Written by Indiana 105
Friday, September 06, 2013 | 6:35 am
(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
After 35 years of service in the National Parks System, and six years as the Superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Superintendent Costa Dillon has officially retired. We recently spoke to Dillon during a recent Region News Makers interview who says the aspect of park service he anticipates missing the most is working with the visitors of the parks.
Indiana Dunes Public Information Officer Bruce Rowe says while Dillon was Superintendent he made a lot of progress on a wide variety of projects and helped to improve facilities, and pointed out specifically Portage Lakefront, which he says opened up during his time as Superintendent and is the single most popular spot in terms of attendance in the entire National Lakeshore.
Dillon has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Stephen T. Mather Award from the National Parks Conservation Association. Now that he has retired, Dillon says, starting in January, he'll be joining the faculty of the University of New Hampshire teaching Recreation Management and Policy, and says he is still involved in the movie business, as a part owner of Killer Tomato Entertainment, the company that brought us four “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” films. To hear more of our interview with Costa Dillon, visit http://regionnewsteam.com/.
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The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana officially kicked off Hunger Action Month at Wicker Park Pavilion in Highland this afternoon opening a Mobile Market. It was set up like a farmers market and the Food Bank gave clients 25-dollars worth of “Food Bank Bucks” they could use to shop for items. The Food Bank reports 600 families attended last years event and planned for 700 this year. Executive Director Arleen Peterson presented Strack and Van Til the organization's “Hunger Champions Award” for 2013 at the Mobile Market, which was also attended by the Mayor of Gary and Munster State Representative Mara Candelaria Reardon.
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In this meeting the 8 doctors drafted a ten-point discussion as to why Congress should support President Barack Obama in his request to have the United States military intervene in the crisis. The document includes:
1. The United States cannot avoid being pulled into the conflict; 2. Each day the United States waits to act, the number of extremists entering Syria increases; 3. Intervention in Syria is not comparable to Iraq or Afghanistan (rather it’s like Kosovo or Rwanda); 4. The conflict in Syria is not a civil war; sectarianism inside Syria has been introduced by the (Bashar al-) Assad regime and other regional forces; 5. Inaction by the United States risks breeding extremism among the more vulnerable Syrian youth; 6. What is stopping the Assad regime from repeating the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD’s) against the Syrian people and American allies in the region? 7. Rouge governments; namely Iran and North Korea, are closely watching the U. S. response to Syria’s use of chemical ways; 8. The United States has tried diplomacy over the past 30 months, and it has not worked; 9, Lack of action by the United States will embolden the Assad regime and 10, Americans cannot expect the Syrians to make progress towards their ultimate goal of political, civic and economic freedoms without additional U. S. and international support
Led by Doctors Abdul Kawamleh and Wayel Kaakaji, the physicians are concerned for the safety of their fellow Syrians. "The Syrian people cannot tolerate any more of the Assad regime, which is killing hundreds of civilians every day," says Dr. Kawamleh who goes on to explain,. “It is now confirmed that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons against its own people on at least 24 occasion. For example, on August 21, 1429 people died in the regime’s latest attack using sarin chemicals, which included 426 children who died from suffocation when they sought to find shelter from the attack." The latter was the largest in scare and number of fatalities.
Secretary of State John Kerry agrees. In his September 3 testimony before the U S Senate Foreign Relations Committee Kerry said, “This attack against some 1400 Syrian people is a despot’s brutal and flagrant use of chemical weapons.”
But many more "innocent civilians" are being killed by missiles, air attacks, artillery fire, and sniper attacks, and over 2 million Syrians have become refugees as a result of the conflict..
Attending the meeting with Kawamlehand Kaakaji were Doctors H. Safadi, A. Safadi, Alnahass, Ghaith Atassi, Faleh Atassi, Bassel Shughoury, Firas Zeitoun, Yaser Alobeid and Elian Shepherd. Of those attending, a few have traveled to Syria and Jordan to see for themselves the atrocities inflicted by the Assad forces on the Syrian people. Those physicians who have traveled to the Middle East have also provided free medical care and supplies to as many as they could manage in a two to four week visit.
“The Syrian people have a long history of acceptance and tolerance among religions and sects," says Dr. Kawamleh, “The Assad regime has showed that they are willing to use WMD’s to stay in power.” He adds, “By not intervening, Syria grows more unsettled and unstabilized.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has drafted a resolution in support of given Mr.Obama the powers he is requesting, and the full Senate is expected to adopt the resolution. The same powers may face more difficulty in the U. S. House of Representatives when it takes up the resolution next week.
Kawamleh says, "Over one million Syrian are living in absolute squalor in refugee camps throughout the Middle East, including Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. If the United States does not act to stop the Assad regime, and help these children return home to their families, this society will risk lose a generation of Syrians to extremism. That then could be a social nightmare for all civilized nations of the world."
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Police in Michigan City are investigating an attempted murder that took place Tuesday morning. Authorities report at approximately 4am, 25 year old Mark Higgins was shot with a handgun numerous times in the parking lot of Canterbury Apartments, in the five-hundred block of Herring Gull Lane. Michigan City Police report at last check, they have no suspect identified or suspect description. Higgins is reportedly recovering at an area hospital and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Michigan City Police.
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Fort Wayne, IN — The American Red Cross is urging blood donations during September to help support the initiatives of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.
“Our blood donors help make a difference for many types of patients, including children with cancer and those who need ongoing treatment for sickle cell disease,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “Blood transfusions are crucial to both groups of individuals and play an important part in helping to extend and save their lives.”
According to the American Cancer Society’s webpage, about 11,630 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Cancer patients need frequent transfusions, often involving multiple blood products, particularly during chemotherapy and radiation therapies.
Blood transfusions also help those who have sickle cell disease (SCD), an inherited blood disorder that occurs more commonly in African Americans, but can also affect other ethnic groups. The distorted red blood cells in SCD patients can cause physical pain, stroke, anemia and organ damage. Although there is no cure at this time, multiple red blood cell transfusions can help protect SCD patients from some of the complications of the disease.
“Steady and consistent blood donations are key to a strong blood supply,” said Whitman. “There is a wide variety of medical conditions requiring blood transfusion, and the only source are volunteer blood donors.”
Residents have the opportunity to donate at these local blood drives:
· Monday, Sept. 16, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at St. Teresa of Avila in the Catholic Student Center, located at 1604 Lincolnway in Valparaiso. Come to donate and receive a coupon for a free Varsity haircut at participating Sport Clips locations.
· Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place in the Meeting Room, located at 131 N. Main St. in Hebron.
· Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Heritage Lutheran Church in the Fellowship Hall, located at 308 Washington St. in Valparaiso.
· Monday, Sept. 23, from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in the Kitchen & Social Hall, located at 6540 Central Ave. in Portage.
· Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Faith Memorial Lutheran Church, located at 753 N. Calumet in Valparaiso.
· Thursday, Sept. 26, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in The Gathering Space, located at 505 Bullseye Lake Road in Valparaiso.
· Friday, Sept. 27, from 1:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Portage in the Fellowship Hall, located at 2637 McCool Road in Portage.
· Sunday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Walmart, located at 2400 Morthland Drive in Valparaiso. Come to donate and receive a coupon for a free Varsity haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. This blood drive is sponsored by Woodforest National Bank.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossIO.
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(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
A man wanted on a warrant out of LaPorte Circuit Court for the charge of felony criminal sexual deviate conduct is the LaPorte Police Department's Wanted Person of the Week. LaPorte Police report Edward Holman is described as a white male, 5'9”, weighing 145 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes and multiple tattoos on both arms. Holman is considered armed and dangerous, and believed to be in possession of multiple weapons, including a 410 sawed-off shotgun. Anyone with information on the immediate whereabouts of Edward Holman is asked to contact 9-1-1, LaPorte Police, or the LaPorte Metro Operations Unit, and you can remain anonymous.
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Dry conditions are intensifying in parts of northwest Indiana. The latest US Drought Monitor released this week shows the far southwest tip of Lake County, almost all of Newton County, and over half of Benton County experiencing moderate drought. About a third of the state is now considered abnormally dry, including the rest of Lake, almost all of Porter, about half of Jasper County, along with the South Bend/Elkhart and central Indiana areas.
Vendors will be selling movie snacks, and attendees will tune in to the film using their car radios. The mayor's office says going forward, the goal is to feature drive-in movie night the first Friday of each month from May to October.
There are also advertising opportunities. Local businesses and organizations can promote their message on the silver screen for $500. The message will be looped in 30-second intervals for approximately 1 hour before the movie starts and during the event’s 20 minute intermission.
This year’s theme is “The Critical Importance of Education, Healthcare, and Jobs for All.” The registration form can be found on the IBLC’s Website, at Http://indianahousedemocrats.org/docs/iblc20130906symposium_registration_form.pdf. One can also register in person on the morning of the symposium.
“We will be exploring areas that dramatically affect the entire state, but, in particular, the African-American community,” explained State Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D-East Chicago), who chairs the IBLC. “Those specific areas are children’s issues, economic development, pre-school through 12th grade (P-12) education, higher education, and health. In addition, we will hold a special youth forum to talk about college preparedness, job skills, and internships as well as share explanations about the legislative process.”
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