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The Great American Eclipse: Over 1500 Years in the Making


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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Housing Opportunities, Memorial Opera House Among Winners of 1st Source Bank '5 for 5 Charity Challenge'


Five local nonprofits - Hilltop Neighborhood House, Housing Opportunities, St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center, Memorial Opera House Foundation and St. Teresa of Avila Student Center - were celebrated on Friday, August 18th as the winners of $1,000 each from the Five-for-Five Charity Challenge hosted by 1st Source Bank.

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


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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Calvary Link: Our Kids

Calvary-God-SongsI'm praying for all of “our" kids today. Yellow school buses are everywhere as our children head off to another year of growing up. Some of us are sending our kids off to preschool or kindergarten. Some of us are dropping kids off at college and fighting back the tears. My youngest son is getting ready to start his junior year of college a thousand miles away. Stacy and I were in his room yesterday helping pack up, and I sat on the bed and started crying.

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Duneland Schools Update, August 18, 2017


Sandpipers Recognized for Performance With Foreigner
On Wednesday, August 9, 25 members of the Chesterton Sandpipers performed with the legendary rock band Foreigner on stage at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, Illinois. The band is currently on their celebratory 40th Anniversary Tour as they honor their hit songs over the past four decades.

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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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Prairie Magic Music Festival at Sunset Hill Park is a Hit with Local Music Lovers


On Saturday, Porter County Parks and Recreation celebrated its annual Prairie Magic Music Festival at beautiful Sunset Hill Park and gave residents a show to remember and a night of music and fun. The festival was a celebration of rock, bluegrass, folk and Americana music and gave families a chance to get out and enjoy not just the music, but also the great food, craft beer, games and even bounce houses for the kids.

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Five Local Non-Profits Win $1,000 Each in Five-for-Five Charity Challenge

rot3Five local non-profits: Hilltop Neighborhood House, Housing Opportunities, St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center, Memorial Opera House Foundation and St. Teresa of Avila Student Center, have been selected as the winners of $1,000 each from the Five-for-Five Charity Challenge hosted by 1st Source Bank. All non-profits selected will receive their donations during a check presentation at 12pm CDT on Friday, August 18th at the new Banking Center located at 2700 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso.

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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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