Road Funding

Local Communities Receive
Additional Road Funding

Recently, 21 communities in and around Senate District 5 received over $8.6 million in local road-funding grants.

The Community Crossings Matching Grant program was created in 2016 by the Indiana General Assembly. As part of Indiana’s long-term road funding plan, the legislature increased funding for the program in 2017.

Through the program, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) matches up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs. Counties with populations below 50,000 and cities and towns with populations below 10,000 are matched 75 percent, while larger counties, cities and towns are matched 50 percent. INDOT selects these communities based on economic impact.

Grant recipients in Senate District 5 are as follows:

  • Chesterton: $379,065.02
  • Dune Acres: $191,886.75
  • Francesville: $101,700
  • Hebron: $340,450
  • Jasper County: $459,750
  • Knox: $455,559.61
  • Kouts: $216,160
  • La Porte: $670,000
  • LaPorte County: $568,500
  • Medaryville: $300,000
  • Michigan City: $488,281.37
  • North Judson: $125,094.75
  • Ogden Dunes: $234,000
  • Portage: $721,312.84
  • Pulaski County: $878,542.50
  • Rensselaer: $739,327
  • Starke County: $570,832.13
  • Wanatah: $105,909
  • Westville: $404,998.28
  • Wheatfield: $549,375
  • Winamac: $90,000

I am proud of our local government officials for taking advantage of this opportunity in order to increase funding for our roads and bridges. I look forward to the positive impact these awards will have on the transportation infrastructure in our communities and state.

These grants are in addition to the funding from Indiana’s Next Level Roads plan, which provides $305,199,553 to repair state-maintained roads and bridges in and around Senate District 5 over the next five years.

Starke Park Board Meeting


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Meeting at 6:00PM


Pledge of Allegiance Roll Call Approval of Minutes of the September 12, 2017 Meeting Starke County Forest: Beaver Invoice; Opening of Bids for Timber Sale Koontz Lake Lions—Van Janovic Bass Lake Beach & Campground: Building Maintenance Response from Lessee’s Attorney on 9-28-17. Consideration for Work Group, Tabled at Last Month’s Meeting. Board Comments Public Comment

Next Meeting: November 14, 2017, 6:00PM

Local Diabetes Support

Starke Hospital offers diabetes programs 

Knox, Ind. – Starke Hospital offers a variety of diabetes education and programs to the community, some free of charge. Classes are as follows:

Free Pre-Diabetes Classes

Come learn about the risk factors for diabetes and steps to manage pre-diabetes.  All are welcome; registration is not required.  Classes meet the third Monday of every month from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Starke Hospital Conference Room, 102 E. Culver Road, Knox.

Diabetes Self-Management Classes

This is a comprehensive program to empower you to control your own health. A physician’s order and pre-registration are required.  Classes begin at the start of each month and continue for four weeks.  Classes are offered from 9-11 a.m., Tuesdays.  Contact Patty Leonard at 219-772-1183.


Individual Appointments

A physician’s order and pre-registration are required.  Appoints may be made with either a certified diabetes educator or registered dietitian depending you’re your needs:  Insulin, Injectable, Gestational Diabetes, Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Nutritional Education. Contact Patty Leonard at 219-772-1183.

Diabetes Support Group

The Diabetes Support Group provides those with diabetes and their support team a place to share ideas, experiences, and problems related to diabetes. The group meets the fourth Monday of the month from 11 a.m. – Noon, in the Heart & Vascular 1st Floor Conference Room, 901 Lincolnway, La Porte, or the fourth Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room at Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Road, Knox. Contact Patty Leonard at 219-772-1183.


Mobile Health Unit Dates

Mobile Health Unit to provide bone density screenings and breast cancer education in October


La Porte, Starke counties, Ind. – October is breast cancer awareness month.  Early detection practices like mammograms, clinical breast exams, and breast self-exams remain some of the most important ways to catch breast cancer early and increase survival rates.  During October, Wellness Outreach professionals will provide breast health education, and information about the free mammography voucher program offered by the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, whereby women who cannot afford their annual screening mammogram or follow-up testing can have these services done for free at La Porte Hospital, Starke Hospital, or LifePlex Imaging in Plymouth. Free heel bone density screenings for osteoporosis will also be available through the Mobile Health Unit in October.


Dates and times of the Mobile Health Unit visits are:


10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 5, Al’s Supermarket, 3535 Franklin St., Michigan City

1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 5, AL’s Supermarket, 1002 N. Karwick, Michigan City

3-6 p.m., Oct. 6, Fish Lake Health Fair, Fish Lake Library, 7981 E. State Road 4, Walkerton

9-10:30 a.m., Oct. 10, Good Will Industries, 1509 E. Lincolnway, La Porte

11 a.m. – Noon, Oct. 10, Salvation Army, 3240 Monroe St., La Porte

10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 11, Kabelin’s, 512 Andrew Ave, La Porte

1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 13, Bailey’s Discount Center, 5900 S. Range Rd., North Judson

9-10 a.m., Oct. 23, La Porte County Family YMCA, 901 Michigan Ave., La Porte

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oct. 23, La Porte Hospital, 1007 Lincolnway, La Porte

9:30-11 a.m., Oct. 24, Good Will Industries, 3822 Franklin St., Michigan City

1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 24, Al’s Supermarket, 702 E. Lincolnway, La Porte

Noon – 1:30 p.m., Oct. 25, The Pax Center, 605 Washington St., La Porte

1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 26, Starke Hospital, 102 E Culver Rd., Knox

10-11 a.m., Oct. 27, La Porte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave., La Porte

1-2 p.m., Oct. 27, La Crosse Public Library, 307 Main St., La Crosse

It’s Cruise Month!

Plan a Cruise Month – October 2017

October is a Key Time for Travelers to Plan a Trip on a River or at Sea


October 2, 2017 – Adventures By Tracy Dream Vacations, the cruise vacation planning expert, has announced October is Plan a Cruise Month. Through a multi-dimensional campaign, the cruise industry has come together to showcase the wide variety of cruise experiences, proving there is a cruise vacation for every travel style, budget and occasion.


Plan a Cruise Month puts a spotlight on cruise travel and offers unprecedented cruise vacation deals and promotions throughout the month of October.


“More and more people are turning to cruises to provide them with an all-inclusive, stress-free vacation option, as cruises have so much to offer – from amazing dining experiences, Broadway-caliber entertainment and waterparks to the ability to visit multiple destinations in a single trip without having to unpack and pack your belongings more than once,” said Tracy Rust, Adventures By Tracy Dream Vacations, “We have found once our clients take a cruise, they fall in love with these vacations. And now through Plan a Cruise Month – we can help share the love of cruising by helping everyone to take advantage of the great offers and deals from our industry partners throughout October.”


Plan A Cruise Month Promotions

Cruise lines are offering special promotions and pricing on popular cruises to encourage consumers to plan their next cruise vacation during the month of October. Contact a cruise specialist at Adventures By Tracy Dream Vacations to take advantage of these special deals:

  • SeaDream Yacht Club: $300 per Stateroom SPA Credit
  • Holland America: Explore 4 Offer:  Signature Beverage Package, Dinner in the Pinnacle Grill, Free or Reduced Fares for 3rd/4th Guests, 50% Reduced Deposit
  • AmaWaterways: $1,500 savings per stateroom plus FREE Prepaid Gratuities
  • Royal Caribbean: BOGO on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th guests, up to $150 On Board Credit, FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities on select sailings


#CruiseMonth Twitter Event

Consumers considering planning a cruise should mark their calendars to join leaders in the cruise industry for a global #CruiseMonth Twitter event on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. During the Twitter event, participants will learn about featured cruise lines, unique experiences, ports, destinations and more. And – by simply retweeting select pinned tweets throughout the event – participants will be entered to win prizes including gift cards and free subscriptions to Porthole Cruise Magazine. One winner will be chosen at random each hour of the event – so there are plenty of chances to win. Eager cruisers interested in joining the Twitter event should utilize the hashtag #CruiseMonth on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 10a.m. EDT to 7p.m. EDT, to join in the conversation.


For more information about the travel planning experts at Adventures By Tracy Dream Vacations, visit For more information about cruising and all Plan a Cruise Month activities, visit



About Plan a Cruise Month

Plan a Cruise Month, created by Cruise Lines International Association, the world’s largest cruise industry association, celebrates cruise travel. Throughout October, CLIA encourages travelers to learn more about cruise vacations, as well as promote cruise-focused travel professionals as the best way to find, plan and book a cruise. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA Cruise Line Members and Agencies, visit or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

NJ Primary Care Open House

Screenings, tours offered at new North Judson Primary Care open house


North Judson, Ind. – Dennis Dalphond, M.D., Rebecca Waugh, N.P., and all the staff with La Porte Physician Network Primary Care North Judson are inviting the community to an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony of their new office in North Judson.


The new office, located at 701 Talmer, North Judson, is now open, and they’re also accepting new patients. On Oct. 3, the office is offering free blood pressure checks and giveaways from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The office will open for tours and an open house at 4:30 p.m. for the general community and the business community, and a ribbon cutting will take place with the Starke County Chamber of Commerce at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be available.


For more information or to make an appointment with Dalphond or Waugh, call (574) 896-5533.