Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announces his signing of Ordinance 9377 amending section 34.231 of the Hammond Municipal Code pertaining to the addition of sexual orientation and gender identity to the powers and duties of the Hammond Human Relations Commission. This amendment was sponsored by Councilwoman at Large, Janet Venecz.
“That’s a big one!”
It was hard to tell who was more excited as father and son admired the contents of their dip net—a 2 inch crayfish. The small group of parents and kids gathered on the bank of the Little Calumet River glanced over appreciatively.
Perhaps one of the surest measures of the value of a society is in how it treats those in need, and surely there can be none more deserving of our help than those who have fought and sacrificed their personal safety on our behalf. To that end, and for the second year in a row, Blue Chip Hotel and Casino sponsored their 'Breaking Down the Barriers - Salute to Our Veterans' event to raise money to help veterans in need and those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Hobart’s sixth annual Water Festival was held Saturday, June 17, featuring warm weather, Lake George, and a diverse group of business, community, and environmental groups educating the public about clean water, beaches, and ways to protect the environment around them.
“It’s friggin’ hot in here,” Mayor McDermott says while leaning over Ideas in Motion Founder, Chris Mahlmann, to flip on the car air conditioning. He pauses and looks to Mahlmann concerned, “I can say friggin’ right?”
Recently, a grant was awarded to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department to provide the funds to produce “Heroin: Not a Problem, An Epidemic Part 2”. The grant was provided by proceeds from the Chefs Around the Table Fundraiser last fall.
Purdue University Northwest received a $92,260 GenCyber Grant jointly from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support two free cybersecurity camps for high school students this month at the Hammond Campus.
The Well, a Christian Community has served the city of Portage for nine months. In an effort to reach busy millennials and families, the church is changing its Gathering time (worship service) to Saturday evenings at 6 pm. In an age when young people are leaving the church, The Well is determined to reach those who might attend church if only it weren’t held on Sunday mornings. Pastor Kevin August says the new non-traditional Gathering time will fit better with the busy schedules of people’s lives. “We know that people have obligations on the weekend such as work, sports, birthday parties, and family dinners, but they can still have a meaningful worship experience with God.”
Of all the events we see throughout the year, graduations and commencements are the ones that most embody our good news mission. To see all the hard work put in and out of the classroom by students, parents, teachers, coaches, families and friends culminate in one event, with everyone across the school celebrating the same thing, it's just awesome.