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The Duneland Family YMCA is Building a Garden and Needs Your Help


WEE28099RE_PLANTING_A_GARDEN_26amp__WE_NEED_-1The 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.

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Spring Master Recycler Program Registration Deadline Friday February 24th, 2016


Spring-Master-Recycler-program-registration-deadline-Friday-February-24th-2016The Porter County Master Recycler Program has openings for its spring program that will begin Feb. 24.

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Porter County Prosecutor’s Office Receives Grant in 2016


porter-county-substance-abuse-councilThe 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.

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NIPSCO Introduces New Ways for Customers to Save Energy


rot6NIPSCO announced a lineup of newly available and popular energy efficiency programs to help customers save energy and manage their bills.

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Valpo Encourages Residents to Report Streetlights


rot3The 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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Duneland Family YMCA Happenings for Week of February 8, 2016


YMCA-Yellow-GreenFOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT:
YOUTH BASKETBALL – Registration for Youth Basketball for boys and girls 3 years old through 5th grade will open January 25 and ends February 17. Season runs February 22 through April 9. Cost is $40 for members and $80 for non-members. Coaches meeting will be held on February 15 at 5:30 at the Y. For more information, contact Andrew Zimmer the Y at 219-926-4204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Indiana State Police Reminds Drivers to Celebrate Responsibly this Super Bowl


ISP-Super-Bowl-2016The 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.

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The Y Spotlights its Work within Communities in First-Ever Nationwide Marketing Campaign


ymca-logo-red-orangeYMCA 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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Duneland Family YMCA Happenings for Week of February 3, 2016


YMCA-Yellow-GreenFOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT:
YOUTH BASKETBALL – Registration for Youth Basketball for boys and girls 3 years old through 5th grade will open January 25 and ends February 12. Season runs February 22 through April 9. Cost is $40 for members and $80 for non-members. Coaches meeting will be held on February 15 at 5:30 at the Y. For more information, contact Andrew Zimmer the Y at 219-926-4204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2016 Porter County Community Foundation Leadership Transition Announced

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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.”

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National Park Service to Restore Great Marsh Wetland this Winter


Indiana-DunesThe 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.

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