There’s no doubt that the cities, chambers, and economic development commissions of Northwest Indiana host some of the most interesting and fun filled events in the state. From the summer time festivals to the winter parades, the focus on fun and positivity never fails to provide families and friends with amazing memories and fantastic opportunities.
Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announced today that the City of Hammond has committed to providing a one-time amount of $50,000 to assist the Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC). The Town of Merrillville had already agreed to donate a similar amount. The Lake County Government has proudly donated $150,000 towards GPTC. The monies from the City of Hammond, coupled with the donations from the Town of Merrillville and the Lake County Government will greatly assist the GPTC with their current financial crisis.
This morning, several Indiana State Troopers from the Lowell Post, a retired trooper and a local deputy prosecutor braved the elements and participated in a fun run at the Indiana Dunes State Park to help raise money for the Bolt for the Heart non-profit organization. (photo attached) Since partnering with the Indiana State Police, Bolt for the Heart has purchased more than 200 AED units.
Werner, a Michigan City native, graduated from Elston High School in 1980 before attending Purdue North Central, earning a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies. She went on to earn an Associate Degree in social work from Calumet College.
Members of the St. Mary Catholic parish in Crown Point recently contributed to a clothing and supply drive to benefit the Prenatal Assistance Program at St. Clare Health Clinic. Jim Larsen, shown, a parish finance council member, spearheaded the idea a few years ago. “Each parish group was asked to come up with an idea to benefit the community,” Larsen said, adding, “I came up with the clothing donation idea. I’m very happy with the results; each year we get a little more.” Parishioners brought the items to Sunday services Oct. 22 and they were delivered by Larsen the following day. Also shown, from left, are Jamie Donsbach, program manager; Laura Mannion, Franciscan Health Foundation development director; and patient service representatives Hillary Ray and Sandra Hoeckelberg.
On Saturday, October 28, 2017 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring the 14th nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative. The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs.
Local not-for-profit agencies seeking funding for programs and services in Lake County, Indiana, should not miss this grant opportunity from the Legacy Foundation. November 1 is the deadline to apply for a Transform Lake County or Thriving Hobart Seniors grant. The Foundation awards annually approximately $800,000 from the two funds.
The St John Police Department is excited to report that K9 Match and his handler/partner Officer Shane Adams are featured as the September duo in a new calendar just released for purchase. Protecting K9 Heroes just released their new 16 month calendar that includes K9 teams from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan. Proceeds from the calendar sales are used by the organization to protect K9’s by supplying them with much needed Ballistic Vests, Narcan Kits, and K9 Medical First Aid Kits.