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      ABSR Events for 2022
Easter Egg Hunt April 16th
Spring Cleanup & TBD
      Town Cook Out 
Memorial Day Coffee May 30
Garden & Art Walk TBD
Necktie 5K & Walk TBD
Summerfest TBD
ABSR Annual                 TBD
Halloween                      TBD
Holiday Hop(e) TBD
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ABSR Mailing Address:
PO Box 458
Beverly Shores, IN 46301-0458
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2022 Sand Tracks Editors:
Jan Bob Stanley
Feb Donna Excell-Steffel
Mar           Donna Excell-Steffel
Apr           Bob Stanley
May Marvin Makinen
June  Dean Conrad
July Donna Excell-Steffel
Aug Dean Conrad
Sept  Bob Stanley
Oct Donna Excell-Steffel
Nov          Marvin Makinen
Dec          Dean Conrad
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If you are a current ABSR member and you have never logged into the website,  you will need to send a valid email address that you want linked to your membership information to:  Bobbi Petru at

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Welcome Members
Welcome New ABSR Members

Do you have kids in Beverly Shores?
Check out our new group for the younger members of our community - Kids of Beverly Shores (KOBS).

If interested check out our Facebook Group:
or Email Annaliese and Jennifer at


The morning of Saturday, October 23rd was sunny, the air was crisp, and the waves were gentle. It was a perfect day to honor Ed Bracken along with resident volunteers for their dedicated work and financial contributions in fixing the damage to our lakefront and road in late 2019-2020.

A crowd gathered at Rebora Plaza to sip cider and coffee while offering their support and congratulations to Ed. Town Council President, Geof Benson talked about the Town’s efforts to mitigate the damage from unprecedented high waves and winds. He acknowledged that it was a scary time, but how with Ed’s expertise and generous spirit our Town has able to reconfigure the lakeshore with protective armor stone, sand, and rip rap.

Benson also acknowledged the donations of money by residents and offered his sincere thanks to all the resident volunteers who donated their endless hours, patience and fortitude in guiding cars, bikers, and pedestrians along the Lake Front Drive so the work Ed and his crew could do the work as safely and as expeditiously as possible. Benson ended his remarks on a more somber tone, noting that the work continues as damage from water run-off and fall storms continues.

Benson presented Ed with a wooden plaque saying Bracken Beach to commemorate Ed’s work, which the Park Board will install at the gazebo at Rebora Beach, and Monique Rub and Bob Young presented the volunteers with a coffee mug capturing Ed comfortably sitting on his backhoe. The program ended with residents taking the mic and offering their personal thanks to Ed with humor and gratitude. Visit the ABSR website to view a short video of a portion of a documentary created by Jonathan Jackson about the emergency work done in 2020. It memorializes our lakefront in 2020.

Click Here to Watch a Short Video of the Ceremony

ABSR Sand Tracks

Sand Tracks
The January Issue is Available

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take a few minutes to download

In case you missed the 2021 ABSR Annual Meeting, you can download the presentation 

ABSR Volunteer Corner

If you are interested in volunteering to help us with an event, please contact Maureen Shick, Volunteer Coordinator, Cell: 312-933-6675.

                Community Forums           

Are you starting a home project and need a recommendation for a tradesperson? Do you need help moving, babysitting or landscaping? Tap into the collective experience of the community with the ABSR Community Forums.

Take a look at the full list of forum topics or add your own.   You can even elect to receive email notifications when new messages are posted.  Click here if you would like help getting started.

Here are a few of our most popular forums:
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Upcoming 2022 ABSR Events

Completed 2021 ABSR Events

Oh what a night!  The town was well lit as residents followed theHOLIDAY HOPe tour road map to view the 18 houses decorated to celebrate theholidays. The competition was tough as the most admired house earned the Fabulous Griswold award.  This year the winner was 4 W Ripplewater, Curt Kendall.
It took a village as volunteers decoratedLituanica Park withholiday lights, banners, a blazing fire, and even Santa’s House to create a magical place to celebrate.. The chili served was a product of a group volunteer cooking effort. All in all it was an amazing time to celebrate the season with neighbors. Thanks to everyone, participants, volunteers and donors-what an amazing community we live in!
The event had residents donating almost $5,000 to be divided between 2 local food pantries. Donations will be accepted until December 23rd. Click here to donate.  

ABSR 2021 Summerfest
ABSR 2021 Art and Garden Walk

The Garden and Art Walk committee of ABSR happily announces its 2021 event themed

"Welcome to the Front Yards of Beverly Shores" on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s event will include previously enjoyed aspects the Garden and Art Walk: many homeowners

(15 at this writing) will invite visitors to stroll by their front yards to enjoy their landscapes, perennial

gardens, annuals, and containers; many of the yards will host plein air artists. An addition this year is

that three houses along the tour will provide light refreshments. However, due to ongoing COVID

concerns, this will be a self-guided tour by walking, golf-carting, cycling, or driving– no bus transport

will be available. Guests are also asked to socially distance and wear a mask if they have not been fully


Tickets to the event are $10. They may be purchased at beginning June 1 or at The

Depot on July 10 between 10 a.m. and noon, at which time guests will receive their map with

descriptions and may enter the raffle.

More details are available in the July Sand Tracks, but we hope that you will plan to amble

by the front yards of Beverly Shores on July 10.

Easter Bonnet Contest Winners!

Best Group/Family Entry: The McKenna Family

Best Youth Entry: The Irvine/Keller Kids

Best Overall: Nancy Cassidy

Easter Egg Hunt 2021

Easter Egg Hunt on Broadway!

Thanks to all of the kids and parents for participating. Thanks also to the committee members, the many volunteers and especially to The Easter Bunny!

Winterfest Challenge

Winterfest Challenge Winners!

Thanks to everyone who sent in photos of your Winterfest creations! We received several clever entries and it was a difficult task to select the best in each category. Congratulations to the winners!

Best in Snow: 1 W. Marne Ave

Best Use of Unconventional Materials: 801 Alyce Avenue

Best Youth Entry: 105 E. Lakefront Drive

Winterfest Entries

Winterfest Challenge 2021

In The Water

In honor of Earth Month, documentary film maker and Indiana Environmental Reporter journalist Beth Edwards has graciously agreed to share the link to "In the Water," her film chronicling the impact of coal ash on our neighbors in the Town of PInes. Click on the link to view at your convenience, and watch for a panel discussion on this appearing in April on Indiana Public Media's station WFYI's health news initiative "Side Effects."

Weather Feed
Beverly Shores Weather
Beverly Shores Weather

Beverly Shores is the world’s 7th

International Dark Sky Community

Click on image above to go to actual brochure

Click Here to go to International Dark Sky Website
WGN TV Features Beverly Shores
NPR Radio Story on Dark Sky
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FYI - Local


Northwest Community Action Corporation (NWICA), a community-minded not-for-profit, is the largest combined Area Agency on Aging and Community Action Agency in Indiana. They help to eliminate barriers to independence through a variety of services and advanced regional knowledge. 


2-1-1 is a free community service. Call them for information or to seek help in a crisis 24 hours a day, every day. Simply dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-826-7871 or

Click Here to go to their Website                                                       

Michigan City -
Michigan City Farmer’s Market.   You’ll find locally grown produce, local cheeses, proteins, baked items, and foods from local artisans.  Vendors are required to produce all their own items to ensure they are providing fresh, local, and healthy food options.   
Wednesday Market:   June 15 - September 28 (4pm-8pm) Saturday Market:   April 30 - October 30 (8am-1pm)    Location:  8th & Washington Street, Michigan City, IN



Chesterton - Chesterton’s European Market.   The European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services.  The Market is every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.   Location:  Broadway and Third Street, next to Thomas Centennial Park in Chesterton, IN.   



Porter County – The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site, 400 West 550 South, will open for the season March 28, to give Porter County residents a location to drop off and recycle yard waste from their spring yard cleanups.  (3/7/16)            Click Here to Go to News Article 



If you have photos that you would like to be considered for Photos of Interest, please submit them to John Blackburn at

ABSR Strategic Planning 2021

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NWI Times Article 03/03/2013 - "Volunteers help light up the sky in Beverly Shores"

NWI Times Article 12/30/2013 - "Beverly Shores a community in harmony with nature"

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Available on Our Website

A Comprehensive Plan for Beverly Shores

By the Beverly Shores Plan Commission

Approved on October 22, 2012



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