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Activity Center Student of the Year Celebration


The New Prairie United School Corporation Activity Center will be holdingits FIRST EVER special event fundraiser and student celebration – The ACStudent of the Year on Thursday, May 17, 2012. The AC is thrilled to beable to recognize 6 outstanding students that have worked so hard.

AC Student of the Year provides necessary funding for the crucialedutainment programs offered to our students after school and in the summermonths. Last year this program assisted over 150 Club students from RollingPrairie and Prairie View Elementary.

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United Way of La Porte County Recognizes Volunteers, Donors at Victory Celebration Breakfast


United-Way-Recognition-1It may have been early, but the crowd gathered for breakfast at the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa Thursday morning managed to muster up the energy to chant, “We are better together,” the slogan for the United Way of La Porte County’s 2011 fund-raising campaign.

The chanting marked the official unveiling of the organization’s campaign results – an impressive $1,010,700 – at the United Way of La Porte County’s 2012 Victory Celebration Breakfast.

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Michigan City Robotics Team Earns Spot in World Championship


MC-Robotics-3Nolin Bruns, freshman at Westville High School is making a quick repair in between competitions. As part of their successful rookie season, Michigan City Robotics Team 3936 achieved another major milestone on their journey to achieving long term sustainability as a quality robotics team by earning a spot in the FIRST (for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics World Championship competition to be held in St. Louis in late April.

Team 3936 earned their ticket to the World Championships by successfully competing in the FIRST Robotics Midwest Regional...

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Rural Communities Asked to Form Teams for 5th Annual La Porte County Rural Summit


megaphoneThe 5th annual La Porte County Rural Summit will be held on April 14, and the 16 rural communities in La Porte County are being asked to form teams to send to the Summit.  It will be held at the Wanatah American Legion from 7:45 am to 12 noon.  The 16 rural communities are La Crosse, Wanatah, Hanna, Union Mills, Westville, Kingsbury, Kingsford Heights, Stillwell, Fish Lake, Mill Creek, Rolling Prairie, Scipio Twp./Door Village, Springfield Township, rural Center Twp., Hudson Lake, and Coolspring Township.  Each of these communities is asked to bring 10 representatives, including a high school student.   The theme of this year’s event is “Planning Our Future”.   Partnering organizations who sponsor the summit are Leadership La Porte County, Purdue Extension La Porte County, US Department of...

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Brian McKee Named Retention & Expansion Coordinator


Brian-McKeeThe La Porte Economic Development Alliance (the Alliance) is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian McKee as the new Retention and Expansion Coordinator. Bert Cook, co-director of the Alliance stated: “Brian is a great addition to the Alliance Team. His knowledge and experience with La Porte County businesses will assist him in his new role."

McKee grew up in Greensburg, IN and holds a Bachelor Degree from Marian College. Before joining GLEDC he spent nearly 5 years serving Indiana University Health in various marketing positions. Most recently he focused on the business to...

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Richard Riley Appointed to Indiana Dunes Tourism Board of Directors


Indiana-Dunes-Richard-RileyRichard Riley has been appointed to the Indiana Dunes Tourism Board of Directors.

Riley was appointed by Porter County Commissioner John Evans. Riley is the second new board member added for 2012, joining Scott Tuft, whose appointment by Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas was announced earlier.

Riley, an attorney specializing in real estate zoning for telecommunications structures, is also owner of Riley’s Railhouse Bed & Breakfast in Chesterton. He and his wife, Ann, spend time in both Chesterton and Orland Park, Illinois. Riley has two children, Rebecca and Christopher, and...

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Fred McNulty: "Pick your Passion and Get Involved!"


fred-mcnultyFred McNulty, is one of the most active community members who has crossed paths with Ideas in Motion Media in a variety of different groups, events, organizations, and activities throughout Northwest Indiana.

McNulty, a resident of Valparaiso, first got involved with his community when he was just a boy. He grew up on a farm just south of Logansport, Indiana, which is where he first got involved in 4-H. McNulty said, “It was either 4-H or FFA (Future Farmers of America).”

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Fitness With a Spiritual Twist


HizstrengthClassic Bodyworks Gym, located at the intersection of Willowcreek & Central, is a gym that features quite an unusual twist. Every Friday evening at 7:00, an informal get together of praise & worship music, testimonies, prayer requests and a short message from God's Word is featured at Hizstrength, located in a very comfortable room within the gym. "People needed to know that there is hope, that faith in the Lord Jesus can get you through the tough times", says owner of the gym & founder of Hizstrength, Al Sabedra. He took a step of faith, despite ridicule from some of his own gym members, in starting Hizstrength, a little more than a year ago.

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Waiting


When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’” (Matthew 11:2-3). Waiting

We are deep into the season of waiting. Advent is all about waiting. It is a time of “getting ready,” but most of us treat these four weeks as the time when we hurry and hustle and take care of details. Buy presents, cook food, put up decorations, and participate in as many parties and programs as we possibly can (we’re currently at 3 programs and 2 parties...and counting...). Not to mention the special worship services we feel compelled to attend! We “wait” by doing things,...

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Return to Hope: As Close As Our Own Skin


The Small Group Study Guide is here. Return-to-Hope

Luke 1:26-38; Hebrews 12:1-3; Jeremiah 13:22-25 December 5, 2010 • Portage First UMC

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it” (Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, pg. 3). We met Eustace briefly last week as we began our journey alongside the crew of the Narnian ship The Dawn Treader in C. S. Lewis’ third book in the Chronicles of Narnia. (The latest film adaptation of this book comes out this Friday.) Lewis’ first...

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Strength


May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light” (Colossians 1:11-12). Strength

I’m Popeye the sailor man, I’m Popeye the sailor man, I’m strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach, I’m Popeye the sailor man!

It’s not great music, and it’s horrible grammar, but this song and its associated cartoon character were, in my childhood, one of the symbols of strength....

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