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Opportunity Enterprises Seeks 500 Volunteers for 2017 Packathon


oe-packathonThe second Saturday after Labor Day has become synonymous with Opportunity Enterprises’ Annual Packathon. At least 500 volunteers are needed to make this giant event happen on September 16, 2017. Packathon is a 5-6 hour event where volunteers come together to support Opportunity Enterprises by stuffing 45,000 Chicago Marathon participant bags.

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Hobart Dam Duct Tape & Cardboard Boat Regatta Provides Racers Family Fun Racing Unlikely Crafts

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There are plenty of perfectly fine materials to build a boat out of. You can build a boat out of wood, out of fiberglass, out of aluminum, or any other countless materials commonly used in building boats. But cardboard and duct-tape? Enter the 6th annual Hobart Dam Duct Tape and Cardboard Boat Regatta, where community members and even community organizations construct a small boat out of cardboard and duct tape and race in Hobart’s Lake George as part of the annual Hobart Lakefront Festival.

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Hannah's Hope Hits a Home Run for the Community at 4th Annual Softball Slugfest

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Saturday afternoon, Hannah’s Hope hosted their 4th Annual Softball Slugfest, where some of the region’s finest players filled Valparaiso’s Old Fairgrounds Park with the sound of bats hitting leather as they duked it out to win the charity event’s tournament.

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The Great American Eclipse: Over 1500 Years in the Making

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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?

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Wetland Restoration - Climate Change Initiative


Wetland-Restoration-Climate-Change-InitiativeOn 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.

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Housing Opportunities, Memorial Opera House Among Winners of 1st Source Bank '5 for 5 Charity Challenge'

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Five local nonprofits - Hilltop Neighborhood House, Housing Opportunities, St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center, Memorial Opera House Foundation and St. Teresa of Avila Student Center - were celebrated on Friday, August 18th as the winners of $1,000 each from the Five-for-Five Charity Challenge hosted by 1st Source Bank.

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Portage Township Schools is Committed to a Culture of Innovation

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Portage Township Schools remains committed to a culture of innovation. Due to precautions to ensure the safety of students, the district made the decision to participate in the solar eclipse virtually; however, the ability to expose students to authentic and relevant learning opportunities will not be sacrificed. As a district, the decision to view the eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) newest weather satellite, GOES-16, provides an opportunity to further the commitment to a culture of technological innovation rather than to simply participate in an event.

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Recycling District Asks Students to Help Celebrate America Recycles Day


Spring-Master-Recycler-program-registration-deadline-Friday-February-24th-2016Porter 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.

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Rittenhouse Village at Portage, Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce Host 3rd Annual Car Show and Competition for Classic Car Enthusiasts

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Rittenhouse Village at Portage teamed up with the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce for the third year in a row on Thursday to throw the annual Vintage Car Show and Competition. Car enthusiasts from across the Region flocked to the assisted living center to show off their many custom and restored classic vehicles. From an old Hupp Skylark to a classic Pontiac Firebird to a beautiful ’71 Mustang Mach 1, there was a veritable wealth of lovingly restored, century-old vehicles, suped-up muscle cars and rat rods.

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Prairie Magic Music Festival at Sunset Hill Park is a Hit with Local Music Lovers

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On Saturday, Porter County Parks and Recreation celebrated its annual Prairie Magic Music Festival at beautiful Sunset Hill Park and gave residents a show to remember and a night of music and fun. The festival was a celebration of rock, bluegrass, folk and Americana music and gave families a chance to get out and enjoy not just the music, but also the great food, craft beer, games and even bounce houses for the kids.

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Five Local Non-Profits Win $1,000 Each in Five-for-Five Charity Challenge


rot3Five local non-profits: Hilltop Neighborhood House, Housing Opportunities, St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center, Memorial Opera House Foundation and St. Teresa of Avila Student Center, have been selected as the winners of $1,000 each from the Five-for-Five Charity Challenge hosted by 1st Source Bank. All non-profits selected will receive their donations during a check presentation at 12pm CDT on Friday, August 18th at the new Banking Center located at 2700 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso.

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