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The Marram School Opening in Chesterton

July 31, 2014

The Marram School, a new, private K-12 school, will open its doors in Chesterton this fall.  The school will foster a self-directed learning community that celebrates individual differences and encourages students to pursue their interests by being the creators of their education.  Meetings for prospective families will be held Monday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 5 at 7 PM in the Library Service Center at 100 West Indiana Avenue in Chesterton. By following the core beliefs of... Read more >

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Golf Outing was a “swinging” Success

July 25, 2014

golf outing participantsAfter holding our breath for blue skies and sunshine, Mother Nature complied on July 10, 2014 at Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s 34th Annual Golf Outing. Over 170 golfers, with a morning flight added, teed off at this great event held Forest Park Golf Course in Valparaiso. This sold-out Golf Outing was the organization’s most successful one to date netting $42,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs programs and services to youth! Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County HR Manager... Read more >

State of the Chamber Honors Community Leaders

July 24, 2014

More than 130 Duneland Chamber of Commerce members, volunteers, municipal leaders and local residents gathered at Sand Creek Country Club on Wednesday for the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Chamber and Community Awards Luncheon. The event, sponsored in part by Ashley’s Jewelry and Sand Creek Country Club, provided an opportunity to hear from Chamber Board President Scott Mundell, as well as receive updates from local Town Council members and honor a seven local... Read more >

Purdue Northwest Chosen as Name for Unified Regional Campus

July 18, 2014

The Purdue Board of Trustees on Friday (July 18) approved Purdue University Northwest as the name of the unified Calumet and North Central campuses. James B. Dworkin, chancellor of Purdue North Central, and Thomas L. Keon, chancellor of Purdue Calumet, praised the campus naming as a key step forward in their unification efforts. Combining the campuses reflects Purdue's continuing emphasis on administrative cost savings and promoting student affordability and accessibility, they said. "I am... Read more >

South Shore Regional Car Show Attracted Hundreds of Cars and Spectators

July 15, 2014

Spectators look at automobilesMore than 200 hot rods, antique and classic cars, trucks and corvettes rolled into Fair Oaks Farms in Newton County for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority’s inaugural South Shore Regional Car Show on Thursday, July 10. The event, which was sponsored by Schepel Buick GMC Cadillac, attracted cars from Hammond, Ind., to Martinsville, Ind., and from Illinois to Michigan. Spectators were able to view hundreds of hot rods, classic and antique cars, trucks and corvettes during... Read more >

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County names New Unit Director of the Valparaiso Unit

July 14, 2014

Christie FullerRyan Smiley, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County announced Christie Fuller as the new Unit Director of the Valparaiso Club, replacing long-time Unit Director Dan Welch who was promoted to Director of Programs and Outcomes in May 2014. Photo of Christie Fuller, Unit Director for Valparaiso Club – Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County “We are excited to have Christie as part of our Boys & Girls Club team. Our organization had an extensive search to find the... Read more >

DNR's Lake Michigan Coastal Program Accepting Grant Pre-proposals

July 10, 2014

The DNR Lake Michigan Coastal Program is accepting pre-proposals for the 2015 Coastal Grants Program funding cycle until Sept. 12. Pre-proposals that receive favorable recommendation from the Coastal Advisory Board will be eligible for full application submission. Funding will be available in July 2015. To celebrate 200 years of Indiana statehood in 2016, bonus points will be given to grant applications for land acquisition projects that also intend to take advantage of the DNR’s... Read more >

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Welcomes New Members and Elects Officers

July 09, 2014

boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Board MembersBoys & Girls Clubs of Porter County welcomed two new members to their Board of Directors at their June 16, 2014 meeting. Debbie Anselm, general manager and director of marketing for The Times Media Company, has been a long-time advocate of Boys & Girls Clubs. She also serves on the boards of Porter-Starke Services Foundation, Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, Tri Kappa, Pink Ribbon, Valparaiso Rotary, Valplayso, and Empower Porter County. Brian Tegt is Vice President of Awards... Read more >

Indiana to be State Number 40 in Girl's journey to Sing National Anthem in all 50 States

July 08, 2014

Janine StangeJanine Stange, commonly known as National Anthem Girl, has made it her mission to perform the national anthem in all 50 states by September 14, 2014 – the song’s 200th anniversary. Stange’s rendition of the national anthem will be performed at the South Shore Regional Car Show on Thursday, July 10, as she crosses Indiana off her list and moves closer to accomplishing her goal. Janine Stange, commonly known as National Anthem Girl, has made it her mission to perform the... Read more >

Lights Up Sound Down Movie Experience for Sensory Kids

July 07, 2014

Jacob’s Ladder is very excited to present a partnership with Portage 16-IMAX Theater to provide a movie experience for kids with autism or sensory issues called Lights Up Sound Down Family Day. This creates an amazing opportunity for families to be able to visit a movie theater, especially if their child is intimidated by loud noises or bright lights. Lights Up Sound Down will show a “Sensory Friendly” new release movie with the lights dimmed and the sound turned down to... Read more >


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