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Get A Healthy Head Start

Sen. Richard Lugar and HealthLinc, Inc. are co-sponsoring the Get Ready! Get Set! Go! Back-to-School event for families from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Aug.12 at the Valparaiso HealthLinc, 454 S College Ave. There will be free immunizations for the uninsured; sports physicals, and dental screenings will also be offered. Also offered are nutrition information, safety tips and more. Fun activities for the family include a bean bag game, Frisbee toss, the “Bozo” bucket game and prizes. There will also be guest appearances by Rosie Roo and the Cat in the Hat. Call HealthLinc, Inc.,  872-6200,  or U.S. Sen. Lugar’s office,  548-8035, to make an appointment for any of the screenings mentioned above. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be given to children who register and receive immunizations or screenings. HealthLinc, Inc. ( is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides a range of medical, dental and behavioral health services to people of all ages, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Many of the patients lack health insurance or are enrolled in the Medicaid or Medicare programs. HealthLinc also accepts some private insurance plans. Clinics are located in Valparaiso, Michigan City and Knox. All three clinics offer primary medical and behavioral health services; dental services are available at the Valparaiso and Michigan City clinics.


Apply At Purdue Calumet

Purdue University Calumet has received a $575,000 award to fund up to 28 scholarships this fall, each valued at $4,450, for students majoring in engineering, engineering technology, computer science or mathematics. The application deadline is July 31. The award, from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources, will support the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) for academically-talented and financially-challenged students. The award also supports academic mentoring for the scholars. The mentor’s role is to enhance student success by assisting the scholars with program choices, development of their course schedules and other academic challenges. The program is designed to prepare the scholars for high technology-related jobs and careers following baccalaureate degree completion. The scholarships are renewable for up to four years, contingent on maintaining a 3.0 minimum grade point average each semester and participating in all required S-STEM activities. Spurring Purdue Calumet’s receipt of the award was the submission of a competitive grant application to the National Science Foundation by Professor of Mechanical Engineering Harvey Abramowitz;  Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Opportunities Programs Roy Hamilton; and Professor of Electrical Engineering Edward Pierson. Other than financial need as established by the National Science Foundation, program scholars will be chosen on academic merit and other indicators of likely academic and professional success, such as letters of recommendations and personal statements.

New and continuing Purdue Calumet undergraduate students are invited to apply. An application and other information can be obtained from the website:


Seeking Vendors and Artists

Porter County Builders Association (PCBA), in partnership with the City of Valparaiso and The Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS®, is hosting the third annual Living Green Expo from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Butterfield Pavilion, Fairgrounds Park in Valparaiso. The Expo is part of a continuing effort by the Porter County Builders Association to increase awareness of green living practices. It will feature state-of-the-art green technology, as well as energy-saving, cost-saving and environmentally-friendly products and services which can be used in homes and neighborhoods. The Living Green Expo committee is ready to accept booth reservations from vendors whose products and services fit with the purpose of Expo. New this year, the Living Green Expo is offering booth space to artists who create works out of recycled materials. The committee is looking for artists dedicated to giving discarded objects and yard sale finds a second chance by re-purposing them into artwork. By giving these items a new life, artists are keeping them out of landfills. Booth prices vary, and there are discounts for registering by Aug. 12. Interested vendors may find more information and a registration form at on the Living Green tab, or may contact the PCBA office at 464-2944  or

$20,000 IN GRANTS

Duneland Chamber Façade Projects


The Façade Committee of the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce, through funding from the Duneland Economic Development Company, is pleased to announce 11 projects have been selected for the $20,000 in façade improvement grants announced in April.  “It was a tough process” stated Shem Khalil, façade committee member, “We got 23 great applications.  I wish we had enough money to do them all”. Look for improvements to the following establishments:  Pat’s Liquors, Hiestand Law Office, Brainstorm Computers, Inc., Octave Grill, Auction Bay Online, Bluestem Beads, L.J. Chop Houses, Bennett Real Estates building on the corner of Broadway and 2nd, Kay Gersna’s building on the corner of Broadway and 2nd, Ashley’s Jewelry By Design and Tilden Enterprises.  Each of the Duneland communities that had a business requesting money was awarded at least one project.  “We will continue to look for funding sources and hope that this will be the first of many façade grant cycles,” stated Mark Chamberlain, president of the DEDC.  “The more we can enhance the appearance of the Duneland community, the better it is for all businesses.”


PCACS Transportation

Since expanding the hours of operation for their buses the first of this year, Porter County Aging & Community Services (PCACS) has experienced a significant growth in ridership for its demand response transportation service.  In the first six months of 2010, it provided 44 percent more rides than in the first six months of last year.  Over half of the 11,886 rides provided so far this year were free rides to the disabled.  PCACS provides door- to -door transportation in Porter County.  According to Executive Director Bruce Lindner, “We can take any Porter County resident from the door of their home to the door of anywhere they want to go in Porter County and back to their home again for $2.  If they are disabled, they ride for free.  If they are low-income, we can provide subsidies to cover the cost.  We are in the business of extending a helping hand to those most in need in our community in order to improve their quality of life.”  Without public support, the PCACS transportation service would not be possible.  The best way to support PCACS right now is through their Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program (NAP).  Through NAP, any Indiana resident, business or organization that donates $100 or more to PCACS will receive a credit for 50 percent of that amount to be deducted from their Indiana income tax.  They can also claim 100 percent of the donated amount as a federal income tax deduction.  A donation of $200 will cover the cost to subsidize transportation for more than 100 seniors and/or provide over 100 round trips to doctor appointments, dialysis, the grocery store, etc.  Checks should be made payable to PCACS, with NAP written on the check, and mailed to:  PCACS, 1005 Campbell St., Valparaiso, IN 46385.  For more information, call Melissa Benefiel, .464-9736.  To learn more about PCACS and their door-to-door transportation service, visit itheir website at  To schedule a ride, call the transportation department at 462-4302.

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