This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


The first of the large summer camps is meeting at SJC. There appear to be several hundred football players on campus. According to the e-mail from Continuing Education and summer programs, it is a team camp and high school teams present include Merrillville, Crown Point, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Wabash, Vincennes-Lincoln, Rensselaer Central and Tri-County.
I knew that the Rensselaer Summer Swim Team has only away meets this year because of problems with the high school pool, but I did not know where they were practicing. Today I asked and learned that three days a week the team has practice at the North Newton High School pool. The parents carpool.

All four modules for the alternative school are now in the Monnett School parking lot. However, the foundations have not been constructed.

Speaking of foundations, there are foundations for a second house in the new Sunset Ridge Subdivision off Sparling Avenue. Also, the whole area has been landscaped, with arbor vitae planted around part of the border.
Next door in the Scout's Bluff subdivision, the high school industrial arts class completed its house for the year and it has been sold. I was hoping that there would be an open house, as there has been for these houses in some past years, but either I missed it or there was none. Here is the house several months ago, as the snow on the ground indicates.
Here is the house in its almost finished condition early in the spring.

The water main from the new city well is being installed along John Deere Road. I took a bike ride out to see what was happening, and along the way I saw a truck coming down the railroad tracks.
It stopped at Matheson and retracted its metal wheels and drove off down Matheson. I talked to the driver, and asked about the tie replacement. He said the crew was south of St. John and they were doing a 120 mile stretch this summer.
Enough for now.

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