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June gives Hoosiers and their neighbors the chance to celebrate the Lake Michigan coast and increase awareness of its importance to Indiana.
Coastal Awareness Month will kick off June 1 with events in Michigan City and end June 29 with a Clean Water Celebration in Gary. The full lineup of Coastal Awareness Month activities is at cam.dnr.IN.gov
Lake Michigan is a source of recreation, drinking water, industrial resources and many other uses. The 45 miles of shoreline in Indiana is the most diverse in the Great Lakes Region. This month provides a chance to learn and appreciate it more. The Lake Michigan Coastal Program and its partners orchestrate Coastal Awareness Month each year.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for the 2013 Community of the Year Award. The winning community will be announced in August or September. Valparaiso won in 2009, La Porte in 2005. Indianapolis was named Community of the Year last year. The Chamber says the purpose is to give special recognition for significant contributions to local business climate and overall image during the past year. Entries must be received no later than June 17 to be eligible for consideration. The last five Community of the Year recipients were Indianapolis, Kokomo, Terre Haute, Valparaiso and Noblesville.
Past Community of the Year recipients:
2010: Terre Haute
2001: Greater Lafayette
1999: Fort Wayne
1993: St. Joseph County
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Motorists in Valparaiso using Michigan Street could run into some issues starting tomorrow morning. The City reports Michigan Street, from Lincolnway south to the alley, will be closed starting at 7am through 5pm, for the removal of fire debris leftover from the two-story brick building fire in the downtown, at Lincolnway and Michigan,in early March.
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The Portage Township Parks and Recreation Department and the Portage Township Summerfest Committee are looking for volunteers to help at this year’s 2nd Annual Portage Township Summerfest. Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy says the event in June at Haven Hollow Park will be even bigger this year, running four days instead of two this Father's Day weekend.
The event started last year as a way to generate funds for the township parks. You can hear more of our Region Newsmakers interview with Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy online at regionnewsteam.com.
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Merrillville Police are asking for the public's help regarding a home invasion Sunday night. The Times reports five masked men entered the home in the 74-hundred block of Bigger Street about 9pm, entering through a locked screen door. According to the article, two suspects held three individuals in a bathroom while three of the suspects left and used the victim's credit and debt cards to withdraw 200 dollars. The suspects then returned, and reportedly took jewelry, and other personal items, including the victims phones, which required them to drive to the police station to file a report.
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(Photo Courtesy of the City of Gary)
A total of 61 weapons, 42 handguns and 19 rifles, were turned in on Saturday in Gary, at their second gun buyback event this year. Chelsea Whittington, Director of Communications for the City of Gary, says this was the fourth such gun buyback since Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson's administration started in 2012, and the hope is to have one or two more by the end of this year. Whittington called the event a success, not only because guns were taken off the streets, but also because it gave the city an opportunity to partner with local churches to raise awareness about the efforts of the Gary Police Department. She says the event also lets potential criminals know the City of Gary is partnering with the eyes and ears of the community, to work together, to make the city safer.
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(Photo Courtesy of the US Marshals Service)
A 19 year old man wanted for felony attempted murder with a deadly weapon by the Lake County Sheriff's Department is this week's “Fugitive of the Week” by the U-S Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force. Eric Martel Johnson was last known to reside in the 21-hundred block of Delaware Street in Gary, and is also wanted by authorities for battery, aggravated battery, and battery causing serious bodily injury, all of which are felony charges. Eric Johnson is described as a black male, 5'6'', weighing 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on Eric Johnson's whereabouts may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous.
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In Lake Station, Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Dan Avitia helped save a two-year old Valparaiso girl Memorial Day afternoon. Around 3:30 pm, Avitia, a fourteen-year veteran,was in the area of I-80 west bound just west of Central Avenue, when a dispatch came out about a child having a medical emergency. Avitia located the SUV parked on the inner shoulder. Police say the child had bluish tinged lips, and not breathing; Avitia revived the child who was taken to a local hospital for observation. The mother said her daughter had been on medication for an illness. The girl was given two teddy bears by the Indiana State Police. These bears are given to children to comfort them if they become involved in a stressful situation.
US citiies with largest numeric population increase [courtesy US Census Bureau]
New data from the US Census Bureau show cities and towns across the Region losing population over the past two years, with some exceptions, including Crown Point and St. John in Lake County … Valparaiso, Chesterton and Kouts in Porter County, and Westville in La Porte County. Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large U.S. cities and towns for the year ending July 1, 2012 were in Texas, according to new population estimates, and the Lone Star State also stood out in terms of the size of population growth, with five of the 10 cities and towns that added the most people over the year.
New York continued to be the nation's most populous city by a wide margin, with 8.3 million residents in 2012, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago, and the list of 15 most populous cities has remained unchanged since last year; however, the list's order has changed slightly, including Indianapolis shifting downward a spot from twelfvth to thirteenth, as Austin Texas moved up, also pushing Jacksonville, Florida, down on the list along with Indy. Indianapolis with about 835-thousand people.
State city/town lists: http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2012/SUB-EST2012-3.html
“This Memorial Day, I join all Americans as we celebrate the lives of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for the many freedoms we enjoy in our great nation. Our Armed Forces are filled with brave men and women from across the country, but today I especially honor those from our great state of Indiana.
"They are our family, friends, and neighbors who have chosen to serve at any time, at any place. It’s a sacrifice beyond imagination, but they serve because of their belief in American values and freedoms. We honor the Hoosiers who we have lost in the past year while serving in Afghanistan.
· Marine Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell from Kokomo, who died after defending a breach at Camp Bastion.
· Army Sgt. Kyle B. Osborn of Lafayette, who succumbed to wounds caused by small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire.
· Marine Lance Cpl. Alec R. Terwiske of Dubois, who lost his life following combat operations in Helmand.
· Army Spc. Sergio E. Perez, Jr. from Crown Point, who died from injuries following a rocket-propelled grenade explosion to his vehicle.
· Army Spc. Nicholas A. Taylor of Berne, who lost his life when the armored vehicle he was driving was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
· Marine Lance Cpl. Hunter D. Hogan from Norman, who died while conducting combat operations in the Helmand province.
· Marine Lance Cpl Joshua E. Witsman of Covington, who died while supporting combat operations in Helmand.
"We also acknowledge those servicemembers who we have lost to suicide. Suicide is a shadow killer, but the service of these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines is still honorable, and should be honored.
"Forever, we are in debt to all the men and women from our state who lost their lives in combat and in all other conflicts. We will always owe our gratitude to our fallen heroes whose sacrifices grant us our freedoms and remind us every day that as Americans, we will always fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
- NW Ind Motorcyclist Killed in DC Crash
- Memorial Day: Honoring America's Veterans
- E-Book Agreement Announced
- Bus Line Needs Bigger Site
- Man Dead After Hobart Fire
- Memorial Day Services
- Flags at Half-Staff for Memorial Day
- Local Drive Underway to Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims
- Allegiant Air Announces End of Service Out of Gary
- Memorial Day Weekend Services at Calumet Park Cemetery
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