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School starts and the music and golf continue at Centennial Park

2013-08-16T00:00:00Z School starts and the music and golf continue at Centennial ParkBy Thomas DeGiulio Times Columnist nwitimes.com
August 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

We have hit the middle of August. In baseball they call these the "dog days." Games must be played because the schedule says they must, but for many teams the season is really over. Pride and a pay check keep players going.

Here in Northwest Indiana we are not experiencing "dog days," but instead are hitting our stride. Now that summer league sports seasons, summer camps and vacations are over, the waiting is over, too, as the school bell starts ringing.

Kids are no longer asking ‘What fun things do we have to do until school starts?’ The kids start school this week or next, much to the relief and happiness of most parents and probably just as many bored students.

Some sat around in June and July waiting to start school; others tried to cram and finish their summer reading and homework assignments at the last minute. I was usually part of the latter group.

Many recent high school graduates are heading away to college and their first extended stay away from home. Many of these young adults will come back for a summer or two, but will relocate to their college community until they graduate and find long-term employment.

Many others will start their college careers at any one of the excellent local institutions of higher education. We are fortunate to have Indiana university Northwest, Purdue University Calumet, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue University North Central and Indiana Tech University within easy driving distance.

College is a great time of personal growth and life changing opportunities. Good luck to all college students as they start what is likely the most exciting adventure they will have in their lives.

The summer weather this year did not help promote outdoor fun. The cool, rainy weather kept the Munster community pool closed for days at a time. The Centennial Park golf course had a similar downturn in business. The pool will only be open on weekends until the end of August.

There are still great opportunities to hit the links at Centennial Park, however. Beginning Sept. 1, you can buy your 2014 membership to the course and play “free” the rest of this year. Rates are staying the same for 2014.

Tonight, meet us at Centennial Park for a great concert. American English, one of the best Beatles tribute bands in the country, and Fortunate Sons, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, will entertain beginning at 7 p.m. The beer tent and food stands will be open. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and relive the 60’s and 70’s, the best 20 years for rock and roll!

Tom DeGiulio is the town manager of Munster. The opinions expressed are his own. He can be reached at tdegiulio@munster.org.

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