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Porter Fire sets Saturday open house; wishes sent for rescue dog's recovery

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The Porter Fire Department is hosting a winter open house Saturday, and assistant fire chief Jay Craig is hoping to have good news by then.

Craig’s K9 partner Harley, the department’s specially trained search-and-rescue dog, swallowed half a tennis ball and faces the possibility of surgery today to remove the obstruction if it doesn’t pass.

“It’s been a bad night,” Craig told the Town Council at Tuesday’s meeting, explaining Harley has had three veterinarians review the German Shepherd’s situation. Those present wished Harley well.

The open house is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the 550 W. Beam St. station. A bounce house, fire apparatus display and visit from Santa are planned. Visitors are invited to bring new unopened, unwrapped toys for a Toys for Tots collection as well as non-perishable, non-expired food items to distribute to community members in need.

Toys for Tots donations also are being accepted during business hours at the fire station through Dec. 16.

In a related matter, Porter park director Brian Bugajski said this fall’s Porter’s Perfect Pint fundraiser will net just over $6,000 for the Fire and Park departments to split between them as a donation. Bugajski thanked event organizers Liz Tilden and Leroy Flores, and the volunteers and brewers who participated.

Bugajski reminded this is the final week for return of surveys giving suggestions for the Park Department’s update of its five-year master plan. “Every survey counts.” Surveys are available at the town hall.

Bugajski and council park liaison Jeannine Virtue were asked to propose ordinance language that would allow reduced rental rates for the Hawthorne Park community center during the slower winter months to encourage more rentals.

Council president Elka Nelson said she’s received a request from the Westchester Seniors group that meets at Hawthorne to extend a railing at the west handicapped-entrance door of the community center; Bugajski was asked to confer with Porter Public Works superintendent Brenda Brueckheimer.

The seniors also are hoping to find artists and musicians who want to work in small groups with seniors offering classes in those areas this month and into 2014.

In other business Tuesday:

*  Craig asked residents to be sure their house numbers are posted on both sides of their mailbox and on the house itself to speed emergency response. He also asked that if a fire hydrant is covered by snow, residents please clean it away or call the Fire Department if help is required.

*  Police chief James Spanier urged residents not to leave packages and personal items in unlocked vehicles at any time but especially over the holiday season. Secure your vehicles, he urged.

*  The council voted 5-0 allowing clerk-treasurer Carol Pomeroy to take $1,390 out of the CEDIT fund to pay for repairs to the town hall furnace.

*  The council also approved Pomeroy taking up to $28,500 from the CEDIT fund if needed to cover a $41,500 lease payment on the police station; $13,500 is available in the debt fund now. Pomeroy said she hopes the town’s last 2013 tax draw is received prior to the payment due date.

*  Resident Jennifer Klug asked if the town will sponsor its annual outdoor Christmas decorating contest this year. Virtue said she didn’t think so. Pomeroy thanked Jeanine Biesboer and Janice Clark for decorating the town hall again this year.

*  Councilman Greg Stinson said he will be cheering for his beloved Michigan State Spartans in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl at Pasedena. MSU plays the Stanford Cardinals.


Posted 12/11/2013