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Strack & Van Til Proves Impact of Volunteering

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According the National Cancer institute, nearly 15 million people in 2014 were living with cancer of some sort. With those kind of numbers, just about every American knows someone or is someone impacted by the disease. It is important to give hope to the people and families touched by cancer, and that is why Strack and Van Til worked with Phil’s Friends to create care packages for cancer patients on Friday.

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Franciscan Health Crown Point: NICU Unit Parents, Babies Helped by Cookie Link Club

Franciscan-Health-Crown-Point-NICU-Unit-Parents-Babies-Helped-by-Cookie-Link-ClubParents whose babies are patients in the Franciscan Health Crown Point Neonatal Intensive Care Unit recently received gift bags containing such items as toothpaste, toothbrushes, games, books, shampoo and premature infant clothing from the Crete, Ill.-based Cookie Link Club, a 17-year, 30-member group of friends who gather for fellowship during the holiday season and collect donations for community causes.

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Portage Township Schools Update, January 12, 2018


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Mrs. Stamper's second graders celebrate the new year by working on classroom goals. Classroom Goal #1 "I am in charge of myself." Students are taking turns posting what they do or do not have control over.

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10 Facts You Didn't Know About Indiana


Indiana may seem like an average state to some, but we have a lot going on under the surface. Here are 10 facts about the Hoosier state you may not have known!

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Portage Rotary Club Celebrates Year of Service to the Community


Join members of the Portage Rotary Club at their One Year Anniversary Celebration. The family friendly and FREE event will be held on Saturday, January 27th from 4 pm to 6 pm at Neighbor’s Educational Opportunities, 5201 US 6 in Portage and is open to the community. Included in the celebration are Laser Ball and other family games as well as a taco bar provided by Leroy’s Hot Stuff.

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Purdue Northwest Invites High School Students to Embrace the Benefits and Challenges that College Life Brings


The Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Upward Bound Program is encouraging 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students and their families to attend a spring 2018 open house on Wednesday, Jan. 17. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in room 321 of the Student Union Library on the Hammond Campus, 2233 173rd Street.

“The Upward Bound Program has a fantastic track record for preparing students to be college ready. Participants benefit from a variety of services including SAT/ACT test preparation, admission application fee waivers, an introduction to college classes, seminars, workshops and more. They even experience living in campus housing for six-weeks,” said Roy Hamilton, assistant vice chancellor for Educational Opportunity Programs.

Students accompanied by their parent or guardian may be admitted into the program onsite at the event by...

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'Create Play Repeat' Site Launch Spotlights the Best in Michigan City

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From exotic animals to talented artists, Michigan City is a hub of unique attractions and creativity here on the South Shore. That’s why Michigan City community members have teamed up with a local media company to launch a website that would put a spotlight on what makes this community an intriguing gem in Northwest Indiana.

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Michigan City Launches New Community Website, CreatePlayRepeat.com

Michigan-City-Launches-New-Community-Website-CreatePlayRepeatcomThe City of Michigan City, Indiana is proud to announce the launch of CreatePlayRepeat.com.

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Purdue Northwest Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy With Celebrations at the Hammond and Westville Campuses January 15 & 16

US-District-Court-Judge-GonzaloPurdue University Northwest (PNW) will host East Chicago native and U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel at two Martin Luther King Jr. programs in January. Curiel’s address will honor Dr. King’s legacy and vision and reflect the programs’ theme, “Together we win with love for humanity.”

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Don't Be Left Out in the Cold this Winter

Winter-hacksHow many times have you gone to unlock your car in the winter, only to be left out in the cold freaking out when you realize the lock isn’t turning and now you’re either going to be super late for work or you’re forced to stay home for the day? Or how about when you don’t warm up your car before heading out and you are trying to scrape the ice from your frozen windshield as fast as possible with whatever is in your car at the time?

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Delightfully Delicious Drink Trends From 2017 and Trends For the New Year


This past year was a year of many trends, and the drink menu was no exception to the rule. For my money, micro brews have been the biggest hit of 2017 and the last couple years in general. With so many local breweries of renown like Three Floyds, 18th Street Brewery, Devil’s Trumpet, Figure 8, Burn ‘Em Brewing, and more, there is no shortage of great tasting, locally made and unique beers. They have been the beverage of choice for many of my friends and I, and have revived the uniqueness that makes beer so great when you’re looking for something outside the mainstream beer selection.

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