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Obituaries
Maria J. Angelos

Maria Angelos of La Porte, Indiana, fell asleep in the Lord on Oct. 5, 2021.

Maria was born in Doliana, a small village near Tripoli in the Peloponnese area of Greece, to Ioannis and Konstantína Katsianis.

A beloved member of St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in South Bend, Indiana, Maria could be found sitting four rows back at the very end of the pew nearly every Sunday. She was a lifelong member of the Good Samaritans, St. Andrew and the Dormition Chapel in New Carlisle and volunteered tirelessly for all of them, still baking prosforo and other breads for services.

She worked at American Home Foods for more than 20 years on various production lines.

Maria had many loves. The first being her husband Timothy Angelos, who preceded her in death along with her parents, son-in-law, four sisters and two brothers.

Maria’s strong work ethic lives on with her son, John (Sue) Angelos of La Porte; and two daughters, Cindy (Dain) Crawford of Granger and Connie (the late Al) Kuzydym of Michigan City; and numerous nieces and nephews in Greece.

Maria would often say her family was her million dollars. She took extreme pride in her grandchildren, Kristin (Drew), Andrew (Lindsay), Alexis (Matt), Christopher, Megan (Brian) and Stephanie, who affectionately called her Yiayia. That pride was only surpassed by her great-grandchildren, Addison, Kaitlyn, Amelia, William, Ellie, Marina and Naomi, who called her Yiayia Maria.

Yiayia was warm, caring and found immense joy in watching her grandchildren grow. She always had a word of wisdom to speak. Yiayia will be missed more than can fit on this page.

Yiayia loved hosting her growing family every Christmas, Easter and any other day we made a random family holiday. She made loukoumathes (Greek doughnuts) and sweet breads with coins for New Years and Tsourakia for Easter. Her breads were her specialty. Her pastries were mouthwatering. She was an excellent cook who always had enough food in her fridge to feed an army.

Maria loved with all her heart. Her laugh and her smile were contagious. She was known as a social butterfly whose phone line often rang busy. Her hands, always strong, stable and busy, she was an accomplished seamstress, who also loved to knit and crochet.

Most importantly, Maria had a deep unwavering faith. We often said she had a direct pipeline to heaven. She was always thankful for the blessings she received throughout her life. And we are truly blessed to have such a loving, faithful, gracious woman who led by example.

Visitation is Sunday, Oct. 10, from 4-7 p.m. CST at Haverstock Funeral Home, 602 Maple Avenue, La Porte. The funeral will be at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 52445 North Ironwood Rd, South Bend, where there will be a Visitation from 10-11 a.m. EST with the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. EST. Burial will be at Pine Lake Cemetery in La Porte. The family kindly requests masks be worn at the visitation and the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Memorial Fund or SAREF c/o St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 52445 N. Ironwood Road, South Bend, Indiana, 46635.

Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

May her memory be eternal.


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Sylvia Rai Littlejohn Jackson
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Sylvia Rai Littlejohn Jackson was brought into the hands of Christine Free and James Littlejohn on April 28, 1967, in Michigan City, Indiana.

As a child, Sylvia grew up with basketball ambitions as she was involved in basketball during elementary, middle and high school. Sylvia was elated when she graduated from Elston High School in 1985 as she was anxious to see more of the world. She decided to travel east to Virginia and New York to see outside of Michigan City. After spending time out east, Sylvia returned home when her relationship with Eddie Jackson began to blossom. They fell deeper in love and tied the knot on Aug. 31, 1990. Shortly after, they welcomed their first child, Christopher Jackson, on May 16, 1993, followed by their second, then third, Michael L. Jackson, born on Feb. 2, 1995, and Ashley Jackson, born on March 18, 1996.

Throughout her career, Sylvia was dedicated to her job as a supervisor for Madison Center, ResCare, and Partners & Opportunities. In her free time in the midst of working, she enjoyed cooking, thrift shopping, driving on the interstate to let her beautiful hair flow, traveling and spending time with her family involving pranks and jokes.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Coleman and Hicks Chapel, 101 S. Karwick Rd., Michigan City, Indiana, with Pastor Ronnie Gaston to give Eulogy. Viewing will be from 12 noon until time of service at 1 p.m.

Sylvia Rai Jackson was called home on Sept. 30, 2021, to be with her husband, Eddie Jackson; both of her parents; her son, Michael L. Jackson; a special niece, LaTonya Littlejohn; and brother, Ricky Littlejohn.

She leaves to cherish her unforgettable memories her two children whom she adored, Ashley (Jason) Jackson of Anderson, Indiana, and Christopher Jackson of Michigan City, Indiana; five siblings, Greg Littlejohn, Asa (Tanya) Littlejohn and Johnna Littlejohn, all of Michigan City, Indiana, and Delby (Tasha) Littlejohn of South Holland, Illinois, and Michael Littlejohn of Flint, Michigan; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Sylvia will be remembered as a strong and caring mother, sister, aunt and friend that would provide nothing but love. Sylvia would give you her all even if she had nothing. Her personality was very gravitating and had a smile that would light up a dark room.

To sign a guestbook please visit www. colemanhicks.com.


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Approved READI grant proposals include La Porte County, regional project

PORTAGE — The Northwest Indiana Forum and its project selection team have submitted a total of 36 priority projects for the region totaling $52 million for 2021 READI Grant application.

Several major La Porte County-specific projects – including a study of moving the Indiana State Prison, and a trail connecting Michigan City and La Porte – are included in the application for the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative grants.

Indiana has experienced four consecutive record-breaking years for job and investment commitments, and to help maintain momentum and accelerate economic growth, the state launched READI, according to Heather Ennis, Forum president/CEO.

It will dedicate $500 million in state appropriations to promote strategic investments to help make Indiana a magnet for talent and economic growth, she said.

The initiative encouraged neighboring counties, cities and towns to partner to create a “shared vision for their future, mapping out programs, initiatives and projects that are critical to retain talent today and attract the workforce of tomorrow,” Ennis said.

Gov. Eric Holcomb simultaneously announced that those 17 regions, representing all 92 counties, submitted proposals totaling more than $1 billion for the READI program, which has a budget of $500 million.

Holcomb said he was “impressed with and appreciative of all the hard work and collaborative energy invested in the READI regional development plans submitted across the state.

“I have no doubt these plans will be the beginning of transformational progress that will impact Hoosiers for generations to come.”

In July, regions indicated their intent to pursue READI funding. Each convened a group of stakeholders to develop a plan for population and economic growth, the governor said.

In these plans, regions “outlined their proposals to invest in their growth and prosperity, outlining a series of strategies focused on physical projects and sustainable, multi-year programs to advance quality of place, quality of life, and quality of opportunity,” Holcomb said.

The team led by the NWI Forum represented La Porte, Porter, Lake, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski and Starke counties.

Among the La Porte County projects included in the proposal are:

Kingsbury Inland Logistics Park

Reimagining Michigan City Prison Relocation Study

Chessie Corridor Trail (connecting Michigan City and La Porte)

Among the regional projects involving La Porte County are:

Indiana Toll Road Quantum Computing Super Highway

Marquette Greenway Regional Trail

LevelUp Northwest Indiana

Employed Worker Upskilling

READY NWI Talent Alignment Program

Ivy Tech Mechanical Technology Training and Air Compressor Academy

Northwest Indiana Housing Study

Agriculture Value Chain Strategy

NW Indiana Cost Comparison Study

The final grant document will be posted at www.nwiforum.org.

READI is expected to attract at least $2 billion of local public, private and philanthropic match funding to propel investment, Ennis said.

In addition to the 36 projects, the NWIF included a total of 103 projects worth more than $2 billion in investment to be considered. The Project Selection Team began the process of identifying projects in February and narrowed down the list in July.

The projects align with the Forum’s IGNITE the Region’s five pillars – infrastructure, placemaking, entrepreneurship and innovation, talent and business development, and marketing – that was initiated in 2018, Ennis said.

“Our group including business leaders, local economic development professionals and workforce development worked tirelessly over the past six months to identify projects that would move our region forward over the next decade and beyond,” she said.

READI builds on the framework and successes of the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative and the 21st Century Talent Initiative, encouraging regional collaboration and data-driven, long-term planning, Holcomb said.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will work closely with the new READI review committee to assess the submitted plans before making formal recommendations to the IEDC Board of Directors in December.


David Thrush stands outside of Thrush and Barnum’s Meat Market, around the 1890s. Thrush and Barnum’s was located on West Main Street, now Indiana Avenue, in La Porte.


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Save the Dunes partners with town of Long Beach on dune restoration project
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LONG BEACH — There are few projects more near and dear to the hearts of Save the Dunes staff members than those where they actually get to save a dune.

And recently, through a partnership with the town of Long Beach, and funding provided in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Indiana DNR’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program, they were able to do just that.

Beginning in 2019, Save the Dunes and Long Beach began a project to restore the natural dune habitat and enhance public access at Stop 24, one of the town’s public lakeshore access sites.

Stop 24 was overrun with invasive plant species, and the path to the beach and Lake Michigan was incredibly steep and treacherous, according to Katie Hobgood, program director at Save the Dunes.

In 2020, the town hired a contractor who completed site grading, installation of an ADA/ABA compliant path system, fencing, invasive species removal and native plant installation.

The site was completely transformed, Hobgood said.

“It is now much more accessible to the public, and the dune habitat has been cleared of invasive plant species and stabilized with marram grass.”

With the site work completed in 2021, Save the Dunes provided Long Beach with a maintenance plan to ensure the long-term care of the site.

Organization staff met with town staff and community members to talk about the restoration process and what needs to be done to help protect this vital ecosystem, Hobgood said.

“Strong partnerships and dedicated funders make projects like this possible,” she said.

“Watching the site completely transform was amazing. We are already talking with the town of Long Beach about what we can do next.”

Save the Dunes was “honored to be a partner on this project to preserve the dune ecosystem’s natural beauty and enhance public recreational access to the dunes and Lake Michigan,” she said.

Already, the new marram grass is coming up, and the public is enjoying the direct, safe route to the beach, according to Hobgood.

Save the Dunes’ mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the Indiana dunes and all natural resources in Northwest Indiana’s Lake Michigan Watershed. For more information, visit www.savedunes.org or follow the organization on Facebook.


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Council wants Michigan City Street Department to clear some city sidewalks of snow

MICHIGAN CITY — Sidewalks may be added to the city’s snow removal routes if an ordinance introduced on Tuesday passes a vote of the Michigan City Common Council.

Councilwoman Tracie Tillman introduced the legislation, calling for the Michigan City Street Department to clear the following sidewalks of snow and ice when accumulation reaches 4 inches or more:

East U.S. 12 between Washington Street and the Blue Chip Casino

East Michigan Boulevard from 2nd Street to Carroll Avenue

Franklin Street from 4th Street to U.S. 20

The purpose of the ordinance is “to require that the city maintain safe, passable sidewalks for the public to travel upon following winter storms,” the document states.

As the city prepares for the upcoming winter, Tillman drafted the ordinance in response to a statement Mayor Duane Parry issued in December 2020, encouraging city residents to clear the sidewalks abutting their homes.

Tillman notes in her ordinance that the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that no private residents can be held liable for snow- or ice-related injuries occurring on public walkways, even those outside their homes, and that municipalities may not require residents to take responsibility for them.

However, Michigan City Municipal Code Section 86-4 currently “requires property owners or occupants of abutting lands to keep sidewalks free from any nuisance, which would include snow and ice...”

The ordinance introduced this week seeks to amend that section to place the responsibility on the city instead of its residents.

“City’s overall strategy shall be to respond to most major snowstorms with the full deployments of its snow response staff and equipment and to reduce removal operations as conditions improve,” the proposed ordinance states.

“However, if initial forecasts only call for isolated flurries or snow showers and limited accumulation, other deployment alternatives should be considered, including a partial deployment of the staff and/or placing crews on standby.”

The document says the city will notify affected residents of snow removal efforts via personal visit, door hanger and/or media 24-48 hours prior to clearing sidewalks.

It also clarifies that streets, alleys and parking lots are prioritized ahead of sidewalks.

The mayor asked the Council to table the matter, which they did not do.

They did discuss hosting a workshop to analyze the ordinance’s feasibility based on city staff and finances, but one was not immediately scheduled.

Parry indicated he intends to raise more specific concerns regarding the financial impact and liability issues that could arise, which he will do when the ordinance moves to second reading at the Council’s Oct. 19 meeting.

Council members Paul Przybylinski, Don Przybylinski, Sean Fitzpatrick and Angie Nelson-Deuitch asked to be added as co-sponsors.


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