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Family doctor joins La Port Physicians, welcomes new patients

Longtime area family doctor Gary Wheeland joined Indiana University Health La Porte Physicians and welcomes new patients at his La Porte office.

Wheeland provides family care for patients of all ages. He specializes in prevention, treatment and management of acute and chronic medical conditions. He also assists with coordinating specialty care to meet your comprehensive needs.

Wheeland is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Fox Valley Family Practice Residency, University of Wisconsin.

Wheeland accepts patients at 500 Legacy Plaza West in La Porte. To schedule an appointment, call 219-326-0943, or visit

Indiana University Health La Porte Physicians is a network of physicians providing services in office locations throughout La Porte, Berrien, Lake, Starke, St. Joseph, Marshall, Pulaski and Porter counties. Specialties include after hours care, cardiology, family care, general surgery, internal medicine, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical medicine/rehabilitation and women’s care. For more information, visit

Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 13 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the nation’s leading medical schools, gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.

United Way of Porter County names Company of the Year

Express Employment Professionals of Valparaiso was named “Company of the Year” by United Way of Porter County at the 2011 United Way State Leaders Conference held earlier this month at the Hilton Indianapolis North Hotel.

“It is with great pleasure that we were able to recognize Express Employment Professionals and the Phelps with this honor,” Sharon A. Kish, president of United Way of Porter County said.

The Valparaiso location of Express Employment Professionals is one of 550 agencies within this Fortune 500 Franchise providing quality staffing services and human resource solutions to businesses around the globe. Jerry and Jean Phelps, franchise owners since 1997, were Co-Chairs of the 2010-2011 United Way Campaign.

Jean Phelps also serves on the United Way Board as vice-chair. They hosted the Express Clydesdales at the Porter County Fair by sponsoring a two-day visit for the nationally-recognized team of horses, which provided a unique co-branding opportunity for the Express Team and United Way.

Their franchise also serves as the human resources processor for Lakeshore Area Regional Recovery of Indiana, the long-term recovery committee formed to assist the survivors of the September 2008 floods. For more information about Express Employment Professionals, call 219-465-1868, or visit For more information about United Way of Porter County, call 219-464-3583, or visit

Kids Closet coming this month

The Porter County chapter of Mothers & More will once again offer the public a chance to buy and sell gently used children's clothing, toys, and gear. The Spring Kids Closet sale will be April 16 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Butterfield Pavilion on the corner of Evans and Calumet in Valparaiso. Admission is $2 per person from 8-10 a.m. After 10 a.m. admission is $1 per person. Anyone less than 18 years of age will be admitted without charge. The sale brings together families in the market for gently used clothing and equipment with people who have such items to sell.

The Kids Closet Sale will be an extensive event with up to 35 tables of children’s items for sale.  Mothers & More will take care of all of the advertising for the event. Individuals reserving a table will set their own prices and keep 100 percent of their own profit.

“We are building on the success of our popular sale held each year,” event chairperson Amanda Brown said. “The selection of clothing and toys just can’t be beat. It really is a phenomenal sale.”

Mothers & More is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy. The group addresses mothers’ needs as individuals and members of society, and promotes the value of all the work mothers do. For more information, e-mail

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