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2017 Award Winners Announced at Mayor's Commission on Disabilities 31st Annual Awards Breakfast and Resource Fair

Hammond-Commission-on-Disabilities-Award-Winners-2017Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announces the 2017 award winners at the Mayor's Commission on Disabilities 31st Annual Awards Breakfast and Resource Fair which took place this morning at the Dynasty Banquet Hall.

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Strack & Van Til Donates $1,000 to Respite Care Service for Equipment, Services


On Wednesday morning, Strack & Van Til paid a visit to Respite Care Services to present them with a generous $1,000 check to fund new equipment and services for the consumers of this tight-knit community.

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Glenn Muller Experiences Strongman Brian Shaw’s Record-Breaking Weekend at Arnold Sports Festival 2017


In early March, the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival was held in Columbus, Ohio and brought an estimated 20.000 athletes from 80 nations together to compete in some 70 different events and sports over one weekend.

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Culver’s of Valparaiso Partners with the Valparaiso YMCA to Make a Difference on April 5, 2017

burger-custardSince opening the doors of the first restaurant in 1984, Culver’s® has been committed to being an active member in its local community. On April 5th , Culver’s of Valparaiso, 2201 LaPorte Ave. will carry on that tradition by donating a portion of their sales to raise funds for the Valparaiso YMCA . The Valparaiso YMCA prides itself on transforming lives through Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, and Youth Development..

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Project Neighbors Newsletter, March 17, 2017


We’ve come a long way since 2011 when NEO was incorporated. Since then, we have served over 3500 students in our alternative high school and adult education program, and helped 1300 earn their high school diploma, 27 become US Citizens, and over 500 adults learn English as a second language.

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Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Owners Announce Pantry on the Go Program Will Continue for 7th Year

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The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana and Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Owners/Operators (NIMO) today announced that Pantry on the Go, the mobile food distribution program that serves more than 350,000 individuals in Northwest Indiana each year, will return for its seventh consecutive year in 2017. Pantry on the Go serves up to 250 meals each week to households across the Region between March and the end of the year.

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VNA Seeking Meals on Wheels Volunteers

rot1VNA Meals on Wheels needs volunteers for the Portage area. Interested in spending an hour or so once a week, once a month, or whatever fits in your schedule, helping deliver a hot, nutritious lunch to a homebound senior? Sometimes, the VNA Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only person that senior may see all day.

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A Golden Opportunity Raises Over $340,000 for Opportunity Enterprises

OE-Golden-Opportunity-2017Tears coupled with laughs and tuxes and tickets to sporting and arts events set the stage for A Golden Opportunity, the 25th Annual Gala in honor of 50 years of service for Opportunity Enterprises, presented by Delta Theta Tau. Classic gold décor marked the 50 years and contemporary items including a gorgeous white gold and blue topaz necklace raffle prize, Chicago Cubs ring ceremony tickets, high end grill and accessories, and a variety of experiences completed the evening.

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The Kiwanis Club of Valparaiso Held Their 67th Annual Pancake Day Breakfast

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Saturday morning, Valparaiso’s Noon Kiwanis Club hosted its 67th Pancake Day Breakfast, an annual fundraiser featuring delicious food, refreshments, and friendly faces.

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Franciscan Health Crown Point: Nurse Lauded as Heroine by Patient

Franciscan-Health-Crown-Point-Nurse-Lauded-as-Heroine-by-PatientSandy Ring, left, an imaging department nurse at Franciscan Health Crown Point, is congratulated by Barbara Anderson, hospital president and chief executive officer, during a recent management meeting for Ring’s potentially life-saving efforts to help a Demotte man after she observed a suspicious-sounding cough when the patient reported for a CT scan. A subsequent lung scan revealed a pulmonary embolism. A short time later, the patient went to the Emergency Department and also received treatment from the cardiovascular unit staff.

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Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America Works with Valparaiso University Students in 2017

Porter-County-Chapter-of-the-Izaak-Walton-League-of-America-Works-with-Valparaiso-University-Students-in-2017The Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America is excited to be working with graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Technology program this spring. Chapter member, Tammy Patterson connected students; Vigyan Jekileti, Kiran Kola and Abhilash Nalla with the chapter's Vice President, Gary Brown and their Executive Director, Annette Hansen, to build a fresh new website as part of the students' master graduate work. Kim Tomkiewicz, Advising and Internship Coordinator for the Department of Computing and Information Sciences at the university, oversees the students while they gain real-life experience in working with a not-for-profit group to develop...

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