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Years of Loyalty were Treasured at the 2018 Methodist Hospitals Awards Banquet


At the 2018 Annual Methodist Hospital Service Awards, employees were honored for their hard work and dedication, exemplifying the mission of Methodist Hospitals; Leading the way to better health. A massive 321 employees were recognized at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville on Friday evening.

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Trends in Higher Education - Part 2: Innovation


Higher education is changing. Fast. From the increasing competition in the work force, to changes in enrollment types and levels, American colleges and universities are having to adapt to an increasingly diverse and rapidly evolving society. In that vein, we asked four of the prominent universities in the Region how they plan on meeting these challenges in 2018.

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Valpo Parks Offers Creative Learning Programs Aimed to Jump-Start Career Success Early


Throughout the next year,Valpo Parks is hosting several events focusing on S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and S.T.E.A.M (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) styles of learning. The programs are made with a focus on improving children’s comprehension on these subjects as well as introducing them to new ways of problem solving.

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United Way of Porter County Announces 2018 Campaign Chair Duo, Randy and Jo Ellen Zromkoski


The United Way of Porter County has named Randy and Jo Ellen Zromkoski as this year’s United Way Campaign Chairs.

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Ben Franklin Middle School Students & Faculty Volunteer at Hilltop Neighborhood House


The Ben Franklin Middle School family came together to assist the Hilltop Neighborhood House in Valparaiso this past month. Hilltop lost a majority of their food pantry due to a recent flooding that occurred, so BFMS wanted to step in and help in any way possible. Physical Education teachers, led by Coach Ryan Osburn, came up with a fun idea to encourage all students at BFMS to assist the community. Mr. Osburn, along with his fellow PE teachers Mrs. Mills, Mrs. Pendleton, and Mr. Coffin, created a fun competition to encourage food pantry donations from the students at BFMS.

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Valparaiso Police Department & Valparaiso Community Schools Issue Joint Statement on School Safety


Unfortunately, acts of school rampage violence are not unfamiliar to our society. As a matter of fact, they have been happening for years — long before Columbine. From each incident, both the schools and law enforcement learn valuable lessons. We will learn many lessons from the tragic school shooting in Florida. We write this letter as a joint effort between the Valparaiso Police Department and the Valparaiso Community Schools to help explain the strength of our partnership, and the safety measures we take to help keep our students, staff, and community as safe as possible.

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Duneland Students Participate in 43rd Annual Porter Co. Arts-A-Budding Exhibit

Duneland-School-CorporationThe 43rd annual Porter County Arts-A-Budding student art exhibit begins on March 2 and will continue until March 13 at the Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University Campus. This exhibit is organized through volunteer efforts of the Porter County Visual Arts teachers and is sponsored by the Porter County Arts Commission in cooperation with the Bauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University.

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Boys and Girls Club Merger Provides Perfect Opportunity to Highlight New Duneland Club


Most of us in Northwest Indiana know of the Boys and Girls Clubs sprinkled throughout our towns and cities, and the lucky among us have fond memories of them from our childhoods. In fact, 1 in 16 adults spent time at a Club as a child. The Boys and Girls Clubs do more than provide after school care for children- much, much more!

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South Shore Line Expands Kids Ride Free Program to Make Spring Break Play-Cation Travel More Affordable


With spring break right around the corner, the South Shore Line (SSL) is expanding its Kids Ride Free program for spring break to include 3 children under the age of 14 to ride free with a paying adult on ALL trains (not just off-peak and weekend) from March 24 – April 7, 2018.

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NIPSCO Executive Vice President Violet Sistovaris Returns to IUN to Inspire Students and Offer Thoughts on Hot Social Topics


NIPSCO Executive Vice President Violet Sistovaris returned to her Alma Mater on Tuesday evening to deliver her speech, titled “Empowering and Inspiring the Region: A Female Executive’s Journey,” to Indiana University Northwest's campus.

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Oak Partners Celebrates A Fun-Filled Evening for Clients with 2nd Annual Ice Skating Event


As the first glimpse of spring began to show itself in Northwest Indiana, Oak Partners held their seond annual ice skating event to celebrate their clients and have some fun. Not too warm yet for a little skating, William E. Urschel Pavilion in Valparaiso was alight with all the colors of the rainbow as parents and children alike donned their ice skates and glided out eagerly onto the ice.

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