Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) recognizes ten organizations for making their communities a safer and healthier place

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

On Thursday, the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) recognized ten organizations for making their communities a safer and healthier place to live by granting them Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at a community celebration. In an eff ort to further their mission of health and wellness, HFL provided 34 new AED devices that will increase the odds of survival for someone in the LaPorte area who experiences sudden cardiac arrest. The following organizations were recognized at the AED Celebration at Cummings Lodge: The Bride Church, Michigan City, First Baptist Church Kingsbury, La Porte Little Theater, Michigan City Area Schools, New Prairie United School Corporation, Paladin, Inc., Salem Church, YMCA of La Porte County, La Porte Missionary Church and La Porte Catholic Churches. There is additional information about HFL’s AED Program and the grant process on their website, hflaporte.org. You can also find more information and register a new AED on the local EMS website, laportecountyems.wixsite.com/lpcems/aed-collective

Michigan City Area Schools Launches App

Posted on: September 19th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Parent and community engagement enhanced with new district mobile app

The latest news and information from Michigan City Area Schools is now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a new mobile app launched recently. MCAS is partnering with Blackboard to expand its communications outreach with a mobile app that is now available in the online iTunes® and Google Play® app stores for free.

The mobile app will offer a constantly updated feed of district news and events with photos and links to the district’s website. Other features include quick access to student grades and attendance, school menus, a tip line, and school/staff contact information. The app can be customized by the user to select the schools they are most interested in for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to receive breaking news, updates about school closures, calendar changes, and more.

6th Annual Arts & Crafts Show-Saturday 9/28

Posted on: September 19th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Stop by the 6th Annual UMW FALL Arts & Crafts Show sponsored by the La Porte First United Methodist Church Saturday September 28th from 9am-3pm. The event will be held at the La Porte County Fairgrounds at 2581 W. State Rd. 2, La Porte. For more information call 219-362-2443.

La Porte Hospital Announces Support Group Meetings in October

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment

Diabetes Support Group

The Diabetes Support Group provides a place to share ideas, experiences, and problems related to diabetes for those with diabetes, as well as their support team. The group meets from 11 a.m. – Noon, the fourth Monday of the month (Oct. 28), in the Heart & Vascular First Floor Conference Room, 901 Lincolnway, La Porte, or from 11 a.m. – Noon, the fourth Tuesday of the month (Oct. 22) in the First Floor Conference Room at Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Road, Knox. Contact 219-326-2478 for details.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Supporting those with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and caregivers in adapting more positively to the physical, emotional, and social changes associated with the disease. The group meets at 2:00 p.m. every third Tuesday (Oct. 15) at Brentwood Assisted Living, 2002 Andrew Ave., La Porte (park in back and use back door).  Call Sherri Moorehouse at 219-362-5749.

Cancer Support Group

Have you been affected by a cancer diagnosis? The Cancer Support Group provides patients, families, and caregivers a chance to share experiences and learn new ways of coping with the disease process.  The group meets 4-5 p.m. every other month on the third Tuesday of the month, with the next meeting being October 15.  They meet at the La Porte Hospital Heart & Vascular Center, 901 Lincolnway, in the First Floor Conference Room.  Contact 219-785-3444 for more information.

Women Heart  

This group offers support and education on living a heart healthy life and meets at 6:30 p.m., the second Thursday of every month (Oct 10).  This group meets at La Porte Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Center, 901 Lincolnway, in the First Floor Conference Room.  Call Sue Chlebek at 219-324-7519 for more information.

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group

Providing emotional and social support to patients, families, and caregivers affected by MS, this group meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the Month.  The next meeting will be held on October 8th in the La Porte Hospital Auditorium, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte. Call Kathy May at 219-874-2681 for more information or to ask questions.

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The mission of La Porte Hospital is to improve the health of our patients and communities.

Hulse honored at statewide economic development conference

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA) presented its first Shining Star Award to Clarence Hulse, Executive Director, Economic Development Corporation Michigan City.

The Shining Star Award was created to highlight professionals in economic development that are creative and committed to professional economic development in Indiana and have a track record of significant accomplishment.

Hulse has a track record in two Indianan communities, Michigan City and Jeffersonville in creating sustainable solutions for economic issues and has demonstrated his commitment to excellence in the field of community and economic development.

Wendy Dant Chesser, Chair of IEDA stated “We are excited about this award, Clarence has an exemplary commitment to and a distinguished track record in economic development in the state of Indiana. He is a problem solver and a change maker in every community he has been in. We are excited about his leadership and we value his skills, experience, and knowledge to the IEDA and the State of Indiana.”

“I am both honored and humbled to be recognized by my peers. I am excited about the state of economic development in Indiana and look forward to continue serving my community and sharing my knowledge,” said Clarence Hulse, EDCMC Executive Director.

Clarence has worked in the City of Michigan City for 6 years and the city has seen tremendous job growth and economic investment under his leadership. The EDCMC is currently rolling its new Strategic Economic Development Action Plan 2019-2013 that will focus on economic inclusiveness, workforce development, placemaking storytelling and economic modernization.

South Shore Line announces 18th Street schedule for Bears 2019 home games

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

To accommodate passengers attending Chicago Bears home football games, the South Shore Line plans to stop select trains at Metra’s 18th Street Station, which connects passengers directly to the Soldier Field entrance via a pedestrian walkway.

In addition to our regular service to nearby Museum Campus/11th Street, the following trains will also serve 18th Street Station for all upcoming home games. Please note the addition of an extra eastbound train for the Sept. 29 and Oct. 20 games departing Millennium Station at 7:10p (no Van Buren St. stop; Museum Campus at 7:15p):

For a complete look at the schedule check out the South Shore tab on the front page of wimsradio.com.

Semi Rolls Over Full of Nutella On I-94 Causing Delays Monday Night

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments


Monday night, Trooper Paul Arnold responded to a single vehicle rollover on I-94 west bound approximately 1/2 mile west of the Michigan/Indiana state line. A Freightliner pulling a box trailer, out of London, Ontario, and loaded with 44,000 pounds of Nutella cocoa spread, was west bound on I-94 when the driver stated a car in front of him “slammed on his brakes”. This caused him to brake hard and steer left, he then lost control and left the roadway, came back across all west bound lanes and struck the concrete median barrier wall head on. This caused the tractor and trailer to overturn, as it overturned the tractor went over the barrier wall onto the inside shoulder of eastbound I-94. The trailer stayed on the west bound side blocking all three west bound lanes of traffic. The was not injured and west bound lanes of traffic were closed for approximately 2 1/2 hours. The crash also resulted in the semi losing approximately 150 gallons of diesel in the median. The trailer was eventually moved to the shoulder where it will have to be off loaded on Tuesday.

Recent Crashes Into School Buses Lead To Extra Extra Patrols In Portage

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments


According to the Portage Police, during the last ten days, there have been three motor vehicle accidents involving Portage Township School buses, none of which were the fault of the bus drivers.The first occurred on September 6th on Crisman Road. The bus was in the southbound lane and stopped for a passing train. The motorist immediately behind the bus was also stopped, but had fallen asleep and let his foot slip off the brake causing his vehicle to strike the bus from behind. There were no injuries or damage.The second occurred on September 11th on Airport Road. The bus was stopped in the southbound lane at Viking Avenue for student pick-up when it was rear-ended. The suspect vehicle fled the scene, but was arrested a short time later. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries.The third occurred Monday, September 16th, on McCool Road in front of Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Community. A PTS bus and passenger car collided as a result of actions by the driver of the passenger car. There were reported minor injuries and the driver of the passenger vehicle received multiple citations.In light of these accidents, Mayor Cannon has directed police to deploy additional patrols during arrival and dismissal times of Portage Township Schools while buses are on the roadways. Police ask motorists to always remember these three important rules of the road:

  1. Yield to school buses when their stop arm is activated
  2. Refrain from anything that will distract your focus while driving
  3. Obey the speed limits

PPD said they will continue to actively enforce traffic laws, especially when it comes to the safety of our children, and ask that the public be cognizant of their surroundings when traveling.

Operation Pullover Blitz #99, Save & Dui Task Force Results

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office recently participated in and completed three traffic safety projects. The grant funded projects allowed for additional deputies to work overtime hours to increase traffic safety and public awareness. The three projects, Operation Pullover (OPO) Blitz #99, SAVE and DUI Task Force, produced significant results.OPO Blitz #99 patrols occurred between August 9th and September 2nd. A total of 100 hours was worked by nine deputies. Two-hundred vehicles were stopped that resulted in 57 citations and 205 warnings being issued. Citations were issued for exceeding the posted speed limit, driving while suspended, no seatbelt and open container. Two arrests were also made for operating while intoxicated.SAVE patrols occurred between August 19th and August 30th. A total of 24 hours was worked by three deputies. Eighty-nine vehicles were stopped that resulted in 32 citations and 54 warnings being issued. Citations were issued for exceeding the posted speed limit, disregarding a traffic control device/stop sign, no seatbelt and driving while suspended.August DUI Task Force patrols were conducted by eight deputies and three La Porte City Police Officers who worked a total of 206 hours. Three-hundred forty-three vehicles were stopped that resulted in 112 citations and 281 warnings being issued. Citations were issued for exceeding the posted speed limit, no seatbelt, child restraint violation, open container violation and driving while suspended. Arrests were made for operating while intoxicated (10), criminal misdemeanors (8), misdemeanor driving while suspended (4) and minor consumption of alcohol (1).

The MAAC announces the kickoff of its Community Capital Campaign

Posted on: September 17th, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment

In support of Northwest Indiana’s First Responders

On Friday, September 20th at the MAAC in Valparaiso, law enforcement officers, police and fire chiefs, along with State Senator Ed Charbonneau, State Representative Ed Soliday, State Representative Lisa Beck, and State Representative Michael Aylesworth will hold a press conference in support of a $1.0 million capital campaign to support the construction of training structures and additional classroom space on the MAAC campus.

Since inception, the MAAC’s sole focus has been to meet the training demands of the men and women who chose to wear the uniform. “We are committed to this vision, and strive every day to honor these individuals and the professions they’ve chosen to serve in. With the support of the community, we can continue to provide them with the proper training resources they need to do their jobs well.” states Chief Stewart G. McMillan. 

The expansion of the classrooms will include virtual reality and simulator based training. By utilizing simulator and virtual reality, law enforcement officers can be better trained in a realistic scenario based environment. Firefighters can improve incident communications and all first responders can be monitored, deficiencies identified, errors corrected and proper training given prior to mistakes being made in the public setting. The press conference will be held:

Friday, September 20th

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

The Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC)

4203 Montdale Park Drive

Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

11 Schools Celebrate Implementation of Evidence-Based Curriculum through HFL Funding

Posted on: September 17th, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment


Last Friday, the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) awarded eleven schools grant funding for the Partners in Prevention initiative. The initiative, totaling over $2.8 million, will be spread over three-years to implement evidence-based curriculum to help develop, identify, implement and sustain substance use prevention programs. The programs will impact more than 13,000 LaPorte County students and will help foster positive relationships and social competencies, address addictive behavior, bullying and violence, all while increasing school attendance, self-esteem and more.In response to the recommendation from the La Porte County Opioid Study, HFL identified the community’s need for providing adequate prevention, treatment, and long-term recovery services. In addition, research shows that implementing prevention programs in schools combats the opioid epidemic as a long-term strategy to stop substance misuse and save lives.The funding supplied to the participating eleven La Porte County schools affords them the opportunity to equip students with the life skills and support systems to not only help them avoid drugs, alcohol, and other addictive substances, as well as help to improve their academic achievement, classroom behavior, attendance, and social and emotional well-being. The program gives each student a solid foundation to make educated choices and allows insight into the potential consequences of choosing a life of substance misuse and addiction.The Healthcare Foundation awarded the following eleven schools with Planning and Implementation grants to provide these proven programs to La Porte County students:La LumiereLa Porte Community School CorporationMichigan City Area SchoolsMSD of New DurhamNew Prairie United School CorporationNotre Dame Catholic SchoolQueen of All SaintsRenaissance AcademySaint John’s Lutheran SchoolSouth Central Community School CorporationTri-Township Community School Corporation

Active shooter training Wednesday at Franciscan Health Michigan City

Posted on: September 17th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The public can attend an active shooter training educational session at Franciscan Health Michigan City on Wednesday, Sept. 18, presented by the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department.The session will be from 6 to 8PM in the Mother Maria Theresia Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital at 3500 Franciscan Way in Michigan City. LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd will facilitate the training. For additional information, call (219) 877-1842.

Speed Limit Change On US 20 In Rolling Prairie

Posted on: September 17th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Motorists traveling along US 20 in northeast La Porte County should take notice of a reduction in the speed limit. On Friday afternoon, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officially reduced the speed limit of US 20 from 55 MPH to 45 MPH in the area of Rolling Prairie.The new 45 MPH zone is located between CR 400 East and CR 450 East, for eastbound and westbound US 20 traffic. Motorists should adjust their driving behaviors accordingly and adhere to the new 45 MPH signage.

PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon joins board of La Porte County Symphony Orchestra

Posted on: September 16th, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Chancellor Thomas L. Keon has been elected to the board of directors of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra (LCSO).
The LCSO has served the residents of La Porte County and beyond for 47 years with its esteemed orchestra of 60 musicians. The orchestra performs a variety of acclaimed concerts, including the annual Holiday at the Pops event, as well as educational concerts for the children of La Porte Community Schools and nearby school corporations, senior living centers, and agencies working with individuals with disabilities.
Keon is a longtime advocate of engaged partnerships between universities and local communities and a strong supporter of civic engagement and the arts. Currently a board member for the La Porte County Strategic Planning Steering Committee, the Alliance for Regional Development, One Region, the Northwest Indiana Forum, and serving as chairman of the board of directors of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, Keon is pleased to also serve the prestigious LCSO, a cornerstone of the performing arts for the area. He will serve on the symphony’s Engagement Committee.

Bulbs, Buzzers, and Silk Wires: Electrifying the Barker Mansion

Posted on: September 16th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments


In Michigan City, Bulbs, Buzzers, and Silk Wires: Electrifying the Barker Mansion is taking place Wednesday, September 18th, 7-8:30 pm. This tour explores the history of electricity through the Barker Mansion. Guests will see the inner working of original electrical outlets in the floors and walls as well the 1905 switchboard, hidden call buttons in the walls, Tiffany lamps, nickel-plated telephones, and many more details normally hidden to the public. The tour will use the original work orders and contracts used by the Barkers’ electricians in 1905. Cost is $5 for general admission.

Michigan City’s Grand Prix Hits the Jackpot With Biggest Earnings and Attendance Records

Posted on: September 15th, 2019 by [email protected] 2 Comments

The decision to expand Michigan City’s 2019 Great Lakes Grand Prix with both new and additional races paid off in a big way for the community, with this year’s event setting all-time records for both attendance and earnings, according to a report released by Visit Michigan City LaPorte Convention & Visitors Bureau. A total of 212,600 people visited the 11th annual event held Aug. 2-4, generating $13.6 million for LaPorte County’s economy.

“Attendance was over the top, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Jack Arnett, Executive Director of Visit Michigan City LaPorte. “We had visitors from around the world, representing five continents. The combined attendance for the three days makes this one of the largest events in the region.”

The Great Lakes Grand Prix, held on Lake Michigan just off the shore of Michigan City’s Washington Park, features some of the world’s fastest powerboats racing at speeds nearing 175 miles per hour. Originally staged to showcase Michigan City and its lakefront, the race has become a top draw for visitors. This year, high-endurance jet ski racing was added.

“The Great Lakes Grand Prix is without a doubt our marquee event,” said Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer. “As the Mayor of Michigan City, I am proud of all of my departments and especially the LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau for all of their hard work. It is because of all of them that Michigan City once again shined in such a positive light.” 

This year’s figures easily topped last year’s attendance of 190,000 and earnings of $12.4 million, according to findings in a report prepared for the Convention & Visitors Bureau by Certec Inc., a marketing analysis group based in Lexington, Kentucky. The report shows that visitors from out of town spent $9.1 million this year on direct expenditures such as food, beverages, shopping, and transportation, accounting for a large portion of this year’s $13.6 million in earnings. In addition, local residents attending the event contributed an additional $518,100 in direct spending.

Jobs directly related to the Grand Prix provided more than $3 million in wages to LaPorte County workers, the report showed, and non-local visitor spending alone generated $3.6 million in tax revenues, with $705,800 going to local government. 

Arnett attributed some of the uptick in earnings and attendance to changes in this year’s race, including staging races for two days instead of one. Also, for the first time the Grand Prix partnered with the American Powerboat Association, putting the Michigan City races into a six-venue racing series staged by the group. The association was formed when the world’s leading marine motorsport brand, Powerboat P1, and the Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) joined forces. In addition, Grand Prix organizers brought in AquaX, a group that promotes high-endurance jet ski racing around the world.

“The decision to go with OPA and bring in the extra day of racing along with the AquaX (jet skis) helped to push this to a new level,” Arnett said.

Other events occurring during race weekend contributed greatly to the Grand Prix’s overall success, the report showed. The annual Taste of Michigan City, sponsored by the Michigan City Mainstreet Association, drew 15,000 visitors on Friday, while 7,000 visited Washington Park that day, taking advantage of vendors and musical entertainment. On Saturday 50,000 visitors headed for the Taste of Michigan City, Boat Parade and Party, and another 50,000 to the park for the races and other activities. On Sunday, park attendance grew to 90,000 for the races.

Nearly one-third of visitors were attending the Grand Prix weekend for the first time, the report said, and many visitors took advantage of at least two other activities while in the area, including the beach, Blue Chip Casino, the Washington Park Zoo and the Hesston Steam Museum. The report noted that “tourism is a key component of the LaPorte County economy….generating nearly $713 million in economic impact last year.”

Mayor Meer concurred, adding that the Grand Prix helps showcase the community. “Welcoming the number of people into our community that were here over the course of this year’s races, is a huge opportunity for us to highlight everything Michigan City has to offer,” he said.

LA PORTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO INCREASE PATROLS DURING HOMECOMING SEASON

Posted on: September 15th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Homecoming season is officially upon us and the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is increasing enforcement and presence throughout the County in an effort to keep students and motorists safe.  For the next several weeks, New Prairie, Michigan City, South Central and La Porte High Schools will be celebrating their homecomings, and each is a week-long celebration culminating with football games and dances. 

Traditionally, class rivalries and competitions occur during this week and at times have carried over in the form of incidents of underage drinking, reckless driving and criminal behavior such as vandalism.  The Sheriff’s Office reminds students and parents to discuss their school’s activities to avoid dangerous and illegal activity.  Parents should encourage their children to make good decisions and remind them of the consequences of drinking and drug use. 

Several safety tips are provided to help insure a safe 2019 homecoming season:

  1.  Get informed – Find out the details from your children and school about homecoming festivities.  Ask questions such as “who, what, where and when.”
  2.   Help your children come up with a plan –  Find out what events your child will attend and track them.  Find out who your child will be with and who is driving.
  3.   Remind your child of your expectations – No illegal activity such as alcohol or drug use, vandalism, unsafe driving and curfew.
  4.   Have a “Fail Safe” plan – Let your children know that if they find themselves in a dangerous situation they can call for a ride or help with no questions asked.
  5.   Get in touch with other parents – Talk to the parents of the children that your child will be with to ensure that you are all on the same plan and are mutually looking out for them.
  6.   Check in with your child – Reach out to your child during their festivities to see how they are doing and if they need anything.

The goal of the Sheriff’s Office is to keep students safe and have zero tolerance for underage consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages.  Deputies will also seek out and criminally charge those who provide drugs or alcohol to minors.   

Walorski Statement on Reports of Fetal Remains Found on Property of South Bend Abortion Doctor

Posted on: September 15th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Remains Found on Illinois Property After Death of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, Who Performed Abortions for Decades in Indiana

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on reports that more than 2,000 fetal remains were found on the Illinois property of Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer, who for decades performed abortions in South Bend, Ft. Wayne, and Gary, Ind.:

“Reports that more than 2,000 fetal remains were found on the property of longtime South Bend abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer are sickening beyond words. He was responsible for thousands of abortions in Indiana, and his careless treatment of human remains is an outrage.

“Every human life is precious, and every woman and baby deserves care and respect. This tragic case shows why abortion providers must be held to strict guidelines and face rigorous oversight. I will be looking into federal legislation to ensure the remains of aborted babies are always treated with dignity, including in the case of chemical abortions.

“State and federal authorities should conduct a full investigation into this case and take any steps necessary to protect Hoosiers, including the unborn, from unsafe practitioners.”

Statewide Hiring Fair for Seasonal Plow Drivers to be Held Tuesday, Sept. 17

Posted on: September 14th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hosting a statewide hiring fair Tuesday, Sept. 17th, for seasonal plow drivers. There are a number of locations statewide, including three right here in the Northwest District: Gary, LaPorte and Plymouth. All fairs run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time. These seasonal positions pay $16 per hour and offer $250 sign-on and $500 retention bonuses for eligible candidates. Applicants need a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and a high school diploma or GED certificate is preferred, but not required. More information is available at indotjobs.com and interested candidates are encouraged to apply in advance online, but are not required to do so. Walk-ins are welcome. Hiring fair locations in the Northwest District are:
Gary: 7601 Melton Rd. (parking in front of first building on right).
LaPorte: 315 E. Boyd Blvd. (in main Administrative Building; parking in front of two-story building).
Plymouth: 2845 Jack Greenlee Dr. (parking in front of building).

Indiana Secures Grant to Assist Small Businesses in Reaching Global Markets

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced Indiana as the recipient of a $495,000 State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant,  supporting the state’s efforts to develop and expand export-related activities among small businesses and open up new markets for Hoosier-made goods around the world. The STEP program, which is administered by the SBA’s Office of International Trade, is designed to increase the number of small businesses that export goods and to increase the value of exports from small businesses. Since its initial launch, the STEP program has awarded  approximately $157 million in grants to U.S. small businesses. Under the program, eligible small businesses may apply with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) for reimbursements of export-related activities like participating in international trade missions, foreign trade shows and export educational programs, as well as other export services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The IEDC will match the federal grant with $165,000, increasing the total funding available to Indiana small businesses to $660,000 . According to a press release, more information about the state’s STEP program and how Indiana small businesses can apply will be available in the coming months.

Lubeznik Center for the Arts Receives $33,000 Technology Grant

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) in Michigan City, Indiana has received a grant of $33,000 from the NiSource Charitable Foundation. The foundation’s mission is “to help create strong and sustainable communities where NiSource employees and customers live and work.” This funding will support a comprehensive technology upgrade that will dramatically enhance LCA’s educational programs. Phase I of this project included the purchase of 30 iPads, a charging station and other related supplies. This new technology was already put to the test by a group of 8 to 13-year-olds in a one-week “Lights, Camera, Action” summer camp.

Health Officials Urge Precautions Against Mosquitoes As Rare Virus Is Detected In Northern Indiana

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

State health officials are urging Indiana residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites in response to the detection of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus activity in northern Indiana.
Since mid-August of this year, three horses and one group of mosquitoes from Elkhart County have tested positive for EEE virus. No human cases of EEE virus disease have been reported in Indiana in 2019; however, three human cases have been reported in southwest Michigan this year, one of which was fatal.
State health officials recommend the following preventive measures:
-Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early morning)
-Use an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on clothes and exposed skin
-Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long pants in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas
-Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home
You can eliminate mosquito breeding sites from your property by doing the following:
-Discard old tires, tin/aluminum cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water
-Repair failed septic systems
-Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors
-Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed
-Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains
-Frequently replace the water in pet bowls
-Flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically
-Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with predatory fish
 While rare, EEE virus can cause serious illness and has a fatality rate of about 33 percent in people. Many people who recover may still experience long-term complications. Symptoms of EEE virus disease include chills, fever, body aches and joint pain. Some people develop a more severe form of the disease that affects the nervous system and causes encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). People who are younger than 15 years and older than 50 years are at the greatest risk of severe disease if infected with EEE virus. People who think they may have EEE virus disease should see a healthcare provider.
(To see the latest results of ISDH’s mosquito surveillance program, go to https://gis.in.gov/apps/ISDH/Arbo/. To learn more about EEE virus, visit the ISDH website at https://www.in.gov/isdh/28258.htm.)

New La Porte Hospital Tops Out, Ceremony Held

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

La Porte Hospital reached another milestone yesterday, with a Topping Out celebration. Construction tradition celebrates the last steel beam being hoisted into place during a Topping Out ceremony. In just over three months, more than 3 million pounds of steel have been assembled to create the structure of the new La Porte Hospital.  Hospital leadership, volunteers, board members, contractors, and construction workers attended the event as the last beam was placed at the top of the structure. 
The beam, which was placed inside the lobby of the existing hospital earlier this week, was signed by many employees, community members and others. Over one hundred individuals signed their name on the beam or wrote well wishes to the organization. Ashley Dickinson, La Porte Hospital Chief Executive Officer, expressed her gratitude for the excellent work performed by all involved in the construction process to date. She also praised Robins & Morton, general contractor for their leadership and expertise.  
The community can expect to see further changes to the campus until the new facility opens during fourth quarter 2020. Updates can be found at newlaportehospital.com.

LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Investigates US 20 Crash

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

On Wednesday, September 11, at approximately 1:50 P.M. (CST), deputies were dispatched to the area of US 20 and Wiley Road reference a personal injury crash. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a passenger vehicle wedged underneath a trailer that was being pulled by a semi-tractor. The crash investigation determined both vehicles were traveling west on US 20 in the construction zone of the “Dogbone” interchange project.  The semi-tractor, a Freightliner, was slowing for congested traffic in the westbound single lane of travel. Evidence and further obtained statements revealed the passenger vehicle, a 2006 Pontiac, driven by 30 year old Zachery Sims of La Porte, failed to slow for the congested traffic and struck the rear of the trailer, a WANC enclosed box trailer, being pulled by the semi-tractor. Sims was trapped inside the passenger vehicle. Following extrication, Sims was airlifted by a medical helicopter to an area hospital for treatment of an upper body injury. The crash investigation remains active and ongoing. 

Community Alert from the Valparaiso Police Department

Posted on: September 11th, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment

The Valparaiso Police Department would like to inform citizens of financial scams that have recently been reported in the area.  Within the last few weeks, Valparaiso Police have received numerous complaints where citizens have been fraudulently encouraged to pay large sums of money for a variety of circumstances.  Please remember, government agencies will not contact you by phone to demand immediate payment, nor will financial institutions or billing companies take pre-paid credit cards or gift cards as restitution.  These same institutions will not utilize fear or threaten immediate arrest for failure to comply with these requests.  Prior to using any new or unusual method of payment, or doing something out of fear, ask yourself if you have ever paid for services in the method that is being requested, or contact your local police department. Stop, do not be the victim of a telephone scam!  If you need assistance in Valparaiso, please contact us at 219-462-2135. Alert sent on 09/11/2019 at 10:55 EDT Submit an Anonymous Tip To submit a tip via text message text VALPO and your tip to 847411 View alert online & share this alert with others Link to Agency

Young-Duckworth Bill to Provide TSA Precheck to Disabled Veterans Passes the Senate

Posted on: September 11th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Tammy Duckworth’s (D-Ill.) bipartisan legislation to provide disabled veterans TSA Pre√® unanimously passed the Senate yesterday evening.

TSA Pre√® is already offered to active duty, reserves, and National Guard service members at no cost. The Veterans Expedited TSA Screening (VETS) Safe Travel Act will expand this program to include veterans who are amputees, paralyzed, or blind.

“As a Marine, I swore always to remain faithful to those serving by my side. That includes ensuring our veterans receive the care and respect they are due after they return home,” said Senator Young. “The passage of this bill has the potential to help the 70,000 amputee, 100,000 paralyzed, and 130,000 blind veterans currently subjected to a rigorous and demeaning screening process when traveling.”

LANE CLOSURE – I-94 in Michigan City Area

Posted on: September 11th, 2019 by [email protected] 1 Comment

A pipe lining crew is working on eastbound I-94 between U.S. 421 and U.S. 20/35 in Michigan City. Traffic is split – one lane to the left and one to the right – with the center lane closed. Work is expected to last about a week.

Also, don’t forget about roadwork along 421 between 400 North and Route 20 daily.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Indiana Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration Due to Rain and Flooding

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced yesterday that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in all of the 92 counties in Indiana as a result of the excessive rain and flooding that began on March 1, 2019.

“When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities, affected by the same disaster,” said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farmrelated and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers. The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to [email protected]. Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than April 29, 2020.

Baby Box Used In Hammond

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On Friday, a healthy newborn baby girl was safely surrendered, at Franciscan Health Hospital in Hammond, via a Safe Haven Baby Box that had been active for less than 30 days.  This is the third newborn placed in a Safe Haven Baby Box in less than two years in Indiana.This is also the seventh surrendered infant in Indiana for 2019. Franciscan Hospital Emergency Department and security were notified by the alarm as soon as the newborn’s mother opened the outside door to place her baby in the box. Within 90 seconds, the newborn baby was retrieved from the box and received medical care.  The hospital staff worked flawlessly as they followed every hospital and Safe Haven Baby Boxes protocol established for receiving a newborn baby birthed outside a hospital. 

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Posted on: September 10th, 2019 by [email protected] No Comments

On September 9th, 2019, at approximately 10:46 pm, the Michigan City Police Department received a call of shots fired in the area of the 3400 building of Salem Court. Officers arrived to find a victim on the sidewalk being administered CPR by several subjects. Upon further investigation it was determined that the subject had just been shot and was immediately transported to Franciscan Alliance Hospital. Shortly afterwards the victim, identified as 29-year-old Maurice J. Goldman was pronounce deceased, succumbing from a fatal gunshot wound to the groin area.  Members of the Michigan City Police Department Patrol Division, Investigative Division, and the LaPorte County HIDTA Drug Task Force, are investigating this unfortunate shooting/ homicide.

The family of Mr. Goldman has been notified of this unfortunate incident.

As this is an ongoing investigation, more information will be released as the case unfolds. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation please contact lead Detective Dave Cooney or Cpl. Tim Baker at 874-3221 Ext. #1083 or 1075.