#1StudentNWI: Mary Buksa Gives the Scoop on June Happenings in Munster

#1StudentNWI: Mary Buksa Gives the Scoop on June Happenings in Munster
By: Mary Buksa Last Updated: May 25, 2019

What’s Happened:

On May 25, the Munster Community Pool officially opened for the season. The Munster Community Pool is a community pool for both young and old. With a kiddie slide, shallow end, diving board, deep end, big slides, and more, there is something for all. The pool is open for anyone to enjoy, but there is an additional cost for non-residents. Adults and children who are Munster and Highland residents pay $7, while non-residents pay $10. Seniors who are residents pay $5, while non-residents pay $8. Prices also decrease if you attend the pool after 5 PM. Finally, all children under 2 years-old are free!

Along with pool, there is a sand pit, sand volleyball, and concession stand. The pool also offers life jackets for young children. Throughout the pool day, there are 15 minute periods where only adults are allowed in the pool. Lifeguards are on duty during all pool hours. There are also special events throughout the summer including Christmas in July, Military Appreciation Day, and National Night Out. The pool will remain open until September 3rd. If you are looking to cool off during the warm days of this summer, the Munster Community Pool is the place for you.

MunsterFestivalWhat’s Coming Up:

The Annual St. Thomas More Festival is coming up! Taking place from June 19 to 23, this will be the 28th Anniversary of Lake County’s Premier Festival. The festival is open for all to attend, but non-parishioners will have a $5 admission charge. The hours for this years five-day festival are as follows:

June 19: 5 PM - 11 PM

June 20: 5 PM - 11 PM

June 21: 5 PM - 12 AM

June 22: 2 PM - 12 AM

June 23: 1 PM - 10 PM

The festival will have carnival rides, games, music, drinks, and food. The food vendors include the following: Freddy’s Poor Boys & Burgers, Dairy Belle, Jill’s Chocolate Strawberries, Babushka’s Polish Foods, Doc’s Smokehouse BBQ Ribs, Edwardo’s Pizza, and more.

Along with great food, there will also be great live music. The bands include Jamrose, Got Issues, and Backdated. The festival will also include bingo, a beer tent, the wheel, pull tabs, and a $15,000 cash raffle.

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to have fun, attend the St. Thomas More Festival.

StudentSpotlightResident Spotlight: Holly Kaim

Sports and school pretty much sum up Munster resident, Holly Kaim. Kaim is currently 16 years-old and will be a junior at Munster High School this coming fall. She has lived in Munster for four years, but feels like she has lived here the majority of her life. Kaim went to St. Thomas More School in Munster for grade school and has been on the Munster Softball Little League Team for several years.

Kaim is both a great athlete and a great student at Munster. During her freshman year, she played varsity basketball and varsity volleyball. Her sophomore year she played varsity volleyball and varsity softball. While being very involved with sports, school is still her number one priority. She takes various honors and AP classes. Along with conditioning for sports during the summer, she will be working as a lifeguard in the indoor Munster pool. This coming fall she will be involved in the Munster Link Crew, which helps incoming freshmen in their transition from middle school to high school.

When Kaim is not in school or playing sports, she enjoys her free time. She likes to get in extra sleep since she does not get much of it during the school year. She also like to do outdoor activities, her favorite being biking and swimming with her friends and family.

When asked about her favorite things to do in Munster, she said, “Walk, bike, and hang-out at Centennial Park with friends and family. Besides “Mount Trashmore”, the water is beautiful and it’s just nice to look around on a nice day and enjoy the weather. It’s even better after getting Jodi’s Italian Ice Factory. I really enjoy that place.”

When asked about her favorite part of the town of Munster, she said, “It’s size and sense of community. Northside, southside, whatever. Pretty much wherever you go, you are going to know somebody or be able to relate to them in some way.”

The town of Munster is truly lucky to have such great and active teens, such as Holly Kaim, in our community.