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
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,
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,
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
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
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
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,
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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