In brief

Michael Kuss, general manager of the Michigan City Sanitary District, was among four new members inducted into Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention at its quarterly meeting on June 12 in Indianapolis. As members, each organization pledges to implement voluntary environmental initiatives, share information and expertise, foster environmental stewardship among employees, and help raise public awareness, according to Barry Sneed, Indiana Department of Environmental Management spokesman. The MCSD is responsible for conveyance and treatment of wastewater, maintenance of storm water systems and collection of refuse in Michigan City; was the first to operate a compressed natural gas refueling station in Northwest Indiana; and was first in the state to operate a CNG-Fueled Sewer Cleaning Machine, Sneed said. "They also go above and beyond with their commitment to voluntary environmental initiatives." The district received the 2016 Partners for Clean Air Municipal Award for its commitment to clean fuels and other air pollution reduction initiatives, Sneed said. Pictured, from left, are inductee R. Scott Powell of EnviroForensics; Ben McKnight, executive director of Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention; Kuss; inductee Don Kinsey of Caterpillar Reman Powertrain; inductee Philip Alvey of Toyota Boshoku Indiana; Sid Mapara, TBIN EHS Specialist; and IDEM assistant commissioner Julia Wickard. 

Council, Redevelopment Commission workshop

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Common Council and Redevelopment Commission will conduct a joint public workshop at 5 p.m. Monday in the EOC Room in the lower level of City Hall. The meeting will include presentations on the Uniform Relocation Act, and the Civic Plaza project.


Blood drive Friday at Franciscan

MICHIGAN CITY – Franciscan Health Michigan City will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 28, in the hospital's Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel Community Room on the first floor at 3500 Franciscan Way. To schedule an appointment, call 800-RED CROSS or visit and enter the sponsor code: franciscanhealth. According to the Red Cross, only three of 100 Americans donate blood, yet every two seconds, someone needs it. The organization's summer campaign aims to get donors to fill in missing blood types.


Historical Museum hosts annual car show

La PORTE – The La Porte County Historical Society Museum will host its 12th annual Classic & Antique Car Show on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Museum grounds. Admission to the show is $5 per car load, and it will feature DJ music and food from Homerun Hot Dogs. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the registration fee for exhibited cars is $15. The event is open to cars manufactured in 1989 and earlier. Trophies will be awarded for Director’s Choice, Assistant Director’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice, Sheriff’s Choice, President’s Choice, Preservation Award, and Chairman’s Choice. Also, five Participant’s Choice and five Public’s Choice trophy plaques will be awarded. For more information, call the museum at 219-324-6767. The museum is located at 2405 Indiana Ave. in La Porte.


Indiana State Fair entries being accepted

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 8,200 blue ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded at the 2019 Indiana State Fair on Aug. 2-18, and anyone interested in competing should register by July 1 at 11:59 p.m. before entry fees will increase at midnight. Entries are being accepted for all Livestock departments, Indiana Bred and Owned Program, Agriculture & Horticulture, Indiana Arts, Brewers Cup, Wine & Spirits Competition, Band Day, Baton Twirling, Cheerleading, Youth Talent and Fiddle Competition.

Competitors have the option to enter categories that revolve around the fair theme, "Heroes in the Heartland," such as the painting, Lego, cake decorating, costume and other categories. Those interested should visit to view listings, rules, entry guidelines and deadlines. 

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