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Girl Scouts of Valparaiso & Washington Township Win Float Award

Girl-Scout-FloatValparaiso and Washington Twp. Girl Scouts earned the Kernal's Kup Award for their entry into the 2014 Popcorn Parade on Sept. 6th. Girl Scout members of all ages helped glue, paint, and construct their float along with adult volunteers. Accompanying the float were over 60 Girl Scouts and their leaders. Anyone interested in joining Girl Scouts or volunteering to help with troops are asked to contact Beth Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 464-2418.

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Vale Park Has a Gem in Dr. Jerry Rodenbarger

Dr-Jerry-RodenbargerEarly on a Friday morning, my boss Chris and I met with Dr. Jerry Rodenbarger of Vale Park Animal Hospital. A polite and good-natured fella, Dr. Rodenbarger not only shows love for the animals that come into his care, but also for the community in which he lives.

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Porter County Museum Presents Hilltop Neighborhood Conversation

porter-county-museumStop by the Porter County Museum on October 2 at 5:30p for a discussion of the past, present, and future of Valparaiso’s Hilltop community. Dr. Gretchen Buggeln’s American Home class at Valparaiso University will be investigating the history of the Hilltop Neighborhood in Valparaiso during the Fall 2014 semester. Through a neighborhood study, the class will develop a history of Hilltop that will add to our understanding of this unique community. Visitors are invited to learn more about the project, meet the students in the course, and share stories with the group.

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Workshop Scheduled on Special Needs Trusts

oe logoThe Law Office of Connie Bauswell will host a free workshop at Opportunity Enterprises to discuss Special Needs Trusts. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 1 from 5-7 p.m. at OE’s main building, located at 2801 Evans Avenue in Valparaiso.

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Jacobs Ladder Receptionist Recognized by Valparaiso Kiwanis Club

Volunteer-Subsidized-1500-Therapy-Visits-for-KidsRuth Parks was recently recognized by the Valparaiso Kiwanis Volunteer of the Year committee. For nearly 5 years, Ruth has volunteered as the front desk receptionist at Jacobs Ladder Pediatric Rehab Center, and this week will hit a mile marker of 3,000 hours. Because every two volunteer hours generates enough savings for 1 child to receive a therapy visit, Ruth has single handedly subsidized 1,500 therapy visits for many of the over 600 visits a week we provide here at Jacob's Ladder.

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Helping Students Succeed Beyond High School

indiana-youth-institute-logoAccording to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE), 60 percent of Hoosier jobs in the next decade will require workers to acquire additional education or training after they earn a high school diploma.

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Around the Table Hosts Family Day

Family-Day-ATT"Around the Table" hosted their first of many activities on Sunday afternoon. The Portage Township YMCA, Valparaiso Family YMCA, Duneland Family YMCA, and Union Township Middle/High School held a Family Day picnic and game day that brought families and friends together for some good quality time.

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