2021-09-07 E-Edition

Port worth billions to Duneland economy

Ports of Indiana’s Burns Harbor marine and industrial operators added $402 million to state and local tax coffers, contributed $5 billion to the Duneland economy and provided more than 30,000 local jobs in 2019, according to a recently released company economic impact report. “Maritime plays a large part in our state’s economy,” said Ports of Indiana CEO Vanta E. Coda […]

Fundraisers set to help Chesterton family with infant’s medical expenses

Elliott Babbitt seems like a typical infant. She falls asleep in mom Amy’s arms. She fusses a bit and puts her fingers in her mouth and sometimes smiles. All of it belies how much time Elliott, born May 2, has spent in hospitals from Valparaiso to Cincinnati since Aug. 8 as doctors and specialists work to determine what is causing […]

Porter restructures Public Work salaries to fill open positions

An amended salary ordinance passed by the Porter Town Council last month has solved a hiring issue for Public Works Director James Spanier. When Spanier, the former police chief, took over the role as Public Works Director in May, four positions were open in the seven-person department. Despite advertising the positions in multiple places, applications were lacking. “It was terrible,” […]

Suddenly valuable cooking oil pilfered from Duneland area restaurants

Under the cover of darkness, two Duneland area restaurants recently had containers surreptitiously drained of what has become a valuable commodity – used cooking oil. During the week of Aug. 23, Green Grease Environmental of Burnham, Illinois, reported to local police departments the thefts from Chesterton Brewery, 1050 Broadway, in Chesterton and Bibi’s Bites at U.S. 20 and Ind. 149 […]

Chesterton Town Council, Duneland schools brings back the masks

Rising cases of COVID-19 are bringing masks back to the Town of Chesterton’s facilities and to the Duneland School Corporation. The Town Council held a special meeting Friday morning and voted unanimously for the policy to take effect as of 5 p.m. that day. Masks also are required for all indoor activities in the Duneland schools, regardless of vaccination status, […]

Patrick Joseph “PJ” Polowsky

Patrick Joseph “PJ” Polowsky, age 29 of Chesterton, IN passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2021. He was born on March 18, 1992, in Chicago, IL to Alfredo Gonzales and Melissa Polowsky. Patrick is survived by his mother, Melissa Polowsky of Chesterton; father, Alfredo Gonzales of Chesterton; step father, David Saitta of Calumet City, IL; sister, Jenna Aguilar; paternal grandmother, […]

William A. Skalku

William A. Skalku passed away August 27, 2021. Bill was born August 3, 1938, in Gary, IN to Hazel Balash and Andrew Skalku. He graduated from Emerson High School and spent one year at Valparaiso University before going into the Air Force, where he met and married Sharon Hillis, his wife of 60 years. He graduated from Purdue with three […]

CHS Mini Set for September 26

The 2021 Chesterton High School Mini multiclass reunion has been scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26, at Gelsosomo’s Pizza and Pub, 371 Indiana Boundary Road, Chesterton. This will be the ninth annual Mini. The Mini began as a small informal gathering of friends from several different CHS classes around the July 4th holiday. Graduates of CHS, not wanting […]

Danielle Friday graduates from Jacksonville State

Danielle S. Friday of Chesterton, graduated from Jacksonville State University on Aug. 6, 2021 with an MS in Emergency Management. Almost 500 students received undergraduate and graduate degrees as part of the university’s summer commencement ceremonies.