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he Duneland community welcomed a new superintendent of the Duneland School Corporation on July 1, 2017 when Dr. Ginger Bolinger accepted her new position following the retirement of Dr. David Pruis. Coming to the region from Madison Consolidated Schools in southern Indiana where she served as superintendent for the past five years, Bolinger has a long history in education. “I grew up in Central Indiana in a small town named Alexandria just north of Anderson. It was a vibrant small town at the time but since then, General Motors (GM) has left Anderson and it has fallen on some hard times like a lot of other small towns. I was senior class president and am still connected with a lot of my classmates. My mother and father both worked at GM and my mother encouraged me to be a teacher. I played school a lot and I loved that, so I decided to become a teacher,” she says. After graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration, Bolinger taught business education at Tipton High School. Though she thought at one point about leaving education and entering the business world, she says that a student helped her to see her true calling. “I was in a situation where there were some adversarial relationships with the teachers and the administration and I worried about

the kids and struggled with it. I was going to go into the business world and leave teaching, but then a student came into my classroom and said he wanted me to meet his sister, an exchange student. He said, ‘I wanted her to meet the best teacher I ever had,’ and that is what made me want to stay. He ended up becoming a teacher,” says Bolinger. Making the transition from teacher to administrator was a way for Bolinger to extend her reach. After teaching at Tipton for seven years she received a call

the closeness of the community. “It’s just an excellent school system in terms of extracurricular activities and performance from students. When I see the passion the educators have for the school system, and the employees who are so dedicated and have a passion for what they do, and the partnership with the community, it’s encouraging. We are one of the few school systems that have a true partnership with the community,” she says. Bolinger has two children with her first husband,

from a colleague, asking her to consider a different side of education. She says, “I decided to become a principal and influence more students with that position. We are still teaching, but by modeling. It was a meaningful time for me.” Bolinger first served as an assistant principal in Santa Claus, Indiana and then became a principal in Newton County, Indiana. During this time Bolinger earned her doctorate and she worked in administration in Stuben County and Marion County. Bolinger says she is thrilled to come to Duneland and is encouraged by the quality of the school system and

a son, age 24 with two children, and a daughter, age 22 who attends Milwaukee School of Engineering. “My husband now, Dr. Rex Bolinger, and I have been married 11 years. He is senior vice president for Project Lead the Way. We live in Chesterton and we absolutely love the European Market on Saturdays, the charming restaurants with outdoor seating, and we love the beach,” Bolinger says, happy to call Duneland her home. She says she looks forward to the fall. “The start of school is the best part, when the kids come back and I get to go in the classroom.”



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A: Being a kindergarten teacher to these sweet little five and six year olds is the most rewarding career. There isn't a day that goes by that another memory isn't added to the list! One memory, in particular, that stands out is each year we do a community service project at Christmas time where we ask the children and their families to donate toys that we give to the pediatric floor of Porter Regional Hospital for kids who are in the hospital during the holidays. The students get so excited about it, making sure that these children get nothing but the best and their level of empathy is amazing! One year, a mother of one of the children in the hospital reached out to let us know that her child was so afraid that Santa wouldn't be able to find him in the hospital and the toys we donated made him feel so much better! Seeing the students' faces light up when we told them this made it all worthwhile. Aside from the amazing academic growth that happens in kindergarten, we more importantly get to watch them grow and develop life skills in a positive way!



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students that make your job less of a job and more of a community?

A: Bailly students have worked to

develop the mantle of learning leadership roles. In such, students are often involved in assisting and caring for each other. As they learn these skills, we find more acts of kindness, more cooperative support for learning, and more self-initiated team building. Students have generated ideas to raise funds to support others as well. Sometimes these acts make me feel like I am less of a Principal and more of a mayor of a little growing town. Then again my passion for education and helping students academically and emotionally grow and mature has never made this feel like a job but always feel like a calling.

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sidered since I was very young. When I was growing up, one of my biggest role models was my father who was a math teacher. I strived to be like him when I grew up, so I always said I wanted to be a math teacher too. As a little girl, I was constantly trying to convince my younger brothers to play school with me, but it was to no avail. The moment I truly realized teaching was the career for me happened my senior year of high school when I was a cadet teacher. I was working with a small group of students when I experienced my first light bulb moment. A student that had previously been struggling with a math skill suddenly understood what to do. Seeing the joy and sense of accomplishment on that student’s face made me realize I had found what I wanted to for the rest of my life.

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POPQUIZ Christy Jarka, principal at Liberty Elementary


Q: What is the best part of being a teacher? A: My response is a bit predictable and not very unique. It is an

answer that you would get from just about every Duneland teacher that you ask. The best part about being a teacher is having the ability to be a positive role model to each student that we come in contact with. As educators, we are aware that we are part of the "Village" responsible for helping mold our students into successful, productive adults. I enjoy providing my students the opportunity to take on leadership roles in the school and giving my students the chance to think independently while justifying their thoughts. Essentially, I love when my students have grown through the interactions that we have had throughout the year.



Q: When did you know you wanted to go into teaching? A: I always played school when I was little with my

Q: Why do you teach? A: I love being a teacher. Children light up this world and helping them

to find their own strengths and skill sets is a joy. There is no finer profession then watching a child learn and grow. Today's world is rapidly changing and our future may be a bit brighter if the younger generations learn that love, compassion, leadership, and commitment within themselves can be a guiding light. I teach because I get to witness the growth of our future.

cousins, and I always wanted to be a teacher but I couldn’t afford to go to school. I actually went to school at first to be a court reporter because I could pay month by month, but when I got to the end I decided I couldn’t do it. So I got three jobs in order to be able to pay my way to college and it was the best decision I ever made. I enjoy the camaraderie with children and their families and connect well with this age group and have always felt that way.

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Shawn Longacre, principal at Westchester Intermediate


Q: What was your best teacher gift from a student and why?


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experience taught me later that what I needed was help in the form of teacher leadership. This is now the reality at Westchester Intermediate School (WIS). Every teacher at WIS has the opportunity to be a leader. We have a learning, supportive, and collaborative environment in which teachers are flourishing. The highly effective teachers of today are seeking this type of work environment, one in which they do not work in isolation. Instead, today's teachers thrive on sharing their gifts in ways that benefit both their colleagues and their students, and the wider community, as well.

"Who is your favorite student?" All of them are special to me! I treasure gifts that come from the heart. For the past 11 years, I've been blessed to have a parent in my classroom each year who puts together a special gift from the class. I've received scrapbooks with letters, illustrations, and photos from every student, a quilt with handprints, class picture frames, and a handmade bookshelf with a book from every student. I have been presented these gifts at my annual Farewell Night at the end of the year. No matter how hard I try not to, I cry every time. I have every special gift hanging in my classroom on what I call "My Love Wall." I also treasure letters and emails I've received from current and previous students and parents explaining how I have made a difference in their lives. I've saved every one and put them in a binder I've titled "My Smile Book." I read all of them each year before school starts to remind me just how precious my job truly is.

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Q: What has been the most valuable lesson you learned from working with kids?

A: I believe the most valuable lesson I have learned

in my years working with kids is that fostering positive relationships is the key to creating a learning environment where they can be the most successful. Students should always feel a sense of belonging within their school, and they should feel confident knowing they have an adult in the building they can turn to when they need help or advice. That adult can be anyone from a principal or teacher to a secretary or bus driver, it doesn't matter. There should never be a time when a student feels isolated or thinks that no one cares about them; and it is our job as educators to ensure that never happens.


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Q: What is an experience you've had while teaching or administrating that you will never forget?

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ence for me. Students are happy and eager to begin a new school year. Their smiles stretch from ear to ear! A few may exhibit a little apprehension about meeting a new teacher and making new friends. Usually, an encouraging smile or hug is all that is needed. Children are proud of their new shoes, new clothes, or new backpacks! They are engaged in conversations with friends that they haven't seen all summer. As I greet and meet students and parents, I am filled with the anticipation of what the school year is going to bring!



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in all areas of life. I was riddled with fear of failure and always tried to blend into the background. Being average would assure that I would have low expectations placed on me and I would not have to face situations where I would have to challenge myself. High school was a struggle because of a lack of believing in myself. As time went on throughout college and the early part of my teaching career I realized that I can do anything if I believed in myself and worked hard. I also made it a personal mission to help students who were like me in high school so they could be the best that they could be and not be afraid of succeeding. As an administrator today I try to model the behavior of a positive attitude and a strong work ethic in order to help all students, but especially the ones that were like me. I struggled because I was afraid to try and did not know what I was actually capable of. I want every student now to find a purpose for why they are in school. I want every student to be able to believe in themselves in order to maximize their full potential. Finally, I want every student to be able to take their purpose and potential and develop a plan for their future.



Q: What is your favorite time of year with students and why? A: I really enjoy the start of the school year because I

get to know my new students. I learn about their interests, their likes and dislikes. I hear about their family, friends and favorite activities. But I also enjoy time later in the school year. There is a time (different for each class) when we have gotten to know each other and we have become like a family. We know each other well enough that we are a “well-oiled machine.” We each want to be successful and we want our classmates to find their success. It's great to see teenagers develop this maturity. So, I don't think I have one favorite time!


Q: What have students taught you over the years? A: I have dealt with hundreds of children in my

23 years with Duneland Schools. I have learned a great deal of things from them during my time as a teacher and administrator. One thing students have taught me is they are always watching you. We give students so many experiences that require them to "look" or "put your eyes here" to learn academic concepts. I have found that children are able to automatically transfer the concept of "watching" to all parts their daily lives. They see how adults handle themselves in social situations and watch for our reactions. When I see the faces of my students, it is a constant reminder that I am being watched and try to teach them something every day.


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he Porter County Career and Technical Education (PCCTE) program started in 1971 and since then, offerings have been planned and developed to give a wide range of vocational enrollment alternatives to all Porter County students. Students participating in these programs attend their home school for one-half day, ranging from agriculture, architecture, manufacturing, health sciences, hospitality and human services, and information technology, to name a few. Principal Jon Groth says that the curriculum and opportunities adapt to the needs of employers. One of these programs, the building trades program, has been offered through Chesterton High School and a number of other Porter County schools for years, but Groth says they continue to change to stay on trend. “Our building trades program at Chesterton High School is going in a different direction with a new teacher and we have a creative plan that will set some trends around the country. We will build a manufactured home on the CHS campus for a very reasonable cost in partnership with Housing Opportunities. It will be a small, low-cost, factory-built home and Housing Opportunities will find the property, put the foundation in, haul the home and assemble it and we hope it will address the low-cost housing shortage, while at the same time the students learn to build a house. The beauty of it is we will do it in a lot right behind the high school and there won’t be a transportation issue and the rest of the school can see it occur. The school board has been supportive,” Groth says. Other initiatives at the PCCTE will involve their apprenticeship programs, including offering apprenticeships with manufacturing companies through the Valparaiso Area Advisory Apprenticeship Council which serves about 110 students a year. “Students attend for five nights a month with classroom training before they receive hands-on training with the employer who pays for this apprenticeship and training,” says Groth.

“Our Computer Aided Design (CAD) class is a very popular program,” Groth continues. “Kids love it and have to get good grades to get into it because it’s high demand. We’ve added virtual reality to the curriculum this year and everything is designed on a computer, so we can go from that computer to printing it out with a 3D printer and then the virtual reality allows you to walk through homes, open doors, and it enhances learning for employment. We also have a video production program and it is very successful. We have a student who worked on the Letterman Show in New York and a couple of students who have gone on to do work in Los Angeles too,” he says. Groth says that not only are their offerings expanding, but so is the PCCTE facility. “We will be adding on to the career center in September, doubling the size of our precision machining program, working with manufacturers and quality machinists. We will build a new lab this school year which will allow us to change the interior of the school a little so the television production will have a studio and the CAD will have a lab too. The construction program at the career center is also building the old train depot to make it a cosmetology school in the next year or so.” A robust vocational program is essential to offering all students the opportunity to gain skills necessary for employment. Groth explains, “People are starting to understand the cost of college and the trouble of college debt. If there are opportunities where you can go straight from high school to work and have the employer pay for your training, those opportunities are starting to look more desirable. You have to have a skill to really have value and that’s what we’re trying to offer with our program.”

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Brent Martinson, in charge of the Work Ethics Certificate program at Chesterton High School, poses with his daughter Bailey Martinson, who graduated the program earlier this year

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hesterton High School Assistant Principal Brent Martinson says that when he was previously a principal at Hobart High School he was introduced to research conducted by the Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI) that would become the basis for a new program at CHS today. The research found that there were ten basic qualities employers looked for in their employees and so Martinson and the staff at CWI set out to establish a program to develop these qualities at the student level before entering the market. These ten qualities included showing a positive attitude, working well with others, following directions, arriving at work on time, recognizing problems and finding solutions, managing time effectively, applying good listening skills, being honest and dependable, knowing the need to pass a drug or background check, and dressing properly and practicing good hygiene. “We came up with a rubric for ethics in the workplace and began working with

other administrators in the area and it is now being put into place,” Martinson says. During the 2016-2017 school year, Martinson introduced the Work Ethic Certification program to seniors and at-risk freshman, “because I work one-onone with them and want them to start thinking differently. It started on Oct 1, 2016 and I brought seniors who wanted to participate on a volunteer basis to the auditorium with a representative from CWI and we had a good turnout for the kickoff year. We had 15 complete the certificate which is very good,” he says. The benefit of this certification, says Martinson, is that it puts recipients in a better position for the job. He says, “They can use that certificate for employment. If you’re going to fill out an application and you attach that to it, you’re ahead of the game.” Students are given points based on their attendance, punctuality, organization, respectfulness, teamwork, and other criteria. “We keep track of the data and students have to go to different teachers

to get evaluated in different areas, and the teachers will give them a score. Community service is a component as well,” says Martinson, who notes that the program will be expanded to juniors this coming school year in order to have time for the community service component. “We will introduce this at registration this year and we anticipate having 50 participants. We will let it grow from there,” he says. Martinson hopes that this program will integrate with a similar state-wide initiative. He explains, “In the state of Indiana, the governor is implementing an ethics certificate as well and Northwest Indiana is ahead of the game on that. So we are going to integrate with the state certificate so kids can get both. There are at least eight schools locally who are doing ours including Valparaiso, LaPorte, Hobart, Lake Central, a couple schools in Hammond, and others who want to get involved and because we started it, we will be assisting in any way we can. It’s starting to pick up steam.” DUNELAND TODAY

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From bottom right going counterclockwise, Michele Stipanovich, Jim Cavallo, Matt Waters, and Brent Barber pose for a photo in the WDSO offices at Chesterton High School.


Celebrating 40 years in Duneland


t the end of 2016, WDSO-FM, the radio station broadcast from Chesterton High School, celebrated an important milestone— its 40th anniversary. The efforts to establish a radio station, which has been both a class and an extracurricular activities for thousands of students over the years, began in 1975 says James Cavallo, retired Duneland School teacher and director at WDSO. He explains, “Our audiovisual director Dan Beckley started an in-house public address system, which then became WDSO when they applied for an FCC license. I was chosen to be a sponsor. There was an incredible amount of paperwork and bureaucracy, making sure the call letters, which stand for Duneland Schools Organization, weren’t taken by anyone else, and 1976 it was official and we were on the air. At the time, there were only two or three high school radio



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stations in the state of Indiana. It’s a pretty expensive proposition and Duneland has always supported it.” Cavallo was given the task of helping launch the station, but at the same time he was a full-time teacher and he also became a debate director and coach. “It was a little tough the first couple of years. I was teaching English and monitoring the radio at my desk to control the content and music and eventually I started a class called Radio 1, and that is really when the station took off. We were 10 watts. It just barely covered the town of Chesterton! We used to joke about having the windows up so we could broadcast further!” he says. Michele Stipanovich, who serves as WDSO operations manager, has been with the station since 1981 and she says that there have been numerous changes over the years, noting that upgrading from that 10 watt range was key among them. “We had our main

studio and two smaller studios, but we were only 10 watts, so we were just broadcasting within Chesterton. Now we are 400 watts so we go over to Hobart, down to Route 6, to Valparaiso and Michigan City, and we also stream over the internet. We weren’t 24 hours back in those days either. We started at 6 a.m. and went off the air at 4:30 p.m. unless there was special programming, like a show or game,” she says. “We would broadcast every sport we had, election results, and we did a lot of interviews with local politicians. Some of our longest running shows have been Porter County Perspectives, which was originally called Duneland Area Magazine, and Community Bulletin Board where we read public service announcements.” Cavallo says that WDSO was popular with students. “The kids played music the other kids enjoyed. They had after-school rock shows and public


radio offerings during the day. Our sports broadcasts were popular. We broadcast gymnastics, swimming, baseball, football, soccer and when the swim team made it to state, we were the only radio station there covering the finals and same with the girls’ swim team,” he says, adding that these broadcasts may be a cinch today, but were quite an ordeal in the 70s and 80s. He explains, “Technologically we were in the dark ages. We ordered a telephone link from the school where we were broadcasting. Home games were easy since we used a local line, but events that were away, remotes, we had to order a phone line to the swimming pool or the stadium and hook into a mobile telephone—this was before cell phones. We were typically the only student station covering the game and other local professional stations shared the booth with us. I can’t say they looked down on us, but they thought we were less than professional, but we tried our best. We had some good sportscasters. We found our best sportscasters were those who were injured athletes who couldn’t play in the game but could call the game.” There were also a number of differences in broadcasting that seem mammoth now that the internet a part of everyday life. Cavallo says, “Back in the 70s and early 80s, it was the prime objective of a broadcaster to get his own radio show and have a certain genre be his trademark. If you had a 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. show you were living the good life. We had our own AP ticker in the studio, we cut and edited newscasts hourly, and in the winter, snow cancelations were very popular with listeners. We were there at 6 a.m.; somehow we got there. The coverage of elections was very popular. We would have Porter County results right from the court house. Back then the kids had to get an FCC license to broadcast and the kids had to take a test in

Chicago. That was phased out 10 to 15 years ago. And of course, we had vinyl. Stacks and stacks of vinyl.” Cavallo served as director of WDSO from 1976 to 1989 when he then became chairman of the business and technology department as Brent Barber, a WDSO alumnus, took over. “I was going to Purdue Calumet at the time and I was getting a teaching degree in speech and radio/television at the time and so I was the station manager and once I graduated, I transitioned over and taught the classes too. I did that until 2005,” says Barber who says that a number of changes occurred during this time due to the advance of technology. “We had an automation system in the late 90s that kind of replaced cartridges, which is how most material over the radio got played, so we used the system to play announcements but in my last year we started to automate during the evening hours. There was still vinyl still being played during the day but when we moved into the new school in 2000, the furniture company wanted to know if we really needed to keep a turntable, and we were an analog station and still are.” The format of music also changed significantly. Barber says, “I remember one time I had a shoebox someone gave me and it was their CD collection and I had no idea what it was! Then came mp3s, but back then the quality was not that good, though that’s where kids got their music. So we tried to minimize the stuff they brought in to play because the quality was so bad. Not like today where you can’t tell the difference between an mp3 and a CD. And with streaming, we got into that early on and people could listen to WDSO on their computers anywhere in the world.” After Barber, Matt Waters, another WDSO alumnus, came on as director. Waters began as a student at WDSO from 1997 to 2001 and he returned to become the station manager in 2005 where he con-

tinues in that role today. “I went to Indiana University and studied communications and was recruited to teach the radio classes and have been here ever since.” One of the biggest changes that Waters spearheaded was the transition to full automation in 2007. “Now we are 24 hours. We stay on all summer,” he says. There are no vinyl records, no cassette tapes, no 8-tracks, and no CDs used on air today. No doubt that students have fun while broadcasting on WDSO, but they are also acquiring skills. Cavallo says, “They all had to do newscasts. They had to get news coming over the wire, edit it, and do their own newscast. There’s a whole list of skills there that are tangible and marketable. They have to basically sound good, be articulate on the air. It’s amazing how many adults froze up on interview programs!” Waters adds, “Not everyone is going to pursue radio as a career, and that’s what’s cool about CHS is that these skills are transferable.” Waters feels that the direction of broadcasting in the future will be received on people’s electronic devices. “I think the future of radio is all about podcasting. At first it was all about the music, and now there’s less of that and more about content,” he says, adding that they teach this type of programming in the classroom. Stipanovich says that she is happy with the growth of the station and feels that it offers students a solid education in communications and broadcasting. “I really have enjoyed working with the students because some of them start off really shy and you start to see their confidence build. I enjoy helping them with programming. I would like to see the station grow to include some voice tracking so people know the title and artist of the song that just played, and I’d like us to continue our programs, bringing more people into the station for interviews,” she says


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n 1925 at the Lions National Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, in less than 10 minutes, in a scant 500 words, Helen Keller changed the course of Lions history and ultimately the personal histories of untold millions without vision or threatened by blindness. From her speech on that historical day she told those assembled, “The opportunity I bring to you, Lions, is this—to foster and sponsor the work of the American Foundation for the Blind. Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?” It was then that the mission of the Lions Club became clear—saving kids’ sight. Here in Duneland, the Chesterton Lions have been providing vision testing for many years through their Kid Sight program. President Laura Layman says, “Lions Club started in Chesterton in 1933. Operation KidSight began in Indiana in 2003. Lions Clubs weren’t screening in schools before, but did other work and fundraising towards alleviating vision problems. We have been doing vision testing in Duneland Schools since the fall of 2009 when former superintendent Dr. Dirk Baer worked with us to screen students. We also screen students at Discovery Charter School, St. Pat’s School, Chesterton Montessori School, the Duneland YMCA Preschool,

and in Valparaiso we screen at the Special Education Learning Facility. We catch a lot of students with eye problems and refer them to an eye doctor. If they can’t afford to go to a doctor, we fund it. If they have to travel for surgery, we work with Indiana Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation to help them. We also talk to school nurses who have students who need help and for students who need funding to go to a doctor and get glasses.” Layman says the process is simple and is only possible through the dedication of their members who

their vision. We have caught a number of those cases.” These screenings have great impact. According to the Lions Club International website, “About 7-15% of kids screened—nearly 4 million—will be referred for a follow-up exam by an eye-care professional. Approximately 5% of all children in this age group will have amblyopia, a treatable disorder that can result in permanently reduced vision when not addressed by an early age. The screening devices detect risk factors for amblyopia, such as strabismus (eyes that cross or wander out), refractive errors and unequal

are all volunteers. “Our volunteers go to the school during the day. The entire screening at the school lasts for about an hour. We have one machine they set up which is small and we test their vision, put the information in the computer and they go on from there. If there is a student who won’t focus correctly, we do it a second or third time to verify and we print out the report that goes downstate to be read. The parents get a letter that recommends they go to an eye doctor for further evaluation. We look mainly for an eye abnormality that if caught before age 5 or 6 it can be stopped, but if not it gets worse and they can lose

vision between the two eyes, and potentially even more serious issues such as cataracts and eye cancer.” Layman says she is hopeful that the Lions will be able to continue to test students. She says, “Last year was the first year that the Duneland Schools didn’t allow us to go into the schools to do vision testing because the superintendent said it wasn’t a good use of their students’ time, but we are hopeful that with the new superintendent will see the value of this testing and we can get back in the schools to do it. It doesn’t take long. It’s about three minutes per student and we do it in the fall and work around their schedule.”



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JULY 5 :: Chesterton Splash Pad

JUNE 6 :: Aftermath Cidery & Winery

JULY 14 :: True North Training Stables

JUNE 20 :: Hilton Garden Inn


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Left to right: Tim Harris of Professional Appraisal Services, Jim Anton of Anton Insurance Agency, Nate Cobbs of Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company, and Ed Rich of Professional Appraisal Services

Left to right: Kevin Pastrick, Jeff&Trout of Trout JUNE 6 :: Aftermath Cidery Winery Glass & Mirror, Chuck Lukmann of Harris, Welsh & Lukmann, and Bill Baker of Urschel Laboratories

Left to right: Kent Mishler of Horizon Bank, Greg Babcock, John Evans of Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, and Dave Rose of Horizon Bank

Left to right: Laurie Wehner-Evans of Porter Regional Hospital, Bonnie Gaston of Gaston's Towing & Auto Repair, Helene Trout, and Gale Meyer

Spectators enjoying the festivities while waiting on the fireworks show.

Lydia Tremaine, Miss Southern Heartland


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is now more convenient than ever! Innovative Women’s Health now offers five office locations, with Saturday appointments available in Valparaiso, Hobart, and Merrillville!

Services include: • Minimally invasive surgical options for all gynecological conditions • Menopause • High-risk pregnancies • Hormone therapy • Complete gynecological and obstetric care • Lactation consultation • Certified nurse midwives on staff

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale October

New patients are welcome. Hobart: Winfield: 1400 S. Lake Park Ave., Suite 205 Winfield Family 219-942-8620 Health Center 10607 Randolph St., Suite C Merrillville: 219-663-1841 9235 Broadway Ave. 219-942-8620

Portage: Portage Health Center II 3545 Arbors Blvd., Suite A 219-759-6092 Valparaiso: Valparaiso Health Center 3800 St. Mary Dr., Suite 201 219-286-3775


Sat. 14 & Sun. 15

9 am - 4 pm

“friends only” preview on friday, October 13, from 4- 8 pm

THOMAS BRANCH 200 W. INDIANA AVE. Chesterton, IN 219-926-7696

Join the Friends of the Library for their semi-annual book sale. Thousands of books of all genres are graciously donated and made available on the second floor of the Thomas Branch for book lovers to sift through and purchase at low rates. Proceeds from the sale are donated to WPL and help fund special programming such as film series, children’s programs, book discussions, as well as patron prizes, and volunteer & staff recognition events.

Membership to Friends of the Library may be purchased at the Thomas Circulation desk, or at the door the first night of the sale.



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Ryan Smiley and Ron Ranta of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter Co - Duneland Unit: Renovation of the Year Award Meg McCarel: Duneland Distinguished Woman Award

State Trooper Steve Caylor: Serviceman of the Year

Mike Anton of Anton Insurance Agency: Golden Achievement Award

Left to right: Brian Bugajski of Town of Porter Parks Department & Bruce Mathias of Town of Chesterton Parks Department: New Construction Award - Splash Pad, Hawthorne Park, Dogwood Park


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CHAMBER EVENTS :: NEW TEACHERS RECEPTION & PARTY IN THE PARK 2017 New Duneland School teachers: Front row, left to right, Carla Novreske, Elisa Hoffmann, Lisa Hayes, Maria Nuzzo, Mallory Mitchell, Sara Glazner, Daphne Pantazis, Kaitlyn Waltz, Cathy Gonzalez, Margaret Shinn, Rachel McCrum, Jenifer Crosby, Sue O’Connell, and Jodie Boy. Back row, Samantha Furto, Laura Gorski, Kyle Galloway, Charles Brennan, Joseph Nuzzo, Brian Hennigar, Sam Zucker, Gretchen Arthur, Doug Pearson, Todd Basich, Leigh Long, and Melissa Cergizan. Photo credit: Bridget Martinson

Children enjoying the bubble machine provded by Road to Life Church.

Girl getting her face painted by a volunteer at the Road to Life Church booth.

Josh Stowers of Party DJ's

A family enjoying the Growing Kids Learning Center booth activity


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Help us welcome the newest members of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce community. We look forward to a prosperous and profitable future.

HAAS HOME INSPECTION The mission of Haas Home Inspections is to provide clients with the highest quality home inspection and report possible. Ed Hass has 35 years of experience as a carpenter and contractor and a commitment to continuing education. He is a licensed home inspector in the state of Indiana and certified inspector with InterNACHI. TARA NOLAN - LIFE & HEALTH INSURANCE (219) 508-9994 Tara Nolan is a Licensed Health and Life Insurance Agent. She specializes in Medicare Health Plans. Along with Medicare, she can also help with Life Insurance needs for all ages. Contact Tara if you have questions or need advice. THE RISING PHOENIX GALLERY LLC 2803 S. Franklin St., Michigan City (480) 216-2583 Featuring local and regional fine artists, artisanmade gifts, live glass working demonstrations, and art instruction. The glass studio is on site with daily torch working demonstrations. Students of all ages can take classes including drawing, painting, lampworking, fused glass and more. ON WINGS OF AN EAGLE 108 Washington Ave., Chesterton (219) 916-1487 Bonnie Thanos has been in the health care industry for over 35 years. She has proven techinques, processes and programs that can bring a balance



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to your life and be a guide for taking steps forward to achieve whatever goals you set. ESPIONAGE ESCAPE ROOM 103 E Morthland Dr, Unit 1, Valparaiso (219) 476-7699 Escape rooms are an interactive adventure game where you and your team are locked in a themed room. You have 60 minutes to find a series of clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes to escape before your time is up! Fun for all ages, this activity can bring together just about anyone! CIAO BAMBINO (219) 617-4345 The doll clothes that Ciao Bambino offers are stylish, fun, and not your ordinary, everyday doll clothes. Seasonable fashions, and a huge selection of accessories to complete your doll's wardrobe! Selling at the Chesterton European Market in the summer months on Saturdays as well as other markets in the summer. BETTER CHOICES, BETTER LIVES (219) 309-7634 Manufacturing quality, environmentally safe products, selling them at reasonable price, and giving customers the opportunity to share in the revenue. By eliminating the costs of distribution, advertising, and delivery to stores, Bettter Choices, Better Lives saves the customer money, creates customer loyalty, and provides an opportunity for customers to build a sensible business

with residual income. MISBEEHAVIN' MEADS 65 Franklin St. Valparaiso (219) 242-8616 Making great mead, be it traditional or experimental. Visit their tasting room to try their meads, wines, sparkling meads and ciders. They are located approximately half a block south of Lincolnway in Valparaiso, IN, immediately across from the Porter County Courthouse. Kids are welcome! DUNELAND SHRIMP (219) 617-1148 Duneland Shrimp, a division of Valparaiso Shrimp Company, is a wholesale supplier of high quality, restaurant grade, fresh salt water shrimp, scallops, and other etc. They can be found on Saturdays from May to October at the European Market in Chesterton. CASH’S CLEANING SERVICE (219) 246-0284 Residential, Commercial, and New Construction cleaning. Bonded and Insured. 5 years’ experience. Weekly, bi-weekly and monthly cleaning services available. Free Estimates. HEALTH AND WELLNESS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS (219) 617-2285 Find them at the European Market. They carry a wide variety of doTERRA oils as well as, diffusers, aromatherapy accessories, sprays, bug repellant, roller balls, aroma therapy soak, lotion bar, essential oil books and more.

OPEN 7 Days! | 8 am - 8 pm | 219-286-3700

Quality, Convenient care...all in one location! It is comforting to know that when you have an illness or injury, quality, compassionate care can be found close to home. The Valparaiso Health Center of St. Mary Medical Center is your one-stop-shop for Immediate Care Services, family medicine, specialty physician practices, laboratory and diagnostic testing for patients of all ages. Open 7 days for your convenience! To experience the best healthcare right in your neighborhood, visit the Valparaiso Health Center of St. Mary Medical Center located at State Road 49 and Burlington Beach Road. For more information about the services we provide, call 219-286-3700.

3800 St. Mary Drive Valparaiso, IN

Find a Physician Information: 219-286-3700

Immediate Care No Appointment Needed 219-286-3707 Hours: Monday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Outpatient Testing Diagnostic Appointments: 800-809-9828 Walk-in Laboratory and General X-ray Hours: Monday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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THAT WORKS AS HARD AS YOU DO. Services include: • Work-related injury care and case management • Physical therapy specializing in treating work-related injuries • Ergonomics consulting and assessments • Pre-employment physicals • DOT/CDL physicals • Drug/alcohol testing

• Annual firefighter surveillance exams • Audiometry, EKGs and other screenings • Health and wellness screenings/programs • On-site/near-site employee clinics and population health management services

Combining the unique strengths of Porter Regional’s Health At Work and La Porte Hospital’s Occupational Health programs.


Duneland Today - Fall 2017  
Duneland Today - Fall 2017