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Protecting Your Mobile Device

smartphoneYour mobile device provides convenient access to your email, bank and social media accounts. Unfortunately, it can potentially provide the same convenient access for criminals. The American Bankers Association recommends following these tips to keep your information – and your money – safe.

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Valparaiso Community School Corporation Seeking Craftsmen

VHSGeneral Maintenance Craftsman
The General Maintenance Craftsman maintains school buildings and grounds in top condition to ensure full and productive use of district facilities. To accomplish these tasks, the General Maintenance Craftsman must work closely with the staff and administration of Valparaiso Community Schools.

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Duneland Chamber Express, August 29, 2014

rot1Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
NWI Symphony Woodwind Concert
Friday, August 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of popular classiscs from around the world by NWI Symphony woodwinds quintet! This travelogue will feature composers from Bach to Gerswhin. What a great way to start the Labor Day weekend! Sponsored by the Indiana Dunes Tourism and Lakeshore Public Media.

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7 Tips for Improving Your Credit Score

budgetAn important step to finding a home, whether you’re renting or buying, is ensuring that you have a good credit history. The American Bankers Association suggests the following tips to improve your credit score.

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CENTURY 21 Alliance Group July 2014 Market Data

2014-July-Market-DataWith all of the rain that Northwest Indiana has been receiving lately, residents need something to keep their spirits sunny. Fortunately, the local housing market is something that has stayed positive and bright despite the turbulent weather.

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The Building Blocks of an Investment Portfolio

rot1Opening a savings account with your local bank may provide an easy way to put money away for safekeeping, but the thought of doing more can be tempting. While your money will earn a small rate of interest with a savings account, you may want to consider an “investing” program that can potentially earn more from the money you put away. If investing is something that piques your interest, but you’re not quite sure where to begin, consider two of the most basic types of investments — stocks and bonds.

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What Struggling Homeowners Need to Know

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The first step is to contact your mortgage provider. About half of the people entering into foreclosure have not contacted their lender. Lenders are focused on long-term customer relationships and are devoted to finding solutions that keep customers in their homes. Most creditors are willing to work out alternate payment plans, especially in emergency situations such as job loss or major illness. To find out what institution holds your loan, contact your mortgage servicer, call (888) 679-6377 or go to

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