La PORTE — On May 14 the La Porte County Genealogical Society met at the La Porte City Park Department Headquarters at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. A business meeting was followed by refreshments, provided by Lester Chadwick. William Adams and Kim Wiseman presented "The Vacant Chair: Civil War Soldiers and Widows." Adams demonstrated the usual equipment of a private in the Union Army, while Wiseman appeared in the ensemble. Next month the society will continue their annual cemetery visits. On Tuesday evening, June 9, they will assemble at the Salem Chapel Cemetery, east of the intersection of 350 East on Ind. 4. Many members plan to meet after the Cemetery Tour at 'Round the Clock restaurant in La Porte. More details about the society are available at https://lpcgs.blogspot.com/. Look for the Society on Facebook.
LP County Extension Homemakers hold Cultural Arts Contest
La PORTE — The La Porte County Extension Homemakers held their annual Cultural Arts Contest on May 16 at the Extension Office. Extension Homemakers were invited to enter handmade craft items in the areas of: Quilts, Needlework, Knitting & Crocheting, and Miscellaneous Crafts. The featured project was a handmade bird house which was also an entry category. One bird house and one other craft was chosen as La Porte County’s entry at the Annual Home and Family Arts Conference to be held in Indianapolis in June.
Winners for the 2019 Cultural Arts Contest and representing La Porte County at the Annual Home and Family Conference are Bonnie Stoner who made a white floral quilt and Ray Kissinger who made a rustic bird house. Other awards were 2nd place, Phyllis Ekovich with a crochet baby afghan, and 3rd place, Bonnie Stoner with an embroidery work quilt.
For more information about Extension Homemakers, contact the Purdue Extension La Porte County office at 219-324-9407.
MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on May 21 at the DAV, Michigan City.
May Program Chairman Dennis Schultz introduced La Porte County Commissioner Sheila Brillson Matias.
“Hi to all the familiar faces” began the commissioner. She told the crowd how she got her start in local politics. It all started because she was concerned about the playground equipment her five kids as well the neighborhood children played on. She initially placed a phone call to the city about the state of the equipment and was told that her complaint was noted and it would be looked into. After weeks of no improvement and a few more calls with the same answer, she attended the monthly Park Board meeting. This also gained her no results. The next meeting she attended with 25 other concerned moms and dads. This show of force got the equipment fixed and hooked Matias on the idea of public service. The two term Mayor of Michigan City became a La Porte County Commissioner in January.
The La Porte County Commission consists of three members.
“It is tough to gain a consensus of three,” Matias said.
Since joining the commission she has worked on several key issues. One such issue is public inclusion in the form of public comment at the commission meetings. Public Comment is now allowed at the beginning of every meeting and also when a vote will be taken. Another issue regards the land fill just south of Michigan City. Matias stated that the county should act as a facilitator and a private investor should be found to complete a desired project. Another focus is to improve rural broadband. She stressed that having a fast internet connection is vital to students and businesses alike. She also helped improve the county’s online capabilities and did so with a local vendor. ‘’Going local is a great way to save tax payers money’’
Sheila Brillson Matias began her political career by asking questions and is still asking the important ones as La Porte County Commissioner. Join the Michigan City Exchange Club by calling Jim Fisher@ 873-7900.
The next meeting of Exchange is May 28. The meeting starts at 12 p.m. and doors open at 11:30 a.m. The program is to be Michigan City Councilman John Stimley.