The 2015 Lake Station Chamber of Commerce Member Directory can be found here. Click the link to get a PDF copy of the Directory. It went out via the Postal Mail to each household in Lake Station. We encourage you to Shop and Buy Local and to support your Lake Station Chamber members. LSCOC 2015 Membership Directory
Attention Parents & Children: Get in the 4th of July Tiny Tots Contest and Ride in the Parade!
The Lake Station Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring our annual Tiny Tots Firecracker Contest. Contestants must be One (1) to Six (6) Years old. Winners are chosen by the Number of “Vote Tickets” Sold. Each Vote Ticket is $1.00. Tickets and Registration will be available at the following locations:
Lake Station Schools Administration Building – 2500 Pike Street: Mon-Friday 9 am – 3 pm. (962-1159)
ASI Accounting & Tax Service – 925 Central Avenue: Mon-Friday 9 am – 5 pm (963-3811)
Lake Station Historical Society – 2400 Central Avenue:
Saturday 2 – 4 pm (962-2100)
All Tickets must be turned in by Wednesday, June 25th. Crowning will be on Saturday June 28th.
All Participants Will Be Able to Ride in the 4th of July Parade on the Chamber of Commerce Float.
For more information, call Linda Werner at 962-2001, Maria Ramirez at 708-268-4809 or David Schmelzer at 219-730-1157
Come Join us on the evening of July 3rd to celebrate in our Annual 4th of July Parade along with the 50th year of becoming a City. In 1964, the Town of East Gary became the City of East Gary and our Theme this year, “Rolling Along at 50!” combines our Silver Anniversary along with a Train theme. This honors the original founding of our town around the “Lake Station” as an early depot stop on the Michigan Central Railroads Detroit to Chicago line through the Calumet region back in 1852.
Applications for the parade will be going out in the mail to all previous participant of the parade and businesses. Any group who doesn’t get an application in the mail can pick them up at the Lake Station Mayor’s office starting on Monday, June 2nd, or by calling Bob Jonaitis, State Farm Insurance at 962-1700 or Bill Eaton at 962-1987. We hope you will be there for our Silver Anniversary Celebration and of course, the 238th anniversary of the founding of our great United States of America!
The Lake Station Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor a
Christmas Holiday House Decorating Contest
Monetary Gifts will be awarded to the following winners:
First Place – $100.00
Second Place – $75.00
Third Place – $50.00
Judging will take place on Thursday, December 19, 2013
beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Houses must be registered in order to be judged
Please call to register
Mayor Soderquist’s Office: 962-2081
Lake Station Community Schools Superintendent’s Office: 962-1159
Please provide your name, address and phone number
We look forward to another wonderful holiday season
of lights and decorations!
Lake Station Chamber of Commerce
Details of the Lake Station Chamber Holiday Rewards Program
1. Customers obtain a punch card from participating merchants or pick up point.
2. When customers make purchases, the merchant rounds the sale amount to the $5.00 and punches the corresponding slots on the punch card. I.e. the purchase is $5.00, the customer receives one punch, if the purchase is $7.75 the customer receives two punches etc. A minimum purchase of $5.00 is required.
3. When all 10 slots on the card have been punched, the customer fills in their contact information on the card, turns it in to the participating merchant and obtains a new card.
4. Purchases must be made between November 29, 2013 and January 1st 2014. The drawing for the rewards will take place on January 6th, 2013. Location of drawing to be determined.
Carniceria y Fruteria La Michoacana
330 Central Avenue
Illusion Family Hair Salon
3728 Central Ave.
Gotta Have It - Collectibles,Games & Gaming
739 Central Ave.
Hot Buns Café
925 Central Ave.
T&A Country Pride Restaurant
1201 Ripley St.
A Sign Odyssey
727 Central Ave
630 Liverpool Rd.
1237 Central Ave.
Lake Station Ace Hardware
3461 Central Avenue
233 Central Avenue
Allstate Insurance Company
State Farm Insurance
Bob Jonaitis Agency
JP Morgan Chase Bank
3115 Central Ave.
Thank-you to Sounds and Graphics and A Sign Odyssey for their printing services.
Rewards Program for Merchants
Each merchant who agrees to participate will commit a minimum $25 contribution for the rewards. This may be in the form of gift certificates (which the chamber will print), gift cards or merchandise. If the merchant is not a member of the L.S. Chamber of Commerce the commitment will be $50.00. Preferably, the gift cards or certificates will be in $5.00, $10.00 or $15.00 denominations.
Baskets containing a minimum of 3 merchant contributions will be assembled. These will be awarded during the drawing on January 6th, 2014. The more merchants that participate the more rewards we will have to award.
-A Chamber Board Member will visit potential participants
-Once the merchant/member agrees to participate, we provide a Rewards kit and the contribution will be collected.
-Merchants who sign on by November 25th, 2013 will be listed in the Post-Tribune group advertisement to be published on Wednesday November 27th.
-The Rewards kit includes:
1. Punch cards
2. Hand punch
3. Lake Station Holiday Rewards poster
4. Collection Jar
-Distribution Centers (non-merchants): Library, Churches (via mail), Firehouses, City Hall, Insurance Agencies, Chase Bank, school offices
If there are any questions or if additional punch cards are needed please text Maria at 708-268-4809.
Quick thinking and good life-saving training allowed local Allstate representative, Kristina Vincent to save the life of one of her customer’s children. Ms. Vincent, with the Lake Station Branch of Allstate owned by Jerry Gasché, was working with a customer on an auto quote. Suddenly, the customer’s four year old child started choking, apparently getting a piece of candy stuck in her mouth. Kristina quickly started going thru the Heimlich maneuver, turning the child upside down. The candy popped out of the child’s mouth and the girl recovered nearly immediately. “I just reacted like a mother who fears for the safety of her child, using my life-saving training I had gotten some time ago,” said Vincent.
The Lake Station Chamber of Commerce recently gave Kristina a First Responder Business/Community Award for her great work with the child. “You don’t really hear enough about the good things people do,” said William Eaton, Chamber of Commerce President, “We like to recognize these types of great things that happen in our community.”
Best of Parade
River Forest High School Band
1st Place – Friends of Richard Ligon
1st Place – Latin Pentecostal Church
2nd Place – John Epley
1st Place- Committee for Roosevelt Allen
2nd Place – First Choice Barbers
1st Place – 29th Ave. Baptist Church
2nd Place – American Legion Post 100
1st Place – River Forest H.S. Band
2nd Place – Edison Jr/Sr High School Band
Band Business/ Private
1st Place – Paul Heuring Ford
Organizational Motor Group
1st Place – Lake Station Little League
2nd Place - Vintage Motor Bikes
1st Place – Guadalupana’s ( Horses)
2nd Place – American Legion Post 100
Performing / Dance Unit
1st Place – Revolution Dance Team
2nd Place – NWI Girl Scout Troop 30219
2012 Quality of Life Indicators Report
Twelve years ago the Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council was formed to be a collective voice for sustainable economic, environmental and social progress in the region. It soon became apparent that in order to open conversations, set priorities and move forward, the council needed to collect data that would indicate both problems and progress. So in 2000, the fist Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Indicators Report was published.
Now, the Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council and the One Region, One Vision initiative are a single non-profit organization, One Region, focused on improving the quality of life in Northwest Indiana.
This 2012 Indicators Report presents a baseline view of Northwest Indiana and serves as a relevant tool for One Region to use in its civic engagement. The report fulfills three primary purposes:
- To provide an objective assessment of conditions in ten categories considered to be leading indicators of the quality of life in Northwest Indiana.
- To identify and evaluate trends in each of these categories during the period from 2000 to 2010.
- To stimulate dialogue and actions that address opportunities to enhance the quality of life.
Each chapter provides an overview of why the topic is important to the region, a historical perspective on the issue and the current analysis. Questions are posed by the author to stimulate thought about what the data does or does not say and what else might need to be considered. Calls to action are the ideas and suggestions of the author on where One Region stakeholders might or could begin. A system of arrows and blocks indicate if indicator performance has improved, remained steady or has declined over time.
This report is not an exhaustive list of data collected in prior years nor is it a comprehensive analysis of all facets of the leading indicators. But beginning with the analysis in this report – including insight on where the data so far have fallen short – One Region can structure a process for collecting the right data consistently and continually.
The more useful and readily available the indicators can become, then the more that fact-based information and dialogue can shape policy and action in Northwest Indiana. These measured outcomes, as signs of marked progress, can then be used to hold people and organizations accountable for producing mutually-beneficial results.
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