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PHLP Programs and Events

Saturday was our first program of the year, held at the Healthcare Foundation. Christa Hurley-King gave a great presentation on Heritage Landscaping. Reports are that it was well-attended and well-received. Thanks to Christa and to Claudia Winter for organizing!

The April membership meeting was held at Carol Kimball’s home, the (former) Pine Lake Grange, in La Porte. Carol’s home was on the last Candlelight Tour, but she’s done a lot to it since then. It was really interesting to see the transformation and hear Carol’s stories of the Grange Hall’s history and its renovation. Thanks to Carol and Dean White for hosting.

If you’d consider opening up your own home for a “PHLP member’s night”, contact Claudia Winter: (219) 575-8425‬

Projects

The campaign to protect Kiwanis/Schreiber Fields kicked off with a appeal to the School Board during the Public Comments section of the May meeting, and a petition drive to raise community awareness and show public support. Our petition already has over 500 signatures. Here’s a link, if you haven’t signed already. Pass it along to anyone you know who might be a supporter! https://www.change.org/SaveSlicerHomefields

Preserve Historic La Porte is proposing a feasibility study that would look at ways the current facilities could be upgraded while preserving their historic character. We’ve applied for and received a $3,500 matching grant to partially fund the effort—now we just need to get the School Board to cooperate. To that end, we’ve requested Jim Arnold add the topic to the agenda for discussion/approval at the next meeting. To date, we’ve not received a reply. Barring that, we’ll need supporters at the next meeting to speak up during the public comment period.

The next School Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 12 at 6:00pm and are held at the Educational Services Center at 1000 Harrison Street.

Website

The website launch has been delayed, but we’re hoping to get it wrapped up in the next few weeks…

Local News

May 22-25, 2023, Notre Dame School of Architecture is conducting a charrette, an in-depth study on housing, transportation, preservation, and more, to create a design or vision for the downtown area of La Porte, specifically the neighborhoods surrounding Lincolnway. Details can be found here: Housing and Community Regeneration Initiative 

Peter Steele and Carol Kimball report the first session was well-run and worthwhile. Members of PHLP are encouraged to attend.

Links

• From Carol Kimball, encouraging news on the House of Tomorrow

• Pam Ruminski forwards this article on the Ruth Sabin Home