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Former patient’s paintings will brighten exam rooms at Woodland Cancer Care Center in Michigan City

Windowless exam rooms at the Woodland Cancer Care Center of Franciscan Health Michigan City will have unique splashes of color to greet patients thanks to LaPorte artist Ginny Scott. Director of Oncology Services Catherine Hebbe joined Scott to unveil two abstract paintings on June 30 at the Woodland Cancer Care Center lobby. The paintings will hang in spots where windows had to be removed for construction of an addition to house a linear accelerator used to deliver radiation treatment to cancer patients. “It looks like it’s almost intentional for the art to go there,” Hebbe said. Radiation oncologist Luke Miller,

July 7th, 2021|Local News|

Patrick Industries Announces Plans to Open a New Facility in La Porte

Representatives from Patrick Industries joined Mayor Tom Dermody and the The City of La Porte La Porte City Council on Monday to announce plans to open a new facility in La Porte creating up to 31 new jobs in the community by 2025. “La Porte is a community on the rise. We are thrilled to partner with an industry leader such as Patrick Industries and this project will provide high-quality employment opportunities for our residents,” said Mayor Tom Dermody. Patrick Industries will invest several million dollars to equip a new 60,000 square-foot-facility in the Thomas Rose Industrial Park. The company

July 7th, 2021|Local News|

Products recalled in June

Attorney General Todd Rokita is encouraging Hoosiers who purchased consumer products that were recalled in June to take advantage of the remedies available to them. The following consumer products were recalled in June, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission: 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders from Fisher-Price Children’s Barhee Fishing Hero Toy Games from Blue Star Trading Girls’ Nightgowns from La Paloma 24-inch Built-in Dishwashers from Cove Appliance Kalorik Pro 1500F Electric Steakhouse Grill from Kalorik 2021 Can-Am Outlander and Renegade ATVs from BRP Non-Contact Voltage Tester Model NCVT-1 from Klein Tools Wintergreen Essential Oil, Birch Essential

July 6th, 2021|Local News|

POLICE PENSION MEETING NOTICE

On Thursday, July 8, at 3:45 P.M. in the Administrative Conference room at the Michigan City Police Department there will be Executive meeting of the Michigan City Police Pension. The purpose of the executive meeting is to review and discuss the Confidential Physical and Psychological examinations of the police applicants’ evaluations. At the conclusion of the Executive session there will be a meeting of the Michigan City Police Pension Board in the Community room at the Michigan City Police Department.

July 6th, 2021|Local News|

INDOT and Purdue unveil partnership

The Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University announced plans to develop the world’s first contactless wireless-charging concrete pavement highway segment. The project will use innovative magnetizable concrete – developed by German startup Magment GmbH – enabling wireless charging of electric vehicles as they drive. The project is part of the Advancing Sustainability through Power Infrastructure for Road Electrification (ASPIRE) Initiative, an Engineering Research Center Funded by NSF, the National Science Foundation, and involves the collaboration of universities, government laboratories, businesses, and other stakeholders developing next-generation charging technologies for the electrification of Transportation vehicles of all classes. Phases 1 and

July 6th, 2021|Local News|

LaPorte County Community & Economic Development and NorthPoint Development

Today, the LaPorte County Commissioners, Town of Westville along with NorthPoint Development, the LaPorte County Council, and the Office of Community and Economic Development announced a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for NorthPoint Development’s MIDWEST TRADE CENTER (MTC), located at 6500 S. US Hwy 421 Westville, Indiana. MTC is the newest addition to NorthPoint Development’s extensive portfolio and represents an additional 681,000 square feet of Premium Distribution Logistics and Manufacturing Building space. “LaPorte County is very pleased to welcome NorthPoint Development’s, Mr. Christian Evangalista, Vice President of Development from Northpoint, to our business community along with Dollar General’s Midwest Regional Distribution Logistics operation, Lippert Component Parts Inc., Pratt industries, Tonn and Blank Construction, and Cash’s Cleaning Services,” stated Rich Mrozinski, President of the LaPorte County Commissioners. “It is

July 2nd, 2021|Local News|

Operation Dry Water to bring increased enforcement across Lake Michigan this weekend; weather a cause for caution as well

With stiff breezes, potentially heavy seas and small craft advisories expected for parts of this weekend across Lake Michigan, the Coast Guard is urging mariners to use extra caution before heading out on the water. Boaters also can expect to see increased Coast Guard law enforcement this holiday weekend as part of Operation Dry Water, an awareness and enforcement campaign focused on reducing the number of alcohol- and drug-related incidents and fatalities on the water. The Coast Guard — alongside partners in state, local and tribal law enforcement, recreational boating safety advocates and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators — team up

July 2nd, 2021|Local News|

Indiana American Water Encourages Safe Use of Fireworks to Reduce Water Pollution

Although fireworks displays are considered by most of us to be as patriotic as the American flag and apple pie, they can contaminate our lakes and waterways if not handled properly. Indiana American Water, the state’s largest investor-owned water utility, encourages everyone lighting off fireworks this weekend to keep them away from local water sources to help reduce the amount of contaminants entering Indiana’s waterways. Recent studies have shown that many fireworks and the waste they create, may contain certain hazardous compounds that can contaminate water supplies and present health concerns. This is especially important for Hoosiers, since Indiana is

July 2nd, 2021|Local News|

Franciscan blood drives planned in Chesterton and Schererville

The public is invited to blood drives scheduled on Tuesday, July 6, at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Chesterton, Friday, July 9, at Franciscan Physician Network Chesterton Health and Emergency Center and Tuesday, July 13, at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers Schererville. The Chesterton blood drives will be conducted by the American Red Cross from 2 to 8PM July 6 at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers, 810 Michael Drive, and from 9AM to 2PM on July 9 at Chesterton Health and Emergency Center, 770 Indian Boundary Road. To schedule an appointment, go online at www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Schererville blood drive will

July 2nd, 2021|Local News|

Man Injured In New Buffalo Structure Fire

A man was injured after a structure fire in New Buffalo early Wednesday, according to police. Berrien County Dispatch received a call reporting a structure fire at a residence in the 15000 block of Locke Rd in Chikaming Township. The initial 911 call came from a neighbor, who was unaware if the residence remained occupied. Deputy Brittany Garza of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department’s New Buffalo Twp Patrol, and Sgt. Russ Tillery of the New Buffalo Police Department, were initial emergency responders on scene. Both Deputy Garza and Sgt. Tillery entered the smoke filled residence, subsequently locating the homeowner inside.

July 2nd, 2021|Local News|

Masks now optional inside Duneland School Corporation buildings

Masks are now optional inside Duneland School Corporation buildings, Assistant Superintendent Robert McDermott announced. Pursuant to Gov. Holcomb’s executive order, authorizing school corporations to determine themselves, the COVD-19 mitigation measures and restrictions which they deem “necessary and prudent”, Duneland School Corporation has opted to move to Level 1 or Green. That decision was based on consultation with the Porter County Health Department and daily monitoring of school, community, county, and statewide cases, according to McDermott. Per federal guidelines, students and staff who travel in buses or other vehicles must continue to wear a face covering.

July 1st, 2021|Local News|

Franciscan Alliance increases minimum hourly employee pay to $15

As part of a competitive overall compensation and benefits package to attract and retain the best talent, Franciscan Alliance has increased its lowest starting pay rate to $15 per hour. The increase is effective retroactively to June 6, 2021. “This investment reinforces our efforts to attract and retain the best talent, so that we may serve our patients with excellence while staying focused on our shared mission and values,” said Mary Jo Smith, Franciscan Alliance senior vice president for human resources. “The Franciscan $15 pay adjustment provides coworkers with a minimum rate that’s competitive with the market, and well above

July 1st, 2021|Local News|

Zigler Elected to fill Pleasant Twp Trustee seat

On Wednesday a caucus of Republican Precinct Committeemen was held at the Pleasant Township Fire Department to fill the vacant Pleasant Township Trustee seat. The vacancy was a result of the recent passing of longtime Pleasant Township Trustee Susan Cable. Cable held the Pleasant Township Trustee’s seat for 26 years prior to her passing. Seven candidates introduced themselves and presented their platforms. A new Trustee was elected in the first round of voting with Pleasant Township resident Joy Zigler garnering the needed majority of votes to win. Immediately following the caucus, Zigler was sworn in by La Porte County Clerk

July 1st, 2021|Local News|

Ogden Dunes REMINDER: PARKING RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT

Please be advised, on Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday July 4th, Tamarack will be a ONE WAY. You will need to enter from Shore Dr. and exit on to Diana Rd. All vehicles parked within the restricted area must display a valid 2021 beach area parking permit. Temporary Parking Permits for 4th of July Weekend will begin tomorrow, Thursday, July 1st. They will cover the entire weekend including Monday, July 5th. Town Hall Hours for the holiday are: Thursday, July 1st 8am -3pm Friday, July 2nd 8am -3pm Saturday, July 3rd CLOSED Sunday, July 4th CLOSED Monday, July 5th CLOSED If you are unable to make it

June 30th, 2021|Local News|

AFTER FUN IN THE SUN Skin Cancer is on the Rise – Know How to Protect Yourself

When you think about sun protection, you might think about a day at the beach. But during your lifetime, you get sun exposure doing everyday things like walking the dog, mowing the lawn and even driving in your car. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays adds up over time, and can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Every year, nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer, and approximately 9,000 people die from melanoma. "Most people don’t realize that skin cancer is the most common cancer in this country,” says Dr. Shaun Mehdi, an internal medicine physician with Northwest Medical Group in Portage. “If awareness

June 30th, 2021|Local News|

Franciscan Health moves vaccine clinics out of hospitals

The COVID-19 vaccination clinics that have operated in Franciscan Health hospitals in Crown Point, Hammond and Michigan City since December 2020 are ending operations as vaccinations shift to sites outside of the hospitals. Beginning July 6, vaccination clinics will open at Franciscan WorkingWell at 8345 Wicker Ave. in St. John and Franciscan Physician Network Coolspring Health Center at 1225 E. Coolspring Ave. in Michigan City. The St. John WorkingWell site will be open 8AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday, and the Coolspring Health Center vaccine clinic in Michigan City will be open from 8AM to 6PM Monday through Thursday. Walk-ins

June 30th, 2021|Local News|

Bells in Unison to Celebrate Freedom

At noon on Sunday, July 4, 2021, all of the churches of Michigan City’s Arts District will ring their bells in unison in a celebration of freedom. For one minute on that most solemn yet joyous day, the air will be filled with the peal of historic church bells. Open your doors and windows, take a stroll downtown and pause as you hear the glorious clamor; take a moment to be thankful for all that America stands for. Immediately following the ringing of the bells the carillon at Trinity Episcopal Church will play a short concert of hymns and patriotic

June 29th, 2021|Local News|

Michigan City Chamber of Commerce to Help Residents, Visitors, and Businesses “Discover Michigan City”

The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) received approval from the Michigan City Board of Works and Public Safety on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the City of Michigan City (City). The MOU creates an agreement that the Chamber will take on marketing endeavors to promote Michigan City. The MOU was unanimously approved at the Monday, June 21st Board of Works meeting. The MOU provides permission for the Chamber to use a City owned domain name, discovermichigancity.com, as a driver for local marketing efforts. Visual and written content that was previously created for marketing Michigan City, and is owned by the City, will be shared with

June 29th, 2021|Local News|

Porter County Sheriff’’s Office Warns Of Suspicious Phone Calls In The Area

The Porter County Sheriff’’s Office says they have again been receiving reports that citizens have been getting telephone calls in which people were fraudulently claiming to be law enforcement officials recently.  Sometimes callers can mask the caller ID information to make it appear as if the call is coming from a police department or other government entity. The Sheriff's Office says If you receive a call from a person claiming to be one of their officers and are concerned they are not who they say they are, please hang up and call 219-477-3000 to verify their identity. The Sheriff’s Office

June 29th, 2021|Local News|

Sera Solutions Expands, Now Called Sera Group

Sera Solutions announced their name has changed to Sera Group. Sera Group says with their team and service offerings expanding, they realized it was important to have a consistent identity that can grow with them. Sera Group is a digital and creative marketing agency out of Northwest Indiana. They offer web design, digital marketing, and branding services to clients throughout the region. Sera Group says that you will start to notice logo and branding updates across all of their platforms. An official statement can be found on the WIMS Facebook.

June 29th, 2021|Local News|
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