Michigan City Fire Department night training

MICHIGAN CITY – If you see a bunch of firefighting equipment at a car dealership on U.S. 20, don't worry, it's not a real fire. The Michigan City Fire Department is participating in required night-time training to improve or maintain its Insurance Services Office rating. Night time training drills are required because "a large portion of our fire or rescue related-incidents happen in the low light or dark hours of the day," MCFD spokesman Tony Drzewieckl siad. "We need to be proficient in working in these type of conditions."

Bosak Honda, which owns the old Chrysler car lot next door to its present lot, will soon be renovating that car lot and has allowed the MCFD to use the vacant facility to perform some night training. The training will be conclude at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Training scenarios include size up and reporting, hydrant operations, hose deployment and advancement, hose streams, and pumping evolutions, training officer Kyle Kazmierczak said. He wished to thank Bosak Honda for the opportunity to conduct the critical and required training.


Trying to save historic Amtrak station

MICHIGAN CITY – A group of community and business leaders in Michigan City has come together in hopes of saving one of the city's historic buildings. The Amtrak train depot at 100 Washington Street was built in 1915, but the prairie-style brick structure has not served as a train depot for years, housing restaurants in recent times. The location is also significant because on May 1, 1865, Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train stopped in Michigan City.

Due to recent interest in the site for development of condominiums, the building will need to be moved. The lead developer for the project has offered to donate the building to any interested party; however, that party would be responsible for the costs of moving the structure.

Anyone interested in trying to help save the building for future use in the community, and who would you be willing to invest time and/or financial resources into moving and preserving it, is asked to contact Michigan City Chamber of Commerce President Katie Eaton at keaton@mcachamber.com to share their interest and ideas.


Public Art Committee to meet

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Public Art Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, in the Mayor's Conference Room at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd.


Tourism bureau info session at Hesston

HESSTON – Visit Michigan City La Porte will host its June Idea & Information Exchange on Thursday, June 20, starting at 5 p.m. at the Hesston Steam Museum. The evening will include train rides, a live WIMS remote broadcast, and ice cream and appetizers from JML Catering.

Visitors should bring brochures, sales coupons, and sales flyers to put on the information table to share; as well as gifts for door prizes. Hesston Steam Museum is located at 1201 E, CR- 1000N in Hesston. To attend, RSVP to Jane Daley by Monday, June 17, at 219-872-5055or  jane@michigancitylaporte.com.


100th anniversary celebration at Pinney-Purdue

WANATAH – One hundred years ago, William Pinney and his daughter, Myra Pinney Clark, gifted 486 acres of farmland on the La Porte-Porter county line near Wanatah to Purdue University with a dedication for “the advancement of agriculture and the enrichment of country life.” A centennial celebration will be held at what is now the Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Center at 11402 S. County Line Rd. in Wanatah, on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The day will start with continuous presentations on vintage corn and soybean varieties by Purdue Agronomy Specialists Bob Nielsen and Shaun Casteel; Red Poll cattle from Shuter Sunset Farms of Frankton will be on display; and an heirloom garden of the early 1900s era will be demonstrated by Purdue Master Gardeners. Continuous displays will include 100 years of tractors with models from every decade on display by local farmers and collectors; a history of Pinney-Purdue research from pictures over the years; and framed photos and cattle show awards documenting the important history of Pinney’s work with Red Poll cattle.

Emcee for the formal activities during the sponsored lunch at noon will be Dr. Marshall Martin, senior associate director of agricultural research at Purdue. The keynote speaker is Fred Whitford, clinical engagement professor and director of Purdue Pesticide Programs, who will discuss Purdue’s rich history in practical research and sharing of knowledge.

There is no fee to attend, but those interested should register at tinyurl.com/Pinney100Year; call the La Porte County Extension Office at 219-324-9407; or the Porter County Extension Office at 219-465-3555. More information  is available at purdue.ag/pinney2019.

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