GLENWOOD | Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson crossed the state border this week to personally thank the village of Glenwood for its recent donation of a 32-year-old surplus firetruck to the city.
The mayor attended Tuesday's Glenwood Village Board meeting with Gary Fire Chief Teresa Everett.
"It was sorely needed at at time when much of our apparatus was down in disrepair," Freeman-Wilson said. "It was something that literally helped us to save lives, and we will be forever indebted to the officials and to the people of Glenwood for your generosity and for your helping hand in a time of need."
The mayor and fire chief presented the Village Board with T-shirts that said "Team Gary" on the back.
"We really, really were grateful," Everett said. "That engine, when it arrived, it was just like a hand coming from nowhere," Everett said.
In other village news:
• The board gave approved an ordinance amendment to increase the number of sergeants in the Police Department from four to seven.
The board's approval on Tuesday does not require the hiring of additional sergeants, but it gives the board the ability to direct the Police and Fire Commission to provide names of candidates to fill vacancies, Village President Kerry Durkin said.
• A total of 22 candidates from nine local races are scheduled to attend a candidate forum at 10 a.m. Saturday at the John H. Blakey Senior Center, 1 S. Rebecca St.
The village is sponsoring the event in advance of the April 9 elections.
• The Village of Glenwood park programs will host an Easter egg hunt on March 30 at Callahan-Strand Park, located across from Village Hall.
Children should bring their own baskets. Snacks will be served in the Village hall.
The times per age group are: 1- to 4-year-olds from noon to 12:30 p.m; 5- to 9-year-olds from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and 10- to 12-year-olds from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Call (708) 757-2318 for more information.