Short Takes: November 30, 2011

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Public compost sites close for season Dec. 3

The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway and the Boone Grove compost site, 546 South 400 West, will close for the 2011 season Sat., Dec. 3. On Jan. 7, 2012, the Valparaiso compost site will begin 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. off-season hours on Saturdays for all Porter County residents to recycle their once-live Christmas trees, wreaths and other organic waste. The Saturday hours will continue through April 2012, when both sites will reopen for the season. The Boone Grove site will remain closed after Saturday until the regular season begins in April. The Valparaiso site is open 9 5 p.m. through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and the Boone Grove site is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. If inclement weather occurs, residents are advised to call the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County at 465-3694, to determine site availability. Both sites accept organic yard waste, leaves, garden and household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Porter County residents are encouraged to bring their live fall decorations, such as pumpkins, gourds, corn and mums, to recycle at the sites. Other materials accepted for recycling at these sites include: household batteries, electronics (computers, televisions, anything with a cord), fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs), toner cartridges, old media (CDs, video cassettes, etc.), and cell phones and cell phone accessories. Residents should remove plastic bags and other such containers upon dropping off materials. Wood or lumber that has been treated is not accepted at either site. To learn more, call 219-465-3694 at the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County or  visit . 

Radio system brings holiday cheer

Christmas music 24 hours a day, seven days a week runs through midnight on Christmas Day on Northwest Indiana’s 107-1 The Z (WZVN-FM 107.1). Modern AC format resumes at midnight Dec. 26.

 “Songs of the Season” presented by Strack & Van Til is a mix between Traditional/Classic Christmas music and modern-day pop renditions of classic songs. The Z will continue to offer ABC News, local news, traffic, weather, and community information through the holidays. Radio One Communications owns and operates four radio stations in Northwest Indiana – Indiana 105.5 (WLJE-FM), X-Rock 103.9 (WXRD-FM), 107.1 The Z (WZVN-FM), and WAKE AM-1500 (WAKE-AM). Radio One Communications stations in Northwest Indiana will again air greetings from members of our Armed Forces serving overseas. Service members from Gary, Hammond, Griffith, Portage, La Porte, DeMotte, and other communities around Northwest Indiana. Radio One Communications stations have been airing holiday greetings from local service members for the past several years. 

Touch a Truck to aid Toys for Tots

The Valparaiso Parks Dept. along with Dunes Leathernecks Detachment Marine Corps League and Toys for Tots will host a Touch a Truck Toys for Tots Toy Drive.  Kids of all ages will enjoy the opportunity to explore their favorite big rigs. Police cars, fire trucks, V-Line busses and emergency vehicles.  Free refreshments will be available and those that donate will be entered for a chance to win a prize. This great family event will be held  from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at the new  Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso. 3 days ago – baclofen rezeptfrei frankreich lioresal ohne rezept kaufen baclofen alkohol rezeptfrei baclofen mylan kopen apotheke gunstig   There is no admission charge.  Please bring a new unwrapped toy, for any age, to donate to our local Toys for Tots Chapter.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.  The event is free regardless of donation. If you are unable to attend, Toys for Tots donations will also be accepted through Dec. 15 at the Parks Administration Office located at 3210 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso.  Administrative hours are Monday-Friday, 8  a.m. – 5 online from north drug store. low prices guaranteed.  p.m.  To learn more, call  the Valparaiso Park Department at 462-5144 or visit .


PC Career Center Courses Revealed

Free dual college credits. Skills that lead to high-paying jobs.  Hands-on classes that are fun. These are just a few attributes of many half-day programs offered by Porter County Career and Technical Education (PCCTE). Most programs offered through by Porter County Career and Technical Education (PCCTE) will welcome potential students on Dec. 6. The 30-plus programs will also welcome visitors on Jan. 26 and Feb. 8, including evening open houses on Feb. 8. Almost 1,000 juniors and seniors from 10 area high schools annually take half-day programs ranging from Printing to Cisco Networking to Construction Technology.  Many programs offer dual college credits, and there is no cost connected with these credits.  The programs help students get started on their careers and help them attain Academic Honors Diploma or Technical Honors Diploma in Indiana. For more information, call 531-3170 or visit

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Porter County tourism reveals $40,000 in grants

Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, announced that it has selected 21 non-profit organizations, cities and towns to receive $40,000 in grant money to help promote their festivals and events, sporting competitions, and conferences during 2012. The goal of the grant program is to provide funding for events, activities and programs that grow tourism in Porter County, said Lorelei Weimer, executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism. “These grants are designed to bring in outside dollars and encourage people to visit from outside Porter County,” Weimer said.  In 2012, Indiana Dunes Tourism will honor the following 21 grants: 2012 AAU Youth District (State) Track and Field Championship, $2,000; Aukiki River Festival, $1,900; Bark in the Park/Taste of Duneland, $2,000; 2012 Earth Day Celebration, $1,000; Fall Harvest Festival, $750; 54th Annual Chesterton Art Fair, $1,500; 4th Annual Chesterton ARTour, $700; GreenTown 2012 Conference, $3,000; Hebron Block Party/Winterfest, $3,000; Porter County Master Gardeners Association 9th Annual Gardening Show, $1,500; Institute of Liturgical Studies conference, $1,500; 33rd Annual Kouts Christmas Open House, $1,400; Passport to the Past and Treasures of the Past Antique and Collectible Show, $1,500; Portage Perch Fest & Grand Prix, $2,000; Winter Snow Show, $1,000; Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival, $2,500; 27th Annual Valparaiso University Jazz Fest, $1,250; Lutheran Basketball Association hosted by Valparaiso University, $3,000; National Softball Association hosted by Valparaiso Department of Parks & Recreation, $3,000; National Softball Association hosted by Portage Parks & Recreation, $3,000; and Elvis FANtasy Fest, $2,500. The grants can be used for such things as advertising, printing and promotional expenses that bring visitors to Porter County and encourage overnight stays. Organizations receive a 50 percent match from Indiana Dunes Tourism with maximum amounts up to $3,000 for the first year, $2,500 for the second year and $1,500 for the third year. Organizations interested in learning more about the 2012 Tourism Promotion Grant Program should call 926-2255 or visit  


The 16th Annual La Porte Hospital Foundation Holiday at the Pops concert features a variety of local talent. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St. The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, directed by Philip Bauman, will provide music for the event. The evening will also boost special performances from guest artists and choral groups. The Foundation welcomes back 2010 guest performers Cripple Creek, comprised of John Langford, MD; David Applegarth; Mitch Marhanka; Lou Voelker and Steve Eyrick;  area choral groups Illuminations and Door Village Youth Choir; and soloists Sarah Gartshore and India Potter. Proceeds benefit the Indiana University Health LaPorte VNA Services, HomeCare and Hospice, as well as other philanthropic healthcare needs on the LaPorte Hospital Foundation Wish List. Balcony tickets are  available ($10 for adults and $5 for children, under age 10). Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tickets may be purchased at the LaPorte Hospital Foundation office at Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital, 1007 Lincolnway, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call, 326-2471 or toll-free 877-265-4539, or visit . price of zoloft 50mg is generic zoloft the same as brand name

PUC study reveals impact of Hoosier Equine Industry

PUC profs contribute to study that equine industry impacts Indiana economy by $2 billion. Two Purdue University Calumet faculty members helped author a Purdue University equine business study that indicates Indiana’s horse-related industry has a $2+ billion impact on the state’s economy.  “This is the first time entrepreneurship has been surveyed,” Susan Conners, Purdue Calumet associate professor and director of the university’s Equine Business Management program, said. “The data shows equine activity is a vital part of Indiana’s economy.” Conners served as lead author of the study. Purdue Calumet Associate Professor of Finance and Economics Jonathan Furdek contributed as a co-author.Conners, Furdek and colleagues at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus collaborated to survey the economic impact and health of the state’s equine industry by studying Indiana’s horse shows, racetracks, and equine businesses and owners. The study, sponsored in part by various state equine organizations, was conducted last spring and covered 2010 activity. Purdue Calumet offers an Equine Business Management major within its Bachelor of Arts in Business degree program. Purdue Calumet, in partnership with Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, is one of the few universities nationally to offer a business program of study specific to the horse industry. The Purdue study indicated that while racing generates the most horse industry revenue, people who enjoy riding and other recreational equine-related activities comprise the industry’s largest segment. The industry also includes sales, breeding, showing, boarding, riding lessons, labor, training, feed and supplements, tack, veterinarian care and supplies, farriers, facility maintenance and transportation. teva fluoxetine 20 mg capsule cymbalta 30 mg fluoxetine hcl generic fluoxetine brands generic fluoxetine best difference between prozac generic fluoxetine I think this is one way to kill two birds with one stone

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