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Feature Stories for Thursday, May 31, 2001

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Town's fund use raises concern

By Sean McNab
Star Staff Writer

CEDAR LAKE - Residents at the May 22 Town Council meeting expressed concern about town officials' use of a special budget fund that is financed by a charge on residential sewer bills.
     The fund was created to help subsidize the sanitary sewer rehabilitation project, whenever the town decided to move forward with that project.
     The cost for residents for the fund is $6 per month.
     Town Manager Tim Brown put the questions to rest by explaining that some of the disbursements will be used to prepare the land the town's new equalization basins will be constructed on.
     "The money that we will be taking from this fund falls under Ordinance 762, in which we can use this money for specific expenses."
     Under section one of that ordinance, the utilization of the of the special fund is limited to "...design, construction, capital debt service payment and initial improvements to the Sewage Works of Cedar Lake..."
     The fund disbursement was unanimously passed 5-0.
     In other business, the Town Council recognized the town Emergency Medical Service and Police Department for their performance of life-saving procedures on Town Council President Robert Brannon on April 13.
     Brannon suffered a heart attack and graciously commended those who helped in saving his life.

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Community pauses to remember vets

By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor

CROWN POINT - Several hundred residents gathered Monday at Maplewood Cemetery to remember the sacrifice made by the nation's war dead.
     Kenneth Lantigua, the event's keynote speaker, noted that more than one million military men and women have died in the United States' wars.
    "These were people just like you and me." he said, "but they put aside their dreams" to serve their country.
     Lantigua, a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, said observance of Memorial Day should be regarded as a civic obligation.
     Mayor James Metros opened the ceremony with an address urging Americans to "be the most proud people in the world today."
     He talked about a recent television interview with a Pearl Harbor survivor who told the story of sailors being trapped in a sunken battleship for 14 days, tapping the hull in the futile hope of attracting rescuers. Other sailors had no means of reaching them, the survivor said.
     Metros said, "We share today in the horror that they went through, and we know that it was for us."
     The event, which followed the annual Memorial Day Parade, also included prayers by veteran Marvin Forsythe and the Rev. Terry Steffens, a reading of the general order that inspired Memorial Day by the high school's Student Council president, music by the Taft and high school bands, a floral tribute presented by the three veterans organizations, a rifle salute by the American Legion guard, a cannon salute by Civil War reenactors, and taps and echo by Crown Point High School trumpeters.

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