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SHORT TAKES

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ANNUAL CHARITY CAR SHOW

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Help make wishes come true for children in your community via the second annual Charity Car Show at A&W, 1475 S. Lake Park Ave. in Hobart, Sunday August 1, from 1-5 p.m. For information, contact Trisha Jacobs-Carlisle Restaurants, KFC at 762-2105. The goal of the event is to raise $5,000 to grant the wish of a local Make-A-Wish child, like Peyton. Peyton is a typical little boy who loves Stars Wars and playing video games. He enjoys games that have Mario in them or playing Nintendo Wii Sports. When he isn’t playing video games, Peyton enjoys playing the drums or spending time with Buzz, the family dog. His favorite foods include hamburgers, ham sandwiches and chocolate. Unlike most other 5-year-old boys, Peyton battles Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, which requires him to spend a lot more time at the doctor’s office than a normal child. When Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteers asked Peyton about his wish, it took no time at all for him to declare “I want to meet Captain America!” Thanks to individuals like you, Peyton’s wish will be granted in October. The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Indiana fulfilled the individual wishes of over 200 children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions last fiscal year. You can help share the power of a wish through monetary contributions, donating frequent flyer miles, adopting a wish or remembering the Make-A-Wish Foundation in your planned giving by calling 317-636-6060. For information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Indiana, visit the Website at www.makeawishindiana.org.

SEEKING SUPPORT

Future of Chesterton Foundation Seeking Support

The Future of Chesterton (FOC) is in need of fiscal support, as well as businesses willing to provide paid, full-time summer internships six to 10 weeks long. The FOC is a not-for-profit organization in partnership with Chesterton High School, the Town of Chesterton and the Duneland business community to make valuable experience opportunities available for Duneland youth. In order to better engage Duneland youth, the FOC assigns a project in the form of a town issue, and students present results of their research to the Town Council. Each year, these senior honor students have proven to be a valuable asset. Past proposals include a review of the Town Manager Ordinance, best practices for the implementation of an economic development website and an analysis of the economic impacts of Chesterton becoming a green town. The FOC hopes that by engaging the area’s youth in this project, the students might give greater consideration to Northwest Indiana as a place to live and work in the future. In order to reward those who distinguished themselves through their contribution to the project, the foundation also attempts to provide additional work experience by matching each intern applicant with a meaningful summer internship in their area of interest. Over the past few years, several organizations have participated in the internship program. FOC has received support from the towns of Chesterton and Porter, the Northwest Indiana Times, the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, First American Management, Waretech, Inc., Lakeside Wealth Management, Centier Bank, Sand Creek Country Club, Porter Hospital, IPXI, the Oz Festival Committee, along with many others. The FOC needs support from local businesses in order to continue its engagement of exceptional youth. The organization is currently seeking fiscal support and internship opportunities for the summer of 2011. Businesses interested in sponsoring or offering an internship can find additional information at www.futureofchesterton.org, or by calling 983-1600, ext. 1633.

MEMORY WALK

Porter County Kickoff

Memory Walk

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting area residents to the Porter County kickoff party for the 2010 Memory Walk. The kickoff will take place on Tuesday, August 10 at Horizon Bank located at 902 Lincolnway in Valparaiso, from 5:30-7 p.m. The Porter County Kickoff is the third of a series of four kickoffs planned for Northwest Indiana. Kickoffs were held in Lake County, including Munster in June and Merrillville in July. The LaPorte County Kickoff is scheduled for Aug. 17. Representatives will be on hand to explain Memory Walk and how you can get involved. Help will be available to register your team and also teach fundraising tips. The team kickoff is being cosponsored by Horizon Bank, Rittenhouse Senior Living, Unity Hospice and others.  Reservations are requested, as light refreshments will be served. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at 800-272-3900, Horizon Bank at 750-1152, the Alzheimer’s Association at 464-9600 or louise.thompson@alz.org.

The Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research programs. Held annually in hundreds of communities across the country, this event calls volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s. In Northwest Indiana, the Memory Walk will be held on Sunday, September 19 at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the Memory Walk begins at 1:30 p.m.

Pet Adoption Day

Independent Cat Society

The Independent Cat Society will be hosting a Pet Adoption Day at Pet Supplies Plus in the Valparaiso Market Place on August 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. They will have cats and kittens available for adoption on site, but there is an application process so this will not be a same day adoption. They will also have information on their Trap Neuter and Return program as well as information on their Assisted and Low Cost Spay Neuter programs. The ICS is a not-for-profit no-kill cat shelter in Westville that focuses on finding safe, loving and lasting homes for homeless cats in the community. Every cat admitted to the shelter is examined by a vet, spayed or neutered and is brought up to date on vaccines and necessary medical treatment. Volunteers make up the majority of the staff at the ICS and they are always looking for dependable people to become foster parents for pregnant cats, newborns and orphaned kittens, or cats who cannot adjust to shelter life. Donations will be gratefully accepted by the ICS while they are at Pet Supplies Plus but donations can also be made anytime at the shelter located on the corner of US Highway 6 and County Line Road in Westville. The shelter is open Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m. as well as other hours by appointment. For more information call (219) 785-4936 or visit www.catsociety.org.

Indiana Toll Road

Speed limits change

In response to recent traffic studies completed by the Indiana Department of Transportation, ITR Concession Co. announces the speed limit has increased for both east- and westbound traffic at Milepost 25.5 (Porter County) on the Indiana Toll Road. The speed limit for light vehicles in this area has risen from 55 mph to 70 mph; the speed limit for heavy trucks has increased from 55 mph to 65 mph. New speed limit signs have been installed in the area, and the adjustment is effective immediately. The INDOT traffic study findings discovered that because of the 70 mph limit already in existence on the Indiana Toll Road from Milepost 28 to the Ohio line, radar speed checks were finding motorists safely traveling at 70 mph in the Milepost 25 area. The new speed limit will be in effect from Milepost 25.5 to the Ohio border, except where prohibited by law. The speed limit from the Illinois line to Milepost 25 on the Toll Road will remain 55 mph for all vehicles. To get i-Zoom: Indiana’s electronic toll-collection system, order through the ITRCC Website, www.getizoom.com, call the Customer Care Center at 1-888-iZoom-90 (1-888-496-6690), or visit the center at the Granger office, 52551 Ash Rd. In addition, you can purchase an i-Zoom for two-axle passenger vehicles and motorcycles at any ITR travel plaza, participating CVS/pharmacy stores and at select toll plazas on the Indiana Toll Road.

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