ISP increasing holiday weekend patrols

LOWELL – Indiana State Police will be increasing patrols over the Labor Day weekend and concentrating enforcement efforts on impaired drivers, distracted drivers and drivers and passengers who are not buckled up. Last year over the holiday weekend (Friday-Monday), 2,101 crashes occurred in Indiana, resulting in 507 injuries and 15 fatalities.

Troopers are encouraging everyone to ensure everyone is buckled up; don't drive impaired; if you plan to consume alcohol, have a plan to get home safely; and don't drive distracted. If you're traveling a long distance, make sure you are well rested, ISP warns. If you notice a suspected impaired driver, call 911 and report the vehicle's description, route of travel and licene number if possible. Never pass a suspected impaired driver, ISP says, just follow at a safe distance.


Post NIPSCO rally celebration Saturday

MICHIGAN CITY – Indiana Beyond Coal will host a community meeting and post-rally celebration on Saturday, Aug. 31, as a followup to its Aug. 1 rally in Pullman Park to "say NO to NIPSCO's proposal to shift costs from BP, US Steel, ArcelorMittal, Praxair and NLMK onto the rest of us," a statement from the organization said.

The event will be from 3-5 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City at 121 W. 9th St., to celebrate, welcome new members, and discuss what's next for the collaboration and the newly-formed Renewable Power Rangers youth group. The event is free and family friendly, and guests are asked to bring a dish if able.


City offices closed Monday

MICHIGAN CITY – In observance of Labor Day all Michigan City Central Service Departments will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, including the City Forester, Michigan City Transit, Street Department and Vector Control Department. The Refuse Department will also be closed Monday. Trash and compost pickup will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and the normal pickup day will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.


Common Council to meet on Tuesday

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Common Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. The agenda will include consideration of $60,000 for purchase of equipment, uniforms, Police Academy fees and other expenses of new police officers; and $30,000 for decorative trash barrels, an item which was tabled at the last meeting.


Park Board to meet Wednesday

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Park Board will meet 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. The agenda includes an update on the Old Lighthouse Museum Project.

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