On Monday, August 21st, a great portion of the central United States will be blanketed by darkness as The Great American Eclipse arrives and makes history. So what makes this total solar eclipse so historic?
On Tuesday, August 8, members of the Izaak Walton League of America’s Porter County Chapter met at their Frame Family Little Calumet Conservation Area, located on the west side of County Line Road-- across the road from Michigan City. They met with USDA/NRCS engineers and Greenline Landscaping to finalize details of their new NRCS wetland restoration contract. The chapter refers to this conservation area by two names; Frame One and Frame Two. The “Frame One” parcel was purchased with the help of NIPSCO funds and the Indiana Heritage Trust, and the “Frame Two” parcel was purchased with Enbridge L-6b Mitigation Funds and the Indiana Bicentennial Trust. Both parcels have conservation easements and are managed for the benefit of migratory birds.
Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction hopes to mark America Recycles Day in a big way this year! The solid waste district is sponsoring an art contest for Porter County middle school students, and three winning designs will be featured on billboards in Porter County.
Housing Opportunities and Church of 4 Seasons United Methodist Church became the latest two recipients of rain barrels through the Community Rain Barrel Demonstration Grant offered by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County is excited to announce new leadership for its South Haven Club. Former Program Director, Jason Kegebein, recently was promoted to serve as the Club’s new Director. He began his career in the Boys & Girls Club’s Movement working as a part-time youth development professional for the South Haven Club. In 2011, he left the organization for a short time honing his non-profit skills with Opportunity Enterprises. In 2014, he returned to the Club as the program director.
Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announces Africa Tarver will fill the remaining term of Philip Taillon on the Northwest Indiana Regional Authority (RDA) Board. Mr. Taillon’s resignation was brought about by his new position of Chief of Staff for Mayor McDermott. “With her background in economic development, I believe Africa is an excellent choice for this Board,” stated Mayor McDermott. “I am sure she will continue to represent the City of Hammond well on this Board.”
Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant that will benefit several volunteer fire departments in Porter County under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site, 546 South 400 West, will be closed to the public Saturday through Monday, Sept. 2 through 4, for the Labor Day weekend holiday.
“Three of the positions listed below were created for succession purposes,” stated Mayor McDermott. “For instance, Mark, Rick and Matt will be able to step in and fulfill the duties of their respective Directors in the case of illness, vacation or other unforeseen circumstances. We need to know there will be continuity of services in these three major Departments.”