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Visclosky announces grant to Porter County Airport

U.S. Rep. Peter J. Visclosky, D-Merrillville, announced Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding a second installment of federal assistance to the Porter County Regional Airport for airport improvement efforts.  Airport Director Kyle J. Kuebler said, “Proceeds from this grant award regarding the reimbursement of the Airport Master Plan will help allow the airport to bring elements from within the Master Plan from concept to construction. The Airport Master Plan will help guide the development of the airport for the next 20 years, and addresses the programs necessary to maintain the airport’s ability to be an aviation asset for our region. This Grant Award allowed the airport to address new FAA Standards for required Enhanced Taxiway Markings, and Surface Painted Hold Signs, on all of the airport’s taxiway system, as well as the enhanced safety that was afforded in the needed remarking of its two runways.” Visclosky said, “Investing in our local infrastructure is essential to the safety of our citizens and the vitality of our economy, and today’s grant award will allow us to make great improvements in both these areas. These funds will provide the Porter County Regional Airport with the support it needs to complete elements of its Master Plan – a plan that will ensure the airport remains an engine of ingenuity and economic development in our region for many decades to come.” The grant award totals $127,500.

Small businesses can benefit from Purdue Calumet Consulting Services Offering

Purdue University Calumet’s Small Business Institute (SBI) is offering free consulting assistance to northwest Indiana small businesses. Consulting teams of three to five members comprised of senior management students enrolled in Purdue Calumet’s Small Business Consulting Entrepreneurship 40000 course, as well as faculty members and advisors will work with a client company and provide consulting services throughout the current semester. Each consulting team agrees to produce a formal report that focuses on solutions to key issues/problems identified by the business client. Previously, more than 100 small businesses have utilized this service. Qualified clients must be located within easy driving distance of Purdue Calumet’s Hammond campus and have operated as a full-time employer of full-time employees at a physical location for at least two years. Additionally, client owners must commit to working openly with the consulting team. “The quality and usefulness of the final consulting findings and recommendations depend largely on the cooperation, involvement and support of the client business owners,” said Purdue Calumet Small Business Institute Director and Professor of Entrepreneurship Jamaluddin Husain. “For business clients to benefit from our service, it is extremely important that they willingly share information with our consulting teams.” Small business owners can learn more about the SBI consulting assistance by contacting Prof. Husain at jhhusain@purduecal.edu or by phoning 773-531-4000.

VU quality recognized, tops In National, Regional Rankings

In two higher education rankings, Valparaiso University was recognized for the high quality of its academic experience. Valparaiso University was named among the nation’s top institutions by the Princeton Review in its 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges.” About 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year institutions are profiled in the book. In addition to this inclusion, Valparaiso University was named as a Regional Best University in the Midwest by Princeton Review. Valparaiso University was also named one of the Top 650 Institutions in the country by Forbes magazine. These rankings are based on postgraduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards. “We are proud of the exceptional opportunities we provide for students at Valparaiso University, and it is gratifying to earn national recognition for our efforts,” University President Mark A. Heckler said. “We have established a vibrant learning community here, noted for a low faculty/student ratio, one-on-one faculty-student mentoring and diverse educational and service opportunities for our students. These are critical elements for creating a well-rounded graduate ready to ready to lead and serve in our rapidly changing world.”

September golf instruction for children at Creekside

Creekside Golf Course is staging fall golf opportunities for the younger set. Lil’ Tiger Classes are for youths ages 3-5. The 45-minute class is $15 with and adult playing free. Classes are on Saturdays at 1 p.m. during the month of September. Linkster Classes are one-hour skill progressive classes for beginners, ages 6-8. A short game and a distance skill are taught during each class. Youths will play on the course every third class. Fee is $15 a class plus range balls. Classes in September are on Fridays from 5-6 p.m. or Saturdays from 2-3 p.m. Junior 101 Classes are intended to assist juniors, ages 9-11 to learn or improve a specific golf skill. Each week, the Junior is learning a different set of golf skills and will be on the course every third class. The class is on Fridays in September from 4-5 p.m. Fee is $15 a class plus range balls. Junior 202 Classes are for Juniors ages 12 and older who have had some experience with the game. Each week the Junior is learning a different set of golf skills alternating between full swing, short game and course management. Classes in September are on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. Fee is $30 a class plus range balls. The First Tee program uses golf to teach youth life skills vital for character development. Many character and life lessons are learned through discovering and playing the game. Each session has 10 hours of curriculum plus experience on the course. Youth are grouped by ages and ages 6-15 are welcome. The September session is on Saturdays beginning through Oct.8. Tuition is $100 per session or $20 per class. Golf classes for home-schooled students are also offered. One-hour skill progression instructional classes are offered for youth, ages 7-12. Classes are Tuesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. For more information, call Nancy Bender, 531-7888.

Bellaboo Play Center shifts to Fall Hours

The Bellaboo Play and Discovery Center at Three Rivers County Park in Lake Station will be closed through Friday, Sept. 9 for maintenance. Fall hours begin when the center reopens on Saturday, Sept. 10. Bellaboo’s, at 2800 Colorado St., is a self-directed play facility providing colorful and secure areas where children from infants through age nine explore, create and interact. The café is located in the center of the play areas so adults can keep an eye on the little ones. Party rooms may be reserved for the special birthday. Specially designed educational programs are available for reserved groups. Bellaboo’s fall and winter hours: closed Mondays; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The center is closed Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For more information, call 963-2070 or visit www.MyBellaboos.com.

WALK WITH EASE, Set at Hobart YMCA

The Hobart Family YMCA will offer the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease program beginning at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The program is designed to encourage people to get started walking and stay motivated to keep active all year. During the five-week program, participants meet twice a week in groups of 15. They begin each class with a health education session on arthritis or an exercise-related topic, followed by stretching activities and a 10-35-minute walk. Participants will need to purchase a workbook to support the lessons learned from the certified leaders. Participants can sign up at the Hobart Family YMCA, 601 40th Place, or online at hobartymca.org or by calling 942-2183.

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