FUNDING FOR WATER PROJECTS
$7.1 million to aid food control and recreational project
Today, Congressman Pete Visclosky announced federal funding to fight flooding, promote economic development, and preserve our vital natural resources throughout Northwest Indiana.The Little Calumet River Flood Control and Recreational Project is receiving $7,100,000, which will be used to continue construction components of this project, including hiking and biking trails and wetland restoration. In 2011, nearly 2,600 structures were removed from the flood plain designation. Once all associated construction activities are completed and the levees are certified, thousands of additional homes and business in Gary, Griffith, Hammond, Highland, and Munster will no longer be required to carry flood insurance. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is receiving $172,000 to be used at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor for dredging and other operations and maintenance work to keep this vital economic engine running efficiently. The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Dispersal Barrier is receiving $23,584,000 to combat the spread of Asian carp into Lake Michigan and rest of the Great Lakes System. Asian carp are an invasive species that currently threaten the ecological integrity of parts of the Illinois and Mississippi River. Preventing Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan is a top priority for Congressman Visclosky and all of those who live around the Great Lakes, and this funding will play a major role in the ongoing effort to stop this dangerous species’ spread. Congressman Visclosky said, “I am pleased to see this much needed funding going to vital local infrastructure projects. These projects will provide jobs, protect our environment, and stimulate our local economy.” The funding is provided through the Army Corps of Engineers section of P.L. 112-74, the Fiscal Year 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was signed into law by the President on December 23, 2011. For more information call 202-225-2461.
2012 FREEDOM AWARD
Guard & Reserve to nominate employers
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Defense Department agency, is calling on Guard and Reserve members to nominate their supportive employers for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award before the January 16 deadline. The Freedom Award is the Defense Department’s highest recognition for civilian employers supporting Guard and Reserve members. All employers – large, small and public – are eligible to receive the honor. Guard and Reserve members, or a family member acting on their behalf, may nominate their employers at www.FreedomAward.mil. “Even as our nation scales down our combat missions abroad, Guard and Reserve members and their employers remain a critical component in our national security equation,” said James Rebholz, ESGR National Chair. “Just as our country has heavily relied on the more than one million men and women of the Guard and Reserve, these service members have counted on their employers for support and encouragement. I encourage all Guardsmen and Reservists to nominate their supportive employers today, so our Nation may acknowledge their extraordinary efforts.” This year, ESGR’s Freedom Award website provides additional guidance to make it easier and faster for Guardsmen and Reservists to submit information about their supportive employers. Suggestions include ways for a service member to best tell the story of their employer’s support. Service members who have previously nominated their employers for the Freedom Award are encouraged to do so again. The Department of Defense recognizes nominees, semi-finalists and finalists each year, and all employers who have not received the award in the past ten years are eligible. One Freedom Award recipient was recognized as a semi-finalist or finalist for three years prior to being honored as a recipient last year. The 2012 recipients will be announced in early summer and honored in Washington, D.C. during a special ceremony in the fall. Past recipients have met with the President of the United States and Secretary of Defense.
IHS HOST MLK CELEBRATION
Free admission to civil rights event
The Indiana Historical Society will offer free admission through the generous support of Franklin University of Ohio on Monday, Jan. 16, as it honors and celebrates the extraordinary life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. Throughout the day, guests will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King by visiting You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks, viewing special collection items in the library, watching films about the Civil Rights era, contributing their reflections of peace and hope to a “dream collage” and making specially themed crafts. The Stardust Terrace Café will offer family-friendly menu items. Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. The History Center is normally closed on Mondays but will be open on Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Normal operating hours for the History Center and the Indiana Experience are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on this celebration and other IHS events, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.
LOCAL FOUNDATION HELPS FATHERS
Grant to assist with parenting skills
White’s Residential & Family Services was awarded a grant from a local foundation which will allow them to begin a program series on January 23 to assist area fathers with parenting skills. White’s will provide the nationally recognized 13-week Nurturing Fathers Program® to enable area fathers to substitute healthy, effective parenting behaviors for those that are potentially harmful. The Nurturing Fathers Program® is available at no cost to fathers who wish to participate. The evidence-based program is one step in promoting family harmony, as part of White’s Community Based Services expansion in Northwest Indiana. Those interested may call 219-663-8640 to reserve a place for the series to be held at Liberty Bible Church in Chesterton. White’s Regional Manager, Tai Crayton, commented, “White’s has served abused and neglected children from this region for many years through residential, foster care and adoption services. We are expanding our services in this region to include more community based programs, confident that many families will benefit.” White’s serves children and families in Northwest Indiana through its regional office in Crown Point and on its Wabash, Indiana campus. With 430 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect each year in Porter County, there is a critical need to help at-risk families overcome their challenges. There are many more families that have not experienced abuse or neglect, but face family crisis situations for which they need parenting help. White’s facilitators will use the 13-week Nurturing Fathers Program® to work with fathers who seek help with parenting issues. White’s Residential & Family Services, located in Wabash, Indiana and at seven regional offices around the state, serves more than 2,500 at-risk children and families annually. The largest non-profit provider of such services in the state of Indiana, White’s is an organization committed to enriching the lives of children and families through emotional healing, personal development and spiritual growth. Through residential, foster care, emergency shelter, home-based care, transitional living, adoption services, and parent/family education, White’s seeks to create a change for good in the lives of children and families. For more information about White’s, visit www.whiteskids.org, call Denae Green at 260-563-1158 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FINANCIAL HOPE PROVIDED TO MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION FAMILIES
Classes to be held in Valparaiso
Nearly one and a half million families have been able to positively change their financial situation through Financial Peace University (FPU), the 13-week course taught by Dave Ramsey on DVD. FPU teaches families and individuals common-sense principles like how to make a plan with their money so they are able to free themselves of debt and build lasting wealth. FPU is available for churches, military, non-profit agencies, and businesses. FPU will be held in Valparaiso at: South Haven Christian Church located at 780 Juniper Road in Valparaiso. The classes will begin Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM. Contact Christine Schmidt at (219) 759-2575 for more information or to register. New Hope Missionary Church located at 402 Rte 49 in Valparaiso. The classes will begin Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM and Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Contact Dave Blue at (219) 531-0915 for more information or to register. Dave Ramsey knows first-hand what it is like to be broke and hopeless. Because of his experiences, he decided to help other people change the way they handle their money and began teaching FPU in 1994. “Because of the lessons we learned in FPU, we have been able to pay off $36,000 in just 17 months!” says Christine Cohn, a former FPU participant. “Debt had caused us to stop dreaming because we couldn’t look into the future without feeling stressed. Now we have a plan for our money and working together for our future.” After each lesson there is a small group discussion that provides accountability and encouragement. Topics include saving for emergencies, budgeting, relationships and money, and getting out debt. “FPU is a fun and easy to understand program. Whether you are deeply in debt or financially secure, FPU will help you gain a new perspective on how to handle your money,” comments Ramsey. “These lessons are especially essential right now as people are trying to regain control of their finances.” The current economy has people feeling more hopeless than ever when it comes to their money. In an effort to recover the economy from the ground up, Ramsey has begun The Great Recovery that challenges individuals to take personal responsibility for their finances and leaders to educate others about finances through programs such as FPU. Each class participant needs a kit that includes a lifetime family membership to FPU, an FPU workbook, an FPU envelope system, 13 audio lessons, bonus CD, budgeting forms, debit card holders, and Ramsey’s best-selling book – Financial Peace. Kits can be purchased through the host location, daveramsey.com or by calling 1-888-227-3223. Visit www.daveramsey.com to locate the nearest class.
RADIO ONE COMMUNICATIONS TOWER NEARLY COMPLETE
Structure to be tallest broadcast tower in region
Radio One Communications is in the final stages of constructing what will be the tallest radio broadcast tower in the Region and the second tallest structure in Northwest Indiana. Five years of planning and several months of construction have gone into a new 500-foot tower in Lake County for two Radio One Communications radio stations, classic rocker WXRD-FM X-Rock 103.9 and modern adult contemporary WZVN-FM 107.1 The Z. The project represents an upgrade in the signal and the incorporation of state-of-the-art equipment. “The new tower consolidates sites for better management,” said Radio One Communications President Leigh Ellis, “as we put every effort forward to improve our broadcast signals and our ability to provide news, traffic, weather and community information to Northwest Indiana”.
There may be minor interruptions to the signal on both stations for testing and tuning. “We want to thank our listeners in advance for being patient with us as we make the necessary adjustments in finalizing the process of completing the tower,” Ellis said.