Indiana Dunes Tourism announced today they have earned re-accreditation from Destination Marketing Association International's accreditation program. Promotions Director Ken Kosky says Indiana Dunes Tourism was first accredited in 2009 and the accreditation period lasts for four years. To become accredited, a destination marketing organization like Indiana Dunes Tourism must successfully comply with 58 mandatory and 30 voluntary standards in areas that include governance, finance, human resources, sales, communications, destination development and research. Kosky says the re-accreditation is a testament to management and the overall job they are doing to promote the destination. Indiana Dunes Tourism is one of only 172 destination marketing organizations in the world to achieve this distinction....
Here is information recently posted by Chief Williams:
The Portage Police Department will be handing out applications for Probationary Patrol Officers beginning January 6th, 2014. I expect us to have openings to fill. The Portage Police Department is a proactive, innovative and respected Law Enforcement Agency with Divisions in Patrol, Detective, Training and Admin. We have Officers that specialize in SWAT, K9, Accident Reconstruction, Firearms Instructors, Field Training Officers, Hostage Negotiation, Emergency Vehicle Operations and we have assignments in the Porter County Drug Task Force, School Resource Officer, US Marshalls Task Force, Drug Enforcement Agency, and District 1 Task Force. If you are interested in becoming a Police Officer or know someone that is have the applicant come by the department and pick one up. The list is normally good for one year once completed. I'm hoping to hand out at least 200 applications to find the very best, dedicated, and service-oriented candidates out there. If you have any questions, just ask. Chief Troy Williams...
State Senator Jim Smith
An Indiana State Senator says he wants Hoosiers to be able to recognize Christmas in the classroom again. Charlestown Republican Jim Smith says he's filing legislation in the upcoming session of the General Assembly to protect public schools and teachers from being sued over Christmas activity. Smith says Christmas is under attack "in a way that no other cultural traditions are," and his "Merry Christmas" bill would allow Christmas traditions like putting up a Christmas tree as long as teachers recognize at least one other holiday celebration, such as Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. The Indiana legislative session reconvenes January 6th....
Family-friendly, guided hikes are scheduled to take place on January 1st at Indiana's state parks and reservoirs as part of a national program called “First Day Hikes”. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with America's State Parks, report First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2014 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends. In northwest Indiana, an event will be held starting at 10am, at Indiana Dunes State Park at the nature center, where a moderate to rugged hike through the high dunes, including Mt. Tom, is scheduled. The event will conclude with a fire and refreshments. For more information on First Day events across Indiana, visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/sp-first_day_hikes.pdf...
Meanwhile JP Morgan Chase is putting charge limits on cards that were used at Target stores during the massive security breach. The bank is raising those daily limits to a thousand dollars in purchases and 250 dollars from ATMs. ...
A one-ounce gold bar was found in a Salvation Army red kettle in Michigan City on Friday. Officials report the gold bar was discovered at the Walgreen's, at U-S 20 and U-S 421, wrapped in a one-dollar bill and has since been sold to a private buyer for 13-hundred dollars.
A one-ounce 1993 gold coin valued at approximately 13-hundred dollars was dropped into a Salvation Army red kettle on Friday at a Strack and Van Til in Cedar Lake and the Porter County Salvation Army reported receiving a gold coin in red kettle at the Strack and Van Til, on Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso, on Saturday. That coin was accompanied by a Christmas card with Santa Claus on front, signed "The Bright Metal Society", and identifying the gift as an 1883 Queen Victoria gold coin. ...
(Photo Courtesy of Nick Russ. Mayor Freeman-Wilson, (left)
congratulates Dollar Home recipients Milton and Silvia Willis.)
In a press conference in Gary today six Gary residents out of 25 applicants were chosen to receive a new home for just a dollar. Silvia and Milton Willis were one of the couples chosen. Silvia Willis, a life long Gary resident, says after living in an apartment in the Miller area, this would be their first home. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson announced the results of the Dollar Home Drawing and says the dollar home recipients must live in their homes a minimum of five years.
(Photo Courtesy of the City of Gary. The home that the Willis’ won
is located in Gary’s University Park area.)
Applicants for the lottery had to meet certain criteria such as employment and income in order to be considered for the lottery. A new lottery will be held next summer where more applicants are welcomed to apply. ...
And what should do you if your child is allergic to nuts? Doctor Ashton says first of all see a pediatric allergist. Get your child tested. If they are diagnosed with a real food allergy make sure you have multiple Epipens all over various locations. Make sure people know how to use them and speak to your child's pediatrician about having other medications like steroids, Benadryl, antihistamines, on you or with that child because preparation is key. It can be very scary and to be clear, life threatening....
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Below is a link to video holiday greetings from Hoosier members of the Armed Forces stationed all over the globe, a service provided by the Department of Defense. You can keep checking back for more videos, too.
http://www.dvidshub.net/holiday - then click on Indiana (or any other state) for hometown holiday greetings
Check the site through this link, too, for greetings to Merrillville, Valparaiso, Gary, East Chicago and other cities and towns in Indiana:
- Gov Pence Urges Progress on Trade Agreements
- Whiting Elks Continue Christmas Day Tradition
- Valparaiso City Council Says No to Gay Marriage Ban
- NICTD: Power Outage Disrupts Some Service
- Police Investigate Lake Station Home Invasion
- Highland Woman Wins Lucky Day Lotto
- Porter County Officer Performs CPR, Revives Baby
- Seasonal Job Openings at Valpo Parks for 2014
- Hope For the Holidays Feeds over 2,170 People
- Work Continues to Let Blind Woman Keep Her Home
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