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Robotic Lung Surgery Arrives at Franciscan Health Crown Point

In Lake County, hospital officials say robotic lung surgery is now benefiting patients at Franciscan Health Crown Point. Thoracic surgery specialist Jason Fitzgerald, MD, began performing lung procedures in June 2021 using the da Vinci Xi surgical system from Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Many of the surgeries he’s done have been on cancer patients. “You can […]

Region Author, Bird Expert, Receives Sagamore of the Wabash

A Northwest Indiana author and noted birder was recently presented with the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash. A post at the Indiana Dunes Tourism Facebook page says Dr. Kenneth Brock received the award to honor the advancements his work has made to ornithological knowledge in the state. Dr. Brock has written two books and numerous […]

Update on Valparaiso Roadway Projects

Valparaiso roadway enhancement projects are taking shape, preparing to make travel more efficient and add life to travel surfaces, according to City Engineer Mike Jabo. Some of the newest updates include: • Silhavy project Beginning October 19 southbound traffic will now travel on the east lanes as work begins on the west lanes. Similarly, at […]

Recycling Art: Porter County Students Invited to Join America Recycles Day Contest

Recycled art is at the spotlight as the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County will kick start America Recycles Day celebrations with invitation to an upcycle art contest for Porter County students. This year’s theme prompts “What Can You Create with Recycled Materials?” Porter County students are asked to create projects using recyclable […]

Humane Indiana to Host 6th Annual Festival of Owls

Humane Indiana’s 6th annual Festival of Owls will be held at the Porter County Expo Center Saturday October 23rd. Wildlife Director Nicole Harmon says, “Our goal is to share the stories of these incredible birds.” Guest speakers include representatives from Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana Audubon Society, and Shirley Heinze Land Trust. The event is […]


Valparaiso to Host Neighborhood Workshop

To further promote neighborhood engagement, the City of Valparaiso is hosting a Neighborhood Workshop on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6 to 7:00 pm at the Banta Activity Center on Beech Street. “We look forward to sharing updates about Neighborhood Improvement grants, sharing success stories and how to apply, and sharing ways to work together to […]

INDOT Hosts Public Meetings This Week on 80/94 Traffic-Improvement Study

The Indiana Department of Transportation will host public meetings this week as they determine how to maximize benefits of the latest technology and how it can improve traffic on 80/94. The Planning and Environment Linkages study focuses on the stretch of highway between Illinois 394 and I-65, and those who would like to attend and […]

Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship Offered to Indiana Students

Indiana students pursuing a career in education can now apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship. The program awards $7,500 a year, for up to four years, for those earning a teaching degree, and who commit to teaching in Indiana for up to five years upon graduating. State Representative and Chair of the House […]

Indiana Youth Institute Shines Light on LGBTQ+ Youth, LGBTQ History Month

October is LGBTQ History Month, and the Indiana Youth Institute is raising awareness about the crucial role teachers and youth workers play in creating a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students. “As of just a year ago, Indiana was home to over 43,000 LGBTQ+ youth, ages thirteen to seventeen”, Indiana Youth Inistitute President and CEO, Tami […]

College Volleyball Tournament at Hammond Sportsplex This Weekend

The Hammond Sportsplex will play host to a 38-team NCAA Division II volleyball tournament this weekend. The “Midwest Region Crossover Tournament” features teams from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. All 38 teams will play three matches during the two-day event, which begins tomorrow (Friday, […]