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Purdue North Central Welcomes New Faculty Members

Purdue University North Central welcomes new faculty members for the 2010 - 2011 academic year. They are: PNC

Bruce Garwood - clinical assistant professor of Nursing. He earned his associate degree in nursing from Purdue University North Central and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Nursing from University of Phoenix.

He most recently held positions as a clinical instructor at PNC and as a staff nurse at both St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Michigan City and LaPorte Hospital and Health Services in LaPorte, Indiana.


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Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Porter County Senior Beginner Computer Classes

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) of Porter County is offering beginner computer classes to seniors.Computer

These classes are for seniors who have never used a computer before.  The class consists of turning the computer on, moving the mouse, and basic email.

Class dates are Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays for 4 consecutive weeks at 2:30 pm.

Class size is limited to 4 students and fee is $5.00 for all 4 classes.  Class location is 1005 Campbell St - Valparaiso

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Potential for New Preschool Class

The Portage Township YMCA has the potential to open a new 4/5 year old, 3 day, afternoon preschool class.  In order to schedule this class, the YMCA would need 12 participants.ymca-new-logo-blue The YMCA is currently starting a waiting list in order to start this class in a timely manner. Financial assistance is available for those in need.  The YMCA’s preschool program instills values that help develop strong character traits that last long past their preschool years.

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To Save a Life

National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6 – 12, 2010. Here at Crossroads Family Church, we hold high the precious commodity of life. The loss of two students from the community last spring has weighed heavy on our hearts. We cannot sit back and do nothing. We want to make a difference in Portage and the surrounding communities. ToSaveALife_Poster_CFC1

We have joined forces with the “To Save a Life Outreach” and are going to be presenting their powerful presentation of the movie “To Save A Life”. This movie is designed to speak to teenagers showing how “Teens can reach out to Teens”. Whether an adult trying...

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On With the Show!

One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched” (Luke 14:1). circus

I was thinking yesterday (I know, always a dangerous thing to do when one is leading worship)...maybe we give the Pharisees in the Gospels such a bad image because we’re afraid we’re too much like them. Is that a shocking or unthinkable thought? Let me explain. Jesus never once criticizes the Pharisees for the things they believe. In fact, he once commended them on their belief (see Matthew 23:3). In this passage in Luke 14, Jesus even goes to eat at the home of a Pharisee; he didn’t necessarily mind hanging out with them from time to time. What Jesus...

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PNC Continuing Education Gardening Course

Purdue University North Central Office of Continuing Education, in conjunction with Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, is offering a three-part, non-credit gardening course. PNC

This course will meet PNC-Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso, on Wednesdays, Sept. 15 to 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. The registration fee is $99.

The first course in the series will cover "preserving the bounty." Students will learn the proper techniques, as recommended by the USDA, for canning, freezing and drying. Many of the techniques that were used years ago may not be safe and this course will present the safest...

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PNC Real Estate Licensing for Salespeople Courses

Purdue University North Central Office of Continuing Education will offer the "Real Estate Pre-Licensing for Salespersons" course that will prepare students to take the Indiana Real Estate Licensing Examination and become licensed real estate salespeople. PNC

This 10-week course will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 16 to Nov. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. The course fee is $419 and there is an additional $35 mandatory book fee.

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Reading is Good for the Mind

Reading is good for the mind.  The Portage Township YMCA will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair September 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th in the YMCA lobby. ymca-new-logo-blue The fair will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on September 8th and 10th and from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 7th and 9th.   Money raised will benefit the YMCA Child Care and Development Center in order to buy new books and puzzles for the center.  Other items available will be calendars, posters, cookbooks and activity books.  Cash, checks and credit accepted.

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Water Conservation Tour Attracts 150 in Merrillville

When The Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour stopped Thursday (August 19) at Leeps Supply, 8001 Tyler St., about 150 interested community members attended the event, which focused on the display of water-saving plumbing products onboard the 44-foot mobile showroom. responsible-bathroom-tour

Local water conservation is the most direct way to reduce water bills and cut energy costs, while also managing a precious resource. The Tour aims to help raise awareness about water conservation and to offer practical solutions through water-saving bathroom fixtures. The Tour shows, among other educational points, how an average four-person household can save 48,326 gallons of...

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Who Is Going Back To School?

Whether you are celebrating, or crying your eyes out, who has a child they are proud of that is going back to school this week? Shoot us a photo of them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll put them all up in one place to congratulate all of the Portage kids on the start of what will be an awesome year.
Emily and Tyler Goeman, 1st and 4th grade at Portage Christian School
Joyce Goeman

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Slide Presentation from Michael J. Berta, Jr., Superintendent of Portage Township Schools

Here is the slide presentation that was presented to the Portage Chamber of Commerce at their August lunch/meeting at Woodland Park. This same presentation was part of the Orientation Day that was held for all employees of the Portage Township School Corporation on Monday, August 23rd. As you will see, each school and department of the Portage Township School Corporation has a lot to be proud of!

Click the image below to view a PDF of the presentation.

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