Networking after hours

Our amazing community has pulled together and found sponsors for the AM Starke County breakfasts for the entire year already – that’s exciting!   Now we have some interest in after hours events.   If you would like to sponsor an after hours event please let me know at either 772-5548 or and we will get you set up.   If location is an issue the Chamber Depot can be available as well.

3,000 native trees getting new homes

Northwest Indiana Launches Major Tree Planting Effort

A partnership of local, state and federal agencies, with support from local corporate sponsors and not-for-profit organizations, will launch the CommuniTree program on Wednesday, April 26th.  The event will take place at Washington Park in East Chicago from 10:00am-12:00pm. Representatives from supporting organizations will be planting fifty native trees within Washington Park to replace trees lost to the emerald ash borer and to expand the urban tree canopy.
With the support of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, the Student Conservation Association, the Wildlife Habitat Council, NIPSCO, several municipalities, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Community and Urban Forestry and IDNR Coastal programs, the Urban Waters program, and the U.S. Forest Service, the CommuniTree program currently has funding for over 3,000 native trees to be planted in the region in 2017.
Questions about this tree planting event and the CommuniTree initiative can be addressed to Joe Exl, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, at 219-763-6060 or  For additional information on CommuniTree go to

Calling all Superheros!

Building heroes in Starke county


This May, be on the lookout for some caped crusaders and dynamic duos!  The Starke County Youth Club is gearing up for their “Building Heroes” RadioThon to help local youngsters. The event is hosted by and aired on WKVI, 99.3 FM on May 5, 2017.  Representatives from the Youth Club, community members, Club participants and alumni will be on air between 10 AM and 4 PM to raise funds for this program that helps kids succeed academically and in life.


“Sometimes our kids need a small boost to find their own superpowers,” shares, Executive Director, Irene Szakonyi, “They discover that they’re really great at math or are super kind.  It’s actually pretty easy to flex your powers, too.  With one call on May 5th, you can be a hero to kids who need a safe and enriching place to be afterschool.”


Across the nation, over 11.3 million school age children (20%) are unsupervised after school. This data from the Afterschool Alliance illustrates a critical need.  During the hours of 3-6 p.m. juvenile crime and risky behavior peaks.  Fortunately, young people have amazing opportunities at the Starke County Youth Club.  Students have access to high quality homework assistance, engaging enrichment activities, and fun recreational centers with adults who care.  Afterschool programs build responsibility and character; they prepare the future workforce, and make sure that working parents can stay productive at their jobs.


You can join the RadioThon and send the message that after-school is vital to children’s success, inspires learning, and helps working families by calling in your pledge of support to be announced on air.  Every gift counts.  Many pledge options are available by calling or visiting, including spreading out your payments over the year.



About SCYC


SCYC, launched in 2001, is a nonprofit organization designed to support children and families. The only youth development program of its kind in the county, the program serves hundreds of students annually at six convenient, safe, and accessible school-based locations across Starke County.  For more information about SCYC programs or to make a donation, visit their website at


Moon Tree Invite

MoonTree Studios & Gallery

invites you to meet watercolor artist

Daniel J. Slattery  

at the opening reception for his exhibit

Finding the Light (and the Shadows)


Please join us!


Saturday, April 22, 2017; 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT

at MoonTree Gallery

GPS: 9638 Union Road, Plymouth Indiana 46563

Movie in the park? Yes please!

The Young Professionals Group along with Emergency Management

will be hosting a movie night in the park the first Saturday of the month thru the spring and summer.   It will be a free event at Norwayne in North Judson, snacks will be available.   The first movie will be the live action version of Jungle Book, and will start approximately 8:30.   Check the facebook page here for more information.