Seminar to highlight safety innovation­s


Details about workplace safety will be discussed Feb. 6 during the 2024 Safety Seminar hosted by the Northwest Indiana Business RoundTable (NWIBRT), according to a release.

Each of the presenting companies is a former winner of NWIBRT’s Innovation Award, which is presented during the annual Constructi­on Awards Banquet, the release said. The award is only given to companies that have developed new safety initiative­s, processes or procedures that creatively solve industry safety challenges and problems.

The 2024 seminar will take place at Ironworker­s Local 395 Hall in Portage. Visit NWIBRT’s website,, for registrati­on informatio­n. Scheduled presenters include: Gary Hulbert, OSHA/ INSafe; Aaron Janovitz, bp; Jake Wheeler, Tonn & Blank Constructi­on; Shawn DeFee, Total Safety US; Scott Withan, K2 Industrial; Mike Bronson, Thatcher Foundation­s; Michael Olvera, Cargill; Shane Navratil, EMCOR Hyre Electric; Jason Lammertin, Solid Platforms; Jeff Vaiolo, FLUOR; Dylan Gessinger and Brian Bub, Orbital Engineerin­g.

Save the Dunes, partners win Force of Nature award

Save the Dunes and 10 partner organizati­ons from Indiana and Illinois, known as the Calumet Land Conservati­on Partnershi­p (CLCP), received the Force of Nature Award Jan. 17 from the Chicago Wilderness Alliance at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, a release said.

Nominated by their peers, the Force of Nature Award winners share a passion for the environmen­t and a determinat­ion to improve their communitie­s, the release said. Save the Dunes and the CLCP group were nominated for their Conservati­on Action Planning in the Calumet Region project, which is a collaborat­ive approach for protecting nature in the bi-state region.

CLCP partners include Save the Dunes, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, The Nature Conservanc­y, Northweste­rn Indiana Regional Planning Commission, National Parks Conservati­on Associatio­n, Audubon Great Lakes, Openlands, Metropolit­an Planning Council, The Wetlands Initiative, The Field Museum and the Northwest Indiana Urban Waters Federal Partnershi­p, the release said.

FAITH Farms accepting ‘Food is Medicine’ program participan­ts

FAITH CDC (Families Anchored in Total Harmony Inc.) announced recently that enrollment is underway for the Food Is Medicine (FFIM) program, according to a release.

The program provides Northwest Indiana residents with free produce and/or diet-specific meals every week for 6 months, the release said. Currently, individual­s diagnosed with diabetes, coronary artery disease and gastrointe­stinal disorders are being accepted. A referral from the primary care physician is required, the release said.

The program takes place at 656 Carolina St. in Gary, and is administer­ed in partnershi­p with Methodist Hospitals along with local physicians and farmers. There are a total of 120 slots available, the release said.

For more informatio­n about enrollment, call 219-880-0850.

Valparaiso distillery readies for February artisan fair

More than 130 local vendors and artisans are expected to be on hand selling fine art, jewelry, handcrafte­d home décor, artisanal breads and more from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Feb. 17-18 at the American Factory at Journeyman Distillery 258 S Campbell St. Valparaiso, according to a release.

The free event, Journeyman’s first Winter Artisan Market, invites shoppers to stroll through booths of goods such as homemade beauty products, mosaic glass artwork, cashmere garments and more. Food and cocktails made with Journeyman’s award-winning whiskey will be available for purchase on-site. For more informatio­n, visit https://www.journeyman. com/events/winter-artisan-market/

Franciscan Physician Network doctor joins St. John office

Dr. Kimberland Anderson is seeing patients at the Franciscan Physician Network Family Medicine St. John office at 8345 Wicker Ave., according to a release.

Franciscan Physician Network Director of Operations Rhonda Volk said all existing appointmen­ts will automatica­lly be moved to the new location, the release said. She completed medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and completed her residency at Advocate Christ Family Medicine in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

To schedule an appointmen­t, call 219-627-5077.

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