Gov. Eric J. Holcomb convened leaders from the state’s agriculture sectors on Thursday to receive an update on unprecedented weather conditions that have impacted farms and other agriculture businesses statewide. As of this week, only 84 percent of Indiana’s corn crop and 64 percent of soybeans have been planted, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That is an increase from the start of month, but both crops are usually at 100 percent planted for this time of year.
The Lifer vegetable garden at the Life Site office is progressing well, as this budding bean blossom shows. I usually prefer bush beans (which don’t climb) but these climbing pole beans will be just as delicious when the veggies come in. We look forward to sharing our produce from the Lifer garden with visitors this summer!
In the meantime, you can make these yummy cold-packed dilly beans with any green beans you have – from your garden, the farmer’s market, or otherwise. They’re like slender, delicious pickles – except they’re beans – and they go great with sandwiches, relish trays, or a tasty Bloody Mary. And – no fuss with boiling jars like normal canning.
Give it a try!
Pot of water for boiling and blanching
3 ½ cups water for brine
1 ¼ cups white vinegar
The locally elected School Board of the Duneland School Corporation has named Chip Pettit as the new Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Pettit is a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. He graduated from Crown Point High School and Valparaiso University and earned his master’s degree from Indiana University Northwest. Mr. Pettit will finish his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Ball State University at the end of July.
Mr. Pettit was formerly the principal at Crown Point High School for seven years, a public school with over 2,750 students and over 200 staff members. During his tenure as principal, Mr. Pettit worked with students, parents, teachers, staff and community residents that resulted in Crown Point being named the #1 public high school in Indiana by Newsweek. Mr. Pettit built effective educational and community partnerships that helped 75% of...
Graham Family Films (Executive Producer - Pastor Ben Graham) is in pre-production on the film Pardoned By Grace, based on the true story of how Scott Highberger (former prisoner) turned himself into prison and received an unlikely pardon. Scott Highberger’s story is raw and real and includes decades trapped in the system as a prisoner to drugs, alcohol, violence, and incarceration. His story takes you on a journey through how a man can go from thirty arrests, eight felony convictions, and five prison terms, to becoming a pastor at Road to Life Church in NorthWest Indiana.
Pardoned By Grace will begin production in late July of 2019 in Northwest Indiana where Scott’s story actually took place. For a movie like...
On June 17-18, Hammond’s 1st Club Volleyball Program, Velocity 219, went to the Asics Junior National Championship at Navy Pier. Velocity’s 16 Regional team finished in the Gold bracket. The team finished 9th overall in the 16’s pool at Nationals. There were 22 teams in their pool for this competition.
Beach days in the Region are more exciting than ever, thanks to the city of Whiting’s WhoaZone at Whihala Beach. The city’s Commercial Recreation Specialists opened WhoaZone, the popular floating obstacle course on Saturday.
UnitedHealthcare let customers know, ‘You Got a Friend in Me.’ The Northwest Indiana division of the health insurance company invited some of their customers to Portage IMAX Thursday evening. Guests of all ages watched a film that everyone can love: Toy Story 4. Nestled in red velvet seats with snacks in hand, the group of movie-goers enjoyed the extra space of a private showing and no previews. In addition, tickets, popcorn, and a drink were on UnitedHealthcare.
Bill Hanna, President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA), is one of the first people who knew about Life Site founder Chris Mahlmann's vision to create a media company centered around positivity. Knowing the value that the entrepreneurial spirit can have on communities as a whole, Hanna encouraged him to go for it. Ten years later, we're still bringing news to the Region in our next installment of Leadership Life, featuring Hanna and his perspectives on transit-oriented development. Before holding this position, Hanna was the City Manager for Valparaiso the Economic Development Director for Valparaiso, and Vice President of the Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation. Hanna earned his Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University, his MBA from National-Louis University in Chicago, and his Bachelor or Science...
Cline Avenue Bridge creating more connected communities by joining the 100-year celebration of East Chicago Katherine House Boys & Girls Club
As the City of East Chicago and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana celebrate the 100-year birthday of the Katherine House, generous businesses and community members contributed to the $1.25 million capital renovation for the transformation and enhancement of the organization’s East Chicago Katherine House Boys & Girls Club. In time for the Ribbon Cutting on June 20 for the new Club and its Club members, Cline Avenue Bridge, LLC contributed to the capital project by generously donating $10,000 so East Chicago youth can enjoy a traverse rock climbing wall in their Club. The climbing wall spans 32 feet across and allows children to develop their strength and coordination.
Lillian Rogers, a high school student in Valparaiso, Indiana, will study Russian in Moldova for the summer through a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship. NSLI-Y is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.