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219: Positive Seed INC. Follow The Ford "Thanksgiving Dinner"

Follow the Ford, Positive Seed Inc. and the LaPorte County Family YMCA will host a free Thanksgiving dinner
for the community on Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. at the YMCA, 901 Michigan Ave.
Everyone who wants to come and enjoy great food and company is welcome to join this community gathering.
You can also hear the 219 interview with Darren Hayes (Track The Tractor) and his new nationwide mission of Follow The Ford journey to benefit the Rileys Children's foundation and Ronald McDonald house.
More info at News Audio On Demand on our website.

   

New Jury Chosen in Lake Co Jail Officer's Death

In Lake County court, opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a Lakes of the Four Seasons man accused in an alleged hit-and-run crash that killed Lake County Corrections Officer Brittney Meux and injured three others in March 2012. 43-year-old Jason Cozmanoff faces multiple felony counts. A mistrial was declared this past June, after a jury was selected, after officials say a man who was part of the jury pool informed the court he witnessed the accident. Police say the officers were struck while jogging along 93rd Street not far from the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point....

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Lunchmeat Co Moving S Holland Center to Munster

A company based out of Homewood, Illinois, has announced plans to relocate its South Holland distribution center to Munster, putting 55 additional jobs in Lake County by 2016. Indiana officials say Carl Buddig & Company, a producer of sliced and packaged lunchmeat, will invest $3.7 million to lease and refurbish the 65,000 square-foot former Dawn Foods facility at 215 45th Ave. in Munster. The facility, which is expected to begin operations in March, will enable the company to increase its available warehouse and dock space, growing capacity for added production lines across the company. Buddig currently employs more than 1,000 associates nationally with its subsidiary Old Wisconsin Sausage. 
"Illinois companies are on the move--to Indiana," said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. "From Buddig to recent announcements from firms like MAC Medical and Tec Air, Illinois companies continue to discover that our low taxes, limited regulations, growing infrastructure and skilled workforce make Indiana a state that works for business. Welcome to Indiana, Buddig, and may you enjoy many years of growth and job creation here in the Hoosier State." 
"Moving into the new Munster facility was an easy decision for the company," said Dan Wynn, chief operating officer of Buddig. "Finding a food grade facility within 10 miles from the plant was a major factor in the decision. Also, since the Dawn facility was partially refrigerated, the company was able to reduce the investment needed to refrigerate the entire facility. Last, lower real estate tax rates and an overall more affordable cost of doing business definitely created an attractive financial proposition."
Founded in 1937, Buddig is a family-owned and operated business.  The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Carl Buddig and Company up to $300,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Munster approved additional incentives.
"We are always proud to announce when another company decides to relocate to the town of Munster," said Joseph A. Simonetto, president of the Munster Town Council. "When it is a renowned and family-owned company like Buddig that announces they would like to open logistical operations in the town of Munster, we are ecstatic. The investment dollars and the jobs this company brings are wonderful for our community."
Last month, Illinois-based MAC Medical and Tec Air announced plans to move operations east of the Illinois-Indiana border to Munster, creating a combined nearly 300 new Hoosier jobs and more than $16 million in capital investment....

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Comments Fly Over Air Show Announcement

Discussion continues to swirl around the South Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau decision to move the air show, held for more than a decade at Marquette Park in Gary's Miller Beach, to Fair Oaks Farms. Talk began most publicly perhaps within about 24-hours of last week's announcement, after critical comments from Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. questioning the decision to move the Lake County event about forty miles south to Newton County. A Facebook page against the move has since sprung up. South Shore CVA President CEO Speros Batistatos says Fair Oaks Farms is growing at an exponential rate and hosting the air show there will be an opportunity to "bring in new facets to an event that is already a 'must-attend' for residents and visitors," according to a news release issued by the visitors bureau. This past summer's air show in Gary was canceled due to automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration....

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FBI Requests Info on County Wellness Contract

Last year the Porter County Board of Commissioners changed the wellness and health clinic services contract for county employees from HealtheACCESS to Porter Regional Hospital's CareEXPRESS. Now the FBI has reportedly requested documents regarding the decision that was made last December. Mike Anton of Anton Insurance serves as servicing agent for Porter County's employee health plan and told the Times the process was transparent and he knew of no reason for concern. Officials say of the proposals considered, Porter's was the only one not charging a flat fee regardless of use....

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Region Invited To Community Thanksgiving Dinner

For most Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and eat a big meal. What if that wasn't an option? Would you stay home alone? Skip the holiday all together? The Sales family in Laporte has a better idea, come to the William D. Sales Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner is open to anyone who would like to stop by American Legion Post 83 in Laporte, Thanksgiving day from 11a-2p. For more information listen to today's 219 or Annie's full interview with David Sales On Demand here on our website....

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Low Number of Weapons Turned In at Gun Buyback

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The City of Gary held a gun buyback event on Saturday at six local churches but police report the turn in number was very low compared to previous events. Gary Police Corp. Gabrielle King says a total of 29 weapons, 23 pistols and six rifles were turned in, despite an incentive from the city to give GED testing vouchers to the first 50 people. City Director of Communications Chelsea Whittington says even with the low turn out, anytime you get guns off the streets it is a victory.
Whittington says ten citizens signed up to receive the testing vouchers on Saturday and the city plans to continue using the GED testing voucher as an incentive with future gun buybacks, the next occurring by the first of the year. ...

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NIRPC Releases Illiana Expressway Staff Analysis

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NIRPC today released a 55 page staff analysis on the Illiana Expressway to guide regional decision makers as they debate the proposal to include the project as an amendment in their 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan. The report is mixed and does not take a stand on the project. Four NIRPC committees will take up the issue next month, the first of which is the Transportation Policy Committee on December 3rd, with the full NIRPC Commission voting on December 12th, and only the Transportation Policy Committee and Full Commission votes are binding on the inclusion of the Illiana Expressway into the 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan. INDOT has requested both the Illiana Expressway and the widening on I-65, between US 30 and US 231, be included in the amendment. For a link to read the entire report, visit http://nirpc.org/illiana-expressway-project/public-agency-documents.aspx...

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Hoosier Drivers Not Prepared for Winter WX Emergency

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According to a recent survey conducted by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, about 75 percent of Indiana respondents indicated they did not have a preparedness kit in their vehicle. Officials are encouraging Hoosiers to check their tire pressure and tread depth, the age of car batteries, anti-freeze levels and age, car heater and defroster operation, as well as windshield wipers and blades.
In addition to winter vehicle preparation, IDHS suggests creating and putting a winter weather preparedness kit in each vehicle in case of a weather-related emergency like an accident, car trouble or slide-offs. An emergency car kit is essential any time of year and should include the following items, with special emphasis this time of year on water, food and warmth:
·         At least two blankets or a sleeping bag;
·         Flashlight and extra batteries;
·         Booster (jumper) cables;
·         Emergency flares;
·         Extra clothing, including boots, hats and gloves;
·         Shovel
·         Bottled water and non-perishable foods like granola bars, raisins, nuts, peanut butter or cheese crackers;
·         First-aid kit and necessary medications;
·         Sand or non-clumping kitty litter for tire traction;
·         Cell phone and charger for vehicle use; and
·         Ice scraper and snow brush.
Erickson says drivers who become stranded should try to stay calm, call for help if possible and keep in mind the following precautions:
·         Unless there is a safe structure nearby, do not leave the car, since it is the best protection;
·         Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. An idling car only uses about one gallon of gas per hour;
·         Tie a brightly colored cloth to the car for rescuers to see;
·         Light a flare or turn on a flashlight to let others know you are stranded;
·         Make sure the exhaust pipe is free of any blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning; and
·         Keep hydrated by drinking water from your preparedness kit. Don’t eat snow, as it will lower body temperature.

During severe winter weather or if inclement weather is approaching, IDHS recommends staying home, if possible. If the trip is absolutely necessary, Erickson says it’s a good idea to let someone know your destination, route and expected time of arrival.
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Right Lane Restriction SB I-65 Removed

Right Lane Restriction SB I-65 Removed
Crews have reopened the right lane southbound I-65 as daytime road work has wrapped up for the day in the southbound direction.  In the photo, the orange barrels can be seen moved to the right hand shoulder.
The right lane restriction northbound I-65 remains near 45th Avenue with northbound lanes I-65 backing up a little before 61st Avenue. 
The right lane closure southbound I-65 at one time backed up traffic eastbound on the Borman (I-80/94) from Cline Avenue with all southbound lanes running below posted speeds from almost the Indiana Toll Road.
Speaking of the Toll Road, ITR Consessions Company,  the firm that operates the Indiana Toll Road, has issued a WInter Weather Ban from 6p.m. CST (7:00p.m. EST) Tuesday, November, 26, 2013 through 6:00p.m. CST (7:00p.m. EST) Wednesday, November 27, 2013 from Valparaiso through South bend West on the Indiana Toll Road.  The ban is in effect for all triples, and long-doubles including steel haulers, according to ITR.
(photo:  INDOT  http://pws.trafficwise.org/ipws/nw/index.html )

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