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Jones Elementary Celebrates Academic Success with Tie Dyeing


Jones Elementary recently celebrated a large achievement of students reaching their high goals of achieving enough AR points and comprehension goals this semester and celebrated with a fun and colorful tie-dye party!

"We've had hundreds of exceptional readers from our school make a shirt," says Portage Township YMCA Fund Development Director Jan Zurek. "The students who met or exceeded their AR reading goals were treated to this special DIY project."

Each student was given their own t-shirt for tie-dying along with an ice cream sandwich to enjoy during the festivities.

After the students spent time decorating and crafting their tie-dye shirt, the students were encouraged to wear their new shirt yesterday for the rest of the students and staff to see.

"Jones Elementary teachers and staff are proud of their...

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NIPSCO: Utility Bill and Phone Scams on the Rise in 2015

rot1NIPSCO is warning customers of a rise in telephone scams, which began over the weekend and has continued into Monday.

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Portage Township Schools Update, December 4, 2015


Aylesworth Elementary
​Aylesworth second graders doing a readers theater with Mrs. Burns, Title I teacher at Aylesworth. The students must make the story come alive by using their voice and props to engage their readers.

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Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond Physician Honored for Helping Needy Area Residents

Franciscan-St-Margaret-Health-Hammond-Physician-Honored-for-Helping-Needy-Area-ResidentsJonathon Javors, DO, an orthopedic surgeon, received the annual Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond Catherine McAuley Clinic Gratitude Award during a celebration at the hospital Dec. 4. Since 2008, the award has been presented to Franciscan Alliance physicians who volunteer at the clinic, which, since 1996, has provided medical services for area underprivileged residents. Javors, who has volunteered since 2012 and has been with Franciscan Medical Specialists since 1988, said he was humbled and undeserving of the honor, adding credit was due the clinic staff. He is shown with Jami Kuyper, a registered nurse who works with him and received flowers for encouraging Dr. Javors to lend his services to...

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Portage High School Update, December 4, 2015


Art Club
For the past three weeks students from Portage High School art club and honor society have been making Christmas cards for the troop. The cards are being sent to US99.5 radio station in Chicago. They are running the program 10,000 for the Troops. 10,000, referring to 10,000 Christmas cards, to be sent overseas this holiday season. Thanks to all our students participating in this service.

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Jones Students Showcase Smarts with 2015 Science Fair


On Wednesday, November 25th, 4th grade students participated in the Jones School Science Fair. Each project showcased student's knowledge of the scientific method, as well as their ability to apply the steps to conduct an experiment of their choice.

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Wrapped Up In Whiting: Holiday Festivities Lasting All 2015 Season


Get Wrapped Up in Whiting all holiday season long, with a lineup of holiday events you and your family will not want to miss in the City of Whiting. Whether it is taking a drive through Whiting’s Lakefront Park Holiday Light Spectacular to see the magical light displays, enjoying the City of Whiting’s Illuminated Christmas Parade, or just spending the day in Downtown Whiting at the many shops and eateries, Whiting has planned holiday fun for everyone.

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Carpenters Join Other Building Trades to Develop and Build a New City Park


Last month, the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) volunteered their time and donated building materials, alongside other building trades locals and union contractors, to assist the City of Portage with building a new city park.

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PNC Students Provide Thanksgiving Food Baskets in 2015


Students in the Purdue University North Central Dean’s Leadership Group have again stepped forward to collect donations for Thanksgiving food baskets that will help to ensure that their fellow students and their families enjoy a traditional family meal at Thanksgiving.

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Purdue Calumet Professor Combines Philosophy & Dance as Fulbright Scholar

Purdue-Calumet-Professor-Combines-Philosophy-Dance-as-Fulbright-Scholar-01Growing up, Renee Conroy never thought that her two main interests in life, dance and philosophy, could interact with each other.

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Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer: Sorority Continues Support of St. Monica Home

St-Margaret-Health-Dyer-Sorority-continues-support-of-St-Monica-HomeMarti Ross, right, a member of the Northwest Indiana chapter of Pi Sigma Phi Upsilon, recently presented a $1,100 check to TaShena Melton, center, manager of St. Monica Home; and Laura Mannion, director of development for the Franciscan Alliance Foundation; to help purchase supplies for the facility, which houses pregnant, unwed mothers and new mothers and their children, on the campus of Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer. The money was a portion of that raised at a recent sorority golf outing.

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