Thirty Lake County Torch Bearers were selected to carry the ceremonious Torch through Lake County, Ind. in celebration of Indiana's Bicentennial. The Torch Relay will take place in Lake County on October 9 and October 11.

The South Shore CVA, in conjunction with the exhibit, "200 Years Along the South Shore" will celebrate the 30 Torch Bearers with a casual reception at the Indiana Welcome Center on Sept 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and the reception is open to the public.

The exhibit features historical artifacts, newspaper articles, vehicles and photographs showcasing the South Shore's history, progress and growth.

The Indiana Welcome Center is located at 7770 Corinne Drive in Hammond, Ind. More information about the Bicentennial can be found at

The following Torch Bearers will be honored at the reception and have been invited to carry the Bicentennial Torch through Lake County in October.

Drake Abramson, Lake Station
Beverly Bonema-Ream, Schererville
Rober "Bob" Carnahan, Cedar Lake
Sheri Eberle, Hobart
Madison Fanta, St. John
Tim Fealy, Crown Point
John Friend, Munster
Drew Furuness, Schererville
Mary Goolik, Highland
Dan Gover, Griffith
Jade Green, Hammond
Michael Griffin, Highland
Richard Hatcher, former Mayor, Gary
Thomas Keilman, Whiting
Sister Bard Kuper, East Chicago
Joseph Kwasny, Highland
Eric Lakomek, St. John
Bishop Dale Melczek, Merrillville
SSG David Nowaczyk, Dyer
Paul E. Palmer, Lowell
James Pavelka, Hobart
Cavin Porter, Lake County
Sister Kathleen Quinn, East Chicago
John T. Scully, M.D., Hobart
Mayor Brian Snedecor, Hobart
Sister Peg Spindler, Gary
Mayor Joseph Stahura, Whiting
Mayor David Uran, Crown Point
Matt Valuckis, Hobart
Martha "Marty" Wheeler, Crown Point