Berlin Metals named best U.S. service center

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August 23, 2014 – Joseph S. Pete A Hammond-based steel service center won a major national award, and a few other steel companies with local ties also picked up top honors. American Metal Market, the steel industry’s biggest trade publication, named Berlin Metals the Service Center of the Year for 2014. The widely read trade publication named Berlin Metals best …

Girl Scouts go bronze as leaders

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August 22, 2014 – Times Staff Girl Scout troops 10029 and 10261 from Montessori Children’s Schoolhouse earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award earlier this year. The Bronze Award is the highest award Junior level Girl Scouts can attain, and one of three awards that Girl Scouts can earn to help them become knowledgeable, involved and proactive leaders in their communities. …

Abandoned Mallards released into Optimist Lake

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August 22, 2014 – Nicki Mackowski-Gladstone Rescuing and nurturing abandoned or hurt animals is nothing new to Joe Michalik, a volunteer at the Indiana Welcome Center. On Friday, Aug. 22, Michalik and a group of visitors watched as the four 8-week-old Mallards Michalik and his son rescued were released into Optimist Lake, located behind the welcome center. “They belong in …

Senior citizen advocates sworn in by judge

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August 21, 2014 – Times Staff The newest members of the Franciscan St. Margaret Health Hammond Volunteer Advocates for Seniors Program were sworn in this summer by Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Kavadias Schneider during a ceremony in her courtroom. The program’s purpose is “to provide volunteer limited guardian services to protect the health, well-being and safety of unfriended, decisionally …

Region’s first school food pantry to expand the fight against hunger

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August 21, 2014 – Times Staff The first school food pantry in Northwest Indiana will be unveiled at noon Friday at Calumet College of St. Joseph’s Quentin P. Smith Student Lounge (Student Activity Center). The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is teaming up with Calumet College of St. Joseph’s service engagement club, G.I.V.E. (Get Involved, Value Everyone,) to develop the …

Hammond station crux issue in South Shore rail expansion

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August 20, 2014 – Keith Benman New maps of the proposed South Shore West Lake extension show five potential station sites along its 8-mile route, including an option for a Hammond gateway station deemed “essential” by Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. “The combined gateway station is important,” McDermott said. “The whole extension won’t make sense without it.” Hammond is one of …

Horseshoe Casino employees donate school supplies

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August 19, 2014 – School City of Hammond Employees of Horseshoe Casino collected a variety of school supplies, which included glue, crayons, pencils, pens, erasers, notebooks and other items. The items were sorted and packed in three boxes and will be distributed to homeless students that attend Hammond Public Schools. Horseshoe Casino Hammond has partnered with the School City of …

Renovation work continues at local schools

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August 14, 2014 – Carmen McCollum The largest school renovation project in Northwest Indiana continues in the Lake Central School Corp., where voters in the district approved a $160 million construction referendum in 2011. The district went directly to residents to ask for a tax increase to fund major renovations at Lake Central High School and construct a new building …

Hammond Reads participates in Back-to-School event

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August 11, 2014 – Hammond Public Library Members of Hammond Reads, Inc., participated in the Back-to-School Fest on Aug. 2, sponsored by The Gate Church in Hammond. Board members gave away 546 children’s books and 153 adult books, plus pencils, bookmarks, and tips on reading and literacy. Participating were Nancy Machnikowski of the School City of Hammond; Alice Vockell of …