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La Porte County Solid Waste District Celebrating America Recycles Day


recycle-greenAmerica Recycles Day is Nov. 15, and the La Porte County Solid Waste District is celebrating all month with fun educational events for the whole family!

The Solid Waste District has partnered with Al's Supermarkets to provide events at each of their La Porte County stores leading up to America Recycles Day. The first 50 people at each event to bring plastic grocery and food packaging bags for recycling will be able to exchange them for a reusable shopping bag, thanks to generous donations from Al's, our curbside collection contractor, Able Disposal, and NiSource. Play games and score giveaways that promote recycling at the following events:

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Above the Influence Health Fair and Discussion to Take Place October 23


laporte-slicersLaPorte Community School Corporation and the City of LaPorte have mobilized efforts to strategically address community substance abuse in our community. As part of an overall strategy, LaPorte High School, LaPorte Drug Free Partnership, Purdue North Central's Community Health Education Nursing students, and LaPorte High School's Student Government have collaborated to sponsor an "Above the Influence" student health fair and panel discussion, and evening parent forum on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

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Washington Park is the Scene for Wet and Wild Water Sports


Lake-Michigan-Surfers-1Michigan City’s Washington Park is a mecca for adrenaline junkies who enjoy taking advantage of the brisk wind and kicked up waves on Lake Michigan to surf, bodyboard and kiteboard. Conditions on Saturday attracted aficionados from the Chicago area and one celebrity from Hawaii.

Mike Stewart, of Oahu, is a previous nine-time world champion in the extreme sport of bodyboarding and currently ranks in the top ten among the several hundred rated competitors. Stewart said the sport has attracted about one million bodyboarders globally, including his wife, Lisa. They met on the bodyboarding circuit in Hawaii.

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Opportunity Enterprises to Benefit from Give Day


Point-Click-Give-2012Opportunity Enterprises is one of 17 local non-profits to benefit from the Porter County Community Foundation’s upcoming GIVE Day, a one-day giving holiday which will take place on November 8, 2012 beginning at 12:01 am and ending at 11:59 pm.

On this one day only, gifts made to OE as part of GIVE Day will apply for matching funds from a pool of more than $50,000 contributed by generous sponsors through the Porter County Community Foundation. Donations made to OE as part of this event will support the construction of an integrated apartment building which includes fully handicap-accessible apartments at its Lakeside property.

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PNC Receives U.S. Steel Grant for Engineering Scholarships


PNC-US-Steel-scholarshipPurdue University North Central has received a grant from U. S. Steel to fund scholarships for PNC Electrical and Mechanical Engineering students.

"On behalf of Purdue North Central, I extend my gratitude to U. S. Steel for this extremely generous grant," said PNC Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin. "The majority of Purdue North Central students are first-generation college students on financial aid and corporate-sponsored scholarships like this one help our students graduate with less debt. This grant also raises the visibility of U. S. Steel among our engineering students as they begin to consider internships and careers."

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On Deadline for College Application Essays? Online Tips from College Leaders


PurdueLogoHigh school seniors writing college application essays can visit a Purdue University online writing resource for tips and guidelines.

"Students invest a lot of time and worry about how to complete this part of their application, and a good personal statement can make a difference in being accepted," says Linda Bergmann, director of Purdue's Online Writing Lab, which is known as OWL. "The tips here can help students better understand what admissions representatives want to learn about the applicants in these essays."

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Fire Prevention Week Continues with More Tips from the Michigan City Fire Department


MC-Fire-Wal-Mart-DonationIt has been another busy week during Fire prevention and safety month.

Words cannot express the gratitude for the generosity of Jan Mark, Health Richey and the Wal-Mart Corporation for the donation of smoke detectors.

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PNC Math Club Hosts Presentation


PNCThe Purdue University North Central Math Club will host the presentation, "Complex Dynamics of Quadratic Polynomial f(z) = z2 + c" by Dr. Hasina Akter, PNC visiting professor of Mathematics on Monday, Oct. 29, at noon, in Schwarz Hall, Room 360. The event is free and open to the public. Guests may bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation.

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Boston Middle School Students Celebrating a Drug Free Life


Red-Ribbon-CampaignBoston Middle School will be participating in Red Ribbon Week October 22-26, 2012. Boston’s new club, called Lead and Seed, will be in charge of planning the week’s activities. Lead and Seed is club where the students are in control and teachers are there to facilitate. The students in Lead and Seed make all of the decisions and Boston is proud of what they have come up with for the 2012 Red Ribbon Week!

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Unity Foundation of La Porte County Annual Luncheon


Unity-Foundation-of-La-Porte-CountyMore than $100,000 in community grant awards will be presented at Unity Foundation of La Porte County’s Annual Luncheon celebration on Wednesday, October 24. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Best Western La Porte Hotel & Conference Center.

Attendees will hear highlights from the past year and learn about a Pledge-a-Palooza opportunity to leverage support for area nonprofit and specialty funds, in conjunction with Unity’s 20th Anniversary Gala event on April 27, 2013.

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Donation of Locks of Love in Honor of a Best Friend


Locks-of-Love-Donation-KehoeOn Saturday, October 6, 2012 my daughter, Brianna Kehoe, donated her hair in honor of one of her best friends, Madison Sabin to the Locks of Love. Madison will be 10 years old on November 11. On October 20, 2012, Madi will be celebrating 7 years Cancer Free!!

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