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Council okays wine and beer fest in Thomas Park

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The Chesterton Town Council is amenable to the idea of a winter beer and wine festival sponsored by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce and held in Thomas Centennial Park.

At their meeting Monday night, members voted 5-0 to approve a contract with the Chamber, pending legal review.

Chamber President Maura Durham told members that she’s expecting around a dozen wine and beer vendors to participate in the festival--dubbed Corkscrew and Brew--and hopes to have a number of food vendors as well, along with live music.

Time and day: 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, timed loosely to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day, the previous Thursday.

Earlier in the month the Park Board unanimously endorsed the idea of a wine and beer festival in Thomas Centennial Park.

Associate Town Attorney Julie Paulson did say on Monday that counsel is taking its time reviewing the contract, inasmuch as the focus of the fest--alcohol--tends to complicate matters somewhat. Still, she added, “it shouldn’t be an issue. We just want all our bases covered.”

Ton on IRS Scams

Member Jim Ton, R-1st, took a moment at the end of the meeting to warn folks not to be intimidated by scammers pretending to be IRS agents and threatening them with arrest if they don’t immediately pay the back taxes they only just learned they owe.

The IRS doesn’t call citizens out of the blue, Ton noted. “They don’t work that way,” he said. “They get you in other ways.”

“This is nothing but a scam,” Ton emphasized. “Don’t get upset. Just hang up.”


Member Lloyd Kittredge, R-2nd, also took a moment at the end of the meeting, to thank his colleagues on the council for giving him the chance to attend a recent conference for municipal officials hosted by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.

Kittredge said that his time was well spent and very informative and that he intends to begin pursuing a few initiatives discussed at the event.

Kittredge also said that he was heartened to learn, after hearing a lot of “complaints and concerns” voiced by other municipalities’ officials about their staffs, how smoothly and cooperatively the Town of Chesterton actually functions. “This town really seems to work well together.”



Posted 1/26/2016




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