News Archives: January 2011

Boys & Girls Clubs Showcases Fine Art Winners

January 03, 2011

10 yr. old Kelly Yaros (photo on left) of the Portage Club stands next to her winning entry entitled “Sail Boat”.  Yaros won in the Mixed Media category for her age group. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County recently held its Fine Arts Contest.  Club members age 5-18 from the Portage, South Haven, Duneland and Valparaiso Clubs completed artwork throughout the year in the various categories for the contest.   10 yr. old Kelly Yaros of the Portage Club stands next to her winning entry entitled “Sail Boat”. Yaros won in the Mixed Media category for her age group. Steve Beekman, Director of Operations stands next to Susan... Read more >

New Art Program at Thomas Library: “I Can Do That! Art.”

January 04, 2011

A new drop-in art program, “I Can Do That! Art,” will begin at Westchester Public Library on Saturday, January 8.  All ages are welcome, but parents are asked to accompany little ones.  The program will take place in the Children’s department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, and is free of charge.  Drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. “I Can Do That! Art” will take place each Saturday.  During the months of January... Read more >

DEDC and Chesterton/Duneland Chamber announce 2011 Façade Program

January 06, 2011

BrainStorm Computers, Inc. after the façade restore.The Façade Committee of the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce, through funding from the Duneland Economic Development Company, was excited to be part of the renovation of 7 businesses in the Duneland Community in 2010.   This first year of Façade Grants was very rewarding (see before and after photos below).  The Façade Committee is pleased to announce that even more funds will be available for the 2011 grant cycle.  The grant cycle will open at an... Read more >

Fees change at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

January 10, 2011

In 2011, the National Park Service will implement changes to fees at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The public had a chance to comment on the proposed fee changes last fall. The fees were determined through application of National Park Service laws and policies, a comparison to those charged for similar services in this region, and public input.   The 2011 services and fees are: Camping at the Dunewood Campground will remain unchanged at $15 a day with discounts for those with... Read more >

Starbucks Answers Michiana Humane Society’s Plea

January 11, 2011

Touched by the Michiana Humane Society’s recent YouTube video for the 2010 Project for Awesome charity contest, the Michigan City Starbucks was moved to partner on an event at the animal shelter Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm. The event will include an offer of a FREE cup of Starbucks’ coffee, tea or hot chocolate to everyone who picks up a poster from the Michiana Humane Society (MHS) at 722 Highway 212, Michigan City, IN on that day and agrees to hang the... Read more >

Chesterton Middle School is collecting for Military Care Packages

January 11, 2011

The Chesterton Middle School Give Back Project will collect items on behalf of the local group Supporters of Military (SOM) from Monday, January 17 through Friday, January 28.  This group regularly sends care packages to members of the military serving far from home. The Give Back Project is inviting all CMS students, staff and community members to donate items to be sent in upcoming packages. Items of special need include (all travel or individual size, please) anti-bacterial or baby... Read more >

Origami Club for children starting at Westchester Public Library

January 12, 2011

Children grades 2 and up are invited to Westchester Public Library on Saturday, January 15 from 10-11 a.m. for the monthly Origami Club.  The club will take place in the Children’s Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton.  Registration is necessary. Join Leslie Cefali for Origami Club.  Origami is the Japanese folk art of paper folding. The goal of this art form is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and... Read more >

Donation to Westchester Public Library by the Thanos Family

January 17, 2011

Sophie Thanos Misner and her grandsons presenting a $1,000 donation to Westchester Public Library.The Friends of Westchester Public Library recently received a $1,000 donation from the Thanos family for purchase of audio-visual materials.  The donation was given in memory of John and Mark Thanos, Chesterton father and son, who drowned on Sept. 14, 2008 while attempting to rescue a young boy. Mark was an educator and frequent library user who often borrowed materials for use in his classes.  Mark’s sons, Michael and John, and Sophie Thanos Misner, Mark’s mother,... Read more >

Chesterton High School Business Students Bound for State

January 20, 2011

On Saturday, January 15, the Chesterton High School chapter of Business Professionals of America competed in the District 1 Leadership Conference held at Lake Central High School. Students from eight area high schools competed against one another to see who would qualify to represent District 1 at the State Leadership Conference on February 27 to March 1 in Indianapolis. The CHS advisor is Rebecca Gierke. Spencer Gordon received the Executive and Diplomat Torch Awards for... Read more >

Chesterton High School Show Choirs Presents 2011 Winter Showcase and Dinner

January 24, 2011

After a successful fall season of performances and competition events, the Chesterton High School Music program will present its annual Winter Showcase and Dinner at Chesterton High School on Saturday, February 5th. This event will feature the CHS Sandpipers, Drifters, and Show Choir Band presenting the premiere performances of their 2011 competition programs. In addition, the evening will feature a headline performance by Electro Glide Records blues guitarist Marty “Big Dog”... Read more >

Starbucks Partnership Event Inspires 157 Pet Lovers to Take Action

January 28, 2011

157 pet lovers, among them 35 volunteers and board members, attended the bustling Starbucks’ partnership event at the Michiana Humane Society (MHS) facility Saturday, January, 22nd. Attendees sipped FREE Starbucks’ drinks; visited the animals; and demonstrated their continued support of the MHS and its mission by taking a FREE awareness-raising poster with them to hang in the community. Personal contributions by Starbucks’ employees: Nikki Hanna, Fern Gorton, Kimberly Vela,... Read more >


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