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Portage High School raises over $2,000 for ALS research during end of year celebrations


Portage High School students celebrated the end of the school year with a battle for the champion title of the Class Olympics. The event, however, was actually about an even larger battle.

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Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch Awards Eight Planning Grants


In cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch has awarded eight communities with planning grants.

“These grants will allow communities to make significant improvements to the quality of life for their residents,” Crouch said. “These small steps on things such as infrastructure and water utilities make a huge difference for these communities.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant assists local units of government with various community projects, which include infrastructure improvements, downtown revitalization, public facilities improvements, and economic development.

“Planning grants are invaluable tools that can help rural communities shape their vision for community and economic development,” said...

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St. John the Evangelist students deliver on service project by assisting Franciscan Health Prenatal Assistance Programs

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A group of seventh-grade girls from St. John the Evangelist School in St. John enjoyed a recent shopping spree. But it wasn’t for themselves. The girls were buying diapers and other baby supplies for families in need.

As part of the school’s Marian Girls Program, seventh- and eighth-grade girls participate in a two-year program that features a service project. This year, the Marian Girls seventh-graders chose to have a fundraiser to benefit the Franciscan Health Prenatal Assistance Programs in Crown Point and Hammond.

Their efforts raised $1,114 and were used to purchase several boxes of diapers and wipes, baby clothing, blankets and crib sheets, toiletries, stuffed animals, gift cards and more. With the help of Marian Girls Program coordinators Carmen Shafer and Gretchen Gerstenkorn, the girls delivered the donations on May 22 to Franciscan Health St. Clare Health...

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Why Walk?


Fifty million people across the globe are living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. That number doesn’t include the many family members, friends, and caregivers who are also touched by this disease. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and still has no cure. The Alzheimer Association is hard at work to find one, but they need your help!

“We can’t do what we do without the support of our local communities,” said Walk Manager Sara Spruth. One of the best ways to aide the Alzheimer Association is to join their annual walk. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of the most important fundraisers for the Association. It also acts as a means of raising awareness about the disease and the Association.

“It’s important to find a cure for this. It’s devastating to families. It really touches them and strikes a nerve with a lot of people. Having an...

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Community shows outpouring support to St. Jude House

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St. Jude House asked the community to “Stand UP” for victims of domestic violence. On Friday evening at Villa Cesare, Crown Point’s 40-bed shelter (since February) hosted its largest annual fundraiser, but this year, they incorporated a variety show. Tomfoolery Fun Club teamed up with St. Jude House to show comedians Gwen LaRoka, Mickey Housley, and Colleen Brennan, as well as jazz saxophonist Reggie Foster, Jr. accompanied by a band.

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Michigan City bowlers add to their history of support for Franciscan Health Michigan City Breast Care Center

Bowl-for-the-Cure-donation-to-Franciscan-Health-Michigan-City-Breast-Care-Center-2019The Michigan City chapter of the United States Bowling Congress Association has made a substantial impact on the fight against breast cancer over the past 17 years.

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Centier Bank’s Chesterton South Branch to Support The H Life with Bake Sale, Coffee Flight on May 13


Centier Bank’s Chesterton South Branch is helping The H Life raise funds for pediatric cancer research with their first-ever Coffee Flight and Bake Sale on Monday, May 13 from 10am – 2pm.

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Walk for Sojourner Truth House


Did someone say color walk?!

In celebration of the event's 20th anniversary, Sojourner Truth House (STH) is adding some color to this year’s Walk for STH by hosting a color walk! Proceeds support the mission of Sojourner Truth House to provide hope and help to thousands of homeless and at-risk women and their children.

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Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana Volunteer Recognition Luncheon


On Thursday, April 11, over 190 volunteers for Meals on Wheels NW Indiana were recognized and celebrated for their commitment to Meals on Wheels. The volunteers were treated to a family-style meal at the Avalon Manor and received letters from the President and Presidential Service Awards for their more than 100 hours of service. Four volunteers also received the Silver Presidential Service Award which is in recognition of their more than 250 hours of service in 2018.

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Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol prepares for Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX)


Indiana Wing Civil Air Patrol volunteers will be conducting Search and Rescue (SAREX) training exercises out of the La Porte Municipal Airport throughout the weekend of May 3rd through 5th, 2019.

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Opportunity Enterprises names Neil Samahon new CEO


The board of directors for Opportunity Enterprises has selected Neil Samahon as the new President/CEO of the organization. Samahon will assume the role effective July 1st. He will replace the current President/CEO Ellen DeMartinis, who plans to retire. Samahon is currently the CEO of Metro Recycling and Metro Auto Recyclers, where he has been employed for 25 years. Under his leadership Metro has grown considerably. In addition to growing the business, he prides Metro for being recognized as good environmental stewards. His focus has always been to not only grow the company fiscally, but also to ensure that Metro remains a strong community partner. Neil has a strong sense of civic responsibility and strives to have a positive impact within the community, environment, and with the people he interacts with.

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