Echoes of the Past

10 Years Ago

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 – Jennette Senk is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. . . For the second year in a row, the CHS Homecoming Parade will feature Homecoming Playhouses instead of floats. . . A total of 2,977 American flags is placed at Chesterton High School in memory of the 9/11 victims. . . Homecoming Queen candidates are Malika Virk, Hannah Sakelaris, Taryn Trusty, and Megan Homme.

15 Years Ago

Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 – Westchester Public Library reports that 724 children participated in the summer reading program. Its theme: “I Spy Indiana.” . . Allyse Kotso leads the CHS girls golf team in its win over Michigan City. . . St. Patrick Seniors Club will tour the recently dedicated Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John. . . CMS eighth-grade volleyball team wins its home opener against Union Township with good serving by Kiersten Berry and Emily Parker.

25 Years Ago

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998 – Indiana Department of Natural Resources announces plans for deer kills in 10 state parks this fall, including Indiana Dunes State Park. . . A building at Indiana Boundary Road and Ind. 49 is razed to make way for a new Walgreen’s drug store. . . CHS freshman Steve Vrska is first in the cross-country meet against Hobart and LaPorte. The team is second to LaPorte.

50 Years Ago

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1973 – Two girls are in fair condition today at Porter Memorial Hospital, recovering from burns sustained on Saturday afternoon while burning trash at their home on Redbud Drive. Some type of used paint thinner or paint remover exploded as the girls were burning the trash, and they suffered first, second, and third degree burns. . . The Chesterton Street Department will be spreading calcium chloride along Porter Ave. today to keep down dust from the storm sewer construction work. Town Board members said last night that they have received many complaints from residents along Porter Ave. If the chloride does not work, firemen will be asked to wet down the dust, the board said. . . The Chesterton Town Board heard from Robert Haney and Herbert Rowe at its meeting last night. Both told the board that something must be done about the malfunctioning septic system of the house on 15th Street owned by a Chicago resident and rented to tenants. The septic system is discharging into a ditch that has become an open sewer. . . At its meeting last night, the Chesterton Utilities Board discussed the possibility of getting city sewer and water to the property east of the Ind. 49 Bypass and north of Midland Imported Motor Cars. No decision was reached by the board. The land was recently annexed to Chesterton. . . A battery charger valued at $279 was taken from Village Ford, Chesterton Police said. Barrett Doyle, 825 South Park Drive, reported the theft of his bicycle. . . Both woodworking classes in CHS Night School are filled up as of this morning, Principal Alfred Nelson announced. The capacity for a semester is two classes. . . The Meals On Wheels Committee of the Porter County Council on Aging and Aged will hold a public meeting tomorrow night at the Valparaiso YMCA. Anyone interested in, or with information about, Meals on Wheels is urged to attend. . . Always worried about how capable you would be in an emergency? What should or shouldn’t you do at the scene of an accident? How can you tell a diabetic coma from an alcoholic stupor? Don’t take the chance of doing the wrong thing and risking someone’s life. Take the Red Cross First Aid class at the Westchester YMCA every Thursday for five weeks… Tonight’s TV Highlights: CBS Tuesday Movie (season premier). “Coffee, Tea, or Me?” Comedy teleplay about an airline stewardess who leads a double life by having one husband in Los Angeles and another in London. With Karen Valentine, John Davidson, Michael Anderson Jr.

75 Years Ago

Thursday, Sept. 16, 1948 – Mr. and Mrs. James De Koker have opened a restaurant and school supply store at the old Sugar Bowl, across the street from the high school on Chesterton Blvd. They call their place De Koker’s Korner and started up business after Labor Day. They remodeled the building, which they bought a year ago, so as to allow for larger living rooms at the back and a smaller but compact store and restaurant. They serve short orders at a slanted counter from 8 a.m to 11 p.m. Basswood shades make the windows attractive. The De Kokers also have a dry-cleaning pickup agency. . .

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