If you haven’t noticed in the last couple of years, Portage Township is on the move. Portage Township is the city of Portage, the town of Ogden Dunes and the unincorporated portion known as South Haven.
The township is doing more with less and making use of all the programs and grants out there to help our residents out more than ever. Programs, cemeteries and assistance that were existing got a facelift or reorganization. New organizations like the “Friends of Portage Township” and Portage Township Park Board have been started to enhance the facilities and parks that the largest unincorporated part of Indiana has in their inventory. Partnerships have been formed between organizations, boards and agencies to enhance all of our lives.
Just recently, Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy was proud to announce that his office had received a grant from the Northwest Indiana Community Action group (N.W.I.C.A.) for a new program called, “Fuel the Kids Summer Project” in Portage Township.
The Focal Point grant is a matching grant that will help meet the nutritional needs of our Portage Township School’s kids during the summer when school is not in session. About 53 percent of all kids in Portage Township schools are on free or reduced lunches with two schools dangerously close to the 70 percent mark.
In an effort to raise money for the match; Portage Township will be having a “Give Back Night” at Buffalo Wild Wings in Portage, anytime from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. A percentage of the food sales will be donated back to the “Fuel the Kids Summer Project." Please come out and support the kids in our community and enjoy some great food and atmosphere at the same time.
The Friends of Portage Township Foundation, a nonprofit 501c3 group, is hosting a fundraising event for the growth and development of the Portage Township Parks (Haven Hallow and Field of Dreams). Trek the Township is a 20-mile family-fun bicycling event beginning at 8 a.m. May 18 at Haven Hollow Park, 330 W. County Road 700 North.
Bring out everyone for the noncompetitive bicycling trek that will take you on a scenic route through Portage Township on county roads and the Prairie Duneland Trail. Registration fees are youth under 12 are free, 12- 17 are $35 and adults are $45. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. To register online; www.townshipfriends.org or stop by the Trustee’s office at 3484 Airport Road. You must register by May 1 to be guaranteed a cool T-shirt to commemorate the ride.
Lastly, the second-annual Portage Township Summerfest will be back this year, bigger and better than ever. More bands, more food, more fun and “Always Father’s Day Weekend.” This year Summerfest is four days starting June 13 to 16. All your favorites are back and a whole lot more for the whole family. So block out your calendar for four days of fun this summer. I’ll be updating all on the lineup for the main and family stages real soon. Don’t miss it.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.