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LP County Schools Team Up for Week of Code

LPC-Skill-Up-NetworkAll La Porte County public schools will partner to celebrate a Week of Code December 3rd - 7th. The Hour of Code started as a worldwide effort designed to introduce students to computer science and demystify "computer coding." For the past three years, talented teachers in each school corporation, have participated in some type of coding experience. This year, for the first time, all La Porte County public school corporations are coordinating efforts and resources for cool coding experiences during the week.

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Lake Shore Ford to Hold Donation Drive for Local Food Pantry in Chesterton

Lake-Shore-Motors-to-Hold-Donation-Drive-for-Local-Food-Pantry-in-Chesterton-2018Our 1st Annual Stuff-A-Truck FOODraiser is here! December 1-21 help us Stuff a Truck with non-perishable food items for families in need this holiday season.

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Coral Scientist Joins Shedd Aquarium Research Team

Coral-Scientist-Joins-Shedd-Aquarium-Research-TeamShedd Aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research welcomed a new conservation research biologist this month, expanding the aquarium’s dedication to understanding and conserving aquatic species and ecosystems. Ross Cunning, Ph.D. joins the aquarium’s marine research team as a coral research biologist and will begin studying coral reefs in The Bahamas in the spring of 2019 to understand how to sustain coral reef ecosystems in the face of a changing climate.

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NIPSCO Crews Restore Power to More than 80% of Customers Affected Monday's Blizzard; Estimated Restoration Times Provided


NIPSCO crews continue restoration efforts after Monday morning’s winter storm which caused significant damage and outages from heavy snowfall and winds in excess of 45 miles per hour. Several hundred cases of downed lines, broken poles and equipment have been reported and identified.

In total, more than 40,000 electric customers were affected. As of 5:00 p.m. CT, approximately 6,800 customers remain without power – primarily located in Lake, Porter, and La Porte counties.

NIPSCO employees continue to work around-the-clock to respond to the damage, with the support of additional resources working in the call center and emergency command center to focus on power restoration efforts.

Additional outside crews and resources have been secured for added support.

Based on current information, NIPSCO estimates a majority of the remaining affected customers will be...

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Comcast Donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s John Will Anderson Facility in Gary gives Kids more access to Technology to Build the Club Experience

COMCAST-Helps-Build-BGCNWI-Experience-2018Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Councilwoman Mary Brown joined Comcast to announce to announce a $10,000 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s John Will Anderson Club in Gary. The funds were used to purchase twelve Chromebooks for the Club’s Learning Center and STEM Lab. The donation is part of a larger effort Comcast is making in locations across the country to support My.Future, an interactive online Boys & Girls Clubs of America platform kids can use to learn, play and socialize, as well as interact with one another – using likes, follows and shares – and showcase their work.

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VNA of NWI Kicks Off Annual Christmas for the Elderly Drive

VNA-of-NWI-Kicks-Off-Annual-Christmas-for-the-Elderly-Drive-2018_01 Steve Morrow, a Navy veteran and VNA Hospice patient, struggles daily with his illness and poverty. VNA nurses caring for Steve learned that one of the “luxuries” he missed was a straight razor shave, complete with hot towel service that he used to treat himself to once in a while when he was younger. The nurses sprang into action through the VNA’s Christmas for the Elderly program, reaching out to a local barber who provided just that service. The barber, Todd Carpenter, owner of South Shore Shaving Company in Valparaiso and a veteran himself, gladly gave Steve a marvelous shave and threw in a haircut to boot. Because Steve can no longer drive, InHealth Integrated Care, a local ambulance service even gave Steve a lift to the barber shop.

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Merrillville Rotary Club Makes Thanksgiving Donation to Patients of Franciscan Health St. Clare Health Clinic

Merrillville-Rotary-Club-Thanksgiving-Donation-Franciscan-Health-St-Clare-2018_01The Merrillville Rotary Club has continued its Thanksgiving tradition of donating turkeys to the patients of Franciscan Health St. Clare Health Clinic in Crown Point. This year, patients will receive a $25 food voucher to Strack & Van Til stores to provide food for a Thanksgiving meal.

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United Way of Porter County Seeks Volunteers to Help Porter County Residents File Their 2018 Federal and State Income Taxes

United-Way-Porter-County United Way of Porter County seeks volunteers to help Porter County residents file their 2018 federal and state income taxes this coming tax season.

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Porter County Career and Technical Education Open Houses Set for November 29th & Deceber 4th

PCCTC-Update-10-31-14Free dual college credits. Skills that lead to high-paying jobs. Hands-on classes that stress the latest technical skills for industry. These are just a few attributes of many half-day programs offered by Porter County Career and Technical Education (PCCTE). Many future nurses, mechanics, machinists and chefs get a start on their professions in these elective classes.

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Valpo Flips the Switch on Christmas Season with Annual Winter Fest and Tree Lighting


Valparaiso’s beloved Central Park Plaza played host this evening to hundreds of happy families--and one very large tree-- for the annual Winter Fest and Tree Lighting event.

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Sand Creek Country Club Kicks Off Holiday Season with 20th Annual Gingerbread House Event

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Sand Creek Country Club hosted it’s 20th annual Gingerbread House event on Friday, a beloved tradition that invites members and their families to enjoy a festive dinner and build gingerbread houses together.

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