Porter Park Board members discussed two upcoming events at their meeting
The Duneland Seniors Health Fair is open to the public Aug. 29 at the
Hawthorne Park community building. Park Board president Rondi Wightman said
about 250 persons attended last year’s fair and organizers are hoping for
another good turnout.
“There’s tons of free stuff,” she said, describing the information and
multiple health-screening opportunities provided by vendors and businesses
catering to seniors’ needs. Refreshments also will be served.
The Duneland Seniors group has about 70 members and meets weekly at the
community building for fun and fellowship. “They’re such a lively, active
group,” said Wightman.
Park director Brian Bugajski announced tickets are available at
for the Oct. 5 Porter’s Perfect Pint, a fundraiser at Hawthorne for both the
Porter Park and Fire departments. No tickets will be sold at the door. The
cost is $35 for general admission from 1 to 5 p.m. and $50 for VIP admission
at 12 noon for the first chance to sample specialty beers in limited
Those attending must be 21 years or older and an ID is required.
Non-alcoholic $15 tickets are available for designated drivers. The event,
organized by Leroy Flores of Leroy’s and Liz Tilden of Pat’s Liquors,
includes food, craft vendors and a silent auction. Wightman said donations
for the auction are being accepted now, and Bugajski said volunteers are
In other business, the director said a retaining wall is being installed on
the north side of Hawthorne at Waverly Road for the Orchard Pedestrian Way
hike/bike trail, now under construction. A larger retaining wall for the
pedway also is being installed on the north side of Woodlawn Avenue east of
Stakes are marked through Hawthorne for upcoming pedway construction there,
which Bugajski said should begin soon. One disc-golf tee pad had to be moved
and other adjustments may be needed upon pedway completion. When it is, the
pedway will cross the “bridge to nowhere” over the Little Calumet River
north of Hawthorne that was installed years ago in anticipation of trail
The director thanked those organizing and participating in the recently
completed outdoor music concerts at Hawthorne this summer.
Assisting in the planning were Bud’s Buddies friends of Porter Parks,
Wightman, Patty Raffin and Robert Vodnoy. Duneland Ballroom provided free
dance lessons and food vendors were Lemon Tree, Leroy’s, Venice Pizza, Dog
Days Ice Cream, and Hot Diggity Dawg.
Also thanked for teaching recent children’s cooking classes in two age
groups were Greg Stinson, Dan and Sharon Keilman, and Sage Restaurant chef
Joe Gaal. The cooking students paid $400 in total registration fees and
program expenses were about $500 for children’s aprons, recipe binders, food
* Voting 3-0 with member Jeff Bailey absent, the board approved
spending not to exceed $200 to purchase a 96-inch by 96-inch projector
screen for the large community-building meeting room. Previously, the Park
Department used a borrowed screen.
* Wightman said it’s likely a public workshop will be convened to
discuss updates to the park’s five-year master plan. Bugajski is finalizing
questions for a survey of residents’ likes, dislikes and preferences for
park facilities and services.
* Two Porter baseball fields will get facelifts. Approved was $600 for
agricultural limestone to line the base paths at Porter Cove Park, and $300
to repaint the dugouts and concession stand at Hawthorne.
* The Park Board authorized volunteer Tom Pomeroy to remove dead trees
in Hawthorne; he will be required to sign a waiver.
* The popular Halloween Boo Bash children’s costume party will be Oct.
27 from 1 to 3 p.m.
* The times of the next two Park Board meetings were changed. Sept. 17
the board will meet at 6 p.m. so as not to conflict with a special Town
Council 2014 budget meeting, and Oct. 15 the Park Board will meet 30 minutes
later at 7:30 p.m.