Community notes: celebrating goodness, genealogical society, city water flushing

Celebrating life’s goodnesses

La Portean Carolyn Johnson wrote to share the following news:

This elderly lady using a cane is so thankful to all those from teenagers to senior citizens who step up to the plate and rush to give assistance to someone less mobile than she is.  Holding doors open, asking if help is needed getting out of a car or walking a few steps renews my faith in the goodness of our local residents.  Neighbors who bring in mail and manage garbage and recycle bins are angels in disguise.  We may be in a pandemic but so many caring persons go beyond the call of duty that I salute them.  God blesses you for your caring.

Add keeping my driveway clear of snow to the list of activities that make my neighbors angels!

La Porte County Genealogical Society

The La Porte County Genealogical Society met outdoors at the home of the President, Carol Lloyd, at 5:30 PM Tuesday, September 9, 2020. current health guidelines led to abbreviating the meeting, with minimal business conducted, and no extended social time.

The program was the presentation of the Annual Residency Awards. Member Rick Deutscher presented records proving the presence of his ancestor, John Schlene, in La Porte by 1854. Rick also proved his ancestor, Christopher Deutscher, was a resident by 1861. Thus John Schlene qualifies as a Pioneer Settler, while Christopher is a Settler.

Certificates honoring these men were presented to Rick by Lloyd, in the absence of the committee chair, Fern Eddy Schultz.

The Society will meet next on October 13. Arrangements are pending. Final details will be emailed to members, or posted on our Facebook page.

Water Department to begin system flushing

The City of La Porte Water Department will begin its biannual water system flushing this weekend, according Superintendent Tim Werner.

The flushing began Sunday, Sept. 13 and will continue for the next three to four weeks; crews will be out to flush fire hydrants throughout the community between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Friday. Werner said this process is critical to maintaining the city’s water quality and infrastructure.

“Though it can be a bit of an inconvenience for residents, water flushing is a necessary part of the upkeep for our water system,” Werner said. “The process usually takes about two weeks. However, since the pandemic prevented us from doing it in the spring, it may take longer as some hydrants may require a longer flush to ensure a clear flow. I ask residents to be patient with us as we work to maintain the system for everyone.”

Due to the process being extended this year, Werner said the department does not have a set schedule for flushing. However, residents can receive updates through the City’s website and Facebook page.

Werner warned that discolored or rusty water may occur in some areas during flushing. He said while the water is safe to drink, discolored water in washing machines may affect clothing. Residents should check the water first to avoid staining clothes and should not dry clothing if it is rusty. He said the department will provide rust removing solution to residents who need it.

Residents with questions can contact the water department at 219-326-9540.

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