Story Point Chesterton – Drive By for a Pie
Story Point of Chesterton would like to welcome you to meet their newest team member, Chef Angie. Stop in at Story Point on Thursday, November 29th and sample 3 secret recipes from their chef and vote for your #1 favorite and be entered to win a $50 Duneland Chamber Gift Certificate!
Tour their model apartment and receive a complimentary pie.
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/510563639442682/
Local Connections to Mercy Hospital Shooting Victims
Four people have died after a shooting last night at Mercy Hospital in Chicago.
Samuel Jimenez, a young cop with less than two years with the department has been identified as one of the victims. Hospital officials said emergency room doctor Tamara O’Neal, who grew up in Portage, and first-year pharmacy resident, Dayna Less, a recent graduate of Purdue, were the other victims in the shooting. The gunman is the fourth confirmed dead. At this time it is unknown whether he died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds or from police gunfire.
Tune in to CBS News at the top of every hour on WIMS for more updates, and check the National headlines at the bottom of the Home page on wimsradio.com
Porter County Sheriff’s Office Introduces K-9 Django
The Porter County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome their newest K-9 Officer, 14 month old Malinois/Shepherd mix, Django (pronounced Jango). Django started his first official shift November 5th with his handler Officer Alec Kostelnik. Django comes from F.M. K9 in Berrien Center, Michigan.
Lou Holtz To Speak at PNW
The Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum concludes its 2018 season by featuring Lou Holtz, the legendary college football coach who led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a national championship, at 4 p.m. CST, Sunday, Dec. 2 in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex located at 1401 S. U.S. Highway 421 on the Westville Campus. The doors open at 3 p.m. Students showing a valid high school or university I.D. may attend at no cost. Patron-level ticket holders are welcome to attend the pre-program speaker reception.
Franklin Street Bridge Closing for An Hour Today
Franklin Street Bridge will be closed today from 5am-6am for maintenance repairs. Please seek an alternate route.
AAA: This Holiday Weekend, Travel Safely and Plan Ahead
It’s projected that more than 54 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this Thanksgiving, which would be the most since 2005 and almost a five percent increase over 2017. With construction season winding down, impacts on major thoroughfares from construction should be pretty minimal. In the Northwest District:
I-80/94: The left shoulder is closed in both directions between Colorado and Clay streets, just east of Gary in Lake County.
I-65: The shoulders are closed in both directions between State Road 2 and State Road 14 in Lake, Newton and Jasper Counties.
U.S. 41: The right lane is closed in both directions between 77th and 93rd avenues in St. John and also between 45th and Main streets in Highland.
U.S. 20: One lane is flowing in each direction between U.S. 35 and State Road 39 in La Porte County.
INDOT wants to urge drivers to drive carefully, leave extra time to get to your destination and be alert on the roadways.
Jennie-O Turkey Recall
Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales is recalling approximately 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be associated with an illness outbreak of Salmonella Reading, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Friday. The raw ground turkey products items were produced on September 11, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:
1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 93% LEAN | 7% FAT” with “Use by” dates of 10/01/2018 and 10/02/2018.
1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O TACO SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018.
1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O GROUND TURKEY 85% LEAN | 15% FAT” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018.
1-lb. packages of “Jennie-O ITALIAN SEASONED GROUND TURKEY” with a “Use by” date of 10/02/2018.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-190” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
Investigation Leads To Arrests In Michigan City Robbery
Last Tuesday night, Michigan City Police Department officers were dispatched to Taco Bell, on Franklin St. in Michigan City reference an armed robbery that just occurred. Officers were told that an unknown male suspect entered the restaurant and instructed employees to open the cash register as he held a gun to the head of one of the employees. The employee complied and opened the cash register. The suspect removed an undetermined amount of currency and fled the restaurant. Witnesses said that the suspect arrived and left in a light colored 4 – door vehicle, being driven by an unknown white female subject. The suspects left the area prior to officer’s arrival. On Wednesday November 14th, Officers and Detectives from the Michigan City Police Department and the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department developed leads. On Thursday November 15th, interviews were conducted which led to the request of arrest warrants to be issued for 34 year old Joseph Barnes and 29 year old Melinda Hunt, both of Michigan City. Arrest warrants were ultimately issued. Anyone with information related to this investigation can contact Det. Cpl. Jillian Ashley at 219-874-3221 Ext. 1082.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law
Hoosier Students Invited to Pitch Ideas in Statewide Competition
Applications for the 2019 Innovate WithIN ™ pitch competition, a statewide initiative hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), Indiana Department of Education (DOE) and Ball State University, are now open to high school students across Indiana. Student teams are invited to submit video pitches online before Feb. 6, 2019, and new to this year’s program, middle school students interested in entrepreneurship are invited to register for workshops offered at the regional competitions in early 2019. Innovate WithIN ™ , which is in its second year, gives Hoosier students the opportunity to create their own business plans and showcase entrepreneurial ideas throughout the state. The overall winners of the state competition will each receive a $10,000 cash prize, $10,000 toward one year of in-state tuition, internship opportunities and mentoring services. Participants are invited to work individually or in small groups to submit an innovative idea for a business, product, service or venture. Students will then receive feedback from experienced professionals while competing against like-minded youth from across Indiana through three rounds:
-Round One: Video pitch submissions due Feb. 6
-Round Two: Regional pitch competitions hosted from March 4 to March 15
-Final Round: State pitch competition for regional finalists hosted in April
After completing video pitches and regional competitions, the finalists from each region will be invited to Indianapolis for the final round of the competition, pitching their ideas to a panel of judges from Indiana’s entrepreneurial community.
In addition to the pitch competition and mentorship opportunities, the 2019 Innovate WithIN ™ pitch competition will expand to middle school students through ideation sessions at the regional competitions. Open to grades six through eight, these students will participate in workshops aimed at fostering entrepreneurial and critical-thinking skills while also introducing them to real-world business concepts.
As part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda to make Indiana a hub for innovation and develop a 21st century skilled and ready workforce, the state is committed to helping cultivate innovative ideas in the classroom. The Innovate WithIN™ pitch competition fosters an entrepreneurial spirit among our leaders of tomorrow, empowering students to hone their innovative thinking. Submit applications and learn more about the program at InnovateWithIN.org.
Holiday Bazaar at Brentwood at La Porte
Join Brentwood at La Porte for a festive day of Christmas shopping with their vendoras and enjoy hor’doeuvres. The Bazaar will be on November 30th from 11am-7pm. Starting on November 26th, they will also be running a food and toy drive. All non-perishables and toys are welcome. For more information, visit www.meridiansenior.com/laporte or call 219-325-1599.
Valparaiso Junior Police Academy
The Valparaiso Police Department is seeking high school students that represent good citizenship and have an interest in a law enforcement career. The Department is again sponsoring the Junior Police Academy in 2019. The academy consists of two classes per week, starting February 18, 2019 through May 1, 2019 and are scheduled for 2-3 hours, per topic presented. The course is designed for high school students to meet officers and learn about the daily activities of police work. The topics presented include: traffic enforcement, crash investigation, crimes against young people, drug investigation, physical tactics, K9, SWAT, and various education topics geared toward our youth community. The class further allows for an opportunity for the students to partake in a field day, where they can show their learned skills in a variety of mock police related activities. Space is limited to attend the program, with applications available at the Valparaiso Police Department (355 Washington St.). All applications must be completed, accompanying a one-page essay as to why the student wishes to participate in the JPA, along with a parent signature, and returned to the Valparaiso Police Department by January 15, 2019. Please contact Ptrl. Pat Yokovich, coordinator and instructor of the JPA, at 219-462-2135 or [email protected] with any questions. Additional information available at http://www.facebook.com/ValparaisoJuniorPoliceAcademy.
Indiana Department of Education Releases 2017-2018 School Accountability Grades
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released the 2017-2018 School Accountability Grades. Roughly 22 percent of schools improved one or more letter grades, with nearly 9 percent improving their letter grade to an A. Overall, close to 64 percent of schools received an A or B. Due to differences between federal and state accountability equations and standards, IDOE also released federal accountability grades for the 2017-2018 school year. Roughly 67 percent of public schools received the same letter grade for both state and federal accountability systems, with 31 percent of schools receiving a higher letter grade on the state accountability system. Differences in performance metrics between the two systems were the main factor for discrepancies for 33 percent of school letter grades. For 2017-2018 School Accountability Grades, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/accountability/find-school-and-corporation-data-reports. To view more information on Indiana’s student-centered accountability system, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/accountability/indiana-student-centered-accountability.
Chesterton Fire Department has installed Safe Haven Baby Box
Chesterton Fire Department has installed Safe Haven Baby Box #5 at Station #500 (702 Broadway, Chesterton). The Safe Haven Baby Box is positioned on the east side of the fire station. This is the 5th Safe Haven Baby Box installed and second since 2018 law (Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department in La Porte County and Woodburn Fire Department in Allen County). Chesterton Fire Dept is second station staffed 24/7 to install a Safe Haven Baby Box since new Indiana law. Safe Haven Baby Boxes cost roughly 10K to install. The City of Chesterton has been taking donations for this project and have financially covered the cost that donations didn’t cover. The footprint featured on the Safe Haven Baby Box is to honor the legacy of Baby Amelia. Baby Amelia was abandoned at Eagle Creek Park on December 28th, 2014. The Safe Haven Baby Box organization also staffs a 24-hour hotline (1-866-99BABY1) to give women the opportunity to talk to a trained professional as they consider safely surrendering their baby.
Gov. Holcomb Attends Jobs for America’s Graduates’ Board of Directors Meeting
Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb led the Jobs for America’s Graduates’ (JAG) national board of directors meeting on Thursday, in Washington D.C. Gov. Holcomb was elected in January 2018 to serve as JAG’s national board chair. JAG has served over 1.2 million youth in its history and is currently helping 63,000 young people in 1,250 schools and other locations in 34 states achieve academic, career and life success. After more than two decades of operation, JAG has proven to be one of the most cost-effective and successful state-level strategies for tackling high dropout rates, low academic performance, youth unemployment and other critical issues related to at-risk youth. JAG Indiana is the largest program in the country, with approximately 137 participating programs and more than 22,000 graduates since inception in 2006. Visit jagindiana.org to learn more about the Indiana JAG program.
Marquette Opens Search for Family to Move into Habitat for Humanity Home
Winter will have to come and go before shovels will penetrate the dirt on the lot located at Ohio & 9th Street, but there’s plenty of work to be done indoors as Marquette and Habitat for Humanity prepare to construct a new home. The two organizations have begun their search for a family to take ownership of the home, which figures to be completed in late spring of 2019. In fact, Marquette and Habitat for Humanity hope to identify that family before Christmas. One of the many benefits of taking ownership of a Habitat for Humanity home is that the selected family has input into the layout of the home, including furnishings and decor. Both Marquette and Habitat for Humanity aim for this project to yield long-term success. The home and Ohio and 9th will be the 53rd that LaPorte County Habitat for Humanity has assisted in building. Not one of the previous 52 housed a family that attempted to sell the home sooner than 15 years from the original move-in date.
The criteria for the potential family is as follows:
- the need for better housing and desire to own a home
- not currently have a mortgage
- the ability to repay the Habitat mortgage loan
- the willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity and Marquette
- live or work in LaPorte County for the past 12 months
- two years must have passed since bankruptcy was discharged
- be a United States citizen or have permanent residency
- home buyer families must complete 250 hours of sweat equity per adult by attending home-ownership and financial literacy classes, building Habitat homes and participating in Habitat events and functions
- home buyer families must also meet Habitat’s Income Guidelines
Construction will begin in the spring (weather-pending) with Marquette students volunteering their time and services. Depending on the family, the home will contain either two or three bedrooms. If you, or any family you know are interested in applying, please contact President White at [email protected].
South Bend Man Arrested In LaPorte County For Dealing Cocaine, Immigration Detainer Hold Placed
The LaPorte County Drug Task Force announced the arrest of 24 year old Luis F. Sosa-Ortega of South Bend for Dealing in Cocaine. The LaPorte County Drug Task Force began an investigation in the spring of 2018 when information was provided by the public that Sosa-Ortega was supplying cocaine to individuals within LaPorte County. Following an investigation, evidence was presented to the Honorable Judge Michael Bergerson in La Porte County Superior Court #1 by The LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Probable cause was established, and a warrant was issued for the arrest of Sosa-Ortega. On Thursday November 15th, the La Porte County Drug Task Force, along with the afternoon patrol shift of the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department, conducted a controlled traffic stop on Sosa-Ortega near State Road 2 and CR 600 East where he was taken into custody without incident. The Drug Task Force continued their investigation after the traffic stop, resulting in information that Sosa-Ortega was believed to be in the country illegally. Following standard protocol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was contacted by the task force, and an immigration detainer hold was placed on Sosa-Ortega. Sosa-Ortega remains lodged in The LaPorte County Jail without bond. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious drug activity to the crime tip hotline at 219-873-1488, or through social media.
**Arrested parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law**
DNR to test hunter-harvested deer for disease this weekend
The DNR will set up additional disease check stations in northeast and northwest Indiana this weekend to sample hunter-harvested deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The check stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday at Fish & Wildlife Areas (FWAs) and partnering businesses. CWD sampling involves removing lymph nodes from the deer’s neck just below the head. Any deer harvested within the CWD surveillance areas that are 1.5 years or older can be tested. Submitting samples for CWD testing is voluntary. CWD check station locations and surveillance areas can be found at: wildlife.IN.gov/9650.htm. Hunters interested in submitting deer harvested outside the current surveillance areas for CWD testing are now able to submit samples directly to Purdue’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) for a fee. Hunters may submit lymph nodes or whole heads. More information and a submission form is available on the ADDL website at vet.
Pumpkin Thrown From Overpass Causes Vehicle To Crash On Indiana Toll Road
Tuesday evening a driver on the Indiana Toll Road in LaPorte County narrowly escaped serious injuries after a pumpkin was thrown from an overpass onto the interstate below. The call came in to Indiana State Police dispatch around 9:35 p.m. reporting that a pumpkin had been thrown from an overpass and came through the windshield of a passing vehicle causing it to crash into the ditch. Preliminary investigation by Trooper Trent Jones shows that a 64 year old woman from Edwardsburg, MI, was driving eastbound on the Indiana Toll Road near the 44 mile marker when an object, determined to be a pumpkin, crashed through the windshield on the driver side on her 2018 Chevrolet, striking her and causing her to crash into a ditch. It was determined that the pumpkin was thrown from the N. Goldring Road overpass. This area is approximately five miles east of the Michigan City exit. Brown reportedly suffered minor injuries. This is the second report of this same type of incident that occurred at this location and the third in this area since November 7th. All three incidents happened between 8:44 p.m. and midnight. Anyone caught committing this crime can be charged with Criminal Mischief, a misdemeanor, or Overpass Mischief, a felony, if the victim sustains injuries. Anyone that may have information on these cases is encouraged to call Indiana State Trooper Trent Jones at 574-206-2931.
Hoosiers deployed to Florida in response to Hurricane Michael
A team of emergency responders from Indiana deployed to Florida Tuesday to help with ongoing recovery operations related to Hurricane Michael, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) announced. The seven-person All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) deployed to Bay County, Fla., and will return on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Indiana team will manage a long-term shelter for residents in Bay County and work with non-governmental organizations, state and local agencies. Hurricane Michael first made landfall on Oct. 10th. The team includes personnel from Decatur Township Fire Department, DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency, Franciscan Health Munster, Fort Wayne Fire Department, Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency, Porter County Health Department and Terre Haute Fire Department. Indiana first responders and emergency management professionals frequently work with colleagues in other states following major disasters to share resources and expertise. Requests for mutual aid come through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a mutual aid agreement between all 50 states. Most recently, Indiana sent teams to respond to Hurricane Florence in 2018, Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Follow the Indiana Department of Homeland Security on Facebook or Twitter for updates.
Progress continues on the new La Porte Hospital; brief street closures announced
The early cold weather has not deterred construction teams at La Porte Hospital from moving forward with as much site preparation as possible for the new facility, which is scheduled to open in 2020. It will be the community’s only full-service acute care hospital. In the next major development, workers will tie city sanitary and water lines to the State Street mains, laying the infrastructure for the sanitary and water supplies to the new facility. Temporary street closures are needed for this work, as it requires substantial roadway excavation. State Street will be closed between Teegarden and Tyler streets Nov. 26 and 27 for the first part of this project. Drivers should detour using Teegarden, Lincolnway and Tyler. Tyler Street will be closed between Lake and State streets Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 for the second part of this project. Drivers should detour using Lincolnway, Madison Street, and Lake Street. For more information and regular updates about the new La Porte Hospital, visit newlaportehospital.com.
School of Echocardiography celebrates 2018 class of graduates
The Franciscan Health St. Anthony School of Echocardiography Class of 2018 was honored during a graduation program on Nov. 9 at the Marian Education Center at Franciscan Health Crown Point. The School of Echocardiography is an Associate of Applied Science degree program that prepares students for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers or Cardiovascular Credentialing International examinations, which are recognized as the leading choices for credentialing in the field of cardiac ultrasound. The 22-month, hospital-based program incorporates classroom instruction, lab skills and clinical experiences in a variety of healthcare settings, which allow students to learn the art and science of echocardiography.
Missing Lake County Man
The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the disappearance of Terry Alan Fodemski, a 64 year old white male, 6 feet 3 inches tall, 190 pounds, blond hair with blue eyes, possibly wearing a gray coat, blue dress shirt, and black pants. Terry is missing from Crown Point, Indiana which is 138 miles northwest of Indianapolis and was last seen on Friday, November 2, 2018. He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance. If you have any information on Terry Alan Fodemski, contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Department at 219-660-0000 or 911.
Semi Crashes into Indiana State Police Car On I-80/94
An Indiana State Police trooper and semi driver were injured when a semi lost control and jack-knifed into the trooper’s police car. Preliminary investigation by Sergeant Dwayne Dillahunty showed Monday night, Trooper Zachary Huston was on the outer shoulder covering a single vehicle crash on I-80/94 west bound at the 12.6 mile marker (this is near the exit ramps for I-65) when his police car was hit. Huston, age 25, had all his emergency lights activated on his fully marked Dodge Charger police car when a Volvo semi pulling a box trailer, loaded with empty auto racks, and driven by 55 year old Sukdib Dhesi, of Brampton, Ontario, who was west bound in the middle lane lost control, began to jack-knife and hit the police car. This caused the police car to hit a Mazda, driven by 24 year old Michael Durkin, of Chesterton that was on the outer shoulder in front of the police car facing east bound from an earlier single vehicle crash. The police car came to rest facing east bound on the shoulder. Huston was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries. Dhesi was taken to North Lake Methodist Hospital in Gary and was later transferred to University of Chicago with serious injuries. Durkin was not injured and was cited for expired license plates. Dhesi was cited for Unsafe Lane Movement. The Indiana State Police would like to remind the motoring public to slow down, give extra room to the cars in front of you, take extra time to get where you’re going, and use caution when driving. They also stated, just because it doesn’t look icy/slick doesn’t mean it isn’t. From Monday at 4pm till 9am Tuesday the Indiana State Police Lowell District covered 7 assist motorists, 7 slide offs, 52 property damage crashes, and 17 personal injury crashes.
LA PORTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RETIRED K9 MARKO PASSES AWAY
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to announce that retired K9 Marko has passed away at the age of twelve. Marko, a German Shepherd, was born in November of 2006 and acquired by the Sheriff’s Office in 2008. He was partnered with Sheriff’s Deputy Dallas Smythe from April 2008 until the time of his retirement on December 31, 2017. He retired after ten years of service and upon his retirement was able to become a permanent member his handler’s home and family. At the time of his death he was suffering from cancer. Marko was certified in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension and during his service to the Sheriff’s Office was successful in numerous felony apprehensions and tracking as well as the discovery of large amounts of narcotics. Sheriff John Boyd stated: “Marko and K9 handler Dallas Smythe were the true definition of a team and could always be relied upon. Members of the Sheriff’s Office have many fond memories of Marko and he will be greatly missed.” Sheriff Boyd added: “There is no question that Marko prevented a number of potential injuries to our deputies by merely deescalating a hostile suspect with his presence. In addition, on several occasions he placed himself in harm’s way in order to protect the deputies with whom he served. We will be forever grateful of his service.”
The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is currently served by four K9’s and their handlers: Jager and his partner Deputy Andrew Morse; Hokie and his handler, Deputy Andrew Hahn; Argo and his handler, Deputy Bobby Greer; Bosco and his handler, Deputy Jonathon Samuelson. Bosco, Hokie and Jager are certified in narcotics detection, apprehension and tracking and Argo is certified in explosives detection and apprehension and tracking.
League of Women Voters of LaPorte County Dinner With The League
The League of Women Voters of LaPorte County will host Cathy Martin for their Tuesday, November 13, Dinner With The League. Cathy is Program Manager at Save the Dunes, and worked on the Indiana Dunes Climate Change Adaptation Plan coordinated by Save the Dunes in partnership with the Field Museum. She has expertise in conservation planning and natural resource protection and restoration in Northwest Indiana’s high quality natural areas. Cathy will update the guests on current and on-going efforts to deal with climate change in the Indiana Dunes and surrounding areas. Cathy’s work, and that of her colleagues at Save the Dunes, is critical to the flourishing of our Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, State Park, and the surrounding areas – including our LaPorte County neighborhoods. This informative presentation at Dinner With the League, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Patrick’s Grille, 4125 Franklin Street, Michigan City. The general public is invited and reservations are not required. For non-members, a donation is requested. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 and may purchase a dinner of their choice from the menu; the presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Lunch/Dinner With The League presents timely and relevant discussions about local issues every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Patrick’s Grille. You do not need to be a member of the LWV to attend this program. For more information about this event, please e-mail the League at [email protected]
Parkinson’s patients can try boxing therapy program at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers
Parkinson’s patients can try this class for free during the Franciscan Health Fitness Centers open house on Nov. 19. Franciscan Health Fitness Centers offers boxing therapy class for people with Parkinson’s disease. Patients with Parkinson’s disease will have a chance to try their hand at the Rock Steady Boxing program in a free class at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers. During the Franciscan Health Fitness Centers open house on Nov. 19, the class will take place at the Schererville location. The class will be 3-4:30 PM for those with moderate to severe movement restrictions and 4:45-6:15 PM for those with minimal restrictions. The boxing therapy program has been in Schererville since September 2017. Participants have been able to improve their mobility and Parkinson’s scale score, which rates people’s functional levels. Parkinson’s disease is a central nervous system disorder that can cause tremors, slow movement, stiffness and loss of balance. Rock Steady Boxing was founded in 2006 by former Marion County Prosecutor Scott C. Newman, who had been diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s at age 40. Newman found that intense, one-on-one boxing training brought dramatic health improvements. As word of Newman’s program spread and the demand for the classes increased, Rock Steady created training programs to meet the fitness levels at all stages of Parkinson’s. To reserve a spot, call (219) 322-1600. Class size is limited.
Kroger Foundation Awards $5,000 to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry
The Kroger Foundation has awarded Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry a grant totaling $5,000 to fund processing fees on donated large game and livestock. “We are very excited about our “Meat” the Need program, “said Debra Treesh, Executive Director of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, “and pleased that this Foundation is continually making an investment in our community.” These funds will be used to assist Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry in paying processing fees for donations of large game and livestock within Indiana. Founded in 2011, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry encourages the donation of large game and livestock to the “Meat” the Need program, raises financial support to pay processing fees on these donations, and gives this nutritious meat to hunger-relief agencies within Indiana. Hunters and farmers may donate, at no cost to them (farmers may also write-off fair market value on taxes), by taking their large game or livestock to a participating meat processor in their area. The donation will be processed, packaged in 1- to 2-pound packages and frozen. Local hunger-relief agencies will be contacted for pick up and distribution of this nutritious protein back into the community. The individuals and families that Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry serves are reached through food banks and other hunger- relief agencies whose services are strictly for low income and poor populations.
2019 Indiana Missing Children Poster Contest
The Indiana State Police is proud to partner again in 2019 with the U.S. Department of Justice in promoting the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day. This day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers and all concerned individuals with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It also serves as a reminder to continue efforts to reunite missing children with their families and loved ones. It also serves as an occasion to honor those that are dedicated to this very noble cause. The National Missing Children’s Poster Contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and parents/guardians to discuss and promote child safety. The state winner will receive a national award certificate from the U.S. Department of Justice and their poster will be selected to go to the national judging competition. The national winner, along with his/her parents and teacher, along with the state manager will be invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in the U.S. DOJ’s National Missing Children’s Day ceremony. To learn about the National Missing Children’s Day Poster contest visit: https://www.ojjdp.gov/missingchildrensday/
For safety and prevention tips please visit http://www.in.gov/amberalert/2335.htm
MCHS HONORS VETERANS
Michigan City High School (MCHS) conducted a ceremony to honor veterans on Friday, November 9th, in the school gymnasium. The ceremony was conducted by the school band, choir and Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) and was open to the public. The guest speaker was State Senator Mike Bohacek of Michiana shores. He cited the example of Michigan City native and Medal of Honor recipient Danny Bruce of what it means to serve your country. Bohacek encouraged the student to use Bruce’s example of total unselfishness to the point of giving his life to save his fellow Marines to emulate in their own lives for their fellow Americans. This attitude of putting the needs of others, the needs of our country, above our own needs, is the foundation on which our nation is built.
The ceremony was a modified military parade. The MCJROTC provided the troops for the military drill, as well as a demonstration of exhibition drill modeled after the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. Exhibition drill is “fancy” drill, involving the spinning and throwing of rifles, with the routine left up to the imagination and ingenuity of the cadets. The band played military music, to include the armed forces medley. During the medley, veterans were asked to stand and be recognized when their service song was played. The choir sang the National Anthem, God Bless America, and America the Beautiful. A moving part of the ceremony was the band playing taps for the remembrance of those who gave their lives in the service of our country. The ceremony concluded with the traditional Pass in Review by the Color Guard and Marching Platoon. The students will not have much time to rest on their laurels. The MCJROTC will be hosting the Midwest Sectional Drill Championship next Saturday, November 17th at MCHS. 14 schools will be participating for the chance to eventually compete for the MCJROTC National Championship in Washington, DC on April 13th. The Choir and Band will continue their preparation for the One City One Sound District-wide concert on December 6th. Both of these events are open to the public and are free.
Michigan City Football Ticket and Bus Information for Semi-State at New Palestine
The Michigan City High School Wolves football team will compete in the IHSAA Semi State game against New Palestine High School on Saturday, November 17. Kickoff is at 3:00 pm (Central Time) at New Palestine. All tickets are $10 and are available in the MCHS Athletic Office from 7:30 to 3:30pm, starting on Tuesday. Enter through door J in back of the school near the gym. MCHS will be sending two fan buses to the game, one for students and one for adult fans. The student bus will cost $10 and includes a ticket to the game. The adult fan bus will cost $20 and includes a ticket to the game. Sign up for the fan buses is in the Athletic Office. Questions? Contact the MCHS Athletic office at (219) 873-2043.