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The Great American Eclipse: Over 1500 Years in the Making

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On Monday, August 21st, a great portion of the central United States will be blanketed by darkness as The Great American Eclipse arrives and makes history. So what makes this total solar eclipse so historic?

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Wetland Restoration - Climate Change Initiative


Wetland-Restoration-Climate-Change-InitiativeOn Tuesday, August 8, members of the Izaak Walton League of America’s Porter County Chapter met at their Frame Family Little Calumet Conservation Area, located on the west side of County Line Road-- across the road from Michigan City. They met with USDA/NRCS engineers and Greenline Landscaping to finalize details of their new NRCS wetland restoration contract. The chapter refers to this conservation area by two names; Frame One and Frame Two. The “Frame One” parcel was purchased with the help of NIPSCO funds and the Indiana Heritage Trust, and the “Frame Two” parcel was purchased with Enbridge L-6b Mitigation Funds and the Indiana Bicentennial Trust. Both parcels have conservation easements and are managed for the benefit of migratory birds.

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DeHaven Named Assistant Police Chief, Swearing-In Ceremony Set for Monday

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Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas has named Mike DeHaven as the city’s Assistant Police Chief, working in partnership with Jeff Balon who was named as Police Chief earlier in the week. Costas will swear in both Balon and DeHaven in a ceremony at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21 at City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.

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Recycling District Asks Students to Help Celebrate America Recycles Day


Spring-Master-Recycler-program-registration-deadline-Friday-February-24th-2016Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction hopes to mark America Recycles Day in a big way this year! The solid waste district is sponsoring an art contest for Porter County middle school students, and three winning designs will be featured on billboards in Porter County.

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Housing Non-Profit, Church Receive Rain Barrels


Housing-Non-Profit-Church-Receive-Rain-Barrels-2017_01 Housing Opportunities and Church of 4 Seasons United Methodist Church became the latest two recipients of rain barrels through the Community Rain Barrel Demonstration Grant offered by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s South Haven Club’s Dynamic Team


Boys-and-Girls-Clubs-of-Porter-Countys-South-Haven-Clubs-Dynamic-Team_01Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County is excited to announce new leadership for its South Haven Club. Former Program Director, Jason Kegebein, recently was promoted to serve as the Club’s new Director. He began his career in the Boys & Girls Club’s Movement working as a part-time youth development professional for the South Haven Club. In 2011, he left the organization for a short time honing his non-profit skills with Opportunity Enterprises. In 2014, he returned to the Club as the program director.

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Africa Tarver Appointed to NWI Regional Development Authority Board


africa-tarver-1Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announces Africa Tarver will fill the remaining term of Philip Taillon on the Northwest Indiana Regional Authority (RDA) Board. Mr. Taillon’s resignation was brought about by his new position of Chief of Staff for Mayor McDermott. “With her background in economic development, I believe Africa is an excellent choice for this Board,” stated Mayor McDermott. “I am sure she will continue to represent the City of Hammond well on this Board.”

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Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik Certifies Net AVs for 2018 Taxes


Porter_County_Auditor_Vicki_UrbanikThe Porter County Auditor’s Office has certified the net assessed values that will be used in the 2018 budgets and property tax bills.

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Jeff Balon Named New Valparaiso Police Chief


jeffbalonMayor Jon Costas announced today that Captain Jeffery Balon would succeed Michael Brickner as Chief of the Valparaiso Police Department.

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Visclosky Announces Grant Award for Porter County Volunteer Fire Departments


Congressman-Visclosky-HeadshotCongressman Visclosky announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant that will benefit several volunteer fire departments in Porter County under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.

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Four Valparaiso Officers Promoted to Sergeant in 2017


Four-Valparaiso-Officers-Promoted-to-Sergeant-in-2017The Valparaiso Police Department is announcing the promotion of four officers to the rank of Patrol Sergeant. Officers Andrew McIntyre, Chris Allison, Joe Hall and Todd Kobitz have all been promoted.

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