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Happy New Year!

I have been told that the name of my column, “Hobart Happenings,” can be traced back to WWII veteran John Thomas Dudley, who moved to Hobart and became publisher of the former "Hobart Gazette."

As I begin my second year hosting this column, I am honored to carry on the fine tradition of spreading the word about “what’s happening” in our fine city. Thanks to "The Times of NWI" for this opportunity and here's a shout-out of well wishes to my immediate predecessor, June Kegebein.

Today is New Year’s Eve and that typically means we make resolutions (promises to ourselves) for the new year. For many of us, that includes a commitment to take better care of our health.

TOPS offers support

A friendly place to receive weight loss encouragement is the local TOPS (Taking Pounds Off Sensibly) chapter. The first meeting is free, there is no obligation to join, and the cost is minimal.

TOPS meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Augustana Lutheran Church, Lower Level, 207 N. Kelly St., Hobart, and at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at Hobart Elks Lodge 1152, 3580 W. 61st Ave. Meetings are also held at 7 p.m. Thursdays at First Unitarian Church, 497 Main St., Hobart.

Visit www.tops.org for other locations, more information, and driving directions.

If your goal is to be more active or try something new, yoga is available at 5 p.m. Wednesdays at First United Church, 654 E. Fourth St., Hobart, taught by Andy Keene, certified in Heart for Yoga teaching.

Show up for any session, there is no contract to sign, and the cost is $5 at class. Open to the public and adaptable to anyone regardless of age, physical limitations, abilities or cultural backgrounds, exercises are customized to fit your needs.

Chili with Kiwanis

Mark your calendar for the 17th annual Hobart Kiwanis Chili Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Trinity Lutheran Church gymnasium, 851 S. Linda St., Hobart. Enjoy a bowl of chili and help the Kiwanis fund its many worthwhile projects.

Police on Facebook

The Hobart Police Department is re-instituting its Facebook page at Facebook.com/Hobartpolice. Before Thanksgiving, a non-custodial parent child abduction alert was posted and viewed more than 70,000 times in two hours. The child was safely recovered.

Based on this success, plans are to use social media to communicate with the public. A link will also be provided to the department's biweekly newsletter.

Training for nonprofits

Hobart nonprofit organizations are often small and training opportunities for staff and volunteers too expensive. The Legacy Foundation has free training for nonprofits as a 2015 goal.

Legacy Learning Lab (L3) is a comprehensive plan to provide meaningful ongoing support and training to Lake County agencies to increase their capacity for financial sustainability and professional governance. If interested, visit www.legacyfdn.org.

Change in traffic patterns

For those who live near George Earle School Early Learning Center or drop off or pick up a kindergartener at the center, be aware that there will be modified traffic configurations after the holiday break. See Issue #196 of the Hobart Police Department's newsletter for details.

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