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Hartsfield Village Resident Mary Kerekes Knits Hats for Babies Born in Community Health Hospitals


CHS-hats-1Toting a bag filled with ruby-red hats, Hartsfield Village resident Mary Kerekes made a special delivery to the Family Birthing Centers at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System on Valentine’s Day. Since she started knitting, she has made more than 850 tiny hats – each stitched with love – and delivered them to the moms and babies at Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.

Mary says she knits hats for the babies because she loves babies and she finds great joy in giving.

 “I love babies,” says Mary. “I have seven of my own!”

Mary has a big family that has grown even bigger over the years. She raised seven children (six girls and one boy) in Whiting with her late husband William. She now has five...

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Changing the World, Right Here at Home

united-way-laporte-countyIf you are anything like me, you have a desire to make this world a better place. Every day we have opportunities to take the high road, invest in someone else’s success, show simple kindnesses, and maybe even inspire others to a higher vision. Changing the world starts right here where we are, where we live, where we work, and where we play.

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The St. Paul Link, February 23, 2017

The-Link-February-23-2017This is Mr. Brooks - Robert Brooks
Mr. Brooks teaches French at the two public middle schools and Music for grades Kindergarten through 8th here at Saint Paul's.

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Porter County Auditor’s Office Launches Project to Assist Disabled Veterans With Tax Deduction

Vicki-Urbanik Attention veterans: A change in state law has cleared the way for more disabled veterans to qualify for a property tax benefit.

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Central Park Plaza Ice Rink Remains Opens through March 12


"Don’t hang up your skates yet," says Central Park Plaza Facility Manager Dan McGuire. “The Central Park Plaza Ice Rink will open to the public this Saturday, February 25, and remain open through March 12.” The Valpo Parks closed the rink this past week due to the unseasonably warm weather that challenged the ice making.

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Porter County Master Gardener Association Offering Scholarships and Grants in 2017

Purdue-Master-GardenerThe Purdue Extension-Porter County Master Gardeners Association (PCMGA) invite individuals, groups or charitable organizations in Porter County and the immediate surrounding area to apply for $1,000 scholarships, $500 Community Service Donations, $250 Community Grants or $250 Edible Garden Grants.

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2017 Camp FUNset Registration Now Open

Camp-Funset-Pioneer-DaysWe are excited to invite you back for a new season of fun and adventure at Camp FUNset. We have a great summer planned, with all the outdoor excitement we can have plus some fun new field trips.

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Duneland Community Generously Supports February 26 Fire Recovery Fundraiser for Pat Gland Family

GlandfundraiserphotoDuneland native, Pat Gland, who served as a bus driver for the Duneland School Corporation for 35 years, lost more than half of her house in a catastrophic fire on January 13, 2017. Thankfully, Pat escaped without injury but now she needs the community’s help.

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Valparaiso Community Schools: All about Robotics

All-about-Robotics“Do the robots fight each other?” This was the first question the coaches got from students when we proposed the idea of an elementary robotics club.

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NIPSCO Employees Mentor, Develop Girl Scouts with 2017 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day


Around 175 young girls filled NIPSCO and NiSource's Merrillville Headquarters in celebration of Engineering Week, with dozens of teams of NIPSCO engineers and Girl Scouts working together to create their own bridges.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Receives Grant from Porter County Community Foundation

pccf-bgcpoco-2017The Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County recently received a grant from the Porter County Community Foundation’s Community Fund. The organization has used the funds to partner with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, to assess the current programs offered at all four of the Club locations.

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