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PNW Joins National mManufacturing Initiative

HAMMOND – Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) has been selected to become part of a national manufacturing network designed to fuel industry growth and innovation.

As part of the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (SMII), recently announced by President Obama, the Purdue Northwest CIVS research center joins nearly 200 partners representing academia, industry and non-profits across more than …

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Better Burns Harbor

BURNS HARBOR – Burns Harbor may total just about 7 square miles with roughly 1,400 residents. But tucked inside this small, charming town stands a leading-edge company transporting more than 223 million pounds annually throughout the world.

For more than 50 years, Trans-United, Inc. has focused on freight transportation, moving specialized or oversized loads in 48 states, Canada and Mexico. Established in 1964, Trans-United loads …

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Governor Pence Announces Innovation Investment Plan

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Mike Pence announced plans to invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in Indiana. During remarks at the eighth annual Innovation Showcase in Indianapolis, Governor Pence outlined a proposal to strengthen and accelerate Hoosier innovation through strategic partnerships, ensuring that Indiana plays a leading role in solving 21st century challenges while supporting long-term economic growth, job …

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Time for Entrepreneurship

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Time for entrepreneurship. Alicia Leal worked for others for years, but is now in business herself.

by Michael Puente

According to a recent Gallup Poll, the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs is people over 50 years old. In 2015, Gallup studied nearly 2,000 baby boomers living in the United States. The study found that 83 percent said their main reason for starting a business was …

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It’s Not Just Giving

For Bruce Woods, volunteering feels a bit like a “selfish act.”

by Michael Puente

Most people wouldn’t describe being an avid volunteer as a selfish act. But that’s how 74-year-old Bruce Woods describes his volunteering with service groups that do everything from feeding the less fortunate at soup kitchens or obtaining dictionaries for schoolchildren in Gary to offering comfort to those in hospice care.

CONSTANTLY HELPING Bruce Woods volunteers for a long list of organizations.

CONSTANTLY

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Safety Through Technology

TALK TO AMAZON ECHO It can recognize speech, answer
questions and help seniors connect to the outside world.

Safety through technology. New ideas and gadgets help seniors stay safe and live independently.

by Lauren Caggiano

Although seniors are often stereotyped as being technologically challenged, a number of innovations have enabled older individuals to improve their health, age in place and live safely in numerous care settings.

Technology has helped to enhance communication, whether it is between seniors and their doctor, local family, adult …

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Move It, Don’t Lose It

A GOOD HABIT Dave Lain works out regularly at Anytime Fitness in Valparaiso.

Seniors stay fit with a range of lower-impact sports and activities.

by Jerry Davich

Ten years ago, former Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain pretty much gave up on physical fitness.

“After being a regular at the YMCA for decades, I got out of the habit while working for the Valpo police department and the first few years at the Porter County Sheriff’s Department,” says Lain, …

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Activities for Everyone

The region’s best music, festivals, theatre, food and cultural events.

by Michelle Searer

Whether your interest is music, food, cultural events, festivals, theatre, or the county fair, there is something for everyone to enjoy this summer in Northwest Indiana.

SS Constantine & Helen Grecian Festival
The Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Church will be hosting its 47th annual Grecian Festival July 8-10 and will feature …

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Dangers of DIY Estate Planning

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Dangers of DIY estate planning. Face-to-face planning may seem “old-fashioned,” but the expertise matters a lot.

by Jerry Davich

Finding tips, guidance and assistance for estate planning has never been easier via the internet, with printable legal documents just a click away. Such do-it-yourself wealth management planning is relatively inexpensive, fast to find, and seemingly simple to pull off.

Nevertheless, there is a risky downside …

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Drive-In Movies

NATIONAL RECOGNITION Valparaiso’s 49er made USA Today’s list of the 10 best drive-in theaters.

Everything old is new again when you pack up the car for drive-in movies.

by Barbara Eastman

More than 80 years ago, Richard Hollingshead of Camden, N.J. thought it would be good to combine the two things he loved best in the world: movies and cars. He envisioned a parking lot where people could watch movies on a large outdoor screen from the comfort of …

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