Trick-or-treat in the Town of Chesterton has been scheduled from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.
So Police Chief Dave Cincoski announced at Monday’s meeting of the Town
Cincoski said that the Police Commission determined the day and time of this
year’s trick-or-treat at its meeting last week.
Also to be marked on the calendar: the Town of Chesterton will be holding
its annual municipal auction at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Street
Department at 609 Grant Ave.
Viewing begins at 6 p.m.
Items on the block include five surplus squad cars (a Caprice, an Impala,
and three Crown Vics); a wide assortment of bicycles; an inoperable 20-ton
air jack; a couple of different salt spreaders, one hydraulic and the other
one motorized; an assortment of televisions; a mechanical siren,
miscellaneous hose nozzles and fittings, an exercise stepper and row
machine, a small refrigerator, two gas masks, computer gear, and various
tools, all from the Fire Department; a small tenant sweeper; and a snow
blower for a 318 John Deere.
In other business, Cincoski made a special plea to residents and businesses
to have “a little bit of patience” this weekend when the Downtown fills with
visitors for the annual Wizard of Oz Festival.
Extra officers will be on patrol, Cincoski noted. “Please let calm and peace
At 6 p.m. Friday a Downtown parking ban will go into effect for festival
setup, as South Calumet Road from West Indiana Ave. north to the Norfolk
Southern tracks, Broadway from South Calumet to Fourth Street, and Second
and Third streets from Broadway to West Indiana will be closed and
Cincoski did say that the parade route may be changed, due to construction
along South Calumet Road. As soon as he hears, he will notify the
But, Town Engineer Mark O’Dell announced, South Calumet Road will be
open—repeat, will be open—for the duration of the festival, Friday through
Sunday, although it will be closed again promptly Monday morning.
“It will be a gravel roadway,” O’Dell said. “Drive slow, with extreme
From the floor Janet Ryan, representing the Coffee Creek Watershed
Conservancy, thanked the New Life Wesleyan Church, Lake Erie Land Company,
the South Shore Brass Band, and the Chesterton Fire and Police departments
for participating in Saturday’s 9/11 memorial ceremony at Coffee Creek
Ryan spoke specifically of Chesterton firefighters’ “selfless dedication.”
Fire Chief Mike Orlich called the event “very, very moving” and promised
that it will be held again next year.
Also from the floor Patricia Carlisle urged the council “to open a
discussion” about making the Town of Chesterton smoke-free, an initiative,
she said, perfectly in keeping with the soon-to-be approved new
Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Overlay and with Chesterton’s general
interest in the promotion of “a high quality of life, healthy living, strong
community values, and economic development.”
Carlisle noted that 28,832 communities in the U.S.—comprising nearly 80
percent of the population—have gone smoke-free in all workplaces, and doing
so in Chesterton would protect residents, visitors, and children from the
dangers of second-hand smoke.