It was about two years ago when I started getting nervous. My then three-year-old was not enrolled in any sports, which made her a minority among her peers. I would patiently listen to my friends chatter about their toddlers’ aptitude in t-ball, gymnastics, and soccer, but internally I would panic, as only a well-intentioned but never-satisfied mother can. Was I too late? Would my daughter be behind when she did start sports? Is she lazy? Am I lazy?
It’s officially spring now, the time of year when we all begin to think about spring cleaning. Those two words will either make you clap or cringe, but the truth is, home organization has become a trend in recent years. With resources like Pinterest and the wildly popular book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, more and more people are choosing to simplify and rid their spaces of stuff.
St. Patrick’s Day is a happy holiday, known for its parades and green rivers and friends cheers-ing with mugs of green beer. While the latter gets much of the attention in our culture, St. Patrick’s Day is also a fun day for families. I talked with some local moms about ways in which they make the Irish holiday a family affair.
I never was able to “escape” Northwest Indiana, no matter how hard I tried.
Our capacity to meet the complex infrastructure needs of an employer—or a prospective one—is one of Northwest Indiana’s great assets. We have about 14,500 skilled tradesmen who live and work in NWI and it’s estimated that we have 700 or so commercial, industrial, institutional and public works contractors. Some are large general contractors, and they are often teamed with smaller sub-contractors that specialize in niche markets. In combination, they can deliver whatever is needed, regardless of how complex it might be. Although this capacity can clearly influence the success of our economic development efforts, we may be guilty of not recognizing it and promoting it as one of our great regional assets.
Governor Eric Holcomb can gain recognition as the Governor who truly partnered with Northwest Indiana to capitalize on the region’s many assets and thereby enabled it to reach its potential. Governor Daniels showed the way by supporting the creation of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA).
2016 is nearing its end and we've been taking a look at all of our best stories from the year with our Top 10 lists for each section of our site. It's been a great year for good news in La Porte County, and we're excited to see all the positive things 2017 has to offer us!