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Folds of Honor Scholarship for Gold Star Students

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A standard part of any military funeral is the presentation of the folded flag, which had moments before draped the coffin, to the surviving family. It is a fitting symbol, then, for Folds of Honor, a charity that provides college scholarships to Gold Star students, children whose parents were lost or severely wounded while deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“Our most recent award from Folds of Honor is a folded flag that looks a little washed out, but those are all the names of our full scholarships last year—10,000 of them!” Bob Carnagey, Northwest Indiana Director for Folds of Honor Foundation and charity volunteer proudly explained.

Folds of Honor was started from scratch by Air National Guard of Oklahoma F16 Fighter Pilot Dan Rooney. On his way back from his second tour in Iraq, Rooney was aboard a plane carrying a hero...

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Opportunity Enterprises names Neil Samahon new CEO

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The board of directors for Opportunity Enterprises has selected Neil Samahon as the new President/CEO of the organization. Samahon will assume the role effective July 1st. He will replace the current President/CEO Ellen DeMartinis, who plans to retire. Samahon is currently the CEO of Metro Recycling and Metro Auto Recyclers, where he has been employed for 25 years. Under his leadership Metro has grown considerably. In addition to growing the business, he prides Metro for being recognized as good environmental stewards. His focus has always been to not only grow the company fiscally, but also to ensure that Metro remains a strong community partner. Neil has a strong sense of civic responsibility and strives to have a positive impact within the community, environment, and with the people he interacts with.

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Volunteers planted 77 trees on IU Northwest campus for Arbor Day

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Folks from every corner of Indiana University Northwest, and the region, gathered at the Community Garden on Thursday, April 25 for a lesson in tree planting.

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Hammond Parks has Six Flags Great America Tickets!


City-of-HammondMayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. invites all area residents to purchase your tickets for Six Flags Great America from Hammond Parks & Recreation at a steep discount!

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Law Enforcement Personnel Break Ground on State-of-the-Art Training Structure

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Law Enforcement leaders will break ground on one of the most versatile and adaptive training structures in the history of our region. Since the Fall of 2018, a committee comprised of police officers specialized in Patrol, K9, SWAT, and others have gathered to identify the training and infrastructure needs of area departments. Through these efforts, the team has designed a state-of-the-art 4,200 square foot building.

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Northwest Indiana camp has lasting impact

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For Emma Paulson, science and math have always been her strongest subjects in school. From problem-solving to gathering an impressive collection of rocks and crystals, she knew she had found her passion.

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Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter invites Hoosiers to join "The Longest Day" fundraiser

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As the weather warms up, Hoosiers are looking forward to summer cookouts, vacations and pool parties. The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter invites local residents to add one more summer activity to their list: a fundraiser for “The Longest Day.” On or around Friday, June 21 – the summer solstice – participants can turn an activity they are passionate about into a fundraiser to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

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Donor families, recipients honor organ donation during Donate Life events at Franciscan Health Dyer and Crown Point

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Top left: Dr. Daniel McCormick, president/CEO of Franciscan Health Crown Point, left, accepts the Vision Award from Michael Henderson, professional services coordinator for VisionFirst. The award recognizes Franciscan Health Crown Point for the nearly 150 corneal donors the hospital has had over the past five years.
Top right: Sister Marlene Shapley, Franciscan Health vice president of mission integration, speaks at the Corpus Christi Chapel at Franciscan Health Crown Point, her brother Donald, whose organs were donated after his sudden death from an aneurysm.
Bottom right: Quilts hanging at the Donor Remembrance Celebrations feature panels created by donor families to honor their loved ones.
Bottom left: Alice Jenkins, donation coordinator for Gift of Hope, talks about her agency’s...

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IU Northwest hosts free summer science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) camp for teens August 5 - 7

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Indiana University Northwest invites teens to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at a free STEM Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, August 5 through Wednesday, Aug. 7. Students from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Certa Pro Painters of Northwest Indiana encourage spring colors to inspire and uplift spaces

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Everything starts to feel more uplifting during the spring season, doesn’t it? There’s something about the smell of warm rain, plants in fresh bloom, and the vibrance of the season that sparks our senses.

It’s said that spring represents rebirth, symbolizes growth, and encourages focus. Plants and trees are transforming as the weather slowly inches away from the coldest months of the year.

Believe it or not, this transformation impacts our daily lives. As winter fades, we anticipate warmer months just like a flower getting ready to bloom.

Color is one way we can celebrate the emotions that spring evokes year round, regardless of the season. Whether you want to revamp a room in your house, the break-room at your business, or the outside of your home or building, you can use spring-influenced colors to...

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“Bringing Nature Home” Awards Program Applications Due July 15

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Shirley Heinze Land Trust announces the ninth annual “Bringing Nature Home” Awards program. The initiative recognizes those who landscape their grounds or yards using plant species that are native to northwestern Indiana. Businesses, institutions, public agencies, landscapers, and home gardeners are eligible. Founded by The Friends of Shirley Heinze, the program takes its name from a book written by native-plant advocate Douglas Tallamy.

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