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Thousands Participate in Pilgrimage

In Lake County, an estimated five-thousand people were part of the Polish Pilgrimage March over the weekend. Participants walked thirty-three miles from St. Michael Catholic Church on the south side of Chicago, visiting Hammond, spending the night at Carmelite Monastery...
 

RV Raffle to Support Frontline Foundations

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Imagine, helping to support a non-profit substance abuse treatment center and maybe hitting the road with your family in a new Jayco RV travel trailer!  Frontline Foundations will be on the receiving end of proceeds raised from the Jayco Jay...
 

New Study Stresses Importance of Balancing Water Needs

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When it comes to using its water resources, Indiana does not want to face the kind of water woes many western states currently are.  Participating in a report titled, "Water and Economic Development in Indiana: Modernising the State's Approach to...
 

Upcoming Road Work Closures on SR 2 and US 231

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)  says road work will have some well-known local roadways closed for a few day the week of August 10th.  INDOT says the planned closures of State Road 2, between Valparaiso and Hebron, and U.S....
 

Telephone Scam Lures Favorite Target: Senior Citizens

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Another phone scam surfaces in the Region.  The Michigan City Police Department is urging residents, especially seniors, to be aware of the "Reduced Prescription Plan" phone scam.  According to Sgt. Chris Yagelski, chances are elderly residents are on some kind...
 

Indiana State Parks Celebrate S'mores This Weekend

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Indiana's state parks and reservoirs -- which include Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton --  have a sweet deal for people who love s’mores, the well-known campfire treat. Visitors this month can participate in two s’mores-related social media campaigns for a chance to win prizes, including an annual entrance pass for 2015.
The campaigns are in recognition of National S’mores Day, Aug. 10. Several parks and reservoirs across the state that weekend will offer special s’mores programs, including recipe contests and “s’mores-gasboards.” “S’mores are a tradition for anyone who camps,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for stewardship for the DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs. “Making them and eating them together around a campfire is one of those things families and friends long remember from their visits with us.”
The first social media campaign asks campers and picnickers at state parks and reservoirs this weekend (Aug. 8-10) to take “selfies” (a self-portrait photograph) with their s’mores and share them on the State Parks & Reservoirs facebook page, facebook.com/INdnrstateparksandreservoirs , using the hash tag #smoresINstateparks.  The selfies must be taken at a state park or reservoir, and submissions should identify where the photo was taken. People also are encouraged to share any unique s’more recipes they have.  An annual pass for 2015, an inn gift card and a camping gift card will be given away Aug. 11 in a random drawing from all those who participated.
 The second social media campaign also starts Friday, Aug. 8, but runs through Aug. 30. Photos of s’mores or s’more ingredients “visiting” iconic features of Indiana State Parks and reservoirs will be posted on Facebook. Those who can guess the correct location by posting an answer in the “comments” section will be entered in a drawing for a prize.
 More information on s’more related activities at Indiana state parks and reservoirs is at:  http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/
 

Pack-a-Palooza Returns to the Region August 22nd

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The meal packing extravaganza "Pack-a-Palooza," sponsored by the Lake Area United Way, is back for a second year!  According to the agency, the event, to be held Friday, August 22nd at Avalon Manor in Merrillville, is part of the united...
 

Firearms Accident Injures Patron at Downstate Gun Club

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Indiana Conservation Officers continue to investigate an incident that injured an Indianapolis man when the barrel on his shotgun blew out at the Indiana Gun Cllub in downstate Hamilton County on Friday.  Preliminary reports say the 51 year-old man was...
 

Zoeller Urges FDA to Regulate E-Cigs to Protect Minors

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (zeller) joined 25 other state attorney generals urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday to adopt new measures to protect minors harmful and highly-addictive electronic cigarettes.
According to Zoeller's office, while the Federal...
 

Dueling Protests in Chicago Over US Action in Iraq

Dueling protests in Chicago today over U.S. military action in Iraq. ABC News reports at Chicago's Daley Plaza, hundreds of demonstrators are calling for more U.S. involvement in Iraq, specifically to arm the Assyrian Christians to combat ISIS. Meanwhile blocks...
 

Polish Pilgrimage March in Munster This Weekend

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Thousands of people will be marching into Munster tomorrow for the Polish Pilgrimage March. Munster Police Chief Steve Scheckel told the Region News Team that at approximately 4:30pm, five-thousand people will enter the town from Hohman Avenue. He says the...
   

Crashes closes 3 lanes Eastbound Borman

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Three right lanes eastbound I-80/94 (Borman) are closed due to an injury crash with fire and emergency on the scene.  All lanes eastbound I-80/94 are backing up from the Bishop Ford to Kennedy Ave.  due to the crash.  The Indiana...
   

Rose Run for Fallen Firefighter Moved Up to Saturday

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Area residents who wish to show their respect to the family of fallen New Carlisle Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Middlebrook, who lost his life fighting a fire Tuesday night, are invited to participate in a Rose Run tomorrow, hosted by...
   

DUI Crackdown Now Underway Through Labor Day

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A number of law enforcement agencies in northwest Indiana, including police in LaPorte, Merrillville and Valparaiso, are participating in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that began today and continues through September 1st. LaPorte Police Captain Tom...
   

Portage Resident is First Human West Nile Case in 2014

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In Portage, the Indiana State Department of Health has informed the city that the first human case of West Nile Virus in 2014 is a Portage resident. The City reports they have been in frequent contact with state health officials...
   

Gary Car/Train Victims Identified

Two people are dead after a collision involving a car and a freight train in Gary's Miller neighborhood on the northeast side of the city this morning. The collision occurred at Lake Street and Miller Avenue. The Lake County Coroner's...
   

Police Investigating Theft of iPhone in Valpo

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In Valparaiso, police are investigating the reported theft of a cellphone in the downtown Thursday night. Officers say two teenage girls reported they were walking home when a group of teenage female subjects stopped them in the area of Campbell...
   

1st Human Case of West Nile Confirmed in Porter County

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The first human case of West Nile Virus in Indiana has been reported in Porter County, that according to state health officials today. The Indiana State Department of Health reports that in addition to the human case, mosquitoes in 18...
   

Valparaiso Road Work Advisories

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Valparaiso city officials have announced the following closures for road repair today (Friday Aug 8): Ransom Road between Lake Meadow and Goodrich; Madison between Lincolnway and Chicago. Both closures are scheduled for 7 am to 5 pm....
   

Meteor Shower and Super Moon Weekend

For Region stargazers - a double treat this weekend.   It's the time of year for the Perseids, and Indiana Dunes State Park will host its eighth annual Perseid Meteor Stargaze on Aug. 9 from 8:30 p.m. to dawn at...
   

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