goes under the
knife, as NIPSCO starts work on a natural-gas pipeline replacement project.
CHS graduate Logan Julius Bell, Class of 2017, graduates from bootcamp at
the Navy Recruit Training Command. County officials demand to know why the
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s lease of space at 15 Franklin St. in
Valparaiso was renewed several years early and why it bound the county to an
above-market price for 10 years in a contract that approaches $1.3 million
over its lifetime.
Wyatt Bussema, 11,
sets a derby record at the annual MS4 Kids’ Fishing Derby at Indian Springs
Park in Porter. The annual Family 4th Fest is held in Hawthorne Park, with
the Lions Club officially dedicating its new lion-shaped fountain. The 10th
annual Fireworks on the Lakefront draws a record crowd estimated at 13,000.
Burns Harbor Town
Council opts to end its contract with Superior Ambulance Service, after the
company gives Fire Chief Bill Arney little notice of a proposed $450,000
change to the terms of the contract. With temperatures soaring, the Porter
Police Department urges Porter Beach residents to be patient with increased
traffic volume. The 11th annual Bark in the Park, sponsored by the Duneland
Business Initiative Group, is held in Thomas Centennial Park.
Honored at the
Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s annual Awards Luncheon: Distinguished Woman,
Bonnie Gaston; Humanitarian, Lu DeWulf; Volunteer, Joe Grossbauer; Golden
Achievement, Carol Ruzic; Putting Duneland on the Map, CHS speech and debate
team; Business Renovation, Allure on the Lake; New Construction, StoryPoint;
New Construction, NITCO and Town of Chesterton (for fiber optic network).
Union says that ArcelorMittal is seeking “major” concessions at the
bargaining table, less than two months before the old three-year contract
expires on Sept. 1. Burns Harbor Clerk-Treasurer Jane Jordan is elected to
the Executive Board of the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and
Treasurers. CHS sophomore Sean Elliott wins the 15-year-old division at the
Boys Golf Indiana State Age Group Championship.
Board instructs Superintendent Bruce Mathias to find a site for a new skate
park. Burns Harbor Fire Chief Bill Arney reports that he’s in talks with
Porter Regional Hospital over a proposed ambulance service agreement. Burns
Harbor Redevelopment Commission puts the Haglund Trail project on hold, in
order to make $200,000 available to the Fire Department for improved living
quarters for EMS staff.
Burns Harbor Town
Council appoints John Miller as Building Commissioner, a part-time position.
Chesterton author and world authority on ska Heather Augustyn signs copies
of her books--including her latest, Alpha Boys’ School: Cradle of Jamaican
Mustic--at the European Market. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is held in Thomas
Park for the Town of Cheserton’s new fiber-optic broadband network.
Duneland Chamber of
Commerce is one of five finalists for the statewide 2018 Indiana Chamber of
the Year. Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission is a finalist for a federal
Recreational Trails Program grant, which would be used to fund the town’s
portion of the Marquette Greeway trail. CHS grads Zachary Gipson and Dustin
Ritchea direct and star in Gutenberg! The Musical! at The Art Barn in
Library Director Lisa Stamm reports that WPL will renew its involvement in
the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative. Nearly 1,000 NIPSCO
customers lose power when a utility pole on Ind. 149 is struck by a vehicle.
Duneland School Board expects to re-evaluate its transfer student policy at
its annual retreat later in the summer. The boxcar and caboose purchased
earlier this year by the Chesterton Park Board are sited in Thomas Park.
Board retains the financial consulting services of Umbaugh, in the run-up to
a possible new property-tax referendum in 2019. National Park Service throws
a monkey wrench into Pavilion Partners LLC’s revised plans for the
conversion of the Pavilion at Indiana Dunes State Park, after determining
that those plans have changed enough to require a new federal review under
the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act.
County Fair begins its run. Chesterton Fire Department’s secondary engine, a
2000 Pierce Saber, throws its differential when the U-bolts securing the
engine’s rear axle fail during routine driver’s training. Chesterton Moose
Lodge 1623 sponsors a Road Rally fundraiser to benefit the athletes of
Porter County Special Olympics. Scott Mundell joins the Duneland Family
YMCA’s Board of Directors.
Council awards the bid from Horizon Investments Inc. for a $1.8-million
general obligation bond issue for roadwork and sidewalk improvements. Burns
Harbor Park Department installs a Little Free Library by the playground at
Lakeland Park. Porter Town Council approves the request of vendor Simms
Enterprise to rent kayaks and three-wheel water bikes at Porter Beach.
The late Harley,
the Porter Fire Department’s search-and-resuce K-9, is posthumously honored
with the Canine Service Dog Award by the U.S. War Dog Association. CHS grad
and Indiana University swimmer Blake Pieroni wins the 100 Free and finishes
second in the 200 Free at the U.S. Swim Nationals. Duneland Boys and Girls
Club celebrates its 1,000th registered member: Chloe Link, 10, a student at
Jackson Elementary School. Dunes Learning Center’s new propane-fueled school
win the Boys and Girls Club’s flag football league. ArcelorMittal posts a
second-quarter net income of $1.86 billion or $1.84 basic earnings per
share, compared to $1.32 billion in the year-ago. NiSource Inc. posts a
second-quarter net income of $23.2 million or 7 cents basic earnings per
share, compared to a net loss of $44.4 million or 14 cents in the year-ago.
Former CHS football, basketball, and track standout and Indiana University
athlete John R. “Jay” Mathias dies at 69.
Corporation posts a second-quarter net income of $214 million or $1.20 per
diluted share, compared to $261 million or $1.48 in the year-ago. The annual
Babapaloosa, created by the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club to benefit the
needy in Nepal, is held at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. CHS grad and future
Northwestern Wildcat Lucas Davison claims the 195 titles in Freestyle and
Greco-Roman wrestling at the USMC Cadet & Junior National Championships in
CHS girls golf team
opens its season by splitting a triangular with Warsaw and Triton. Porter
County Council learns that office space leased by the Porter County
Prosecuting Attorney’s Child Support Division at 15 N. Franklin St. in
Valparaiso is more than 1,000 square feet smaller than some records state,
according to an application for a tax exemption.
announces that steel and aluminum tariffs have prompted U.S. Steel
Corporation to open half a dozen new plants; USS makes no such announcement
and says that the opening of any new mills would be “publicly announced.” A
motor home fire here in the westbound lanes of I-94 backs up traffic nearly
to Michigan City.
Board announces six “eLearning Days” in the 2018-19 calendar, during which
students would work at home with online lessons and assignments. No. 3 blast
furnace at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor in East Chicago goes down; repairs
are expected to be completed in two weeks. Ground is broken on the
$3.2-million Porter County Expo Center renovation project. United
Steelworkers rejects U.S. Steel Corporation’s push for “flat wages” in a new
contract; the USW also accuses ArcelorMittal of dragging its heels at the
Library receives a donation in an unreleased amount from the estate of one
of its long-time patrons, the late Floyd “Monty” Montgomery. CHS boys soccer
team opens its season with a 2-1 victory at Boone Grove. A “public access
bleeding control station”--donated by Medicine in Bad Places, co-owned by
CHS grad Tony Emanuele--is installed at CHS. Porter County Coroner Chuck
Harris reports that drug-related deaths are down over the first half of
2018: to 19 from 28 in the first half of 2017, a drop of 32 percent.
makes over to the town’s General Fund a $77,571 payment in lieu of taxes, as
well as a return on the treatment plant of $79,544, to help fund employee
raises granted in April by the Town Council. CHS volleyball team opens its
season with a three-game victory over Hammond Morton. CHS girls soccer team
beats Michigan City 9-1 in its season opener. Valparaiso Police Sgt. Todd
Kobitz is made an honorary member of the Chesterton Police Department for
training the CPD’s new K-9 partner, Maverick, gratis.
Commissioners award $1,386,210 in bids for the second phase of the
Courthouse renovation project. U.S. Department of Interior opposes
re-designating Indiana Dunes National Lakesore a “National Park,” because
doing so “would be inconsistent” with the National Park Service’s “naming
conventions for different kinds of units,” according to NPS Acting Director
P. Daniel Smith. Lisa Jordan, president and CEO of the Family & Youth
Services Bureau in Valparaiso, announces her retirement, effective Dec. 31,
after 23 years of service.
Corporation announces $750 million in capital improvements to Gary Works,
with USS receiving $10 million in conditional tax credits from the state.
CHS football team loses its season opener against Hobart 10-9. CHS girls
cross country team opens its season with a second-place finish at the NIC
Stomp at New Prairie. Two Illinois boys drown within the space of an hour at
Indiana Dunes State Park beach. Work officially begins on the silo-themed
program center at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.
Katie Clark joins
the Duneland Family YMCA’s Board of Directors. CHS girls soccer team loses
to Valparaiso 5-4 in penalty kicks. CHS boys soccer team beats Valparaiso
4-0. Long-time environmentalist Walt Breitinger is honored with the Izaak
Walton League Hall of Fame Award. A new parent drop-off traffic pattern goes
into effect at Chesterton Middle School. A 16-year-old boy is facing
multiple delinquency charges, including arson, after the CPD said that on
three consecutive nights he forcibly entered the Residences of Chesterton
nursing home facility, under construction at Coffee Creek Center, to
CHS football team
wins its first game of the season against Munster 31-0. Chesterton Feed &
Garden holds its 26th annual Customer Appreciation Week. CHS softball coach
LouAnn Hopson receives her 40-Year Award from the Indiana Coaches of Girls
Sports Association. Dick and Kay Annable of Chesterton celebrate their 60th
Nearly 2,000 NIPSCO
customers--including Chesterton High School--and nearly 1,200 more in
Liberty Township lose power in the blistering heat. CHS boys tennis team
wins its DAC opener with a 4-1 victory over Lake Central. CHS girls soccer
team beats Merrillville 13-0.
Katelyn McCoy aces
the 15th hole at Palmira Golf Course but the CHS girls golf team still loses
to Lake Central 223-190. Chesterton Town Council agrees to go out for bid on
a new fire engine, after it’s determined that repairs to the CFD’s secondary
engine, a 2000 Pierce Saber, would cost more than the vehicle is worth.
CHS football team
loses to Michigan City 28-10, after taking a 10-7 lead into Saturday’s
continuation of Friday’s storm-delayed game. No. 9 CHS boys soccer team
beats No. 16 Munster 2-0. United Steelworkers schedule strike authoriztion
votes against U.S. Steel, after both parties agree to extend their current
contract past its expiration on Sept. 1.
CHS girls soccer
team beats No. 18 Crown Point 3-1. After failing to come to an agreement
with the Porter County Park Board, the Northwest Indiana Croquet Association
appears before the Chesterton Park Board seeking to build a four-court
championship pitch at Dogwood Park. United Steelworkers locals vote to
authorize a strike but U.S. Steel does not “anticipate” one.
remains found in a field several hundred yards northwest of Porter Regional
Hospital are being examined by forensic anthropologists at the University of
Indianapolis. Indiana Court of Appeals suppresses all statements made by
Christopher Dillard, the accused murderer of Upper Deck bartender Nicole
Gland, after he first requested legal counsel during his interrogation by
Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski, including Dillard’s statement to his
girlfriend that “I killed that girl.”
Service takes delivery of a new Marsh Master amphibious vehicle, used to
expedite the work of removing invasive species of vegetation at Indiana
Dunes National Lakeshore. Shelby Bullock wins the individual title but the
CHS girls cross country team finishes second at the Bob Thomas Invitational
at Lowell; the CHS boys cross country team also finishes second overall.
CHS girls golf team
finishes fifth of 14 at the Pat Ford Invitational at Beechwood Golf Course
in LaPorte. Students, staff, and volunteers, under the direction of CHS
support staff member Mary Beth Whitmer, continue the O’Keefe Family’s
tradition of placing 2,977 flags in the front of the CHS stadium, to honor
the martyrs killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
Council raises the monthly brush and leaf collection fee from $1 to $2, as
part of a multi-pronged effort to make sustainable the wage hikes granted to
all municipal employees in April. Porter County Property Tax Assessment
Board of Appeals continues a hearing on an exemption benefiting 15 Franklin
LLC, owner of the property which has leased space to the Prosecuting
Attorney’s Child Support Division, after no one from the LLC appeared.
Daniel and Cheryl (Glancy)
Howe of Chesterton celebrate their 50th anniversary. Burns Harbor
Redevelopment Commission expresses a willingness to provide the Fire
Department with $200,000 to run an independent ambulance service through the
end of the year; Fire Chief Bill Arney says he needs only $50,000 to pay
part-time paramedics to staff the BHFD’s ambulance. Chesterton Art Center’s
2018 Art Comp winners: Best in Show, Kathy Los-Rathburn, for watercolor
“Coal & Coil”; First Place, Jimmy Duke Johnston, for acrylic “Still Life on
CHS senior Brandon
Wong and Andrean High School senior Thomas Pampalone of Chesterton are named
National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists. Investigators attempt to find the
cause of a series of natural-gas explosions in Massachusetts communities
served by Columbia Gas Company, a subsidiary of NiSource Inc.; the
explosions ignited fires in at least 60 homes and killed one person.
CHS girls golf team
finishes second at the Valparaiso Sectional and advances to regional
competition. No. 2 CHS boys soccer team defeats defending IHSAA state
champion Lafayette Harrison 2-1. CHS football team loses to Valparaiso 23-0.
CHS girls cross country team finishes fourth at the 30-team New Prairie
Invitational, while the boys team finishes sixth.
Water Company seeks to raise rates 16 percent by 2020 in a filing before the
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. CHS juniors Jack Ward and Josh
Osborn, members of Boy Scout Troop 929, earn their Eagle Scout rank.
Duneland School Board signals that it plans to revise its transfer student
policy by early 2019; members agree that accepting transfer students from
outside the corporation isn’t and shouldn’t be about the money and that the
policy requires better management.
locals vote to grant strike authorization if necessary against ArcelorMittal.
Under a settlement agreement, NIPSCO residential customers will see an
overall natural-gas rate increase of approximately $8 per month, instead of
the $10 originally sought by NIPSCO, beginning on Oct. 1. NIPSCO announces
the retirement of most of its remaining coal-fired generation plants within
five years and all of them within the next 10 years. CHS volleyball team
fights back from two games down to beat Valparaiso in five games.
Shirley Heinze Land
Trust is honored with the Governor’s Award of Environmental Excellence,
presented by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Frontline
Foundation Inc.’s seventh annual Hooked on Art Festival is held in Downtown
Chesterton, with proceeds going to the treatment of adult substance abusers.
Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission releases RFQ from developers
interested in developing the former Duneland School Corporation’s acreage
located across Ind. 149 from the town hall; proposals are sought for an
updated town hall and community center.
Ground is broken on
Phase II of the Porter County Courthouse renovation. CHS Homecoming Royalty:
Queen Caroline Liapes, King Brandon Wong, Prince Carter Casbon, and Princess
Nalani Malackowski. No. 1 CHS boys soccer team beats Hobart 9-0. CHS seniors
Roman Camacho, Sarah Smith, and Samuel Teal are National Merit Scholarship
“Commended Students.” Senior Sarah Harmon is named CHS Orchestra
Concertmaster and senior Sarah Schimpf Assistant Concertmaster.
Court voids state’s blocked railroad crossing law, which authorized local
police departments to issue $200 citations to railroads whose trains blocked
grade-crossings for more than 10 minutes. Some 20,000 NIPSCO customers lose
power during a storm. Porter Town Council issues an $830,000 general
obligation bond for a new fire engine and park equipment.
CHS boys soccer
team finishes an undefeated season by beating LaPorte 4-0 to win the
outright DAC title. CHS boys tennis team advances into IHSAA sectional
finals after sweeping Wheeler 5-0, then beats Valparaiso 3-2 to win its
fifth straight sectional title.
Shelby Bullock wins
the DAC title and the CHS girls cross country team finishes second; while
the boys team finishes third. CHS Trojan Guard Marching Band, under the
direction of Adam Bess, finishes third in Scholastic A Class at the Penn
High School Invitational. St. Francis’ Episcopal Church holds its annual
Blessing of the Pets.
Commission split-votes 4-3 to re-zone three lots on South Calumet Road,
between Westchester Ave. and Washington Ave., from commercial to
residential. Porter County Park Department opens a new wetland observation
deck at Sunset Hill Farm Park. CHS boys tennis team wins its first ever
regional semifinal match, beating New Prairie 4-1 at LaPorte. No. 1 CHS boys
soccer team beats Michigan City 1-0 in the IHSAA sectional opener in
CHS girls soccer
team beats Valparaiso 4-0 in IHSAA sectional opener in Valparaiso. The
eighth annual Porter Perfect Pint festival is held at Hawthorne Park.
Chesterton Board of Zoning Appeals grants four sign variances to Wise Guys
Discount Liquors, 1601 S. Calumet Road. No. 1 CHS boys soccer team advances
to the IHSAA sectional championship with a 3-1 victory over Crown Point.
CHS boys tennis
team loses 3-2 to Penn in the IHSAA LaPorte Regional finals. The 17th annual
Duneland Community Prayer Breakfast is held in Trinity Hall at St. Pat’s
Church; the keynote speaker is Anne Ryder. Chesterton Park Board looks to
hire an assistant superintendent, with the idea of grooming a successor to
Superintendent Bruce Mathias on his eventual retirement.
St. Patrick School
is second in ISTEP scores to only one small, non-public school in Indiana,
while Discovery Charter School’s students surpass Duneland Schools students
as well, whose scores overall are stable. No. 17 CHS girls soccer team falls
to No. 12 Valparaiso 4-1 in the Class 3A Valparaiso sectional semifinals.
Shelby Bullock wins the New Prairie Sectional title and the CHS girls cross
country team finishes second; while the boys team finishes in second behind
Valparaiso. No. 1 CHS boys soccer team wins the Class 3A IHSAA sectional
title 5-0 at Portage.
CHS Trojan Guard
Marching Band earns a Gold rating with Visual Distinction at ISSMA
Scholastic Class Prelims at Plymouth and qualifies for ISSMA finals. Bridger
Fowler, 13, of Porter, wins the Spartan World Championship in Squaw Valley,
Lake Tahoe, Calif.; running in the Competitive Youth Class, Fowler beat more
than 8,000 participants from 37 countries. Porter County Commissioners
retain an outside legal firm to review the Prosecuting Attorney Office’s
lease of space at 15 N. Franklin St.
that residential natural-gas customers will pay approximately $7.50 more per
month during this winter heating than the last one. A 20-pound chunk of
ice--what could be a megacryometeor--falls on Liberty Township resident
Dennis Nover’s front lawn, under clear skies, missing his head by 30 feet.
United Steelworkers says it may have “little choice” but to strike
ArcelorMittal. Results of Burns Harbor survey: residents want safer routes
of travel through town, they appreciate the small-town feel, and they would
like a grocery store.
CHS boys soccer
team wins the Class 3A Goshen Regional title, after beating Penn 3-2 in
overtime and then Northridge 4-3. CHS boys cross country team wins the New
Prairie Regional title; while the girls team also claims the title, after
Shelby Bullock finishes six second ahead of Valparaiso’s Ava Gilliana. CHS
volleyball team falls to Michigan City in three games at the semifinals of
the Hobart Sectional. CHS football team loses its regular season finale
28-16 to Merrillville.
Porter County Parks
Foundation donates $7,500 toward the construction of cabins at Sunset Hill
Farm Park. CPD Officer Alexias DeJesus is commended for her professionalism
in responding to a burglary in progress in Ogden Dunes. United Steelworkers
and U.S. Steel announce a tenative four-year contract. A ceremony is held in
Burns Harbor to dedicate an Indiana state historical marker commemorating
the development and legacy of the Burns Harbor Steel Plant.
Auditor Vicki Urbanik is honored by the Association of Government
Accountants with its 2018 Achievement of the Year Award. A third-party legal
firm communicates a prelimary opinion to the Porter County Commissioners
that the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s lease of space at 15 N. Franklin
St. has been void since 1999. Shirley Heinze Land Trust is honored by the
Land Trust Alliance with its National Excellence Award.
Bailey Ranta, and Kara Krol lead the CHS girls cross country team to a
third-place finish at IHSAA New Prairie Semistate and a berth in the state
finals; while CHS boys cross country runner Nathan O’Connor finishes 12th at
New Prairie Semistate to advance to the state finals. CHS boys soccer team
beats Fort Wayne Carroll 3-1 in penalty kicks to win the 3A Kokomo Semistate
Assessor Jon Snyder pleads guilty in federal court to a single misdemeanor
count of failure to supply information to the IRS. Chesterton Town Council
approves 2019 advertised budget which includes a “projected structural
deficit” of $269,261.46; Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela believes cash on
hand at year’s end 2018 will be sufficent to make good on the deficit but
advised the council against deficit-spending going forward.
Eagle Scout candidate Blaine Reyes to complete his project: bat houses
erected on the grounds of the Discovery Charter School and the Westchester
Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Investors file a class-action lawsuit against U.S.
Steel Corporation, alleging that certain USS executive officers violated the
Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 by making “materially false and
misleading statements,” in “press releases, analyst conference calls, and
CHS science teacher
Brian Hennigar and 80 of his students present a hands-on program entitled
“Science InFusion” to 400 Duneland kindergarten students in the CHS
courtyard. CHS boys soccer team wins its first state title, after junior
Robbie Capehart heads in a corner kick from senior Bailey Arthur with 27.4
seconds left in double overtime, beating Zionsville. CHS girls cross country
team takes 10th place in the state finals, led by Bailey Ranta’s 16th-place
CHS football team
loses to Valparaiso 55-7 in the opener of the IHSAA Class 6A Sectional. An
“error” at the Portage early-voting site is discovered; the Clerk’s Office
and Voter Registration attempt to contact those who cast ballots between
8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals votes 2-1 to seek back taxes from
an improper tax exemption benefiting the owner of the building at 15 N.
Franklin St. in Valparaiso, where the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office leases
space. Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League celebrates 60 years
of protecting the Indiana Dunes. Chesterton resident Dawn Ivanyo spins and
wins $47,300 in cash and prizes on Wheel of Fortune.
reports that the Sept. 13 natural-gas pipeline disaster in Greater Lawrence,
Mass.-- caused by over-pressurization in the distribution lines of its
subsidiary, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts--in which one person was killed
and dozens of homes destroyed, has hit its bottom line, with a net loss in
the third quarter of $345.1 million or 95 cents per share; the company’s
quarterly results include $461.9 million in expenses associated with the
disaster, which it expects to recover through insurance.
proposes an electric rate hike to support the transition into renewable
energy, following the scheduled de-commissioning of its coal-fired
generation plants; under the proposed hike, residential customers would pay
approximately $11 more per month, or 12 percent. Porter County Election
Board splits over motion to correct an error at the Portage early-voting
center. ArcelorMittal posts a net income in the third quarter of $899
million or 89 cents per basic share, compared to $1.205 billion or $1.18 in
CHS freshman Evan
Snowdin wins the No. 1 Plate as champion in the 85 Senior Class motorcycle
race series at the Great Lakes Dual State Championship. U.S. Steel posts a
net income in the third quarter of $291 million or $1.62 per diluted share,
compared to $147 million or 83 cents in the year-ago. Democrat Director of
Porter County Voter Registration Kathy Kozuszek files a complaint with
Valparaiso Police alleging that a signature on her office’s 2018 budget,
purportedly hers, was actually placed on the document by Republican
Co-Director Sundae Schoon.
Service temporarily closes access to the beach at the Portage Lakefront and
Riverwalk site, after recent storm waves wash away portions of a sand dune
and the only designated trail to the beach. CHS girls basketball team beats
Highland 32-31 to win its season opener, after Marney Sisson hits a pair of
free throws with 0:08 left on the clock. United Steelworkers reaches a
tentative agreement with ArcelorMittal.
Commissioner Jim Biggs, R-North, on Election Day snafus: “Total, absolute
breakdown”; Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford orders 12 polling
places which failed to open at 6 a.m. to remain open past 6 p.m.; anecdotal
reports filter in to the Chesterton Tribune of inadquately staffed polling
places and inadequately trained poll workers; up to 15,000 absentee and
early ballots which were supposed to have been delivered to their respective
polling places before they closed are not; no one knows when the election
results will be posted; Biggs confirms that he and Commissioner Laura Blaney,
D-South, have asked the FBI to investigate such issues as chain of custody,
incorrectly advertised polling locations, insecure ballots, and any
suggestion of the deliberate sabotage of the process; the big loser: Porter
County Clerk of Courts Karen Martin, whose office was tasked with the
administration of the election.
the posting of results on Friday, Nov. 10, nearly 72 hours after the polls
closed on Tuesday, Nov. 6: Democrat Gary Germann, unseating incumbent
Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel; Democrat Bob Poparad, unseating incumbent
Porter County Council President Andy Bozak, R-1st, by 15 votes; Democrat
incumbent Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik, easily fending off a
challenge from Clerk of Courts Karen Martin; Porter County Commissioner Jeff
Good, R-North; Democrat Jessica Bailey in race for open Clerk seat;
Republican Cyndi Dykes in race for open Coroner seat; Republican Chuck
Harris in race for open Recorder seat; incumbent Ronald Stone in race for
Liberty Township seat on the Duneland School Board and Alayna Lightfoot Pol
in race for open at-large seat; and Republican Tammy Watkins, unseating
incumbent Pine Township Trustee Andrew Himan Jr.
In the aftermath,
the Porter County Commissioners demand Karen Martinson’s resignation from
the Office of Clerk of Courts, after calling on the Election Board to
request “any and all investigations that are available through the Indiana
Secretary of State Election Division and the Indiana State Police”; the
Valparaiso Democratic Committee similarly demands an investigation.
CHS girls swim team
beats Highland 154-31 to win its season opener. Porter Town Council
authorizes Fire Chief Jay Craig to go out for bids on a new fire engine.
United Steelworkers ratifies a new four-year contract with U.S. Steel. A
ribbon-cutting is held for the new boxcar restroom and caboose comfort
station in Thomas Centennial Park. CHS speech team hosts its annual
Skeffington Memorial Speech Invitational, featuring 10 different schools and
250 entries. CHS senior Shelby Bullock signs her National Letter of Intent
to run cross country and track at Purdue University.
Town of Burns
Harbor is awarded a $1 million Community Crossings state infrastructure
grant for road paving. CPD Probationary Officer Adam Alicea is sworn in. The
annual Hometown Holiday Celebration is held in Downtown Chesterton.
Chesterton BZA grants two variances to Chesterton BZA President Rich Riley,
pertaining to a garage he wants to build on his property at 218 Grant Ave.
Seven of nine Duneland schools receive A or B grades from the Indiana
Department of Education.
CHS boys basketball
team beats Gary 21st Century 60-50 to win its season opener. CHS senior
soccer player Jack Eaton is named Indiana Mr. Soccer (Player of the Year) by
the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association, the second time in three years a CHS
boys soccer player earns that honor (Owen Hallas in 2016). CHS girls
basketball team improves to 6-0 on the season after winning its DAC opener
against Lake Central 47-43.
CHS boys swim team
beats Northridge 131-52 to win its season opener, while CHS girls swim team
edges Northridge 94-92. CHS wrestlers open their season by winning the team
title at the Ted DeRousse Invitational in Antioch, Ill., with Danny Tolin
finishing 9-0 to win the 120 title. More than 25,000 NIPSCO customers lose
power--including, for a few hours on deadline, the Chesterton Tribune--after
high winds and wet snow down power lines throughout the company’s service
Council agrees to pay poll workers double the normal rates, following the
breakdown of the election process on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Chesterton Town
Council seeks a meeting with representatives of Porter County Animal Control
and the Commissioners to discuss Animal Control’s proposed three-year
contract with the town. CHS senior Danny Tolin signs his National Letter of
Intent to wrestle at Indiana University.
of Porter County Voter Registration Kathy Kozuszek files a complaint in
federal court alleging that Porter County violated the Fair Labor Standards
Act by not compensating her for overtime. United Steelworkers ratifies a new
four-year contract with ArcelorMittal. Sigmund Niepokoj, a former member of
the Chesterton Town Board, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Advisory Plan
Commission, dies at 85.
CHS boys swim team
takes the overall title at the Hall of Fame Classic in Franklin, with five
first-place finishes, while the girls team also wins the title, with two
first-place finishes. CHS Music Department holds the 46th annual Madrigal
Dinners, with Lord of the House Benjamin Larimer and Lady of the House Agia
Amezcua-Bone. Chesterton Advisory Plan Commission approves the primary plat
for a double-hotel project at Coffee Creek Center, immediately north of the
Culver’s restaurant, for an 87-room Fairfield Inn & Suites and a 90-room
Holiday Inn Express.
Ray Carnes, one of
the three Wise Men who frequented meetings of the Chesterton Town
Council--along with Leonard Sullivan and the late Bob Glinstra--and who was
a tireless advocate of public safety issues, dies at 98. Duneland School
Board thanks retiring Member Mike Trout for his 28 years of service, while
it introduces its newest School Resource Officer, CPD Lt. Joe Christian.
Chesterton Park Board invites the public to apply for the newly created
position of Assistant Superintendent.
Superindent Ginger Bolinger notifies the School Board of her immediate
retirement for health and family reasons. Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
beach and the Ogden Dunes public beach are closed after a “frothy” or
“sudsy” substance is observed being discharged into Burns Waterway from two
outfall pipes on U.S. Steel property in Portage; the beaches are opened some
days later when testing shows no unusually high levels in the water of any
found in September near Porter Regional Hospital are identified as those of
Tammy R. Brewer, 42, of Portage, who in July had discharged herself from the
hospital against physicians’ advice; Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says
that the manner of death appears to have been natural. Indiana Supreme Court
refuses to revisit the Sept. 7 Indiana Appeals Court decision which found
inadmissable all self-incriminating statements made by accused murderer
Christopher Dillard during his interview with CPD Chief Dave Cincoski, in
connection with the slaying in April 2017 of Upper Deck bartender Nicole
report a rash of vehicle entries throughout town. Patrons attending a series
of Taproom 219 pop-up beer gardens donate $800 to a number of local
organizations, including Duneland Family YMCA and Rebuilding Together
Duneland. CHS junior soccer player Seth Conway is named All-State
CHS boys swim team
is first and girls team second at the Homestead Invitational. CHS girls
basketball team loses to Portage in overtime 56-50. CHS wrestlers finish
third at the Zionsville Invitational. CHS graduate Elizabeth Canright is
voted Rookie of the Year by her teammates on the Wittenberg University
women’s cross country team.
Chesterton Middle School teacher resigns amid unspecified allegations
involving a student which are the subject of a criminal investigation.
Chesterton Town Council enters into a three-year contract with Porter County
Animal Control, two weeks after members publicly wondered why residents
weren’t in fact being double-billed for the service, first through their
property taxes and second through the $27,347 annual fee.
developer of the Stone Meadows subdivision, speaks against plans for 59
acres up for annexation located immediately west of the subdivision along
1100N. CHS grad and Olympic Gold Medalist Blake Pieroni travels to China to
compete in the 2018 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championship--after
signing his first professional endorsement contract with Mizuno USA--and
wins the 200 Free world title.
Commissioners retain legal counsel to enter into a federal multi-district
lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of opioids. Scott Pelath is
named executive director of the Kankakee River Basin Commission. CHS girls
swim team beats Valparaiso 135-51, while the boys team beats Valpo 146-39.
Commissioners announce that Indiana Secretary of State’s Election Division,
in coordination with the Indiana State Police and the Indiana State Board of
Accounts, is investigating the general election breakdown on Nov. 6. Burns
Harbor Town Council approves $1,000 across-the-board raises for all
full-time municipal employees. Oak Lawn, Ill., pilot Azam J. Zayed fatally
crashes his Piper Comanche single-engine airplane at Porter County Regional
Department manager at Westchester Public Library is Jessica Bartz. Porter
County Commissioners and and Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel are notified
of a pending lawsuit filed by 15 Franklin LLC seeking more than $526,000 in
payments for remaining lease payments through Dec. 31, 2024, for space
formerly rented by the Child Support Division.
CHS gymastics team
opens season with a victory at the LaPorte Pairs Invitational. CHS girls
basketball team falls to Valparaiso 51-42. Two Chicago Police officers in
search of a suspect are hit and killed by an eastbound South Shore commuter
train north of Kensington. Former PCSP deputy Larry LaFlower is sentenced to
15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud, in
connection with his embezzlement of funds from Fraternal Order of Police
Lodge 165 to cover gambling debts.
Board names Judith Malasto, director of secondary learning and performance,
interim superintendent, following the sudden retirement of Ginger Bolinger.
Porter County Safety Director Mike Brickner resigns. The 2018 state champion
CHS boys soccer team is honored by MaxPreps at its 14th annual Tour of
Champions; the team is ranked 43rd in the country by MaxPreps. State Sen.
Karen Tallian, D-Portage, introduces a bill which would legalize the
recreational use of marijuana.
No. 5 CHS boys
basketball team stays undefeated by beating Bishop Noll 71-61. Porter County
Council prepares to review, in the New Year, 2019 allocations for Voter
Registration. CHS debate team finishes the year with a win at West
Lafayette. At a public hearing called by the Chesterton Advisory Plan
Commission, residents of the Westchester South subdivision--plus others on
Richter Street--remonstrate vociferously against a planned unit development
of 62 duplexes which John Nekus wants to build on 11.28 acres located behind
the Chesterton Post Office.
Indiana Office of
Utility Consumer Counselor objects to Indiana American Water Company’s
proposed rate hike, which would generate $38.8 million in additional annual
revenues; the OUCC instead recommends a rate decrease which would shave the
company of $16.9 million in revenues. Chesterton Town Council votes
unanimously to table, pending further notice, the annexation of 59 acres
along 1100N, when residents of Stone Meadows and other neighboring
subdivisions object to the property owner’s plan to develop duplexes,
triplexes, and a pair of commercial buildings on the site.