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    Wednesday, December 06, 2017
    VALPARAISO, IN. — The Porter County Community Foundation awarded a grant to the Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC), an organization that provides training for area firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel.  The MAAC Public Safety Training campus has been established on a 4 ½ acre parcel in Southeast Valparaiso.  This facility will house various training structures including a ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 06, 2017
    Portage – Residents using the drop-off recycling site at Willowcreek Middle School, 5962 Central Ave., will soon need to find another place to take their recyclables. The school board has requested that the site close by the end of the year.                “Our intent for that property has changed, and we can no longer accommodate the facility at that location,” the Portage Township Board of ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 05, 2017
    VALPARAISO, IN – Law enforcement officers from the Porter County Sheriff’s Office and the Valparaiso Police Department participated in No Shave November raising more than $11,000 to benefit their community. Working with United Way of Porter County, the two police departments during the month of November allowed officers and employees to grow beards and mustaches to raise funds to support the more ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 05, 2017
    Purdue Northwest approved for special group recognition license plate to support student scholarshipsHAMMOND and WESTVILLE, Ind. – We’re proud of Purdue Northwest and we want to show it. Beginning in January 2018, you, too, can sport your pride with the new PNW special group recognition (SGR) license plate – and support student scholarships while you do it. Indiana motorists are encouraged to ...read more
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    Monday, December 04, 2017
    Porter County Storm Baseball team is looking for players ages 16-18 years old. Registration and Winter Workout Scheduling Meeting: December 16th; 12-3pm at Westchester Intermediate School in Chesterton, IN. For more information visit www.portercountystorm.com  
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    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    4th Street Theater is proud to be partnering with Improductions, LLC to bring in Makeshift Up for a special holiday improv night. The show will be December 15 at 8:00pm at 4th Street Theater located at 125 N. Fourth Street Chesterton, IN.  Tickets are $10.   Makeshift Up has performed in Grand Rapids Improv Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, The Chicago Improv Classic, and at a variety of ...read more
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    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    Porter County – Shirley Heinze Land Trust will be collecting rain water with the use of rain barrels, thanks to a grant offered by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.               The organization received upcycled rain barrels through the Community Rain Barrel Demonstration Grant. Not only will the barrels help Shirley Heinze Land Trust conserve water and enhance its environmental ...read more
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    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    Porter County – Due to the mild weather, late drop of leaves, and continuous flow of visitors, access to both public compost sites in Porter County, the Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site, 546 South 400 West, has been extended through Saturday, Dec. 9.Until then, the Valparaiso site, owned and operated by the City of Valparaiso with assistance from Porter ...read more
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    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    The Chesterton Writing Group is an adult writing group, sponsored by Westchester Public Library that meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Bertha Wood Meeting Room at the Thomas Branch. This month’s session will be on Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is not necessary to attend.  The Chesterton Writing Group is open to adult writers – fiction or nonfiction - of all levels, ...read more
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    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    Westchester Public Library invites children and their families to Hageman Branch’s annual holiday celebration, Jingle Bell Jamboree. Children are invited to listen to holiday stories, sing holiday songs, and go through a series of holiday activities. Some of those activities include a photo booth, snowball buckets, snowman bowling, reindeer ring toss, and a cookie walk. We will also be making ...read more
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    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    Finish your holiday shopping with some locally-themed gifts from the Westchester Township History Museum store during our annual Christmas sale. Everything in the store will be 10% off Saturday, November 25 through Sunday, December 17.   Westchester Township History Museum is located at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. The museum is an educational and cultural service of Westchester Public ...read more
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    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    Westchester Public Library’s Teen Library Council will meet on Thursday, December 7 in the Bertha Wood Meeting Room at the Thomas Branch. Meetings occur on the first Thursday of the month from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration is not necessary to attend. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to help make a difference at the library and in the community. Members of the Teen Library Council will ...read more
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    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    The Hageman Branch of the Westchester Public Library invites children ages 4, 5, and 6 to join Miss Julia and Miss Cyndi for “Tinker, Create, Invent, and Have Fun!” on Monday, December 11 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  This program is an environment for making, creating, designing, and inventing. Classes revolve around science, design, engineering, and art through hands-on, project-based ...read more
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    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    The Westchester Township History Museum invites the community to several holiday celebrations they will be hosting in December.  On Wednesday, December 6 at 2 p.m., join us in the Brown Mansion parlor for an afternoon of caroling around the Hillstrom organ. Led by the museum’s own Joan Costello, learn a little about the history of some beloved carols and join in the festive singing of holiday ...read more
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    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    The Westchester Public Library will be offering a children’s Make-N-Take Holiday Ornament craft time anytime on Saturdays leading up to Christmas starting December 2.  Stop by the Thomas branch children’s department and create something new for your Christmas tree or winter décor! There will be a new holiday ornament every week while supplies last. This event is intended for children of all ages ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    Valparaiso, Indiana (November 15, 2017) -- As previously announced, two thriving local Boys & Girls Clubs organizations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County (BGCPOCO) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana (BGCNWI) will be merging into one organization, serving more kids and expanding its transformational programs and services.  Ryan Smiley, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    La Porte, Ind. – The official coordinator of the First Friday in the Chapel programs at La Porte Hospital will be the featured performer in December, sharing his talents on piano and pipe organ to lead participants through a melodious holiday concert, complete with a Christmas sing-along. The concert takes place at Noon, Dec. 1 in the La Porte Hospital Family Chapel, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte. It ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    HAMMOND and WESTVILLE, Ind. – Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHBR) presented $7,600 in scholarship funds to Purdue University Northwest (PNW). This inaugural gift will fund two half-tuition scholarships for PNW students in 2017.  “We believe it is important for a local company to invest back into the community, and we also realize education is one of the keys to creating a vibrant community. ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    PNW class of 1,216 to be honored at three Commencement ceremonies      HAMMOND & WESTVILLE, Ind. – Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will honor 1,216 graduation candidates during three Commencement Exercises Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Westville and Hammond Campuses.  The first commencement ceremony will honor graduates from each of PNW’s five degree-granting academic colleges. ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    Quickly becoming a local holiday tradition, the Bozak Family Christmas Light Show is celebrating its 3rd year of spectacular holiday lights and music magic.  Programmed and constructed by Porter County Councilman Andy Bozak and his son Ayden, this year's show is bigger, better, and brighter than ever with thousands more lights drawing over 5,000 watts of electricity!   The light show runs ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    HAMMOND and WESTVILLE, Ind. – A team of six Purdue Northwest (PNW) graduate students won the grand prize at the internationally-recognized 2017 Smith Travel Research (STR) Market Study Competition earlier this month in New York City, NY.  The STR competition gives leading hospitality and tourism schools from around the world an opportunity to analyze actual market research and data and interpret ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    NEWS MEDIA GRADUATION ADVISORY:  Purdue University Northwest honors its fall graduates with three commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at Westville and Hammond:   Scheduled commencement exercises are as follows: ·         3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8 at the Westville Campus in the Dworkin Center ·         11 a.m. & 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Hammond Campus in the Fitness ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    HAMMOND & WESTVILLE, Ind. – Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will honor 1,216 graduation candidates during three Commencement Exercises Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Westville and Hammond Campuses.  The first commencement ceremony will honor graduates from each of PNW’s five degree-granting academic colleges. The procession will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, in the H.D. Kesling ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    La Porte, Ind. – La Porte Hospital offers a variety of diabetes education and programs to the community, some free of charge. Classes are as follows:  Free Pre-Diabetes ClassesCome learn about the risk factors for diabetes and steps to manage pre-diabetes. All are welcome; registration is not required. Classes meet from Noon - 1p.m., the third Monday of every month at the Heart & Vascular ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    Westchester Public Library invites the public to attend or participate in our first ever Spelling Bee for teens and adults. This is intended to be a fun and educational event that is open to the public with spectators welcome to attend as well. $40, $20, and $10 gift cards will be awarded to our finalists in both age groups. WPL will host two sessions, one for teens (13-17) from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    The Friends of Westchester Public Library is hosting a special Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Bertha Wood Room at the Thomas Branch, located at 200 W.Indiana Ave., Chesterton. This is a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done while supporting your local library. Proceeds from the sale are donated to the library and help fund many ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    Westchester Public Library welcomes children ages 6-11 to test mind over matter with creepy, disgusting and downright frightening challenges at WPL’s version of Fear Factor on Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas Branch Bertha Wood Meeting Room. This includes trying gross foods, partaking in icky obstacles, and attempting frightening feats. Registration is required and ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    Join us for Seinfeld Trivia Night at Westchester Township History Museum on Tuesday, November 28 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Test your knowledge of Seinfeld, the show about nothing. From the Soup Nazi to Junior Mints, this Trivia Night will cover cast, crew, scenes, quotes, and more. Teams of 1-4 people can vie for this month’s prize. Refreshments will be served.   Westchester Township History ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    The Thomas Branch Children’s Department of the Westchester Public Library will continue their monthly children’s film screening with the feature film, Captain Underpants on Saturday, November 25 at 10:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pillow or a stuffed animal to cuddle and enjoy this month’s movie on our big screen in the Children's Department. Popcorn will be provided! Patrons are ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    The Thomas Branch Children’s Department of the Westchester Public Library will continue their monthly children’s film screening with the feature film, Captain Underpants on Saturday, November 25 at 10:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pillow or a stuffed animal to cuddle and enjoy this month’s movie on our big screen in the Children's Department. Popcorn will be provided! Patrons are ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    Westchester Public Library presents the film War for the Planet of the Apes on Friday, November 24, 5:00 p.m., at the Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. No registration is necessary, and attendance is free of charge. Enjoy complimentary popcorn while watching the movie.In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    Westchester Township History Museum invites area knitters and those who crochet or do needlework to gather at the Brown Mansion for Knitting Together, a cozy afternoon of knitting, conversation, and refreshments. This group meets on the first Sunday of each month unless that date falls on or near a holiday. This month, Knitting Together takes place on Sunday, December 3, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ...read more
    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    Westchester Public Library invites readers to participate in Popular Books, a book discussion group, which takes place on the first Monday of each month (unless it falls on a holiday) at the Thomas Branch’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton.  This month, Popular Books meets on Monday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m., and will discuss Meredith Jaeger’s The Dressmaker's Dowry. ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    The popular holiday program Decorating Gingerbread Houses returns to Westchester Public Library’s Hageman Branch on Thursday, December 7.  Adults and children ages five and up are invited to create wonderful Christmas memories at this free program. Attendees will enjoy adding personal touches with icing and candy to pre-made gingerbread houses. Materials will be provided by the library, but ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    Young adults in grades 6-12 are invited to attend Nail Art for Teens in the Bertha Wood Room at  Thomas Branch of Westchester Public Library on Wednesday, December, from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Learn new trends and techniques in nail art with Ms. Sandra. This month’s theme is reindeer. Nail polish will be supplied, but feel free to bring some to share. Colors used for this project will be brown, ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    October 19, 2017: Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s Duneland Club had a very special visit by a renowned robot - R2D2. Club members enjoyed this “out-of-world” experience, not only because they were able to meet one of the world’s favorite robots, but received a first-hand look at what makes him run. R2D2’s appearance was the result of owner and builder, Aaron Treble, bringing his creation to ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    The Family & Youth Services Bureau is providing needed information about the nature and solutions to the ongoing substance abuse problems in Porter County through a series of workshops in 2017.  Each workshop is focused on helping youth, parents, and all community members move their lives beyond the influence of the substances that can derail the lives of young people.  The next Beyond the ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    RYAN SMILEY NAMED PRESIDENT & CEO OF MERGING LOCAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS  Valparaiso, Indiana (November 15, 2017) -- As previously announced, two thriving local Boys & Girls Clubs organizations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County (BGCPOCO) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana (BGCNWI) will be merging into one organization, serving more kids and expanding its transformational programs and ...read more
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    MUNSTER – Community Healthcare System recently welcomed a new physician to its medical staff. Raza Akbar, MD, has been named the new medical director of Occupational Health Services for Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.  Dr. Akbar brings more than eight years of experience in occupational health to the healthcare system’s ...read more
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