Highland Town Council President Leaving

The town of Highland will have a new councilman soon. Town Council President Brian Novak has resigned, citing a decision to focus on his professional career. Novak, representing the 4th ward on the community's northeast side, has been on the Highland council for six years. Highland Democrat precinct committeemen will need to gather for a special election to fill Novak's vacancy. [Photo/Town of Highland]...

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219: American Legion Riders of Post 485 Toys For Kids Ride

American Legion Riders of Post 485 is sponsoring the Toys for Kids Escorted Ride on Sunday, November 10th.
Registration fee is $10 and $10 unwrapped toy is required.
Breakfast will be served by the Ladies Aux for $6 from 9 a.m. to noon. The ride begins at 12:30pm
Toys and donations can be dropped off at the American Legion Post 485, 7485 Burr Street in Schererville.
This event will benefit the Calumet Detachment and the needy families of American Legion Post 485.
For more information contact Smitty 219-308-0263, or listen to the interview at News Audio On Demand.


Hobart Chamber Names Next Executive Director

The Hobart Chamber of Commerce has announced Dawn Duty will be their next Executive Director.  Mike Adams will retire from the position at the end of the year after seven years of service.  Duty, whose term begins January first, has over 25 years of non-profit professional experience that includes the Boys & Girls Clubs, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and Kids Alive International. Duty was born in Chicago and lived in suburban Chicago until her family moved to Northwest Indiana ten years ago. The Hobart Chamber of Commerce says Duty and her husband and their teenage son live on a small rural horse ranch in Porter County. 'I look forward to serving the City of Hobart and the Chamber of Commerce,' says Duty. 'Hobart has great history and this warm vibrant City continues those traditions with potential for economic and community development. I look forward to being a part of your team!'  [Photo courtesy/Hobart Chamber of Commerce]...

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Issues Reported with Indiana Welfare Website

Problems with Indiana's welfare website. A spokesman for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration told the Indianapolis Star that Hoosiers who receive food stamps and other benefits have been unable to get information on the status of their cases for the past couple of weeks. Clients have been advised to call a toll-free number, 1-800-403-0864, or visit Division of Family Resources offices in the meantime. The website itself is running, but no word on when the specific site issues would be resolved. ...

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Former Library Director Sentenced to Probation

In Hammond Federal Court, former East Chicago Public Library Director Manuel "Manny" Montalvo was sentenced this week to 24 months probation, including four months of home confinement after pleading guilty to providing false information on his 2009 federal tax return. Court records say he was accused of falsely listing business and medical expenses for which he'd already been reimbursed by the board. The sentencing followed a plea deal reached in August....

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Semi Accident Sends Driver to Hospital

In south Lake County today, an early morning roll over crash on northbound I-65 between Lowell and Crown Point sent one person to the hospital. Indiana State Police report the driver stated around 4:30 this morning he reached down for a drink between the driver and passenger seat, and when he looked up the semi had drifted off the road, and when his tires hit the gravel he lost control and the semi overturned. The windshield had to be broken out to get the 36-year-old driver identified as Jeffrey Keel from Mayville, Wisconsin, out and he was taken to a local hospital with a large wound to his head that was said to be non-life-threatening. Police say he was wearing a seat belt.  The Freightliner was loaded with produce coming from Florida City, Florida, to Lemont, Illinois. No load was lost. The right lane of the interstate was closed for about three hours. The driver was cited for Unsafe Lane Movement and Log Book Not Current.  [Photo/Indiana State Police]...

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Two Democrats in Race for Lake Co Assessor

Two Democrats are now running for Lake County assessor in 2014. Schererville Town Councilman Michael Troxell this week announced plans to run for the post. Last month, Lake County Councilman Jerome Prince of Gary announced his campaign for county assessor.
Lake County began this week with a newly-elected county assessor. 46-year-old Jolie Covaciu of Cedar Lake was selected in a county Republican caucus of precinct committee members Friday to fill a post formerly held by the late Hank Adams. Adams passed away early last month at the age of 77 shortly after stepping down from his elected post for health reasons. Covaciu is Lake County's first female county assessor. Adams was the first Republican elected to a countywide seat in Lake County in over half a century. ...

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Ind Dunes Natl Lakeshore to Conduct Prescribed Fires

The National Park Service is planning four prescribed fires this Fall at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, across a total of about 550 acres, as part of the park's long-term restoration efforts.
Two are planned near the city of Portage. One includes 73 acres in the West Beach area north of the West Beach Entrance Road. An additional 125-acre fire will be conducted in cooperation with the Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire Department on the west side of Ogden Dunes along the north side of US Highway 12. Park officials say the Ogden Dunes burn will reduce the threat of wildfires in the community by reducing available fuels on National Park Service and Town of Ogden Dunes lands.
The Dune Ridge Trail prescribed fire, in the east end of the National Lakeshore, will be burned in the area of East State Park Road and Lake Front Drive. These 262 acres will help in creating a buffer to lower the threat of wildfire in the Town of Beverly Shores. Additionally, habitat for wildlife and native plans will be improved. An additional 190 acres will be burned to improve plant and animal habitat in the area of Furnessville Road and US Highway 12.
The prescribed fire program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is conducted by trained and experienced National Park Service fire personnel. Smoke dispersal is a primary concern and park staff will do everything possible to limit smoke in the area by monitoring wind and atmospheric conditions prior to ignitions. However, smoke drifting in and around park lands and roadways is possible.
Before burning, a designated set of conditions must exist including ideal air temperature, wind speed and direction, and relative humidity. Weather conditions will be monitored throughout the duration of the burn to ensure the fire is completed safely.  [File photo/National Park Service]...

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State Atty General Attends Ribbon-cutting in NWI

Greg Zoeller
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas, Porter County Sheriff David Lain, the owners of Prompt Ambulance Service and others in a ceremony to unveil a new ambulance dedicated to Porter County Triad at Prompt Ambulance's Valparaiso base on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

Porter County's Triad is an important resource for area seniors that Attorney General Zoeller said is the coming together of people to help seniors who, "need a little more protection  because they are vulnerable in a lot of ways."   Zoellers added, "I think we all owe a duty to serve those people who have really been the generation to lead us."
Ron Donahue, Business Development Director for Prompt Ambulance says the company hopes this newest ambulance addition will help promote the triad's "unique programs available to seniors in our area."  Donahue said Prompt has other ambulances in their fleet dedicated to the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and Supporting Heroes.
Ribbon cut
(The ribbon is cut on the lattest addition to the Prompt Ambulance fleet that will promote the Porter County Triad)
Mayor Costas, who is seen in the above photo cutting the ribbon with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Porter County Sheriff David Lain, Prompt Ambulance owners Gary and Shar Miller, officials with Porter County Triad, logo designer, IVY Tech Valpo student Courtney Anderson and other officials, says the Triad is a unique partnership.
The Porter County Triad is a partnership of law enforcement, area seniors, senior health care providers, clergy, social service organizations, and state and local agencies . Triads not only help with elderly related medical issues Zoeller said Triads also partner with his office to in "educating older adults about scammers to offers programs to assist according to a press release for the attorney general's office. 
Mayor Costas (pictured above) told Region News that when it comes to helping with the needs of the area's aging adults that it's important to stay focused, "on preventative measures because that's always the best stop the problem before it exists and that is what Triad is doing."
According to Donahue, a triad must be first approved by the county's sheriff department and Porter County Triad is only one of 22 county triads in the entire state, an honor not lost on anyone at the dedication ceremony.
PC Sheriff David Lain
Indiana Porter County Sheriff David Lain (pictured above speaking with L-R Ron Donahue of Prompt, Chris Behrendt of Porter County Triad, and company co-owner Gary Miller and Linda Gurgel of Porter County Triad), said with attorney general Greg Zoeller attending the ambulance dedication ceremony attests to the fact that the triad is "something to be trusted."  "Seniors know that they are being preyed upon and so top have the power of the attorney general's office and local law enforcement , it gives (seniors) that comfort level," according to Sheriff Lain. 
Lain said that the ambulance being unveiled at the ceremony, "is going to be a beacon...for everyone around Northwest Indiana...people will see that Triad logo on the side of the ambulance, and that will say so much more than we ever could say as individuals."
Courtney Anderson
The look of the new Porter County Triad decaled ambulance was conceived by IVT Tech Community College's design class student Courtney Anderson (pictured above).
Susan Perry's design class at IVY Tech's Valparaiso campus partnered with Prompt for an ambulance design project.  Anderson said that the students were each given a different assignment that would allow the student to put in their own designs and her design was picked from all the others.  She said that "we were given a list of things that we had to specifically put on the ambulance and I made sure everything was on there."  The design student added, "I just had to put it in the right place to make everything look nice."
She wants to make sure that when people see her design they know that it is Porter County Triad she added, "it's important, I mean Prompt is supporting them."
You can hear Wednesday's entire ribbon-cutting ceremony online by selecting the News Audio On Demand link at:
(photos: courtesy of Jay Stevens/Radio One Communuications)


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Kubina's Prison Sentence Upheld

Kubina Choate
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
The 35 year prison term for 48 year old Kimbery Kubina was upheld today by the Indiana Court of Appeals. Kubina was the step-mother of Christian Choate, the 13 year old boy whose body was discovered buried in a shallow grave at a Gary mobile home park in 2011. The Times reports Kubina claimed the judge improperly assessed her position of trust and did not account for her suffering as a victim of spousal abuse, ignored her mental illness and remorse. According to the article, the 48 year old witnessed the violent attacks on the boy but never told authorities. She also assisted the boy's father, Riley Choate, who is currently serving an 80 year prison sentence, in burying the body. ...

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