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Dyer United Methodist Church South Shore Project Includes Stop at Gary's Stewart House Gardens

Stewart-House-Urban-Farm-and-GardensPastor James Clark and members of Dyer United Methodist Church are embarking on a unique missions trip they’re calling the South Shore Project. They’ll be riding the South Shore Line and stopping in South Bend and Gary to serve, connect and collaborate with sister Methodist churches in the North District. They’re stopping in Gary to help grow and build the Stewart House Urban Farm & Gardens ministry of Christ United Methodist Church. They begin work at 10am on Thursday, August 1st.

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Be a Part of Something Good Today and Walk for More Tomorrows

alz-kickoff-meeting-5We at Ideas in Motion Media are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s event. This disease fatal and it takes a toll on not only the person who has it, but those around him or her.

"We are proud to partner with such a great organization raising funds and awareness for an important cause that is impacting so many families throughout Northwest Indiana," Chris Mahlmann, Publisher and CEO of Ideas in Motion Media, said. "Participating in the walk and their ongoing communication of their fundraisers, educational programs, and community outreach is closely tied to our mission in Life."

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Meals on Wheels Needs Volunteers; August Trainings Set

Meals-on-WheelsMeals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana is searching for additional volunteer drivers. Two training sessions are scheduled for August 13, and August 15, 2013..

Each day, volunteers assist in the delivery of more than 1,600 meals throughout Lake County. The duties of a Meal Delivery Volunteer include:

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Gary Mayor and Superintendent of Gary Schools Discuss Education Reform with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

gcsc-logoRecently, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Gary Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Pruitt joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, other mayors and school superintendents in Washington, DC, to discuss partnership opportunities between cities and the U.S. Department of Education to foster effective approaches to education reform. Participating city leaders are part of a new Mayors’ Education Reform Task Force co-chaired by National League of Cities (NLC) First Vice President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, MN, and NLC Second Vice President Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT. Mayors Coleman and Becker formed the task force in March 2013 to explore how cities can and should be involved in local education reform efforts. “Our meeting with Secretary Duncan further confirms that we are taking the right steps locally to strengthen the...

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Rick Richards - Left an Impact Far Beyond the Muddy Trail


The stream of story lines run through your head as another piece of Rick you remember hits your view since he passed Saturday at the Mudathlon. His friendly face, peppy or peppered depending on the day, purposeful energy, cut to the chase communication style, his personal mannerisms that make you feel comfortable at once (and on your guard all the time), knowing that a good debate about the two sides of any conversation are about to get a good work out… This seems to be the common memory of Rick from those that worked with him at the Post-Tribune, Michigan City News-Dispatch, and LakeShore TV. And it all syncs up with what I sensed in just the couple of years I have known him.

I was so happy to see him and his daughter just prior to him starting, as he...

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'Pets and People' Book Series Highlights Impact of Animal Companionship on Human Health

PurdueLogoThe American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) are collaborating with Purdue University Press to make essential health information freely available online.

Every day researchers gain new insights into the dynamic relationship between people and animals, discovering, for example, how dog ownership improves heart health or how interaction with guinea pigs may help socialize autistic children. However, up-to-date summaries of this evidence are difficult to access for the wide range of health professionals who could apply it to improve clinical practice, such as veterinarians, nurses, social workers, and therapists.

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Next Week in Gary July 20-27, 2013

city of gary sealPlease spread the word about the following events taking place next week in the Steel City. The City of Gary has a Facebook page! Please friend us using keyword: Team Gary Indiana and follow us on Twitter @TeamGaryIndiana. Updates can also be found on the City of Gary’s website at, where you can also download the City of Gary 311 app!

Saturday, July 20 Travis Freeman Memorial Golf Outing 8:00a.m. _____

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Turning Discarded Stuff Into Dollars For Shelter Animals

Merrillville-Animal-Yard-SaleOn Sunday, July 14 from 9am to 2pm, the staff of Merrillville Animal Hospital (6226 Cleveland Street) in Merrillville, hosted a giant yard sale to raise money for The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana. The event offered great deals on gently-used clothing, furniture, music, toys, pet supplies, and just about everything under the sun.

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15 New CASA Volunteers Complete Class to Make a Lifelong Difference for Local Children

15-Volunteers-CASALa Porte Circuit Court Judge Thomas Alevizos swore in fifteen new Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers on July 11, 2013 to represent the best interest of abused and neglected children for the CASA Program of La Porte County. The new volunteers finished an intensive 6-week training session to better understand child abuse and neglect, the court process, report writing and the impact of substance abuse on children and families.

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A Showing of Compassion

nathan4From great tragedy came a tremendous outpouring of compassion. When 6-year-old Nathan Woessner fell into a sinkhole at Indiana Dunes National Park for roughly four hours on Friday, July 12th, the community was deeply stricken. I myself felt a strong disbelief. However, it is impossible to ignore the tremendous outpouring of bravery, support, and generosity of the community in the face of hardship.

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How You Can Get Involved with Community

CommunityArticleImage is a new community-based website, focusing on an exclusively-positive view on the people, places, organizations, and businesses serving Northwest Indiana. We aim to be the central hub for all of the great information out there, and tell all of the great stories of the community in the Region.

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