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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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Girl Scouts Celebrate Highest Awards


The Girl Scouts of Valparaiso and Washington Township recently celebrated the completion of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards for five of its members at the Annual Girl Recognition event held at St. Paul Catholic School.

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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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Duneland School Corporation Announces Chip Pettit as New Superintendent


The locally elected School Board of the Duneland School Corporation has named Chip Pettit as the new Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Pettit is a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. He graduated from Crown Point High School and Valparaiso University and earned his master’s degree from Indiana University Northwest. Mr. Pettit will finish his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Ball State University at the end of July.

Mr. Pettit was formerly the principal at Crown Point High School for seven years, a public school with over 2,750 students and over 200 staff members. During his tenure as principal, Mr. Pettit worked with students, parents, teachers, staff and community residents that resulted in Crown Point being named the #1 public high school in Indiana by Newsweek. Mr. Pettit built effective educational and community partnerships that helped 75% of...

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Valparaiso Student to Study Russian in Moldova

Lillian Rogers, a high school student in Valparaiso, Indiana, will study Russian in Moldova for the summer through a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship. NSLI-Y is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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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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Duneland School Corporation announces students with perfect attendance from 2018-19 school year


Duneland Schools is proud to announce the students who achieved perfect attendance for the 2018-2019 school year!

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