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Volunteers Needed for Friends of Library Book Sale

April 06, 2015

Are you a book lover who is looking for an opportunity to volunteer? The Friends of Westchester Public Library need your help to sort books, and set up their Spring Book Sale on Saturday, April 11, from 9 am until noon, at  Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. Although many books are already sorted and boxed for the sale, the Friends still have hundreds of volumes to categorize and many boxes of books to move and arrange on the sale tables. Books are typically sorted by type... Read more >

Volunteers and Donations Needed for Rebuilding Together - Duneland Annual Work Day

April 01, 2015

We are fast approaching this year’s National Rebuilding Work Day and your local organization, Rebuilding Together – Duneland (RTD), is on track for its most ambitious year ever. This year, we’re improving 14 homes and 4 community projects. But we still need volunteers and donations to support this important work and there is only a limited amount of time left to sign up to help improve the Duneland community. The deadline for volunteers to register is April 10th, 2015.... Read more >

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Plans Prescribed Burns This Spring

March 30, 2015

The National Park Service is planning six prescribed fires this spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 736 acres are scheduled to be burned. Fire is used as a tool for the park’s long-term restoration and hazard fuel reduction efforts. On the east end of the park, near Beverly Shores, 186 acres are to be burned between Montana Avenue and Central Beach. This prescribed fire will help in creating a buffer to lower the threat of wildfire on the east end of the Town of... Read more >

Indiana Duness National Lakeshore to Hire Lifeguards for Summer

March 30, 2015

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is accepting applications for lifeguards this summer at West Beach. Deadline to apply is March 27, 2015. To apply go to the USA JOBS website at Using the search options on the website put in the location of Porter, Indiana and the position of Recreation Assistant. Participants are paid $11.98 an hour for the 40-hour work week during the summer. Weekend work in the spring and early fall is also available. The lifeguards are stationed at the... Read more >

Façade Grant Applications Now Available

March 26, 2015

The Duneland Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Duneland Economic Development Company (DEDC), has released applications for the 2015 Façade Grant Program. All interested commercial building owners are encouraged to submit applications to the Chamber office at 220 Broadway in Chesterton by 4:00pm on April 24, 2015. Funded by the DEDC, the Façade Grant Program fosters and funds projects that will improve the appearance of commercial buildings in the main corridors of... Read more >

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Holds ImageMakers Photography Program & Contest for Club Youth

March 23, 2015

winning photo of boy smilingBoys & Girls Clubs of Porter County held its annual ImageMakers Photography Contest, as part of its year-round Photography Program sponsored nationwide by Sony, on March 10, 2015. The ImageMakers program teaches youth the art and science of photography, and includes opportunities to compete in Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s ImageMakers National Photography Contest. Taken by South Haven Club member Vince Benavidez this photograph titled “Cheesin’” is one... Read more >

Ancestry Research database now available at Westchester Public Library

March 20, 2015

Westchester Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of Ancestry Library Edition, a Web-based reference tool distributed by ProQuest, that will allow you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname. Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition’s millions of records – as far back as the 1400s. The library is responding to a growing interest in family history that’s captured not only the Duneland community, but America as a whole. A new... Read more >

Indiana Birthday Book Poetry Contest

March 20, 2015

Calling all Porter County Poets! In 2016, the State of Indiana will celebrate its 200th birthday. Westchester Public Library has been invited by The Board of Brick Street Poetry Inc. to participate in the Indiana Bicentennial Commission-approved Indiana “Birthday Book.” This published book will contain poetry from each of Indiana’s 92 counties. You can be a part our state’s celebration by crafting your best poem to celebrate life in Porter county for our state’s... Read more >

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Earn Five Indiana State Honors at Indiana State Youth of the Year Competition

March 19, 2015

Indiana State Awards from Indiana Alliance of Boys and Girls Club Awards showcased by employees and volunteersIndiana State Youth of the Year Competition – Club members converged upon Indianapolis to participate in the Indiana State Youth of the Year competition for Boys & Girls Clubs.  Sponsored statewide by Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana, the State Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. The program honors our... Read more >

Vote for Indiana Dunes State Park as Best State Park in USA Today 10 Best contest

March 19, 2015

The Hoosier state’s Indiana Dunes State Park currently vies in a top ten contest for the title of Best State Park in the nation in USA Today’s 10Best Travel Awards.  You can vote each day through March 30 to help the dunes compete among a chosen set of 20 parks nationwide. With more than 6,000 state parks nationwide, representing millions of acres, and hundreds of millions of visitors, Indiana Dunes State Park was chosen on the list for its 3 miles of Lake Michigan beach, 200... Read more >


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