In brief

In alignment with a special project involving school bus and school zone safety, Indiana State Troopers will be targeting and taking enforcement action on observed school bus stop arm violations. The Stop Arm Violation Enforcement Program's goal is to provide safe transportation routes to and from school for children of all ages and  to prevent violations through High Visibility Enforcement by following school bus routes to provide on-the-spot enforcement action. The program provides for mobilization periods following absence of school buses from roadways due to scheduled student breaks such as summer break. The current operational period runs from Aug. 1 through Sept. 15. State Troopers remind and encourage all motorists to be observant, mindful, and cautious for the presence of children each day during morning and afternoon commutes

NWI Citizens' Climate Lobby to meet

CHESTERTON – The Citizen’s Climate Lobby of Northwest Indiana will host its initial membership meeting and a screening of “The Human Element” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Baugher Center Meeting Room of the Westchester Public Library at 200 W. Indiana Ave. in Chesterton. The film tells the story of real Americans on the front of lines of climate change, and has won awards for best documentary at several film festivals in 2018 and 2019.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. The Northwest Indiana chapter was founded in 2019. In addition to the screening, a short presentation about the organization will be made. For more information, contact Deborah Chubb at


Forum hosts update on 'Ignite' initiative

MERRILLVILLE – The Northwest Indiana Forum will host a luncheon presentation providing an update on the “Ignite the Region” Northwest Indiana Regional Economic Development Plan at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. Lincoln Hwy. in Merrillville. Over the past year, the Forum and its partners have been collaborating, implementing and transforming to bring the plan to fruition.

The Ignite teams will share their progress on regional initiatives to attract investment and talent at a more rapid pace for the seven-county region. Tickets can be purchased at or by visiting

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