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Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County to Assess Yard Waste Management Needs

recycling-waste-reduction-district-of-porter-countyThe Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County is asking residents for feedback on their yard waste management practices to assess the need for a north county publicly accessible compost site.

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Two New Officers Sworn to Duty in Valparaiso

VPD-Swearing-In-Ceremony-November-2015This morning, at City Hall, two new Valparaiso Police Officers were sworn to duty by Mayor Costas.

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NW Indiana Collaboration Will Improve Public Access and Habitat on the East Branch of the Little Calumet River

lceb-canoeSave the Dunes, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Northwest Indiana Paddling Association have been awarded $205,959 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chi-Cal Rivers Fund. The collaboration will use the funding to improve safe public access at several nature preserves and enhance over 189 acres of riparian habitat along the East Branch of the Little Calumet River.

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Porter County Public Compost Sites to Close for 2015 Season

Compost-piles-compressedThe last day of the 2015 season for public access to the Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site, 546 South 400 West, is Saturday, Dec. 5.

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Valparaiso Extends 2015 Leaf Season to December 4th

Valparaiso-Vibrant-VisionaryValparaiso’s fleet of leaf vacuum crews will be out through Dec. 4, weather permitting, announced Matt Evans, Director of Public Works. “We try to be flexible in our leaf schedule and in an effort to accommodate residents, we’ll extend the service,” he said. Because neighborhoods vary in leaf production, the city is unable to commit to a specific pick-up day for each neighborhood. However, Public Works will rotate throughout the entire city each week through Dec. 4, including Saturdays as necessary.

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Opportunity Enterprises Thanks its Runners for the 2015 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon


On November 7th, OE Runners traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the 2015 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K Race. The Indy Monumental Marathon enjoyed record participation, and the OE Runners Team celebrated its 17th season with nearly 100 runners. Thanks to OE’s fundraisers and sponsors, the team raised more than $80,000 for individuals with disabilities. This year’s generous sponsors include:

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Honoring IUN Veterans: Gary Man Proves Transition to College is Possible, Rewarding

After 35 years in U.S. Army, this veteran proves the transition to college is possible, rewarding
SFC Joe Collins to graduate this spring with bachelor’s in business

IUN-JoeCollinsVeterans face a multitude of challenges. Making the transition from a long career in the military to becoming a college student has got to be among the most daunting.

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Lakeshore PAWS Looks to Add Modern Kennel Suites to New Location


Lakeshore PAWS is adding the next addition to their new location with the addition of modern kennel suites for each dog. Along with modern kennel suites, the new building, located at 4611 Evans features more space and resources to save and adopt more dogs such as separate areas for sick dogs from local shelters and fenced in areas for dogs to run and play.

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Public Compost Sites to Close for Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Compost-pilesThe Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site, 546 S. 400 W., will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Both sites will reopen Monday, Nov. 30 for their last week of seasonal operation.

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Valparaiso University Honored as Military Friendly School

Valparaiso-University-NightValparaiso University is a 2016 Military Friendly® School, as announced by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting military and civilian worlds.

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St. Mary Medical Center Holds Annual Quilts of Valor


St. Mary Medical Center held their second Quilts of Valor presentation for nine veterans who received handmade quilts from the String-A-Long Stars & Stripes Quilts of Valor Group, celebrating and honoring their service to their country.

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