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First Merchants Bank wears blue jeans for blue "Club" doors

bgc&fmOn Friday, May 17 – employees of First Merchant’s Bank dressed casual for a cause. As part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s Blue Jeans for Blue “Club” Doors, employees paid a small fee to wear Blue Jeans on Friday, May 17. By wearing Blue Jeans, employees raised $450 which they proudly donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana.

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Gov. Holcomb meets with agriculture leaders regarding delayed planting season

holcomb-1Gov. Eric J. Holcomb convened leaders from the state’s agriculture sectors on Thursday to receive an update on unprecedented weather conditions that have impacted farms and other agriculture businesses statewide. As of this week, only 84 percent of Indiana’s corn crop and 64 percent of soybeans have been planted, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That is an increase from the start of month, but both crops are usually at 100 percent planted for this time of year.

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Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition for Porter County hosts Voice conference for teens


Teenagers from around the Region learned how to raise their voices against Big Tobacco Saturday morning at Valparaiso University. Voice Indiana, a statewide initiative to educate young adults on how and why to remain tobacco-free, trained a new group of advocates. The young activists learned how to present the information to their peers.

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READY NWI 8th Annual Summer Institute prepares educators to lead student success


Although most local schools are out for the summer, many educators and representatives from local K-12 schools and colleges took time out of their schedules to gather at READY NWI’s 2019 Summer Institute. The Summer Institute’s focus was Schools & Community: Partners in Student Success.

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United Way of Porter County offers professional experience through Goodwill Ambassadors Program


United Way of Porter County is offering everyone the opportunity to be a face and a voice in Porter County. United Way of Porter County’s Goodwill Ambassadors Program is a professional development program that educates and connects the community. Goodwill Ambassadors help spread the word about how individual donors, companies and the United Way Partner Network are positively impacting community need in Northwest Indiana.

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Visclosky Supports Rail Safety and Transportation Infrastructure in FY 2020 Appropriations Act

Congressman-Visclosky-HeadshotToday, Congressman Pete Visclosky and the House Appropriations Committee voted to approve the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

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Valpo Men’s Basketball Crusaders turn three-point baskets into great futures for members at Boys & Girls Club


Even though basketball season and March mania has come and gone, the excitement of three point baskets by Valparaiso University Men’s Basketball Crusaders remains strong, thanks to the Nothing But Net program.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana Celebrate Official Ribbon Cutting of Administration and Resource Center


Who: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana

What: Official Ribbon Cutting of New Administration and Resource Center (ARC) for the Organization

When: Friday, May 31, 2019: 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Open House: 2:30 p.m. Official Ribbon Cutting: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Why: As part of a regional effort to serve more kids and provide the best possible after-school opportunities, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County and Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana merged into the new Boys & Girls Clubs of GREATER Northwest Indiana. As part of this union, Ryan Smiley, President and CEO of the organization knew a new administrative center was needed to reflect the new organization, and to provide a resource for club staff and community...

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A Pacific white-sided dolphin at Shedd is expecting

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We are delighted to announce that Piquet, one of the Pacific white-sided dolphins at Shedd Aquarium, is pregnant and due to deliver this fall. The 31-year-old dolphin is an experienced mother, having previously given birth to two healthy calves at Shedd – Sagu, born in 2012, and Makoa, born in 2015.

Our veterinary and animal care teams report that Piquet and her developing calf are progressing exactly as they should. They will provide her with any prenatal attention she may require in addition to the excellent care that is standard for all Shedd’s animals.

We are also anticipating the birth of beluga whale Mauyak’s calf in the...

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City of Hammond Public Presentation with Jeff Speck and Associates: Transforming Downtown Hammond


Hammond, May 24, 2019 - Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the City Department of Planning and Development Department invite you to a public presentation by best-selling author, city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck, along with urban design leader David Dixon, on Tuesday, May 28th at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology gymnasium (door M) 33 Muenich Court, starting at 6pm.

Mayor McDermott and the City of Hammond are excited to begin working with Jeff Speck and Associates on transforming downtown. The potential for positive change in Hammond’s core is strong right now, especially with the upcoming South Shore West Lake Corridor Extension Project. “This new transportation component in downtown adds strength to this area, which has struggled for years. Having people looking to live downtown and make it their home is a game-changer for Hammond and the Region. We...

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2019 Northwest Indiana Graduation Station


Caps off to these new graduates! Our coverage team has traveled across the Region to capture the culmination of these students' hard work. Celebrate with us and take a tour through our galleries.

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