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Early Morning Crash in South Bend -One dead

Posted on: October 13th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

St. Joseph County-On October 13, 2019, at approximately 2:17 a.m., the South Bend Police Department was dispatched to a car v. pedestrian crash on South Bend Avenue just southwest of the intersection with Edison. A vehicle believed, based on witness statements, to possibly be a dark in color larger SUV struck the pedestrian as she crossed South Bend Avenue eastbound. The vehicle was traveling southwest on South Bend Avenue, and did not stop after striking the pedestrian. 

The pedestrian has been identified as Hannah Kathleen Turgeon, 27, of Denver, CO. She was transported to Memorial Hospital, where she was subsequently pronounced deceased.

The St. Joseph County Fatal Crash Team (FACT) was activated, per protocol, to handle the investigation. Anyone with information regarding the larger dark SUV that struck Ms. Turgeon, or any information regarding this investigation, is asked to call local law enforcement.

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb has declared the week of October 13-19, 2019 be recognized as Indiana Move Over Week.

Posted on: October 13th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb has declared the week of October 13-19, 2019 be recognized as Indiana Move Over Week.  In 1999 Indiana was the first state in the nation to pass such a law requiring motorists to move to an adjacent traffic lane, or reduce their speed by 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit if unable to change lanes safely when driving by an emergency vehicle stopped along the side of the road, such as a police car, fire truck or ambulance. 

Over the years, Indiana’s law has expanded to include stationary towing/recovery, utility service, solid waste haulers, road, street highway maintenance vehicles, as well as a stationary survey or construction vehicles when displaying alternately flashing amber lights.

Indiana’s law was originally crafted and passed as the result of the death of Indiana State Police Trooper Andrew Winzenread, who was killed in April of 1997 while assisting a stranded motorist on I-74 in Dearborn County.  Now, 20 years after Indiana enacted its Move Over Law, every state, with the exception of Hawaii has some form of a move over law. 

The Indiana State Police is mourning the loss of one of its own after a single vehicle crash

Posted on: October 13th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The Indiana State Police is mourning the loss of one of its own after a single vehicle crash late last night on Old State Road 25 near Stair Road. The crash claimed the life of Trooper Peter R. Stephan, 27, Lafayette, IN, who served with the Indiana State Police Department for four years.

The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Sergeant Rick Brown indicates at approximately 10:25 p.m., Trooper Stephan was traveling northbound on Old State Road 25, south of Stair Road, when his 2018 Dodge Charger police car entered a curve. For an undetermined reason, the Dodge left the east side of the roadway, rolled at least one time and struck a utility pole.  Trooper Stephan was going to help another trooper who had called for assistance in Americus prior to the crash.

As a result of the crash, Trooper Stephan suffered fatal injuries, and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Trooper Stephan is survived by his wife and six month-old daughter.  Family notifications have been made.

“This is a tremendously sad day for the entire Indiana State Police family.  We will band together as we always do in support of Trooper Stephan’s family, friends and co-workers”, said Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter.

The Indiana State Police was assisted at the scene by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff Department, White County Sheriff Department, Tippecanoe County EMS, Lafayette Fire Department, Buck Creek Fire Department, Tipmont REMC and troopers from neighboring Indiana State Police Districts.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed to Indiana health officials that a Hoosier in Elkhart County contracted eastern equine encephalitis EEE

Posted on: October 13th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed to Indiana health officials that a Hoosier in Elkhart County contracted eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, a rare virus transmitted by mosquitoes. The patient died as a result of the infection.

This is the first human case in Indiana since 1998 and only the fourth reported since 1964. The CDC says approximately 5 to 10 human cases of EEE are reported nationwide each year, typically from late spring through early fall. Nearly one-third of human cases are fatal.

“It’s hard to imagine losing a loved one because of a mosquito bite, but unfortunately, mosquitoes carry diseases that can be life-threatening,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “This is a tragic loss for an Indiana family.”

EEE has been found in more than a dozen horses and one mosquito sample in northern Indiana this year. Although mosquito activity decreases with cooler temperatures, the risk of mosquito-borne diseases will not be eliminated until the first hard freeze occurs. State health officials urge Hoosiers to continue to take steps to prevent mosquito bites until then:  

  • 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

 Hoosiers also are encouraged to eliminate mosquito breeding sites 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

 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.

Visit ISDH at www.StateHealthIN.gov for important health and safety information, or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.

Chicago Marathon weekend taking place Oct. 11-13, 2019, the South Shore Line will implement the following service updates

Posted on: October 11th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

To accommodate an expected increase in passengers for the Chicago Marathon weekend taking place Oct. 11-13, 2019, the South Shore Line will implement the following service update

FRIDAY, OCT. 11:

The following South Shore Line trains will make flag stops at McCormick Place for the Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo and packet pick-up being held Oct. 11:

Westbound (inbound) Train #14, 216, 116, 218, 18, 118, 220, 20 and eastbound (outbound) Train #109, 209, 17, 119, 19, 121, 123.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, OCT. 12-13:

All weekend trains except #601 serve McCormick Place as a flag stop. If you’d like to to exit at a flag stop at McCormick Place, please notify the conductor in advance of your stop. Conversely, when waiting to catch an outbound train at McCormick Place, please stand on the platform in clear view of train engineer.

SUNDAY, OCT. 13:

The SSL will operate two extra trains on Oct. 13. The westbound train will depart the Michigan City Carroll Ave. Station at 4:20 a.m., making all intermediate stops and arriving at Millennium Station at 6:04 a.m. The return eastbound train will depart Millennium Station at 2:35 p.m. and terminate at Carroll Ave. at 4:20 p.m. The extras will not serve Hudson Lake or South Bend.

Please click here for a full train schedule and additional details.

National Park and Indiana Dunes Tourism Offer Drop-In Volunteering

Posted on: October 10th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK: Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes Tourism (IDT) have partnered to offer Drop-In Volunteering, a no-hassle volunteer option for those looking to help out at the Indiana Dunes. Opportunities will be available nearly every day of the week and will include stewardship, restoration, park clean-up and more. 

Drop-in volunteering opportunities include 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, October 19 (third Saturday of every month), at the Park Connection Office (Chellberg Farm parking lot) and 8:30 am to 4:00 pm during weekdays throughout the year at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center (1215 North State Road 49).

No formal commitment is necessary; simply drop-in at any of these locations during program hours to get started. Remember to dress appropriately for the work you will be doing; wear comfortable outdoor clothing and bring sunscreen, bug spray and water. The national park will provide gear and training to anyone interested in lending a hand to preserve the Indiana Dunes.

Visit indianadunes.com/volunteer for specific dates, times, and project details.

Update on FETAL REMAINS investigation

Posted on: October 10th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Yesterday, authorities announced that additional fetal remains were located in a vehicle (belonging to Dr. Klopfer) in Illinois. In order to dispel concerns or rumors concerning St. Joseph County, this Office advises that no fetal remains have been found in St. Joseph County. All buildings, properties, and vehicles affiliated with the Women’s Pavilion or Dr. Kloper have been searched. The Indiana Office of the Attorney General, in the furtherance of its ongoing investigation, has continued its presence off and on at the Women’s Pavilion. However, no fetal remains have been recovered in St. Joseph County. This matter remains an Attorney General investigation

Franciscan Health hosts third annual Diaper Drive during October

Posted on: October 10th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

For the third year, Franciscan Health is recognizing Diaper Insecurity during October by hosting its annual Diaper Drive to benefit families in need throughout Northwest Indiana and the South Suburbs.

Due to the generosity and support of Franciscan Health employees as well as community organizations and residents, the drive continues to expand. Last year’s effort collected 20,000 diapers, distributing them to local organizations and helping more than 1,000 families in Northwest Indiana.

Collection sites span every Northern Indiana and Illinois Franciscan Health hospital campus: Crown Point, Dyer, Hammond, Michigan City, Munster, and Olympia Fields. Drop-off sites are also spread throughout Franciscan’s Physician Network offices and fitness centers within the region.

“As in previous years, the Diaper Drive sheds light on the silent crisis of diaper need within our communities and the incidents of child abuse and neglect it may lead to,” said Franciscan Health Hammond Prenatal Care Coordinator Danielle Crowder.

In continuing Franciscan’s ministry of caring for our most vulnerable, all proceeds will benefit local families that struggle to provide their child with the basic need of diapers. Individuals or organizations interested in assisting the drive can call (877) 773-6285. All proceeds will be delivered to the following organizations prior to the Thanksgiving holiday:

·         Franciscan Health Prenatal Assistance Programs

·         Nurse Family Partnership

·         Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana

·         Women’s Care Center (Hammond, Merrillville, Michigan City)

·         Duneland Healthy Families

·         Salvation Army (Michigan City)

·         Respond Now

·         Aid for Women

Sheriff’s Announcement Of Recently Hired Merit Deputy

Posted on: October 10th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

La Porte County Sheriff John T. Boyd announced the recent hiring of a Merit (Patrol) Deputy.Twenty-six year old Deputy Austin R. Epple was born in Indianapolis. He is a 2012 graduate of La Porte High School. Deputy Epple continued his education by attending Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and was a member of the football team. During the summer of 2016, he completed a college accredited internship with the Sheriff’s Office. In December of 2017, Deputy Epple graduated from Loras with a Bachelor of Arts degree while majoring in Criminal Justice.On August 2, 2018, Deputy Epple began his employment with the Sheriff’s Office and began working as a Jail Deputy. On August 31, 2019, he was promoted and transferred to the Merit Division.The hiring of Deputy Epple fills a vacancy within the rank and file of the Merit Division. He is currently enrolled in a basic recruit session at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). Deputy Epple is scheduled to graduate later this year.

Update for Notre Dame-USC Football game

Posted on: October 9th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

To accommodate passengers attending the Notre Dame vs. USC Football game at 7:30p ET on Oct. 12, 2019, South Bend Transpo will offer FREE shuttle bus service between the South Bend International Airport and Notre Dame Stadium for select South Shore Line trains. Two trains will carry eastbound passengers to the South Bend Airport prior to kick-off: Train #503 will arrive at 12:10p ET and Train #505 at 5:06p ET. Arriving South Shore Line passengers may then board a Transpo bus near the South Shore train platform at the Airport for the trip to the stadium. Passengers will be dropped off near the Eck Visitors Center/Bookstore on campus. In addition to regular service and to accommodate the late game time, the South Shore Line will have an extra train departing the Airport 90 minutes following the conclusion of the football game. Transpo will stage at the drop-off location on campus and leave with passengers one hour after the conclusion of the game to meet this extra train at the Airport.

The Indiana State Police is currently accepting applications for the position of Program Director I for the Missing Children Clearinghouse.

Posted on: October 9th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The Indiana State Police is currently accepting applications for the position of Program Director I for the Missing Children Clearinghouse. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 11, 2019. The successful applicant will serve as a civilian employee for the Indiana State Police whose primary responsibility is to direct and administer the Missing Children Clearinghouse programs. To qualify for the position each applicant must be a high school graduate or possess the equivalent GED. Must have an Associate’s Degree OR five years management experience in a sensitive data driven field. Must obtain and maintain IDACS Operator and Coordinator certifications within the first six months in the position. Must be able to represent the Clearinghouse to the media. Must have a general working knowledge of all state laws and requirements surrounding the Clearinghouse. Must be able to perform computerized analysis of data, and assemble information and/or intelligence of crimes involving missing persons. One must also be able to maintain concentration on numerous tasks in a busy environment. Must be able to remain calm in emergency situations. Must be available and on call twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven days per week. Must be able to travel across the state and throughout the country as needed. The starting annual salary for the position is $37,778.00. Specific job information and the online application can be found at https://www.in.gov/isp/3627/htm For questions or inquiries please contact Lieutenant Bryan Harper at 866-400-4432.

Meet some of the new physicians in the Michigan City and La Porte communities

Posted on: October 9th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The public is invited to meet some of the new physicians in the Michigan City and La Porte communities. On October 22, La Porte Hospital is hosting a free “Meet the Doc” event at Bistro on the Greens, 229 W. Johnson Road in La Porte. Stop by between 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. The public will have the opportunity to chat with the following providers: Dr. Tawny Avila, Family Medicine, La Porte; Dr. Tia Dorn, Family Practice, Michigan City; Dr. Teresa Sharma, Family Medicine, La Porte; Dr. Maribonn Tiangson, Internal Medicine, Michigan City; Dr. Blake Hood, General Surgeon, La Porte and Knox; Dr. Enoch Kassa, Ophthalmologist, Michigan City; Maureen Paneras, FNP, Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner, Westville. No registration is required for this event. Residents can drop by, enjoy refreshments, and get acquainted with these physicians who are new to the area.

DWD and CWI partners to host a virtual job fair

Posted on: October 9th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is partnering with the Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI) in Northwest Indiana to host a virtual job fair on Oct. 29. The webinar will run from 10-11 a.m. CDT and will bring four area employers together to discuss their job opportunities. They are: Chartwells in Munster; Wynright Corp. in Hobart; Discover Books in Hammond; and AvPorts Management at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. CWI oversees nine WorkOne centers in seven counties: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke. To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1551241982850630668

Expect your NIPSCO bill to be less this Winter

Posted on: October 9th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

NIPSCO natural gas residential customers can expect their overall bills during this year’s winter heating season to be less when compared to last year, based on the continued low cost of natural gas and assuming normal weather and usage. Over the course of the upcoming five-month winter heating season — Nov. 1 to March 31 — NIPSCO’s average natural gas residential customers using the system average of 625 therms total could expect to pay approximately $404 in total. In comparison, last year’s average bill for the same five months, had weather been normal, would have been $441. More information about NIPSCO and NiSource is available at NIPSCO.com and NiSource.com

Gov. Holcomb Announces Judicial Appointment for Lake County Court Vacancy

Posted on: October 8th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb today announced Judge Gina L. Jones as his appointment to the Lake County Superior Court to succeed Judge John R. Pera who retired in June.

Jones currently serves as a judge for the Merrillville Town Court, a position she has held for the past eight years. She also maintains a private practice. Prior to this, Jones served in the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, where from 2003 through 2010 she served as Executive Director of the Child Support Division.   

Jones, a native of Gary, earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. Jones will be sworn in as the judge of the Lake County Superior Court on a date to be determined.

As a public service, the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation is offering a free grant-writing workshop. The class will be tailored toward the MCCEC Grant Application.

Posted on: October 7th, 2019 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment

The workshop will be presented on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Michigan City City Hall, in the EOC, Lower Level. Registration begins at 5:30 pm and the workshop program will be from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  It is limited to 40 participants. 

To reserve your seat in this class, please contact the MCCEC  by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 219-873-1402.  Please include your name, phone number, address and organization with your reservation.

The 2020/2021 Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation grant application is only available on line at mccec.com. The deadline for submitting grants for this grant cycle is November 30th, 2019 at 11:59 pm.  To qualify for this grant your organization must include proof that your services are performed within the boundaries of the Michigan City Area School District. The grant awards for this grant cycle will be distributed in March 2020.  Our grants are very competitive.  Last year we received $2.1 million dollars worth of grant requests and the Board must narrow the applications down to awarding just $650,000.  Of the 49 grants that were awarded in the current grant cycle 27 of them were for $10,000 or less. 

The Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation is a public benefit corporation created in 1997 by an agreement between the Blue Chip Casino and the City of Michigan City. According to the Agreement the MCCEC receives $750,000.00 per year from the Blue Chip Casino to distribute to  organizations that are recognized as a 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Service. 

This spring the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation awarded 49 grants $633,610 to organizations that directly impact the Michigan City Area Schools district.  The Washington Park Zoo automatically receives $100,000 which is awarded in August of each year. 

NW Indiana spine surgeon Nitin Khanna, MD, and Franciscan Health seek participants for national study of surgical technique

Posted on: October 7th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

For years, spinal surgeon Dr. Nitin Khanna, MD, has used minimally invasive spine surgery techniques to provide pain relief to his patients in Northwest Indiana.

His expertise has led to him having his research published, writing a textbook chapter and teaching courses to surgeons around the U.S. Now, Dr. Khanna and Franciscan Health have been tapped to participate in a national study on the long-term prognosis for patients who undergo micro decompression surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis.

Spinal stenosis is a common problem that arises as people age. The spinal canal can narrow or compress, pinching the nerves and leading to pain in the back, buttocks and legs. A decompression surgery is done to shave back parts of the bone and soft tissue that are pinching the nerves. Dr. Khanna says his technique is minimally invasive, avoiding more severe surgical measures, such as spinal fusion. Patients usually can go home the same day or after an overnight hospital stay.

“Blood loss is minimal, patients get relief from the pain within hours and are up and walking the same day,” Dr. Khanna said.

Dr. Khanna was chosen as a co-investigator on the project to analyze how surgery patients do over the next five years. The multi-center study includes sites around the country, with Franciscan Health as the lone site in the region. He wants to spread the word to both patients and care providers about the opportunity to participate.

Dr. Khanna says the effort is important because treatment options for spinal stenosis have not been very well studied in the past. “This has the opportunity to be a landmark study once it’s completed,” Dr. Khanna said.

Candidates for the study should be between the age 45 and 70 and have one level lumbar spinal stenosis with no evidence of instability, no osteoporosis and no previous spinal surgery. Participants must be available for testing and follow-up. For more information, call (219) 924-3300 or go online at nkspine.com.

The Healthcare Foundation Of La Porte Encourages Breast Health with Mammogram Program

Posted on: October 7th, 2019 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment

October is breast cancer awareness month and early detection of breast cancer increases the overall chances of survival. Although mammograms cannot prevent breast cancer, they can save lives by detecting breast cancer early and preventing the need for more invasive treatments.?In years 2010-2014, the breast cancer incidence rate in La Porte County was 116.5 cases per 100,000 females while in 2011-2015 the incidence rate was 112.3. (Ten 2030) The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) has established, with a grant from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT), the Breast Cancer Project. The Breast Cancer Project?is an established comprehensive effort in La Porte County which encourages and educates women about breast health and the importance of early detection. This effort provides screening mammograms and diagnostic mammography services to uninsured and underinsured women who meet the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) High-Risk criteria or are forty years of age and older. To see if you or someone you love qualifies for a FREE voucher for a mammogram and to learn more about the Breast Cancer Project, please visit https://hflaporte.org/mammogram-program

Roadwork continues on the US 12 bridge over Trail Creek

Posted on: October 7th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Road crews are removing the center median on the U.S. 12 bridge over Trail Creek in Michigan City. One lane will flow in each direction between Michigan Boulevard and Blue Chip Casino, with work anticipated to wrap up by the end of October. This work is being done in advance of a bridge deck replacement project — which is slated to start in spring of 2020 – in order to build the traffic crossover once construction starts.

Walkerton rollover husband and wife involved

Posted on: October 7th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Just after midnight on October 5th, the St. Joseph County Police Department (SJCPD) responded to an address on Osborne Trail in Walkerton about a suspicious person. An officer arrived and discovered a male, later identified as 46 year old Thomas Grzywinski of Hammond, and observed a vehicle 75-100 feet off the road to the north in a sort of wooded swampy area. It appeared that the vehicle lost control on a curve and left the roadway, rolling multiple times. Walkerton Police brought out their K-9, and officers discovered the body of a female, identified as 42 year old Christie Ann Grzywinski, who was found about 200 feet away from the vehicle in a weedy, swampy area. There was evidence on her body consistent with being involved in a crash. She has been identified as Thomas’ wife. The St. Joseph County Fatal Crash Team (FACT) was activated, per protocol, to handle the investigation. Thomas Grzywinski was taken to Memorial Hospital, where he was treated, and then he was transported to the St. Joseph County Jail where he was booked on preliminary suspicion of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death, a Level 4 Felony. His arrest is under review by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office and we anticipate that charges will be filed on Monday, October 7th.

THE GREATER MICHIGAN CITY CHAPTER OF THE DRIFTERS PRESENTS SOCIAL MEDIA PROGRAM “TIL DEATH DO YOU TWEET”

Posted on: October 7th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The Greater Michigan City Drifters is a 501c3 organization comprised of predominantly African American civic minded women focused on the youth and elderly in the Michigan City area.  The organization is bringing back this program for a second year in a row due to the overwhelming and positive response from the students.  The program will be presented to all 7th and 8th grade students in the Michigan City Area School System with the help from our local partners:  The Unity Foundation, Michigan City Area Schools, NIPSCO, Harbor Trust and I&D Squared Consulting.

                   What:             Student Seminar – Open to the Media and LaPorte County                                                       School Administrators

                   When:             Tuesday, October 8th, 9:15 am

                                                Wednesday, October 9th, 9:15 am

                        Where:           The Stan Holdcraft Performing Arts Center

                                                (Elston Auditorium)

                                                317 Detroit St. Street, Michigan City, IN  46360

                        Contact:         Angie Nelson Deuitch

                                                219-561-6389

                                                [email protected]

Tech-Life Expert, Stephanie Humphrey presents “Til Death Do You Tweet” as an interactive seminar for students and/or parents designed to raise awareness about how the way you present yourself online can hurt your reputation in real life. Understanding the idea of building your brand is explored, and some of the potential negative consequences of poor online behavior are outlined through real-world examples. Students/parents are then given tips on how to maintain a positive social media presence and protect their brand from unintended damage.

European Market in Chesterton through the end of October

Posted on: October 5th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

J oin us at Chesterton’s European Market every Saturday through the end of October in historic downtown Chesterton. From 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, visit us at Broadway and Third Street, next to Thomas Centennial Park. We’re located two miles south of the Indiana Dunes at Lake Michigan, and our Market is easily accessible from Interstate 94 to exit 26A or via the 80/90 Toll Road to exit 31. For more information call 219-926-5513 or visit dunelandchamber.org

Florida Man Killed on I-65

Posted on: October 4th, 2019 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment

Friday morning at approximately 7:25 a.m., a Pensacola, Florida man was killed in a single vehicle crash on I-65 at the 230-mile marker.  Preliminary investigation shows that a Ford Expedition, driven by 62 year old Francisca M. Brown, from Pensacola, FL was northbound on I-65 at the 230-mile marker.  For unknown reasons, the vehicle left the right shoulder of the roadway and drove into the ditch embankment. The vehicle continued to travel in the grass up the overpass where it drove underneath the S.R. 10 bridge, striking the lower portion of the bridge causing severe damage to the roof.  The Expedition continued down the hill and crossed the north bound lanes and came to a rest after striking the south bound cable barrier. A passenger in the vehicle sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Deceased is 64 Jerry L. Brown, 64, also of Pensacola, FL. Family has been notified.  Mrs. Brown was transported to Franciscan Health in Crown Point for non-life-threatening injuries. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor.

Pressel appointed chair of House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee

Posted on: October 4th, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) was recently selected to serve as chair of the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee. Pressel was vice chair of the committee during the 2019 legislative session, and has served as a member of the committee since first taking office in 2017.
Pressel will continue serving on the House Elections and Apportionment Committee, the House Roads and Transportation Committee, and the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee. Standing committees meet during the legislative session, which convenes each year in January. Committee hearings, which typically occur at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, can be viewed live online at iga.in.gov. This site also provides committee calendars and meeting agendas.

Crash Kills Three In Lake County After Car Leaves The Scene Of Traffic Stop

Posted on: October 4th, 2019 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment

A crash killed three males early Friday on Grant Street near I-80/94 in Lake County. Before the crash, Lake County officers had conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle with three occupants near Ridge Road and Grant Street. But while officers were talking to the occupants, the car left the scene at a high rate of speed. Officers attempted to follow the car on Grant Street, but lost sight of it at the I-80/94 overpass. When officers arrived at the overpass, they observed the car had hit a semi tractor trailer. Two of the occupants of the car died at the scene. The third occupant was transported to a local hospital, and succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the semi refused medical treatment at the scene. The Lake County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Unit is investigating the crash.

Trick~or~Treat!!

Posted on: October 3rd, 2019 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment

Michigan City, IN – Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer, Police Chief Mark Swistek and Fire Chief Randy Novak ask that each neighborhood work with the City for the safety of our children and hold Trick-or-Treating during these designated hours:

Thursday, October 31, 2019

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Participating residents are asked to turn on their porch lights during this time.  Extra police patrols will be utilized during this event throughout the City.

Have A Safe & Scary Halloween!!

State Health Department Awarded 5-year Grant To Help Improve Asthma Control

Posted on: October 1st, 2019 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has been awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve the reach, quality, effectiveness and sustainability of asthma control services and help reduce the burden asthma places on Hoosiers. ISDH will receive $625,000 each year to align with the CDC’s Controlling Childhood Asthma-Reducing Emergencies initiative, which aims to improve childhood asthma outcomes.The five-year grant will allow ISDH to strengthen existing organizational infrastructure to expand the reach of services through six EXHALE strategies:Education on asthma self-management;  extinguish smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke;  Home visits for trigger reaction and asthma self-management education; Achievement of guidelines-based medical management;  Linkages and coordination of care; and  Environmental policies or best practices to reduce indoor and outdoor asthma triggers.

Free Senior Health and Wellness Fair is Oct. 16 in Schererville

Posted on: October 1st, 2019 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment

Northwest Indiana senior citizens will have the chance to get free health screenings and talk with vendors providing senior services at Franciscan Health’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

The fair will be 1-3:30PM on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Drive in Schererville. While the event is free, registration is required by calling (800) 931-3322.

Dr. Cathleen McGovern and Dr. Christopher McIntire will present “Advanced Care Planning and Advanced Directives: Let’s Get Talking.” Free screenings will include glucose, bone density, body fat analysis, fall risk and spirometry. Refreshments and giveaways will also be available for participants.

South Shore information for Notre Dame Football this weekend

Posted on: October 1st, 2019 by Ric Federighi No Comments

To accommodate passengers attending the Notre Dame vs. Bowling Green football game at 3:30p ET on Oct. 5, South Bend Transpo will offer FREE shuttle bus service between the South Bend International Airport and Notre Dame Stadium for select South Shore Line trains.

Train #503 will carry eastbound passengers to the South Bend Airport prior to kick-off, arriving at 12:10p ET. Those South Shore Line passengers may then board a Transpo bus near the South Shore train platform at the Airport for the trip to the stadium. Passengers will be dropped off near the Eck Visitors Center/Bookstore on campus.

For the return trip, the South Shore will operate its regular westbound weekend train service. Please note that we have trains departing South Bend at 5:45p ET (Train #508) and at 10:16p ET (Train #510). Transpo will stage at the drop-off location on campus and leave at 8:30p ET to meet Train #510.

Click here for a full schedule of Transpo/South Shore accommodations for 2019 Notre Dame home football games. Check wimsradio.com under the South Shore logo for their schedule.

Deer hunters: Remember safety tips as season approaches

Posted on: September 30th, 2019 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment

With the official deer archery season starting tomorrow, Indiana Conservation Officers are offering safety tips to help keep Hoosier deer hunters safe.

The various deer hunting seasons run through Jan. 31, 2020. It is estimated that more than 300,000 people will participate in some form of deer hunting in Indiana during that span. Such a large number makes safety more even more important.

The most common injuries during deer seasons are accidents involving tree stands and elevated platforms. Follow the safety tips listed below when hunting from an elevated position:

Before the hunt:

  • Read and understand the tree stand manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check tree stands and equipment for wear, fatigue, and cracks or loose nuts/bolts, paying particularly close attention to parts made of material other than metal.
  • Practice at ground level.
  • Learn how to properly wear your full body safety harness.

During the hunt:

  • Wear your full body safety harness.
  • Use a tree stand safety rope.
  • Make certain to attach your harness to the tree before leaving the ground, and that it remains attached to the tree until you return to the ground.
  • Maintain three points of contact during ascent and descent.
  • Use boots with non-slip soles to avoid slipping.
  • Use a haul line to raise and lower firearms, bows and other hunting gear.
  • Make certain firearms are unloaded before attaching the haul line.

Additional safety tips:

  • Carry emergency equipment, such as a cell phone and flashlight.
  • Make a plan before you hunt.
  • Tell someone your plan, including where you will be hunting and when you plan to return.
  • Stick to your plan.
  • Identify game before pointing a firearm.
  • Know your target and what is beyond it.

For more information, see hunting.IN.gov.