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The Valpo Parks Foundation is a key participant in city park improvement projects like the Tower Park renovation, now underway.  The project is being supported by the Foundation's "Leaders Giving Back" initiative. 

City of Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Director John Seibert came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about how members of the community  are joining community leaders through the initiative -- and intend to finish the improvements this year.  Here's the conversation, beginning with Seibert talking about the city's parks and recreation system.

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Today:  City of Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Director John Seibert talks about how the Parks Foundation is a key participant in park improvement projects like the Tower Park renovation, now underway.  The project is being supported by the Foundation's "Leaders Giving Back" initiative.

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Today:   The new Lake County Democratic Party chairman, James Weiser, joins us to talk about the change in leadership, his thoughts about how that change came about and his views on bringing together all local Democrats to meet the challenges that came after the November 2016 election that put Donald Trump into the White House. 

Indiana scientists, engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs have been leaders in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields for generations -- and the Indiana Humanities is joining with Eli Lilly and Company, Dow AgroSciences and other organizations to celebrate the legacy of STEM in a two-year thematic initiative called "Quantum Leap."

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The Federal Reserve Bank board on Wednesday decided to once again incrementally raise interest rates --the third such hike in the past 13 months.

Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer came on "Regionally Speaking" on Thursday to examine the rate hike's impact on Hoosiers -- ranging from mortgages, to credit cards, to student loans, to what'll happen on Wall Street.  He first looks at how mortgage rates can change over time.

Today:   Northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer talks about the decision by the Federal Reserve Bank board on Wednesday to once again incrementally raise interest rates --the third such hike in the  past 13 months.  Hammer looks at the impact  on Hoosiers ranging from mortgages, to credit cards, to student loans, to what'll happen on Wall Street.

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The trustee of Indiana's second largest township -- Lake County's Noth Township -- is crossing the Region this week and next, speaking to school students and community groups about the shocking issue of child sexual abuse.

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Purdue University Northwest Chancellor Thomas Keon was on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about the progress of the Hammond and Westville campus unification that just earned an Innovators Award for the month of March from the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana. 

The merging of academic and business operations of both campuses -- that began more than one year ago -- created the state's 5th largest university, with 15,000 students and more than 1,500 faculty and staff.  Here's the conversation.

NWI Times

Today:  Region food columnist and author Phil Potempa is in the studio to talk about the long-awaited "Farm Cooking Show," coming April 2nd to the Center for the Performing Arts in Munster.  The program goes along with his "From The Farm" column recipes and cookbooks.  The last time that Phil offered the audience his preparation of tasty dishes was in May 2010.

Today:   Indiana economist, writer and speaker Morton Marcus joins us with an update on his views on the Hoosier State economy and, in particular, how one national magazine ranks Indiana's higher education institutions and government finances.

A spring cleaning, of sorts, is underway in one Gary neighborhood suffering from urban blight. Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore reports on the latest work this is underway in Aetna.

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The Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance holds its monthly board meeting on March 23rd in Michigan City, and one of the discussion topics is the South Shore Line improvement plan for the commuter line running through that city.   

The IPRA supports moving the tracks to alongside city streets rather than their present location in the middle, along with the "double tracking" of the Line between Gary and Michigan City and the West Lake Corridor project. 

Steven Coxhead, the president of the IPRA, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday and here's the conversation.

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Today:  "Regionally Speaking" focuses on rail transportation in northwest Indiana.  

First, a conversation with Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance.  The Alliance holds its monthly board meeting on March 23rd in Michigan City, and one of the discussion topics is the South Shore Line improvement plan for the commuter line running through that city.    The IPRA supports that work, along with the "double tracking" of the Line between Gary and Michigan City and the West Lake Corridor project.

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Tri-Creek School Corporation in south Lake County is the recipient of a March "Innovators Award" from the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana. 

Superintendent Debra Howe came on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about the programs that led to the award, beginning with a student-pilot project on solar energy that led to a district-wide program that will save tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs each year -- more than enough to cover the cost of the project.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:  Tri-Creek School Corporation in south Lake County is the recipient of a March "Innovators Award" from the Society of Innovators in Northwest Indiana.  Superintendent Debra Howe joins us to talk about the programs that led to the award, beginning with a student-pilot project on solar energy that led to a district-wide program and will save tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs each year -- more than enough to cover the cost of the project.

Tom Pappas is a member of the city of Portage veterans' committee, which holds monthly meetings in Portage to bring together veterans across northwest Indiana to learn more about issues that affect them, including healthcare and -- as Tom mentioned on "Regionally Speaking" -- Porter County's Veterans Court.  Here's the latest conversation.

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Today:  City of Portage veterans' committee member Tom Pappas joins us for a monthly review of the latest committee meeting, with guest Porter County Veterans' Court Judge Jent.  He also talks about VA healthcare issues that include why veterans' claims get denied, and the 70th anniversary of the Department of Veterans Affairs' work with medical colleges across the country to give physicians-in-training valuable experience in veterans' health issues.

Two Purdue University Northwest faculty members and an alumnus attorney discussed the issues surrounding “Executive Power & Legal Questions about Immigration” on Tuesday. Feb. 28th on the Purdue University Northwest Hammond Campus. It was aired Thursday on "Regionally Speaking."

The event, offered collaboratively with Northwest Indiana Lakeshore Public Radio, was held in the Student Union & Library's "Room with a View."

Today:  Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer joins us to talk about his "thank you" message to the special education program employees at the Michigan City Area Schools on Wednesday, to kick off Indiana Disability Awareness Month.  Similar events are scheduled for later this month in Gary.

The Governor's Council for People with Disabilities says just over 19-percent of Hoosiers have some sort of disability, but they want to be recognized and accepted as people who want to be included in their communities, just like everyone else.

Indiana Landmarks

Today:  Todd Zeiger with Indiana Landmarks talks about the next "Logs to Lustrons Tour" at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, May 13th and 14th.  Homes representing more than a century of architecture, ranging from log cabins built by Swedish settlers to the houses from the Century of Progress at the 1930s Chicago World's Fair to Lustron-construction houses will be available for viewing, some not normally open to the public.  Some are also vacant landmarks in need of a new use.

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Indiana first female County Sheriff is the subject of a play to be performed this weekend in the Maki Ballroom of the historic Old Courthouse in downtown Crown Point. And infamous gangster John Dillinger plays a role in her career as well.

"Lillian" is a play that was written decades ago but wasn't allowed to be performed until the passing of all of those involved, including Lillian Holley and her daughters.  I talked with playwright Marion Kellum for "Regionally Speaking."  He begins the conversation with the importance that Lillian Holley played in Lake County history.

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Today:   A conversation with Marion Kellum, the Crown Point resident who learned about the first (and, for now, only) Lake County Sheriff, Lillian Holley, and her link to the infamous gangster John Dillinger.  Kellum wrote a play several decades ago about Lillian but it's just now coming to the "stage" in the Maki Ballroom of the historic Old Courthouse in Crown Point this coming weekend.

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"Howey Politics Indiana" creator and publisher Brian Howey wrote a column for his newsletter this week that looks at how former Governor - now Vice President - Mike Pence views his career in the context of the Trump administration.  Brian came on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about it.

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Today:  a conversation with Elizabeth Burden about an Indiana Parenting Institute-sponsored discussion Friday morning in Merrillville on the issue of substance abuse's impact on families.  The two-hour event begins at 10:00 a.m. at the IBEW Local 697 hall on Mississippi Street.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore has more on a decision by the Lake County Council to approve a vendor's bill for food for the County Jail as they review the Sheriff's Department bookkeeping procedures.

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This is income tax return preparation season and northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer came on "Regionally Speaking' on Wednesday to offer his advice to harried taxpayers to save time and reduce stress while preparing the return. 

His advice also included the top 20 deductions that Hammer says return preparers should not miss.

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Indiana Dunes Tourism, the agency that supports the tourism and convention activities in Porter County, released its annual report on the economic impact of  visitors to all of the businesses and attractions in 2016.

Lorelei Weimer, the executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to talk about the report from Certec.  You'll be surprised to learn just how much all those visits mean to the Porter County economy.  Here's the conversation.

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Today:  Northwest Indiana financial adviser Greg Hammer joins us to talk about ways to make preparing and filing those income tax returns a little less stressful, including the top 20 deductions that all taxpayers should take advantage of.

Indiana Dunes Tourism executive director Lorelei Weimer tells us about the recent Certec report on the economic impact of travel and tourism to Porter County -- and you'll be surprised to hear just how much those tourist visits mean to the local economy.

Today:  an update on recent heroin overdose deaths in LaPorte County and some insight into the opioid addiction problem from Dr. Chris Johnson, chief medical officer of Pinnacle Treatment Centers.  The company operates the RecoveryWorks residential center in Merrillville.  Dr. Johnson says many times, the problem begins with efforts to deal with alcohol abuse.

An update from Indiana Public Broadcasting's Becca Costello on the effort to establish syringe exchange programs across the state.

City of Valparaiso website

The city of Valparaiso is getting ready to launch a cooperative venture with Valparaiso University that will give students an opportunity to easily travel into the downtown business district from the VU campus. The city government is also taking the initial steps to obtain and transform an underused ex-factory site into, among other uses, a new depot and parking lot for the popular Chicago Dash bus service between Valparaiso and Chicago.  

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Today:  A conversation with city of Valparaiso Economic Development Director Patrick Lyp on two major 2017 projects: the implementation of the Bike Share program and efforts to create a larger parking lot for the city's Chicago Dash commuter bus service between Valparaiso and Chicago.  The Bike Share program is a joint project of the city and Valparaiso University.  The city is looking at buying and transforming much of the old Anco wiper blade factory site into a new bus depot and parking lot.

A food pantry established at a Cedar Lake church almost three decades ago is now part of the entire south Lake County area. 

Project Love Food Pantry is part of the United Methodist Church's local mission of service.  Pastor Ken Puent was on "Regionally Speaking" on Wednesday to talk about the facility, who it serves and with what items and how it's grown so quickly.  That growth is, in large part, because the local economy's shrunken.

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