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Kick-off the Summer with Explore the South Shore


Kick-off-the-Summer-with-Explore-the-South-Shore-2019The annual Explore the South Shore returns to the Indiana Welcome Center on Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Families will enjoy an afternoon of fun and entertainment at this free event.

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NorthShore Health Center of Portage Teams Up With Kona Ice To Celebrate National Chill Out Day

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Adding to the chilly weather on Monday morning, NorthShore Health Centers teamed up with Kona Ice of the Dunes to celebrate this year’s National Chill Out Day, which marks the official end of the previous tax season.

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Porter Regional Hospital celebrates Easter with its own Porter family

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Porter Regional Hospital was excited to celebrate the Easter holiday with its own Porter family and their families. Porter held an “EGGStravaganza,” inviting Porter associates to bring their families to its facility to meet the Easter Bunny, collect candy filled eggs, work on some crafts, and snack on hot dogs.

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Running Relationships

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One of the fundamental elements of life is a true connection with others. We look for these friendships through school, work, mutual friends, or family, and over time, find groups that we seem to just belong to, forming kinships that last lifetimes. Perhaps one of the strongest places to form these bonds is in the sport of running. And there are several people here in the region who could tell you why!

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Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Response Team Joins International Dolphin Rescue Effort


Shedd-Aquariums-Animal-Response-Team-Joins-International-Dolphin-Rescue-Effort-2019Veterinarians from The Maryland Zoo, the Saint Louis Zoo and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium traveled nearly 4,000 miles to rescue dolphins in central Bolivia, where a group of approximately 15 endangered Bolivian river dolphins were trapped in a lake. The dolphins, known in Bolivia as bufeos, were isolated in the lake surrounded by dense forest and expansive soybean fields, and had become cut off from the main river over the past several years due to run-off from environmental changes in the area.

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South Shore Line expands Kids Ride Free Program to create affordable spring break play-cation


South-Shore-Line-expands-Kids-Ride-Free-Program-to-create-affordable-spring-break-play-cationWith spring break right around the corner, the South Shore Line (SSL) is expanding its Kids Ride Free program from March 23 – April 6, 2019. SSL has selected this promotional time frame to cover an average portion of scheduled spring breaks across the four- county area.

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Rittenhouse Village at Portage dish out Irish favorites at Corned Beef and Cabbage event

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The savory smells of a home-cooked, traditional Irish meal and the sounds of Irish folk music greeted guests at the Rittenhouse Village at Portage, which played host to its community for an afternoon of St. Patty’s Day celebration.

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Shedd Expands Conservation Research Team to Preserve Freshwater, Marine Biodiversity


Shedd-Expands-Conservation-Research-Team-to-Preserve-Freshwater-Marine-BiodiversityThree new research biologists joined the conservation research team at Shedd Aquarium, bringing new areas of expertise in freshwater and marine ecosystems to the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. The biologists – Dr. Austin Happel, Dr. Kentaro Inoue, and Dr. Lynn Waterhouse – are set to study aquatic wildlife in urban settings, freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes region and fishes in The Bahamas, respectively. With the continued expansion of the Haerther Center, Shedd aims to study and protect more aquatic animals and their ecosystems.

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Duneland Club Offers Kidstop during Spring Break


Duneland-Club-Offers-Kidstop-during-Spring-Break-2019Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s Duneland Club is offering our Kidstop program for parents/guardians who need childcare support during Spring Break. Kidstop will be offered from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. The cost is $110 for the week; $90 for a second child; or $26 per day; $22 per day for a second child. All youth participating in Kidstop during Spring Break will receive breakfast, an a.m and p.m. snack, and lunch.

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With tails wagging, therapy dogs come to Franciscan Health Munster


Franciscan-Health-Munster-Pet-Blessing-2019_01 With a prayer and a blessing for a half-dozen dogs and their handlers, Franciscan Health Munster welcomed the pet therapy program to its hospital on Feb. 15.

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Research Study Says Regulatory Changes Needed to Ensure Sustainable Fishing of Queen Conch in The Bahamas


Shedd-Sustainable-Fishing-of-Queen-Conch-in-The-BahamasQueen conch, Lobatus gigas, is a marine snail with an iconic shell that serves as a culinary staple in The Bahamas. However, thousands of years of exploitation in the greater Caribbean region has had clear impacts on conch abundances. If queen conch populations in The Bahamas continue to decline, scientists warn the inevitable end to economically viable conch fishing if actions are not taken to allow the conch stocks to recover. Published in the scientific journal, Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture, the study documents population changes associated with heavy fishing and provides recommendations to rehabilitate the Bahamian queen conch stock based on surveys and evaluations conducted by Community Conch and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

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