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Notes about 2016 Leaf Pick-Up in Valparaiso

Valparaiso-Vibrant-VisionaryValparaiso’s fleet of leaf vacuum crews is geared up and will begin picking up leaves Oct. 24. “Leaf trucks will be out daily, working to clear the city. Because neighborhoods vary in leaf production, it’s impossible to commit to a specific pick-up day for each neighborhood, however we will work to rotate throughout the entire city as frequently as possible,” said Matt Evans, Public Works Director. Leaf pick up will extend into November, with the final date being determined based on weather and leaf volume.

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US EPA Unfunded Mandate Forces Hammond Sewer Rate Increases

Hammond-Sanitary-Proposed-Rate-Increase-Chart-2016Increasing regulations by the Federal government are forcing the Hammond Sanitary District (HSD) to increase sewer rates, system-wide, for the first time in over 8 years. Rates are expected to increase over a two-step process with typical homeowners seeing increases $9.29 per month later this year and $12.03 per month in the fourth quarter of 2017. The rate increases must first be approved by the HSD later this month and then ratified by the City and Town Councils by both the City of Hammond and the Town of Munster before they can be put into effect. The Hammond Sanitary District currently has the lowest sanitary rate in the State of Indiana.

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Roadway Closures in Downtown Valparaiso for 2016 Trick-or-Treat

valpopoliceThe annual Fall Festival in downtown Valparaiso will be held this weekend (Friday and Saturday). Friday night the annual downtown trick-or-treat will be held beginning at 4pm. Roadways in the downtown area are scheduled to close for the downtown event. Lincolnway will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. between Napoleon St and Michigan Ave. Lafayette St, Washington St and Franklin St will be closed around the Court House and Central Park. Roadways are scheduled to re-open at 6:00 p.m.

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Blue Chip Casino Salutes Veterans with Breaking Down the Barriers Day-Long Event


One of the best things to do for a veteran is to give them support, and on Saturday Breaking Down the Barriers: Salute to Our Veterans did just that. Breaking Down the Barriers was an all-day event held at Blue Chip Casino aimed to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in soldiers and veterans. With a three-county bike ride, a veterans vendor fair, dinner with guest speaker Silouan Green, and entertainment by High Noon, the event was filled with opportunities to learn and support the men and women who served our country.

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South Shore Line Meets with the Public to Discuss Their Double Track Project

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On Thursday October 6th, the South Shore Line invited the public to an open house presentation on their proposed Northwest Indiana Double Track Project. The open house was held at Michigan City’s City Hall. The open house was preceded by an hour long presentation by representatives of the South Shore Line and members of the state government.

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Franciscan Health Munster Sponsors Police Department for Annual Chamber Chili Cook Off

Franciscan-Health-Munster-Sponsors-Police-Department-for-Annual-Chamber-Chili-Cook-OffFranciscan Health Munster was a sponsor of the Munster Police Department’s booth at the town Chamber of Commerce’s Chili Cook Off Oct. 3 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts. “We are so grateful for Franciscan’s sponsorship,” said Lt. John Peirick, right. “You folks do good work.”

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2016 Northwest Indiana Trick-or-Treat Hours



Halloween is upon us! Many communities are offering city-wide trick-or-treat hours to get your fill of candy. Below are the community trick-or-treat hours for Halloween in Northwest Indiana for 2016!

October 31, 2016:

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Visclosky Announces Project Development Status for South Shore Expansion

south-shore-line-cover.On Wednesday, September 28, Congressman Visclosky announced that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has moved the South Shore expansion forward into the Project Development phase.

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Radical Remission: Kelly Turner Brings 9 Factors to Purdue Nothwest

Turner-Sinai-Forum-5“I wish it would have only been 3,” jokes Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D, “My book and dissertation would have been shorter.” She is talking about her book, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, which chronicles the 9 common healing factors that cancer survivors have used to heal their bodies. Turner spent a decade researching cases of radical remission, or the healing of cancer without the use, or after the failure of, modern Western medicine.

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John Gregg Speaks at IKORCC/NWI Contractors PAC Luncheon


On Thursday, the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) and the NWI Contractors Political Action Committee hosted a luncheon in support of Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg. Attendees of the luncheon got the chance to hear firsthand from Gregg about his campaign and they had the opportunity to ask questions during a question and answer session.

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Lake County Torch Bearer Reception to be Held on September 22nd

bicentennial-logoThirty Lake County Torch Bearers were selected to carry the ceremonious Torch through Lake County, Ind. in celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial. The Torch Relay will take place in Lake County on October 9 and October 11.

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