Firefighters union to host Fire Fest

MICHIGAN CITY – Michigan City Fire Local 475 will hosts Fire Fest 2019 from 2-11 p.m. Saturday at Shoreline Brewery at 208 Wabash St. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Michigan City Fire Department, and will include displays of firefighting equipment. There will also be live music by JohnnyV and Zodiac, a bags tournament, and Kids' Firefighter Course. Admission is $5, and current and retired firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel get in free.


Boy to serve on legislative panels

INDIANAPOLIS — State Rep. Pat Boy, D-Michigan City, will serve on the following committee and commissions during the summer and fall to help prepare lawmakers for the 2020 legislative session, according to the House Democratic Caucus:

• Code Revision Commission

• Interim Study Committee on Elections

• Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

To view interim committee agendas and stream hearings online, visit


Extra trains for Pride Parade visitors

CHESTERTON – To accommodate an expected increase in ridership for the Chicago Pride Parade, the South Shore Line will have additional capacity and extra trains on Sunday. Trains 502 and Train 606 heading west will have additional capacity. In the afternoon, eastbound passenger extras will run following the parade and events.

The first eastbound extra will depart Millennium Station at 4:25 p.m., run non-stop to Hegewisch and make all local stops terminating at Carroll Avenue in Michigan City. The second eastbound extra will depart Millennium Station at 6 p.m., run non-stop to Hegewisch and make all local stops terminating at Carroll Avenue. Passengers destined for South Bend or Hudson Lake should detrain at Dune Park and catch Train 507 or Train 509 to continue their trips. Alcohol will be prohibited on all trains on June 30. 


Fire Merit Commission to meet

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Fire Merit Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. The agenda includes an update on applications received for testing on Aug. 17.


Meals on Wheel is is next LWV topic

MICHIGAN CITY – Cheryl Drauer, executive director of La Porte County Meals on Wheels, will be the speaker at the next League of Women Voters of La Porte County Dinner with the League event on July 9. She will discuss how the program provides healthy meals to a vulnerable population in La Porte County, seniors and the disabled who find it difficult to purchase and prepare healthy meals for themselves. The program will begin at 6 p.m. at Patrick's Grille, 4125 Franklin St., and is open to the public. For more information, email


NIRPC plans focus group in MC

MICHIGAN CITY – The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is seeking input on the draft of Engage NWI, the draft Public Participation Plan for NIRPC. The agency will conduct focus groups, including one in Michigan City, to obtain feedback from the public on the plan, which details how NIRPC will conduct public involvement activities and provide information on its planning activities to the public.

The focus groups will be conducted in partnership with Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana, Indiana University Northwest’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Indiana Guardianship Services. The Michigan City session is at 5 p.m. July 18 at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th St. Others will be July 15 in Hammond, July 16 in Gary, and July 17 in Valparaiso. To RSVP, contact Dominique Edwards at or 219-763-6060, ext. 155.


Civic center meeting rescheduled

MICHIGAN CITY – The Barker Civic Center Commission meeting originally scheduled for June 27 at the Barker Mansion has been canceled. The meeting will be rescheduled for 10 a.m. July 18 at the Mansion at 631 Washington St.


No parking discount for Pride Fest

MICHIGAN CITY – While promoters of the second annual Pride Fest on Saturday in Washington Park initially announced that festival-goers would get discounted parking at the beachfront lots, the Michigan City Parks Department said Thursday that full price will be charged for all vehicles parking in Washington Park.

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