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Senior Angels Host 'Stuff the Ambulance' to Support Seniors During the Holidays


Senior Angels in collaboration with Southlake Mall, held a 'Stuff an Ambulance; drive for gifts on Friday November 16th. By the end of the day, the ambulance was packed full of goodies. The true spirit of the holiday season was alive and well within a group of volunteers who truly are angels to seniors.

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Munster Theater Earns 2nd place at Regionals - Advances to State

Munster-Theater-Earns-2nd-place-at-Regionals-Advances-to-State-2018The Munster High School theatre program competed at the Indiana Thespians Regional competition on Nov. 10th and placed 2nd, allowing them to advance to the State competition in January. Additionally, Junior Diana Ayala was named Best Supporting Actress, and Senior Maya Radjenovich was named Best Actress by the judging panel. At the Regional, 6 schools competed at the Munster High School Auditorium for the chance to compete at state. During these competitions students are given 45 minutes to set, perform, and strike a piece of theatre before a panel of 3 judges.

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Porter Regional Hospital and Valparaiso University Bring Healthcare Education to Community at Fall Into Health Fair


Porter Regional Hospital and Valparaiso University know that learning is a lifelong process, and it involves a lot more than just sitting in a classroom. That is why the two institutions partnered to host the Fall into Health Fair, an interactive health event for all ages and community members held at VU’s Harre Union Hall that helped people take ownership of their health and futures.

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Meet Nia, First Magellanic Penguin Chick Bred at Shedd Aquarium Gets a Name

First-Magellanic-Penguin-Chick-Bred-at-Shedd-Aquarium-Gets-a-NameShedd Aquarium announced today that the first Magellanic penguin chick (Spheniscus magellanicus) bred at the aquarium, which hatched on Mother’s Day weekend, is a female. At a regular check up with the aquarium’s veterinary team, a blood test determined the sex and showed that she has been hitting all the major milestones. Shortly after, the aquarium hosted a contest for staff to choose her name. Shedd volunteers, partners and staff came back with a resounding answer – Nia (NEE-ah)!

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Journey Senior Living Provides a Memorable Flight Experience for Veteran Members


Finding unique ways to say ‘Thank You’ to those who’ve sacrificed so much for our freedom can be a challenge. With the collaboration of Journey Senior Living of Valparaiso and Eagle Aircraft for Veterans Day, three veterans from World War II & the Vietnam War were treated to an experience they won’t soon forget.

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Munster Gas System Upgrade Project Near Completion

rot2NIPSCO to complete the installation of a new natural gas regulator station at 510 Fisher Street in Munster - a project that interconnects a 24 inch and a 30 inch natural gas pipeline from across the Illinois boarder for the purpose of providing natural gas services to NIPSCO customers. This project is part of NIPSCO’s broader, ongoing natural gas infrastructure modernization plan and includes a metering and filtration component as part of the new system upgrade to ensure safety and reliability of the system.

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A Compilation: Inside the Great News Studio with Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.

Northwest Indiana is full of stellar leaders, but Thomas M. McDermott Jr. is one of a kind. As Mayor of the most populated city in Lake County, McDermott has made it his goal to improve quality of life in Hammond. Standing at the helm of several significant projects both in action and on the horizon, McDermott and his team are working to ensure people are happy to call Hammond home.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Mayor McDermott in the Great News Studio, where we picked his brain about all things Hammond and mayoral. In his singular brand of relaxed authenticity, he was happy to answer our questions. Here are just a few highlights.

Great Things Happening in Northwest Indiana

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St. Mary’s Catholic Community School Makes Halloween Visit to WGN

St.-Marys-Catholic-Community-School-Makes-Halloween-Visit-to-WGN-2018 02The WSMW news crew of St. Mary Catholic Community School of Crown Point, IN recently took a field trip to WGN news studios. WSMW is St. Mary’s very own in-house student-run TV news program that is viewed by the entire school every morning. Their tour guide for the event was Lourdes Duarte. Lourdes Duarte is an television journalist for WGN-TV, where she is an investigative reporter and co-host of the WGN News Evening News at 4pm. She took time out of her schedule to not only show the students the studio, but also to give students a normal a day in the life of a news report/host. “It was really inspirational and informative.” said 8th grader Daisy Cain, current News anchor for the schools WSMW. “Listening to...

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NIPSCO Natural Gas System Upgrade Project Near Completion - Michigan City

rot1NIPSCO is set to complete the final phase of a three year natural gas system upgrade near Michigan City. This work is part of the company’s ongoing modernization plan to upgrade their natural gas infrastructure system.

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Hammond Breaks Ground on Ice Kube Hockey Complex


Chilly weather made for a fitting atmosphere to celebrate the future ice hockey complex in Hammond, Indiana. On November 7, Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., the Hammond Redevelopment Commission, community members, and officials of Ice Kube LLC hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ice Kube Sports Complex.

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The Mary Kay Foundation Honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month by Issuing $3 Million in Grants to 150 Domestic Violence Shelters Across the Country

St-Jude-HouseIn support of Domestic Violence Awareness, The Mary Kay FoundationSM announced today it is awarding $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters across the country. St. Jude House has received a $20,000 unrestricted grant to support local survivors of domestic violence in Crown Point, IN. This year’s grant contribution brings the Foundation’s total investment in its shelter grant program to $50 million.

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