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Dermody Reminding Public About Rental Assistance Support

Mayor of La Porte Tom Dermody is reminding the public that those in need rental assistance support due to covid or other unexpected difficulty can call Geminus at 888-357-4264 The requirements are if you have children under 18 at home; you cannot have an open case with the Department of Child Services, Juvenile Probation or cannot be a participant of the Healthy Families Program. Find more information at www.geminus.care .

July 13th, 2021|Local News|

Arts Commission invests over $3M To Strengthen Communities Through Arts And Creativity

Monday, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced it has awarded over $3,038,000 to 390 nonprofits to fund arts projects and organizations around the state through the Arts Project Support and Arts Organization Support grant programs. The Commission approved the funding recommendations for the two grant programs. Applications were reviewed by 167 Hoosiers from around the state with expertise in arts, community development, and finance. The commission awarded $1,000 merit awards to 52 organizations receiving Arts Organization Support to recognize their innovation and dedication to providing public benefit in the last year. The commission also voted to distribute funds from the

July 13th, 2021|Local News|

ARTS COMMISSION INVESTS IN THE La Porte County Symphony Orchestra TO STRENGTHEN LA PORTE COUNTY THROUGH ARTS AND CREATIVITY

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced on Monday, July 12 an award of $9,530 to the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) through the Arts Organization Support grant program. During its June 25th Quarterly Business Meeting, the Commission approved funding recommendations for the Arts Project Support and Arts Organization Support grant programs. Over 590 applications were reviewed by 167 Hoosiers from around the state specializing in arts, community development, and finance. IAC Chair, Alberta Barker , stated, “The Commission is impressed at the work being done around the state and is excited to support investment in Hoosier communities.” In addition,

July 13th, 2021|Local News|

Washington Park Water Safety Event

Thurs, July 22nd from 9am-11am Session to be held near the Lifeguard Station at Washington Park Beach in Michigan City, IN FREE to everyone! Please join the Michigan City Parks & Recreation Dept in collaboration with the Michigan City Piranhas Swim Team and the LaPorte & Michigan City YMCA Customer service team as they provide life-saving information on: Various dangerous conditions in Lake Michigan How to escape a Rip Current How to signal for help How to identify a drowning—it’s not always obvious Different swimming strokes (weather permitting) Mock water rescue!

July 13th, 2021|Local News|

Citywide Back to School Rally Set for August 14

Supplies Needed for Schools, Students The annual “Citywide Back to School Rally” will return to an in-person event this year, providing school supplies and an end of summer celebration for Michigan City families. The rally will take place on Saturday, August 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at Elston’s Gill Field, 317 Detroit Street, Michigan City. This event, which has taken place every summer for more than 10 years, is highly anticipated by the community every year, says Patricia Harris of the Indiana Black Expo, who chairs the Citywide Back to School Rally committee. “We know that many families in our community struggle to

July 12th, 2021|Local News|

The American Legion Department of Indiana names State Rep. Steve Bartels as recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Public Service Award.

The American Legion, Department of Indiana, has named State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) the 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award. Bartels received the award during the American Legion, Department of Indiana’s 102nd Annual Department Convention held at the Marriot East Hotel in Indianapolis on Saturday, July 10. The award honors state legislators who went above and beyond to work with the American Legion and other veteran organizations to accomplish great things during the 2021 Indiana General Assembly legislative session. "Rep. Bartels authored House Bill 1264, a bill which changed qualifying requirements for grants from the Military Family Relief Fund," said American Legion Commander Allen Connelly. "Many more needy veterans will find themselves eligible due to changes

July 12th, 2021|Local News|

THREE FIREARMS SEIZED – TWO ARRESTED

On July 9, 2021, at 11:28 AM, Deputy Jake Pisowicz was traveling westbound in the 4000 west block of US 20. He observed a westbound passenger vehicle traveling just ahead of him drive left of center. A short time later, Deputy Pisowicz initiated a traffic stop along US 20. The driver was identified as Mustafaa S. EL’MALIK (22 YOA) of Gary, Indiana. The passenger was identified as Justin J. BURNSIDE (25 YOA), also from Gary. During a roadside conversation with EL’MALIK and BURNSIDE, Deputy Pisowicz quickly established probable cause that criminal activity was afoot. After Deputy Wade Wallace arrived to

July 12th, 2021|Local News|

Jim Neff Named Leader in Banking Excellence

James D. Neff, president of Horizon Bank, Michigan City, and Horizon Bancorp, is being honored by the Indiana Bankers Association with the IBA Leaders in Banking Excellence award, to be presented on Aug. 16 at the IBA Annual Convention in French Lick. This award celebrates exceptional leaders who have positively impacted Indiana banks and communities. Six other members of the Indiana banking community are being inducted into the class of 2021 leaders. At the upcoming awards event, Indiana dignitaries will be making presentations, and award recipients will have the opportunity to offer comments. Each honoree will be presented with an ebony plaque etched with a portrait and biography.

July 12th, 2021|Local News|

Legacy Center Gallery’s latest artist, Madeleine Schooley

The Legacy Center Gallery is proud to host the artwork of local artist Kadie O’Connor in their next installation. Located on the campus of Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Michigan City, the Legacy Center serves as a multi-use gathering space for community and parish functions. The Gallery seeks to incorporate the parish with the greater arts community. Kadie’s experience in the arts began in her previous residence of Naperville, where she created custom pen-and-ink drawings of local landmarks. After moving to Northwest Indiana, she attended a plein air painting event sponsored by the Michigan City Art League and added this form of artwork into

July 12th, 2021|Local News|

Emagine Opening First Indiana Movie Theater

Michigan-based Emagine Entertainment Inc. will open its first movie theater in Indiana today. The company, which operates more than two dozen theaters across the Midwest says Emagine Portage will begin showings while renovations continue throughout the summer. Emagine says it assumed the lease of the former GQT Portage 16, though it is not disclosing financial terms of the lease or the cost of renovations. The theater includes 16 traditional auditoriums and two EMAX auditoriums with floor-to-ceiling screens. Once renovations are complete, Emagine says the theater will include a full-service bar, lounge area and enhanced concessions, as well as heated reclining

July 9th, 2021|Local News|

Horizon Bank Donates to Michigan City’s 91st Annual Golf Tournament—Registration Now Open

Michigan City’s 91st annual golf tournament is just a couple weeks away, on July 24, 25, 31 and August 1, 2021. The event will be hosted at the Michigan City Municipal South Golf Course, a staple among the city’s golfers. Thanks to the sponsorship from Horizon Bank, this year’s tournament is looking to be one of the best tournaments yet. The sign-up fee will be $60, with the city also reducing the $42 green fee to under $25 thanks to the sponsorship of Horizon Bank. The tournament is open to all golfers. For nonmembers participating in the tournament, each of

July 9th, 2021|Local News|

Closure of Little Calumet River Trail for Rehab Project  

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK:  Under the authority of 36 CFR 1.5(a), the Superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Park will close 1.5 miles of the Little Calumet River Hiking Trail for public safety and resource protection. The temporary closure begins on July 12, 2021 to allow a contractor to replace approximately 1,000 feet of boardwalk along the trail. This work is expected to last no more than 120 days. During this closure, hikers will still have access to the adjacent Bally/Chellberg Trails along with another 48 miles of trails located throughout Indiana Dunes National Park. These trails include Dune Ridge, Miller Woods, West Beach, Heron

July 9th, 2021|Local News|

Indiana Rated in Top Ten for Places to Retire

When it comes to places to retire, Indiana landed into the top ten list, according to a study conducted by financial planning website Bankrate. The Hoosier State ranks 9th overall, mostly based on affordability. Bankrate wanted to gauge the best and worst states to retire. It looked at five broad categories: affordability, wellness, culture, weather, and crime. Each category was weighted differently, with affordability accounting for 40% of the ranking. Indiana ranks No. 7 in affordability, No. 41 in wellness, No. 45 in culture, No. 20 in weather and No. 22 in crime. The top five states are Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Missouri and Massachusetts.

July 8th, 2021|Local News|

Macy’s Hiring Hoosiers

Macy's has announced plans to hire approximately 300 full- and part-time workers at its seven Indiana stores. The department store chain says a majority of the roles are in customer sales, merchandising and operations. Macy's plans to hold a national hiring event July 15 at more than 500 locations across the country from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. Macy's says candidates are encouraged to apply online before the hiring event by clicking https://ebwh.fa.us2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1001/ . The company says most of the interviews will be conducted online, which will be about a 30 minute process, with candidates often receiving an offer the same day. Macy's says new employees may be

July 8th, 2021|Local News|

The MAAC Foundation receives $62,000 state-of-the-art K9 simulator from national non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc.

The MAAC Foundation receives $62,000 state-of-the-art K9 simulator from national non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc. The Advanced Canine Medical Trainer named K9 Diesel by TraumaFX is a full-body K9 simulator. The simulator will be used for training Police, Fire, EMS, Military Working Dog (MWD) handlers, Veterinarians, and Veterinary Technicians. The Multi-Agency Academic Cooperative, (MAAC) will provide training specific to the level and needs of First Responders. This training will be available to any agency asking for tactical care and first aid for working K9’s. Designed in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), K9 Diesel is a state-of-the-art skills trainer that simulates active breathing, audio

July 8th, 2021|Local News|

Purdue Extension and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Open Spring 2021 Registration

Purdue Extension and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant have opened registration for American Citizen Planner – Indiana, an online training course for local planning officials and interested residents. Participants learn about core planning issues, practices, and theories related to community planning and service as a public official. After completing online coursework and participation in two workshops, participants will earn the “Master Citizen Planner” certificate. The registration period ends July 30th. Participants are given four months to complete the course requirements and attend two workshops, hosted by a Purdue Extension Educator. The workshops offer deeper dives into course topics and the opportunity to hear

July 8th, 2021|Local News|

COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM & GABIS ARBORETUM HOST WALK & TALK

Community Healthcare System and Gabis Arboretum host Walk and Talk with a Family Medicine Practitioner Community Healthcare System and Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest are collaborating to help you walk your way toward wellness. Stroll through the beautiful grounds of Gabis Arboretum as a Community Healthcare System physician offers walkers of all ages health-related knowledge. The inaugural Walk and Talk steps off at 6 pm Wednesday, July 14 with Danielle Harris, DO, a family medicine physician with Community Care Network. She will offer tips on how to enjoy a healthy and safe summer. Attendees will meet at the Gabis Arboretum’s Celebration Rose Pavilion and walk the Heron Pond Trail (0.28 mile). This trail is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers suitable for mulch. Program participation is free and registration is encouraged. Arboretum fees will be waived for those participating in the walk. To register, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/5150998 For more information, call 219-462-0025.

July 8th, 2021|Local News|

Northwest Health Invites Residents to Wellness Walk and Talk

Come for the talk, stay for the walk! Many research studies show walking to be among the most convenient and effective forms of regular exercise when it comes to overall fitness. If you are looking for a way to kick start your day or want to create a habit of daily exercise, join the Northwest Health wellness professionals for Wellness Walk and Talk. Wellness Walk and Talk will be held on Tuesday mornings, July 13 thru September 28, 2021 at Clear Lake Trail located on Clear Lake Boulevard in La Porte. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Then at 8 a.m. participants will learn about health and

July 7th, 2021|Local News|

Hoosiers now have another way to sign up as organ and tissue donors

For the first time, hunting, fishing and trapping license applications will include the option to register as an organ and tissue donor Donate Life Indiana and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources have partnered to give Hoosiers the opportunity to save lives as an organ and tissue donor when purchasing their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. As of July 7, all online hunting and fishing license sales will include the option to register as a donor. Governor Eric Holcomb authorized the new program in March 2020 by signing Senate Enrolled Act 288 into law. SEA 288 adds the organ donation

July 7th, 2021|Local News|
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