Fourth of July

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Today:  Mark Leyva, the Highland resident who is the Republican Party candidate for the First Congressional District seat currently held by Pete Visclosky, is on the program to talk about himself, his position on the issues in his campaign and how he is dealing with campaigning during the pandemic.  We also ask Lake County Surveyor and Plan Commission chairman Bill Emerson to explain the July 15th public hearing on an amended ordinance that, if approved, will set guidelnes for public meetings in the future for citizens to speak out about solar panel farms, if any are proposed for their area. A Chicago company is already interested in putting up a site in south Lake County.  And we we revisit our conversation with Valparaiso Mayor Matt Murphy about this weekend's Fourth of July celebrations in his city.

The Indiana Department of Insurance is warning Hoosiers this Fourth of July season that some insurance policies don’t always cover fireworks damage.

This time of year, it’s hard not to notice all the fireworks stands popping up across Indiana. Our desire to light up the sky on July Fourth is fueling roughly 4,000 seasonal jobs this year.

From early June until about two weeks after the Fourth of July, many fireworks vendors hire temporary workers to keep up with the extra demand of stocking and selling sparklers, bottle rockets, and more.

This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on July 4, 2017 on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio

TOPIC:  A Unique Fourth of July Music Soundtrack

Different artists, genres, perspectives and themes all anchored on one thing -- AMERICA!

Artists heard include -- Charlie Daniels, Kansas, Bob Seger, Chicago, Riccochet, Ides of March, Survivor, Chuck Berry, Suzi Quatro, Neil Diamond, and Simon & Garfunkel. 

  This edition of "Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges" originally aired on  Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Guests:  LIZ & JOHN BRESLIN of The Highland Council of Community Events

Musical Guest:  LeANN STUTLER of the CAPERNAUM band

Fireworks and Fourth of July Safety

Jun 27, 2017
KFox 14


The best way to celebrate Independence day is with some good food, company and of course  fireworks. The worst way, though, would be a trip to the emergency room or even prison. But the two can be avoided with firework safety tips.

It’s important to know two things when using fireworks, knowing your firework, by reading the directions and instructions before igniting, and most importantly know your local laws.