The non-profit Unity Foundation of La Porte County has started an effort -- The Mount Baldy Miracle Fund – to help the family of a six-year-old Sterling, Illinois, boy rescued from beneath eleven-feet of sand at Mount Baldy in Michigan City Friday. Doctors in Chicago say six-year-old Nathan Woessner is recovering rapidly, though they continue to address the issue of sand in his lungs. The child is expected to be at University of Chicago for about two weeks. Officials say he was climbing the giant sand dune with family when he was pulled under. Rescuers reached him four hours later, and authorities believe an air pocket below saved his life.
IDEM SmogWatch http://www.in.gov/apps/idem/smog/
The city of Gary is among those around the Region reminding residents to take precautions in the heat wave. City officials announced cooling center locations for this week include the Genesis Convention Center, the Hudson Campbell Fitness Center, the Calumet Township Trustee Multipurpose Center, and the Public Safety Facility.
In Michigan City, Mayor Ron Meer says the Michigan City Police Station, on West 2nd Street is available 24-hours... Michigan City Senior Center is 8am-to-4pm; Michigan City City Hall from 8am-to-4:30pm; and the Michigan City Public Library, during business hours.
Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy says all three Portage Fire Stations as well as the South Haven Fire Department are available for residents who need a cool place to stay. Clancy also advises you to stay indoors if possible, and to check on the elderly and disabled frequently and to stay hydrated.
Another Air Quality Alert is in effect for Northwest Indiana today.
Lake County motorists are advised to watch out for closures on State Road 55 south of Crown Point for the next three days for pipe replacements. INDOT says these closures will each last one day and reopen by the evening. Today (Tuesday): 55 will be closed at 133rd Avenue ... Wednesday....at 145th Avenue, and Thursday at 159th Avenue
Officials say they believe an air pocket may have helped keep an Illinois boy alive after he was swallowed under eleven-feet of dune sand at Mount Baldy in Michigan City Friday afternoon. The child's parents were nearby when he became trapped. Officials tell ABC News the boy may have been saved by an air pocket deep inside that sinkhole created by an old tree. The youngster is reportedly still being treated for sand that he may have ingested into his lungs.
Construction crews and NIPSCO were among those responding to rescue the child, who was flown to a Chicago hospital. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore says the park will remain closed through the weekend.
Here is the latest information released today from National Lakeshore officials:
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: National park rangers and Michigan City Police were notified at approximately 4:30 p.m. on July 12 that a 6-year old boy had fallen into a hole on the Mount Baldy sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A rescue effort was conducted by National Park Service personnel, Michigan City Police and Fire units, LaPorte County EMS and heavy equipment operators from D & M Excavators, Woodruff and Son, and NIPSCO. The boy was found 11 feet below the surface of the dune and transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City and then later flown to a medical facility in Chicago. The boy has vital signs, but his exact condition is not yet known.
Mount Baldy will remain closed over the weekend while an investigation into the cause of this accident is conducted. A determination will be made Monday morning on whether it will be reopened.
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The nearly one-thousand mile thirteen-day bicycle tour around the perimeter of the state continues with a 65-mile journey from Merrillville to Kentland today. The ride raises funds to help surviving family members of officers killed in the line of duty.
On August 22, 2006, retired Lake County Police Chief Gary Martin of Merrillville and Indiana State Police Lt. Gary Dudley of Indianapolis were killed during the ride when a large box truck struck the rear of the support truck, pushing the support truck into the cyclists.
Hammond/Whiting WHAM Ride 2012
Tis the season for night rides in the Region.. a quartet of bike rides after dark are happening across Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and Cook Counties, over the next few weeks. NIRPC Transportation Planning Manager Mitch Barloga says a night ride lets you hit the streets without the normal daytime traffic, and a with a big group of people. He says they also put a spotlight on the growing network of bike trails in the Region, especially in Hammond.
The first of the four is the LaPorte Parks and Recreation Night Ride this Friday July 19th. Then, the very first LOOP Ride, Lansing Overnight on Pedals, July 27th. On August 3rd, it's the Whiting-Hammond After Midnight... or WHAM... Ride, and August 24th Valparaiso's Night Ride.
Valpo's Night Ride 2012
You can hear our interview with Mitch Barloga here at our website at News Audio on Demand.
FRIDAY, JULY 19th, 10 pm,LaPorte Parks & Recreation Night Ride ten-mile starlit bike ride with check-in beginning at 9 pm at Kesling Park Shelter #4:
The LOOP ride, or Lansing Overnight on Pedals event, will take place on July 27th. Details on this event can be found right here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e77nh60e0b7b33dc&llr=luieaamab
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3RD: Whiting-Hammond After Midnight (WHAM) Ride. Event details on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/246107232199765/
Registration via this link: http://beta.active.com/hammond-in/cycling/cycling-event-wham-ride-2013
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24th: Valparaiso Night Ride. Event and registration details via this link: http://www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/index.aspx?NID=1057
The Food Protection Division of the Indiana State Health Department is holding a virtual public hearing to determine if non-profits serving food to the public should be required to demonstrate knowledge of safe food handling. The department has created an open survey to get input that'll be available online through the end of August [Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013]. [lw]
Here's more info:
The Food Protection Division of the Indiana State Health Department is holding a virtual public hearing determining if not-for-profit organizations serving food to members or the public should be required to demonstrate knowledge of safe food handling. The comments will assist with recommendations to be made to the state legislative health and finance committee per Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 457. The bill states the Indiana State Department of Health shall review applicable laws and rules governing exceptions to the requirements for certified food handlers and rules on the number of days per year these entities are exempt from inspection, and present recommendations to clarify the existing laws to the health and finance commission before Oct. 31, 2013. In order to formulate these recommendations, the state department of health has created this open survey to gain input and opinions on the matter. The survey can accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6577K5V and will be open from Thursday July 11 through Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.
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