February 28, 2014
As part of an effort to encourage young people to make choices promoting healthy lifestyles, North Shore Health Center recently donated $900 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s South Haven and Portage Units. Staff North Shore Health Centers presented a check for $450 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-South Haven Club members. Pictured with North Shore Health Center Staff are: Bottom row (L-R) Kaleigh Guerra, Isabella Pancer; 2nd row (L-R) Chevla Elder, Tia... Read more >
February 19, 2014
Selected among several local outstanding youth, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-Valparaiso Unit member, Ebonè Ivory, was named 2014 Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County. Ivory will travel to our state capitol March 10 – 11, 2014 and compete against other Boys & Girls Clubs members for the Indiana State Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the 2014 Youth of the Year for Boys &... Read more >
February 18, 2014
Westchester Public Library is seeking to fill the volunteer spot for the Volunteer Reading Tutor Coordinator for the free reading tutoring program for grades pre-k through 12. Interested persons please contact Thomas Librarian Leea Yelich at 926-7696 or visit Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, for an application. The Volunteer Reading Tutor Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the schedules of the Volunteer Reading Tutors and pairing tutors with children. The... Read more >
February 14, 2014
Visitors to Indiana Dunes State Park can participate in a contest by guessing when a large snow pile will melt, with the closest entry winning a 2014 DNR Annual Entrance Permit. This is the third consecutive year the park has hosted its snowmelt contest. The snow pile is in the beach auxiliary parking lot, next to the park’s main gate. “The cold and snowy winter has created a sizeable pile,” said interpretive naturalist Brad Bumgardner. “The park will maintain the... Read more >
February 13, 2014
The Lake Michigan shelf ice that has developed this winter is both beautiful and potentially deadly, according to Indiana Dunes State Park interpretive naturalist Brad Bumgardner. Bumgardner says people should stay off the shelf ice, which is much weaker than ice sheets that form on inland lakes. Shelf ice forms as waves push ice chunks together, resulting in a conglomeration of frozen pieces full of air pockets and weak spots. People should never attempt to walk on it,” Bumgardner... Read more >
February 10, 2014
Paul Labovitz, currently Superintendent at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (NRRA) in St. Paul, Minn., has been selected as the new Superintendent at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, headquartered in Porter, Ind. He succeeds Costa Dillon, who retired from the National Park Service (NPS) in August 2013, and begins this new assignment on May 18, 2014. In announcing Labovitz’s selection, NPS Midwest Regional Director Michael T. Reynolds said, “Paul is a communicator and... Read more >
February 07, 2014
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is one of many regional nonprofits participating in the first ever NWIgives Day on February 12, 2014. This 24-hour, online giving event, led by Legacy Foundation and Lake Area United Way, strives to unite Northwest Indiana communities in support of the charity organizations that serve in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. The goal of this event is to ignite giving across Northwest Indiana by inspiring residents to make a positive impact on their... Read more >
February 04, 2014
Designed to raise awareness and collect oral care products for children and teens in need, the America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive will be held this February, National Children’s Dental Health Month. With participation from 3,900 Walmart locations, the America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive will promote oral health for families across the nation. During the month of February, community members can visit Walmart® stores in Valparaiso and Portage to drop off donated oral care... Read more >
January 23, 2014
Young Adults (grades 6-12) and Adults are invited to Let it Snow…and Get Buried in a Book, Westchester Public Library’s 2014 midwinter reading program. The program will run February 1-28 at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton, and Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter. No pre-registration is required, but a valid Westchester Public Library card is necessary. Read or listen to a book (including eBooks) of personal choice checked out from Westchester Public Library.... Read more >
January 22, 2014
A new year-round market, the Artisan Market by Chelle's, will be starting in Chesterton on Thursday, February 6 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The event, led by Machelle Blount of Chelle's in collaboration with the Duneland Business Initiative Group, will partner local artists with downtown Chesterton businesses for a handcrafted experience. Rita Jackson, Machelle Blount, Mara Wible and Chris Acton [pictured L-R] are the organizers of Chesterton’s new “Artisan Market by... Read more >
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