KOUTS | The town's Fire Department has gotten its money's worth out of a 1993 Kenworth semi trailer it had converted into a tanker truck seven or eight years ago and, with the help of a lot of pork chop dinners, hopes to get many more miles out of it.
John "Jack" Wickline was born in 1889 near Pittsburgh, Pa. In the early 1900s, Wickline moved to LaPorte County along the Kankakee River.
Shown is Burrow's Camp circa 1909.
VALPARAISO | The city's Utilities Board is expected to vote in two weeks on a recommendation to the council on whether Valparaiso should continue to add fluoride to the city water supply.
HEBRON | Hebron Clerk-Treasurer Terri Waywood promises she will return to the Porter County Election Board in January, if necessary, to renew her request for an early voting site in Hebron.
KOUTS | Expansion and new features characterized the 7th annual Aukiki River Festival on the banks of the Kankakee River Saturday.
KOUTS | A big pig got a little kiss Saturday at the 38th annual Pork Fest in downtown Kouts.
A group performs traditional Frech music Saturday at the Aukiki River Festival.
Re-enactors set up a family campsite Saturday morning at the Aukiki River Festival.
Festival-goers brave hot and humid weather Saturday while perusing a variety of booths at Porkfest in Kouts.
Troy Haman throws some fresh seasoned pork chops on the grill Saturday morning at the Kouts Porkfest.
Major Samuel L. McFadin was a prolific writer about the Kankakee River. Much of the source material I have comes from his pen.
KOUTS | The town will open bids Thursday on a major storm sewer construction project estimated to cost $475,000.
Pictured are guests enjoying a dance with historic musicians Susan and Gary Brown.
KOUTS | Kankakee Valley Historical Society, in partnership with Porter County Parks & Recreation, presents the 7th annual Aukiki River Festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 1097 Baum's Bridge Road.
VALPARAISO | Funnel clouds spotted Tuesday night near Kouts and Wanatah looked ominous, but posed no significant danger, a meteorologist said.
PORTER | The 56th annual Chesterton Art Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday at Hawthorne Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and the admission charge is $5 per person. Parking is free.
Most early Kankakee River settlers trapped, hunted, farmed and logged. All of these activities required a means to get their product to market. The river met most of those needs. The problem was that the Kankakee was a rather slow and cantankerous waterway. Steamboats solved this predicament.
Pictured is a picnic at Baum's Bridge.
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