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Chamber seeks two special holiday editions of Euro Market

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The Duneland Chamber of Commerce is looking to add two special editions of the European Market to its schedule this year.

At Monday night’s meeting of the Chesterton Town Council, Chamber President Maura Durham asked members to consider amending its European Market contract to include a pair of holiday events:

* The first would coincide with Small Business Saturday and the Hometown Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 25, and would run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day.

* The second would move the highly successful Mistletoe Market from its current venue at Westchester intermediate School to the European Market site on Broadway and Third Street, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.

Members were amenable to both proposals, but tasked staff to review them with an eye to logistics. For one thing, the hours eyed for the Nov. 25 European Market--11 a.m. to 7 p.m.--would fall on either side of the annual Twilight Christmas Parade, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. For another thing, any large snowfall in the days prior to the Mistletoe Market on Dec. 2 could complicate the erection of booths.

President Jim Ton, R-1st, however, expressed his enthusiasm for the two special events. “I like the concept because it would bring business to the Downtown,” he said.

Staff will review the Chamber’s request and report back to the council.

Frontline Banners

In other business, and at Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg’s request, members voted unanimously to approve the temporary placement of two banners promoting Frontline Foundation’s Hooked on Art festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Thomas Centennial Park.

Because--for safety reasons--the town no longer permits the placement of banners on streetlights over roadways, the banners will be fixed to poles four feet off the ground at two locations: on the west side of North Calumet Road, just south of the intersection of Indian Boundary Road; and on the south side of East Porter Ave., by Chesterton Cemetery.

The banners will be placed on Sept. 8 and removed the day after the Hooked on Art fest, on Sunday, Sept. 24.

CFD Grant

Meanwhile, Fire Chief John Jarka announced that the Chesterton Fire Department has been awarded a $3,750 no-match grant from the National Park Service, for the acquisition of wildland firefighting gear.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore--with whose firefighting crew the CFD has worked closely in the past--will purchase the equipment for the department, Jarka said.

Town Hall Clock

Jarka also reported that the council won’t likely be seeking to replace the non-functioning clock outside the town hall any time soon, as cost estimates for buying a new clock were all “quite high,” he said.

Jarka did say that Park Superintendent Bruce Mathias may have a spare motor which would work in the clock. In the meantime, Jarka said that he will be exploring other options and will probably have more information next week.

Thinking of Texas

Ton opened the meeting with a few thoughts on the ongoing flood disaster in Texas. “Our hearts go out to them, because they’re going to be in that living condition for quite a while,” he said.



Posted 8/29/2017




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