Sustainability meeting rescheduled

MICHIGAN CITY – The first meeting of the Michigan City Sustainability Commission, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been canceled and rescheduled for Thursday, May 30. The meeting will be conducted at 5:30 p.m in the West Conference Room at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd.

Missing kayaker’s craft found in New Buffalo

PORTER — Authorities searching the Lake Michigan shoreline for a man who vanished during a kayaking trip say what’s believed to be his kayak has been recovered. Jacob Sandy, 23, of South Bend was last seen May 18. Police in Porter say a car with a Michigan plate found May 21 at a parking lot near Porter Beach belonged to Sandy. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Monday someone found the kayak May 21 near New Buffalo, Michigan, about 18 miles from where Sandy was last seen.

Sandy, originally from the Detroit suburb of Birmingham, Michigan, was a 2014 graduate of and Birmingham Seaholm High School and a 2018 graduate of Hope College. He moved to South Bend after graduating from college. A Vigil of Hope ceremony was held at St. James Episcopal Church in Birmingham on May 23. Anyone with information is asked to contact local law enforcement or IDNR.

Meer named to revamped NICTD board

MICHIGAN CITY – Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday announced he has appointed four local leaders to the newly restructured Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District board, including Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer. The bipartisan group, which includes one official from each of the four counties served by the South Shore Line, will also include Gary Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson, Porter County Commissioner Jeff Good and St. Joseph County Commissioner Andrew Kostielney. Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuiness will serve as chair.

NICTD is responsible for maintaining and improving South Shore passenger service. The new state budget, signed into law last month, doubles the state’s investment by dedicating $185 million more to South Shore projects and an additional $20 million in a contingency fund. A NICTD board meeting scheduled for Friday, May 31, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

LCN to discuss serving non-profits

MICHIGAN CITY – The Lakefront Career Network is hosting a “Learn from Leaders” program on Thursday, May 30, an opportunity for members to learn more about serving community organizations. A panel will discuss serving as a board member, volunteering, or advocating for a non-profit. Available opportunities will be discussed with local organizations. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. 2nd St., and is open to the public.

Video Fest looking for submissions

MICHIGAN CITY – The fifth annual Michigan City Video Fest is now accepting submissions. The festival will be held the first weekend of October, with exact dates and venues to be announced. Priority will be given to regional video makers and local subject matter, although the top concern remains the highest quality material.

All genre will be considered including, but not limited to, animation, documentaries, commercials and trailers. The preference is for videos shorter than 10 minutes, though invitations may be extended for longer form videos. Submission forms and updates can be found at MCVideoFest.com or Facebook.com/MCVideoFest.

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