Government & Community Resources
The Duneland YMCA is planting a garden of fruit, vegetables and native plant species. Y Summer Campers will learn to tend the garden and will share in the harvest. Native species will enhance the garden, attract native wildlife and be replanted in local ecosystems. Excess produce will be available for sale in a market setting. Please consider donating some of our gardening supplies.
The Porter County Prosecutor’s Office is a recipient of a $22,740 grant from the Porter County Substance Abuse Council for drug and alcohol testing. The Prosecutor’s Office is a member of the coalition.
The City of Valparaiso is encouraging residents to report streetlight outages to maximize safety and visibility citywide. “As winter begins to draw to a close, streetlights have been on for longer periods of darkness. We realize that there are streetlights that need attention and we ask residents to help us in locating them,” said Matt Evans, Public Works Director. NIPSCO maintains many residential light poles and there’s an easy way to let them know of problems. To report an outage, visit: http://www.nipsco.com/stay-safe/outage-center/report-a-streetlight-out. The site asks for the pole number (general this is clearly marked on the pole), or the closest address, or you may zoom into an online map to identify the light.
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The Indiana State Police, in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), would like to remind all Indiana motorists to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl responsibly, by driving sober and safe.
YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and Duneland Family YMCA launched For a better us.™, a nationwide multimedia marketing campaign designed to educate consumers on the Y’s work as one of the most effective and enduring charitable organizations in the country. For a better us. is meant to change the perception of the Y and raise awareness of the work it does in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility to address pressing social issues in more than 10,000 communities around the country.
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Barb Young, President of the Porter County Community Foundation, has announced that she will retire from the Foundation at the end of 2016. “My time at the Foundation has been an incredible journey,” said Young. “It has been an honor and a privilege to meet and work with so many wonderful people that make the Foundation and our Porter County communities so special.”
The National Park Service is planning to restore wetlands at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Great Marsh over the winter and early spring. The project consists of the removal of fill and other debris comprised of sand, cement, and rubble that were placed in the marsh during the 20th century.