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Porter Town Council doubles donation for Family 4th of July Fest

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The Town of Porter is donating $2,000 for the 6th annual Family 4th Fest on Monday, July 4.

That’s $1,000 more than what it gave for the 5th annual Family 4th Fest and $2,000 more than it gave for June 30th’s Fireworks on the Lakefront this year, having declined the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s request in April.

Making the motion to double the amount from last year was Town Council member Erik Wagner. The funding will be drawn from the Town’s installment of county economic development income tax funds.

Council President Greg Stinson said the increase is “a great idea” and lauded the festival as something special for the Duneland community. “I think it’s a great event. It seems to get bigger every year,” Stinson said.

Laura Layman, vice-president of the Duneland Business Initiative Group, which has hosted the event since 2011, said the festivities will kick off again this year with a pancake breakfast, courtesy of the Chesterton Lions Club, starting at 7 a.m. followed by the parade through Porter at 9 a.m.

Back this year are the turtle races following the parade in Hawthorne Park and, as an added attraction this year, a duck race, Layman said.

There will be rides, games, ring toss, brick toss, a hot dog eating contest for kids, a beer garden by Leroy’s Hot Stuff, food vendors, karaoke, live music by the band “Shut Up and Dance” and fireworks at dusk.

“It takes me back to when I was a kid with things like these going on,” Layman said.

Porter Beach rules sheet

While the Town won’t be shelling out any monetary donations for the Chamber’s Fireworks on the Lakeshore, it will be providing police, fire and emergency services to patrol the crowd.

Porter Police Chief Jamie Spanier said in his department report to the Council that residents who will be traveling though the Porter Beach area during the event are encouraged to pick up a paper copy of the rules for vehicles.

Cars will be lining up at Porter Beach for the show and those who have a copy of the rules will be able to move the line more quickly as police will not have to explain the rules. Motorists will also be told which lots are open for parking.

Spanier said residents can obtain a copy at either the Porter Town Hall or the Police Department.

Traffic will be restricted immediately following the end of the fireworks show so that police can get the first round of shuttle buses through. That should take about 15 minutes, Spanier said, and vehicles should be able to exit quickly after that.

Caps for lemonade, park news

Meanwhile, Parks Director Brian Bugajski told about other happenings at Porter Parks this month.

On Friday, June 17, Brownie Girl Scout Troop 30352 will be having a lemonade stand in Hawthorne Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The catch however is lemonade will not be sold for cash, but for donations of plastic caps, lids and old or broken crayons instead.

The goal is to close the gap on the amount of caps needed for building two all-recycled benches that the troop is donating to Hawthorne Park -- only 150 pounds left to go. The total project requires 500 pounds of caps and lids.

Bugajski said for the donated crayons, the Troop will take them to be melted down and then recycled into new crayons for children’s hospitals across the nation.

Also, Bugajski said registration is open for the MS4 Kids Fishing Derby at Indian Springs Park on Beam Street. Kids ages 6-12 can participate in fishing out at the park. It is a free event, from 8 a.m. to noon, followed by a hot dog lunch. All equipment will be provided, Bugajski added.

Praise was given to the agencies who helped out on Summer Safety Fest last Saturday, as well as to the festival’s young co-chairs, Sophia Keating and Eric Ailes.

Bugajski said about 200 people attended the concert in the park/movie series last Friday at Hawthorne Park’s east shelter. Council member Bill Lopez said he thought the Parks Department did a “nice job” putting it on.

Hawthorne Park will play host as well to the last night of the series put on by the Westchester Public Library on Friday, Aug. 5, Bugajski said.


Posted 6/15/2016





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