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Around Four Thousand Trot in Fifth Annual Turkey Trot

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2014-Turkey-trot-1In Valparaiso, Thanksgiving isn’t just about the food. The Fifth Annual Turkey Trot, a race that has become a holiday tradition for many people in the area, made its way through the snowy Valparaiso streets on Thursday morning. The 5k and 10k race, which grows each year, topped out at 4,000 runners this time around which makes it the biggest race in Northwest Indiana.

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Rittenhouse to Host Free Financial Seminar

On December 10th, Rittenhouse will be hosting  a financial seminar all about long term care. Join us at 1pm or 6pm to ask questions and learn about the best way to plan for your financial future.


Rittenhouse Senior Living of Valparaiso
1300 Vale Park Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) - 531 - 2485
Visit Rittenhouse Senior Living's Website

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Valpo Parks Department Offers Youth Coed Volleyball

Parks-Dept-VB-Promo-1Kids will stay active during the winter months and have fun learning and playing volleyball. Register through the Valpo Parks Department, attend practices at the Boys & Girls Club with VU volleyball players instructing them, and play games on Saturdays at the Club. The 8 week program is a co-ed program separated into four leagues: 1st & 2nd Graders, 3rd & 4th Graders, 5th & 6th & 7th & 8th Graders. Rules will be modified to help kids have a great time learning volleyball or sharpening their skills while being successful. Teams will practice once a week on Wednesday or Thursday.  Practice begins January 5. Games are on Saturday afternoons and begin January 24. All practices and games will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Valparaiso at 354 Jefferson St.

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NIPSCO Reminds Customers of Home Heating Safety

Furnace inspections and carbon monoxide detectors help keep homes safe and warm

rot6With colder temperatures settling in, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) reminds customers of the importance of maintaining a safe home heating system.

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Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond Volunteer Advocates for Seniors Swears in New Members

franciscan-hammond-volunteers-2014The Volunteer Advocates for Seniors organization of Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond welcomed its latest members during a swearing-in ceremony recently at Lake County Superior Court in Crown Point.

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Physician’s Donation Helps Provide Breast Treatment for Women in Need

breast-treatment-checkDr. Gustavo Galante (back row, center), a board-certified plastic surgeon on the Franciscan Healthcare-Munster staff, recently donated $1,500 to the year-old Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer and Hammond Mammography Supplemental Fund, which provides financial assistance for women who cannot afford further treatment after a mammography screening indicates it is needed.

The fund was the idea of Cindy Duran (front row, left), Franciscan St. Margaret Health oncology director; who requested assistance in creating it from Tony Englert (second from left) Franciscan Alliance Foundation regional executive director. Galante said he donated a portion of proceeds from breast surgeries he performed during October, which is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Galante last year donated funds to St. Clare Health Clinic in Crown Point to provide mammograms for women who otherwise cannot afford them.

“It is a nice way to give back to the community,” he said of his efforts, adding, “I believe in corporate citizenship and philanthropy and hopefully we can encourage other businesses to give back to their communities.”

Also shown at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer are (from left) Dr. Sasmita Misra, a breast radiologist; Burt Piper, Franciscan St. Margaret Health vice president of ancillary services; and Pat Lewis, Franciscan St. Margaret Health Breast Care Center quality care technologist.

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Opportunity Enterprises’ Runners Team Taking its Talents to Indy

logoOpportunity Enterprises is extremely excited to announce that its OE Runners Team will be traveling south in 2015 to participate in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. After 16 years of partner charity status with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the agency has decided to take their team in a different direction in order to create a new sense of excitement around this long-standing fundraiser, which typically raises over $100,000 each year for the clients of OE.

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