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What's Happening at Vale Park Animal Hospital in April 2019

Whats-Happening-at-Vale-Park-Animal-Hospital-in-April-2019What's Happening at Vale Park Animal Hospital
Did you know that in 2019, 1 in 26 dogs tested positive for Lyme Disease in Indiana? What's even scarier is 1 in 12 dogs tested positive in Porter County alone! There are more ticks thriving in Indiana than ever, and they aren't going away completely during the winter months. Ticks down South are actually reported to be more active during winter months, which is why year-round prevention is so vital! To help protect your pets, our representatives have lots of information and deals to help keep your four-legged friends healthy and happy!

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Kick-off the Summer with Explore the South Shore

Kick-off-the-Summer-with-Explore-the-South-Shore-2019The annual Explore the South Shore returns to the Indiana Welcome Center on Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Families will enjoy an afternoon of fun and entertainment at this free event.

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NorthShore Health Center of Portage Teams Up With Kona Ice To Celebrate National Chill Out Day


Adding to the chilly weather on Monday morning, NorthShore Health Centers teamed up with Kona Ice of the Dunes to celebrate this year’s National Chill Out Day, which marks the official end of the previous tax season.

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Porter Regional Hospital celebrates Easter with its own Porter family


Porter Regional Hospital was excited to celebrate the Easter holiday with its own Porter family and their families. Porter held an “EGGStravaganza,” inviting Porter associates to bring their families to its facility to meet the Easter Bunny, collect candy filled eggs, work on some crafts, and snack on hot dogs.

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Running Relationships


One of the fundamental elements of life is a true connection with others. We look for these friendships through school, work, mutual friends, or family, and over time, find groups that we seem to just belong to, forming kinships that last lifetimes. Perhaps one of the strongest places to form these bonds is in the sport of running. And there are several people here in the region who could tell you why!

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Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Response Team Joins International Dolphin Rescue Effort

Shedd-Aquariums-Animal-Response-Team-Joins-International-Dolphin-Rescue-Effort-2019Veterinarians from The Maryland Zoo, the Saint Louis Zoo and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium traveled nearly 4,000 miles to rescue dolphins in central Bolivia, where a group of approximately 15 endangered Bolivian river dolphins were trapped in a lake. The dolphins, known in Bolivia as bufeos, were isolated in the lake surrounded by dense forest and expansive soybean fields, and had become cut off from the main river over the past several years due to run-off from environmental changes in the area.

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South Shore Line expands Kids Ride Free Program to create affordable spring break play-cation

South-Shore-Line-expands-Kids-Ride-Free-Program-to-create-affordable-spring-break-play-cationWith spring break right around the corner, the South Shore Line (SSL) is expanding its Kids Ride Free program from March 23 – April 6, 2019. SSL has selected this promotional time frame to cover an average portion of scheduled spring breaks across the four- county area.

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Journey Senior Living of Valparaiso celebrate their one-year anniversary Irish-style


Residents, staff members, and loved ones of Journey Senior Living of Valparaiso came decked out in green to celebrate the one year anniversary of when the senior care center officially opened their doors to the public. The St. Patrick’s Day theme offered guests green beer, green punch, Lucky Charm’s popcorn, and more. In addition, attendees enjoyed two live musical performances and a live clogging performance by “The Good Time Cloggers.”

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Shedd Expands Conservation Research Team to Preserve Freshwater, Marine Biodiversity

Shedd-Expands-Conservation-Research-Team-to-Preserve-Freshwater-Marine-BiodiversityThree new research biologists joined the conservation research team at Shedd Aquarium, bringing new areas of expertise in freshwater and marine ecosystems to the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. The biologists – Dr. Austin Happel, Dr. Kentaro Inoue, and Dr. Lynn Waterhouse – are set to study aquatic wildlife in urban settings, freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes region and fishes in The Bahamas, respectively. With the continued expansion of the Haerther Center, Shedd aims to study and protect more aquatic animals and their ecosystems.

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Duneland Club Offers Kidstop during Spring Break

Duneland-Club-Offers-Kidstop-during-Spring-Break-2019Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s Duneland Club is offering our Kidstop program for parents/guardians who need childcare support during Spring Break. Kidstop will be offered from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. The cost is $110 for the week; $90 for a second child; or $26 per day; $22 per day for a second child. All youth participating in Kidstop during Spring Break will receive breakfast, an a.m and p.m. snack, and lunch.

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With tails wagging, therapy dogs come to Franciscan Health Munster

Franciscan-Health-Munster-Pet-Blessing-2019_01 With a prayer and a blessing for a half-dozen dogs and their handlers, Franciscan Health Munster welcomed the pet therapy program to its hospital on Feb. 15.

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