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Porter Town Council donates to DBIG/Lions Family 4th Fest

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The Porter Town Council has once more ponied up big for the annual Family Fourth Fest.

At their meeting Tuesday night, members voted unanimously to donate $2,000 to the Duneland Business Initiative Group (DBIG), the Family Fourth Fest’s sponsor, along with the Chesterton Lions Club.

Requesting the donation, and speaking on behalf of DBIG, was Laura Layman. “We got it rolling,” she told members. “Everything’s falling into place.”

“I feel like family coming here,” Layman added. “I’m not afraid to ask. It’s such a great festival. Totally family-friendly. We’ve got something for every age. It’s for the community. That’s why we do it. There’s nothing to be gained but warm fuzzies.”

The event on Thursday, July 4, will begin with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. held by the Chesterton Lions Club, followed by the parade and then a day of fun stuff at Hawthorne Park, including kiddie rides, bounce houses, and a rock wall for the kids; lots of food; and a beer garden for those of a certain age.

“I’m already getting lots of calls from people who want to be in the parade,” Layman noted.

In addition to the cash donation, the Porter Police and Fire departments will also provide in-kind services. Layman said that both the Chesterton and Burns Harbor town councils have also made cash donations to the Family Fourth Fest. “But not nearly as much.”


In other business, member Erik Wagner, D-1st, took a moment to urge folks to consider downloading from iTunes or Google Play the Smart911 app promoted on the Porter County Emergency Management Agency’s Facebook page.

Not only is the app designed to warn users of nearby severe weather, it’s also capable of alerting folks to missing persons, hazardous materials spills, and other local emergencies.

Fire Chief Jay Craig also endorsed the Smart911 app. “It’s phenomenal,” he said. “Every resident should have it.”

Thank You, Ken Timm

President Greg Stinson, D-2nd, took a moment at the end of the meeting to express his profound gratitude to former Plan Commission member Ken Timm, who recently retired from his position.

“He provided a lot of service to the town over the years,” Stinson said. “And he was a local business owner. Ken will be missed for all the work he’s done. He is greatly appreciated.”



Posted 6/12/2019




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