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OPPORTUNITY ENTERPRISES HONORED

Valparaiso Restaurant Donating

Every week this month, $1 will be donated to Opportunity Enterprises by Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille in Valparaiso for every pot roast dish purchased by customers who tell their server they support OE. “We are proud of our partnership this month with OE,” said Mike Leeson, owner of Industrial Revolution. The restaurant is located at U.S. 30 and 1084 Linwood Ave. “OE’s JobSource program does so much for veterans. Our goal at Industrial Revolution is to ‘Salute America’s Greatness,’ and we are happy to partner with another Valparaiso organization that has the same goal.” Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the veteran program of JobSource, OE’s community employment program. The JobSource program at Opportunity Enterprises opens doors to careers for people with disabilities, working to find employment that fits with the vocational goals and aspirations of each individual. In addition to serving clients who have developmental disabilities or have become disabled through injury or illness, JobSource also provides services to disabled veterans, and shares space with Veterans Affairs in its Valparaiso office. Through its veterans program, JobSource provides community employment and retention services, assistive technology, instruction and tutoring services, dietary assessment training by a licensed dietician and nurses who perform independent living assessments. JobSource also works with disabled veterans to obtain adaptive equipment and train clients on its use. The Porter County JobSource office in Valparaiso houses a Veterans Center for Adaptive Equipment, which includes a variety of adaptive products to assist disabled veterans with many aspects of their daily lives, increasing their self-sufficiency and independence.  A wide variety of products are on display at the center. or more information about the JobSource veteran program, contact the Porter County JobSource Office at 510-5330. For hours, pricing, and menu at Industrial Revolution, call 465-1801 or visit www.industrialrevolutioneatery.com.

Porter-Starke Lecture Explains Trauma on Infants, Toddlers’ 

Porter-Starke Services will host its Learn at Lunch series on Tuesday, Sept. 20 with an informative educational lecture entitled, “Stolen Innocence: The Effects of Trauma on Infants and Toddlers” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Way of Porter County, 951 Eastport Centre Drive, Valparaiso. Todd Willis, MA, LMHC of Porter-Starke Services will be the featured presenter. This Learn at Lunch presentation will focus on how traumatic events affect infants and toddlers. Willis will discuss different traumatic events that can affect the mental health of infants and toddlers including domestic violence, yelling, neglect, accidents, abuse and loss of a caregiver. He will also touch on signs and symptoms to look for as well as where to get help in treating infants and toddlers who have suffered from trauma. Porter-Starke Services Learn at Lunches are monthly educational seminars featuring informative and practical mental health and wellness topics. Seminar locations rotate between Valparaiso, Portage and Knox and are open to the general public as well as clinicians and educators. Porter-Starke Services offers 1.5 Continuing Education Credits for $5. There is no charge for the presentation. Bring your own lunch. Reservations are required for attendance. For more information, call 476-4502 or e-mail: aroof@porterstarke.org.

Alternative fuel

Conversion Funds Available
Funds are being made available sectors to help pay for conversion of fleet vehicles to alternative fuels in Indiana. The Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) grants are available to government entities, businesses, school corporations, institutions of higher education, health care facilities and not-for-profit agencies in Indiana. Grants from $40,000 to $500,000 will be available for on-road fleet vehicles only. The funds can be used to cover the cost differential between the cost of purchasing an alternative energy vehicle rather than a traditional fuel vehicle. It can also be used to defray the cost of retrofitting an existing vehicle.  Infrastructure costs are not eligible in this grant program. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 30. Applicants are not required to match any award with local funds, but any leveraged funds will earn an applicant additional points in the competitive grant scoring process. The program uses federal funds that are administered by the Indiana Office of Energy Development. The application process is also conducted online. As part of the AFV grant process, applicants must work with at least one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities organizations in the state. In Indiana, there are two, Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition and South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. in Northwest Indiana. A complete list of criteria is available in the program guidelines which are available online at www.energy.in.gov/2644.htm.   

Happy Birthday Indiana

Charbonneau Encourages Fourth-graders to Celebrate Statehood Day

As Indiana’s 195th birthday quickly approaches, State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, is asking area fourth-grade students, “What does Indiana mean to you?” Charbonneau said this question aims to spur creativity in local fourth-graders whom he hopes will participate in an annual essay contest – one of many festivities planned for Statehood Day. Indiana became this nation’s 19th state on Dec. 11, 1816. This year’s birthday party at the state capitol in Indianapolis is on Friday, Dec. 9. Statehouse events begin at 9 a.m. and include tours and activities hosted by the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, legislature, Indiana Supreme Court, state museum, state library, historical bureau, history center and other state agencies. Students, their parents, teachers and principals also have the opportunity to visit with representatives of the state’s executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Charbonneau said the essay competition is open to any Indiana fourth-grade public, private or home-schooled student and is easy to enter: Entries need to range from 100 to 400 words; They can be handwritten or typed; Essays must include the student’s name, teacher’s or parent’s name, school’s name and contact information, including address and telephone number; Students should convey what living in the state of Indiana means to them and highlight things that make them glad to be a Hoosier; and  Essays must be postmarked no later than Friday, Oct. 28. Entries should be sent to: Jennifer Hodge, Coordinator, State Capitol Tour Office, 200 W. Washington St., Room 220, Indiana Statehouse, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Judges will choose first-, second- and third-place winners, who will be notified in November. The first-place winner will be invited to read the essay at the Dec. 9 ceremony.  For more information about the contest or to schedule a group to attend the event, contact Hodge at 317-233-9830 or email jhodge@idoa.in.gov.

 

Fall Harvest Days

At Michigan City’s Riverside Market

Riverside Market will have its annual Fall Harvest Festival Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. The festival will feature a live radio broadcast on Saturday morning from WIMS radio, fall decorations, artisan breads, baked goods, gift ideas, fall produce, antiques and live music on both days. The festival’s musical entertainment features the Steve and Mary Show on Saturday, and local Grammy contender Keenan Baxter, on keyboards from Valparaiso on Sunday from noon- 2 p.m. The market is located at 234 E. 2nd St., in Michigan City. Riverside market is in its fourth year and has relocated to a newer facility this year. The market and is open through Oct. 16. Riverside offers a variety of vendors from local artisans bringing a mix of vendors, from fruits and vegetables to crafters, flowers, coffees, herbs, homemade jam and breads and food vendors, jewelry, purses, and much more. Local organic meats, organic eggs, and homemade sausage are just some of the specialty food items. The market is open weekends: Saturdays, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Sundays,10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The market can be reached by calling 508-5650 or visiting www.riverside-market.com.

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