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Region Communications Inc. 7590 East 109th Avenue Winfield, IN 46307






Vol. 8, Issue 384

Hometown news serving the Town of Winfield, LOFS and Winfield Township

September 25, 2009

Winfield food pantry drive kicks off this weekend

Holy Spirit parishioners walk for philanthropy

Photo provided

The Holy Spirit Catholic Church walk on Sunday raised money for philanthropic projects. Organizers said they hoped to collect enough pledges to make blankets, fill back packs for homeless shelters and fill care packages for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Participants collected donations from friends and family. Last year’s inaugural walk raised more than $2,000 for Catholic Charities to help Northwest Indiana flood victims.

Household hazardous waste collection

The 2009 Household Haz- ardous Waste collection is set for Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point. Contact the Lake county Solid Waste District for information about additional times and locations for drop offs at 800-946-4449.

Fall is the perfect time to inventory your garage and home, identify the no longer used solvents, oil- based paints and stain, and other potentially hazardous materials not only to your

family, but also to the envi- ronment should they end up in a landfill.

Lake County residents are invited to bring those items to the Oct. 3 free household hazardous waste collection. When and where—Satur- day, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown

Point. Who’s


County residents; Porter County residents must at- tend a collection set for that county.

Eligible for disposal

  • Batteries (both house-

hold and auto); aerosols; au- tomotive fluids such as anti- freeze, oils, and other fluids; corrosives, cleaners.

  • Paint and related prod-

ucts—Oil-based paint should be brought to mobile collec- tion along with thinners and solvents. (Latex paint will not be accepted because it is not a hazard. To properly dis- pose with regular garbage, remove lid and let dry or add cat litter material.)

  • Pesticides—Fungicides,

(See Waste page 2)

Photo by Mike Gooldy

LOFS golf member volunteers help maintain course

Doug Weiss, LOFS Golf Supt., had his utility cart loaded with sand to keep “Divot Party” volunteers supplied on Saturday. Golf course members volunteered to fill old fairway divots (see foreground) on all 18 holes, most of which were not filled by earlier players. The project promotes the playability and look of the fairways.

The Crown Point Bull- dogs, 2009 Indiana State Wrestling Champions, and the Winfield Food Pantry are sponsoring a food pantry drive to collect food for those in need in our area. The drive will seek to benefit a number of local food pantries and others in need including St. Jude House.

In today’s difficult economy, many of our neigh- bors, through no fault of their own, find it difficult to feed themselves and their children without their neighbors’ help.

This drive, put together by Coach Scott Vlink’s Bulldogs and the Winfield Food Pan- try, will begin with food and donation collection efforts at several local businesses and culminate at the Oktoberfest event in Winfield on Oct. 10.

The Oktoberfest theme is “Let’s fill our Food Pantry Shelves for the Upcoming Winter.” The event will con- sist of business, crafts and food booths set up from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be demonstrations put on by local groups and children’s games throughout the day. The local police and fire de- partments will be there to meet the public. In the evening, local bands will pro- vide music.

The first food and donation collection location will be at Strack and Van Til’s in Crown Point on September 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoppers are being asked to shop for an extra non-perishable item or two and to deposit them in the collection bin on their way out.

Each collection point will be manned by two Bulldog wrestlers, who receive com- munity service credits for their participation. Crown Vlink said, “This provides our young men and women with an opportunity to give back to the community that has provided our team and high school such solid sup- port over the years. I simply can’t think of a better cause than feeding the hungry.”

On October 2 the wrestlers will host a food collection effort at the high school. Each student will be asked to bring in several non-perishable food items. On Saturday, October 3 there will be loca- tions manned at Amelia’s County Market and Walgreen’s in the Winfield area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boone Grove gets gridiron victory

The Boone Grove High School Wolves won their first football victory on Fri- day, Sept. 19 against the Elkhart Christian Eagles. The Wolves won by a score of 9-6. Offensively, the Wolves were led by freshman receiver Tom Burton, who caught a touchdown pass

from freshman quarterback Dean Hill. Hill kicked the extra point to give the Wolves a 7-6 lead at half-time.

Austin Lange and Cody Poynter led the wolves in rushing. The defense led the way in the second half by contributing with a safety, and shutting out the Eagles.

Tom Burton added an inter- ception in the second half.

The Wolves next will play host to the Gary Lighthouse Charter School on Friday, Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m. at “The Den” at Boone Grove Middle School. Fans are in- vited to come out and enjoy the game.

Celebrate fall at CP Oktoberfest

The City of Crown Point will host Oktoberfest, a fam- ily-friendly event to celebrate the fall season, on Oct. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. (rain date is Oct. 4) at Beacon Hill Plaza on Broadway.

Attendees will groove to the sounds of Mr. Funnyman, who will be playing classic rock and other hits live on the main stage throughout the festival. The members of Mr. Funnyman come from vari- ous music backgrounds, which reflect in the music they perform, such as cover music from artists like Pink Floyd, The Who and Bruce Springsteen, to artists such as Coldplay, Weezer and The Killers. Attendees may even hear cover music from Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, the Eagles and Talking Heads.

The second annual Chili Cook-Off will begin at 1 p.m. with a Chili Tasting and a

“Hot, but Edible” Chili cat- egory tasting at 2 p.m. Reg- istration begins at noon; top prize is a one hour personal chef consultation with Chef Billie Ross.

While there is no fee to enter, pre-registration is re- quested by calling the Parks & Recreation Department at (219)661-2271.

The fun continues with the secondAnnual Double Elimi- nation Bean Bag Toss Tour- nament where teams of two (each team captain must be a Crown Point resident) will compete to win the coveted championship trophy and a Crown Point homemade Toss Target set. The tournament will begin around 1-1:30 p.m., depending on team numbers. To register, contact the Parks & Recreation Dept. at (219)661-2271.

Beef O’Brady’s will spon- sor a beer garden and Bea-

con Hill Plaza will have spe- cial promotions and products for all to enjoy in the food court.

Children will be able to take part in the Ultimate Fall Playland, which features a jumping castle, Sumo wres- tling suits, pumpkin bowling, sauerkraut can pitch-toss, pin the stem on the apple, apple and pumpkin mask creation station, football quarterback toss, apple roll, bozo bucket game, The UPS Store spon- sored pumpkin munchkin patch for all kids who wear a costume (while supplies last), pumpkin decoration station, Limo Emporium Trunk-Or- Treat, face painting, spooky trolley rides and much more for the whole family.

For more information on Oktoberfest, contact the Mayor’s Office of Special Events at (219)662-3290 or jenyoung@crownpoint.in.gov.

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