Love and history in the air

2013-02-13T00:00:00Z Love and history in the airRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent
February 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Love is truly in the air this week as Thursday is Valentine’s Day.

Anyone that says St. Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday, better check their sources. I believe most people that refer to this day as that are unwilling to celebrate the day of love, anyway.

Valentine’s Day has always been the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending cards, candy, flowers or other tokens of affection.

The holiday is named after two men, both of which were Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished and the earliest valentine dates from 1415 AD.

With Valentine’s Day always comes the Portage Firefighter’s Ball slated for this Saturday at Oakwood Hall, Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road from 6 p.m. to midnight.

This year, our firefighters offer a buffet-style dinner by Ruge Meats and an open bar only for $40 per person or $70 per couple or if you would like to dine somewhere else first the open bar is $20 per person or $35 a couple. There will be a DJ on hand to dance the night away with your hot Valentine of choice. For ticket, contact the Portage Fire Department at (219) 764-5791.

Lastly, I want to ask everyone what do the names Blake, Crisman, Wolf, Wolfe, McCool, Hamstrom, Fifield and Lute mean to you? Most that have lived here for any amount of time know that those are all Portage street names. But did you know those street names are the names of many early pioneer families that settled right here in Portage Township.

It started as three different settlements; McCool, Garyton and Crisman. By now, you’re asking yourself; what’s with all this history Robin?

I’m here to tell you that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Portage Community Historical Society and baby, they’ve come a long way. They are celebrating their accomplishments all year long and kicking it all off will be a 25th Anniversary Luncheon, at noon Feb. 24 at the Oakwood Hall of Woodland Park. There will be a catered luncheon, entertainment, displays, slideshow and IUN Professor James B. Lane will be speaking about our local history. The price is a mere $25 per person and you can still get tickets for this great event by calling Portage Parks Department at (219) 762-1675. Come out to always remember your roots.

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