President Franklin Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941, "a day that will live in infamy."

That was 70 years ago, but I am old enough to remember the shock and disbelief on that Sunday long ago when the radio announced the bombing attack on Pearl Harbor. I was on a date with my fiancé home on leave. His leave was immediately canceled and all servicemen were called back to base.

I thought "that tiny country (Japan), it surely won't last long. How wrong I was.

Veterans groups make it merry

Members of Hobart American Legion Post 54, Sons of the Legion and the Auxiliary Unit, Howlin Mad Marine Corps League and its Auxiliary helped make a Merry Christmas for children of returning service men and women from Iraq and Afghanistan last week at the Peddicord Army Reserve Center in Hobart.

Gifts and refreshments, a talk with Santa, and a photo on Santa's lap were all enjoyed by the children and adults.

New walkway makes it safer

Driving south on Wisconsin Street last week, I noticed a beautiful new improvement - a safe walkway on the east side of Wisconsin Street from Third Street over the bridge all the way to Eighth Street. Thank you, city of Hobart Street Department.

Donate to bake sale

Sign up and bake and donate your special dessert.  for the first bake sale at the Maria Reiner Senior Center. Dig out your best recipes to help raise money for the new senior citizen center. The table will be just outside the center in the gyms and halls of the complex.

Vendors sought for market

Craft vendors are sought for Sunday's Hobart Holiday Market at the Police Court and Community Complex, 705 E Fourth St. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many of the summer market merchants will be there, along with new crafters and artists to shop for holiday gifts. Bring your camera for photos of Santa with your loved ones. All Soup'd Up will be selling homemade meal options in the concession area. Applications are available at and in the mayor's office at Hobart City Hall, 414 Main St. Call the special events coordinator at (219) 406-1938.

Chamber opens doors

Hobart Chamber of Commerce will hold an Open House from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 1001 Lillian St. Call (219) 942-5774 for more information.

City Wide Giving Tree

Hobart chapter of Tri Kappa sorority has been sponsoring the City Wide Giving Tree program for 10 years to provide Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Last year they were able to provide more than 500 children with food and gifts. Select a tag from the Angel Tree at the Maria Reiner Senior Center in the city complex at 705 E. Fourth St., the former Hobart Middle School, purchase a gift and place it under the tree at the center.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. Contact June with Hobart community news at (219) 942-4062 or

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