It has been just two months since we moved into our new facility at 4611 Evans Ave. and we are well on our way to having a banner year. This past January was our best January ever! And we never could have done it without two very important individuals - Mark Forszt and Jacki Stutzman.
Man’s best friend saved the day! Buddy, a black pit lab mix, saved his forever family from a fire in late January.
Saturday, January 30, 2016, found Junior Girl Scouts cheering on the pinewood racers which they created at the 2nd annual Girl Scout Pinewood Derby at the First Christian Church in Valparaiso. Over 40 Girl Scouts, their families, and adult volunteers gathered to see which homemade racers came out the winners after numerous heats. In the weeks before the event each girl started with the standard Pinewood Car kit which consisted of a block of pine, plastic wheels, metal axels, and weights. Keeping in mind that the finished car can’t be longer than 7 inches or weigh more than 5 ounces, the girls sawed, carved, sanded, painted, and decorated an amazing array of cars.
As many of you know, we recently lost someone and it has had a significant effect on the running community. Liz Scott of Porter, Indiana was struck by a car while she was out running on the country roads of Chesterton.
FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT:
Lakeshore PAWS is selling $5 Coupon Booklets to support their mission of helping homeless dogs find their forever homes in Northwest Indiana. Our non-profit 501C3 organization keeps 100% of the booklet price and the customer receives up to $500 in special shopping offers at Carson's in Merrillville.
Middle school youth in grades 6 through 8 have the opportunity to register for Studio 6’s Winter Session of writing, composing, and producing digital music at Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s Valparaiso Club. Studio 6’s Music program is six weeks in length beginning February 9, 2016 until March 17, 2016. The program will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 6 pm and is $35 per participant. Club membership is needed to register.
Culver’s of Valparaiso lost one if it’s most beloved family members. Dennis Wallace, husband of vivacious Polly Ann Wallace, passed away in late December 2015. You may remember him from the romantic and happy highlight that we did in 2015 called “Culver's Cutest Couple: Polly Ann and Dennis Wallace.”
Members of Boy Scout Troop 929 in Chesterton served as color guard during the singing of the National Anthem before the Harlem Globetrotters game on January 5th at Valparaiso University. The game celebrated the 90th anniversary season of the iconic basketball team.