In brief

Teens in grades 6-12 can take part in an overnight lock-in at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Michigan City. The free event on July 16-17, begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m. Activities include a bonfire, SoulCore prayers and stretching, packaging baby supplies for the hospital, crafts, a movie with popcorn, breakfast prepared by the Knights of Columbus, a sunrise walk and more, including a Holy Hour, midnight Mass and perpetual Adoration relay. To register for Ignite, contact Alysha Fath at or find the listing by searching “Ignite teen.” Photo shows some of the teens who took part in last year's event. 

Pressel on Medicaid transport committee

INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Jim Pressel, R-Rolling Prairie, will serve on the Nonemergency Medical Transportation Commission, which will work to improve transportation services for Hoosier Medicaid patients. Pressel sponsored a law establishing the commission to oversee provided transportation services.

“I heard from many people in our community about recurring issues with Indiana’s contracted transportation service,” Pressel said. “Late rides and missed appointments are unacceptable. The commission will look into how to better ensure patients have safe and reliable service, and Hoosier Medicaid dollars are used efficiently." Interim study committee hearings, which typically occur at the Statehouse, can be viewed live online at


Humane Society hosts cocktail fundraiser

NEW BUFFALO – The Michiana Humane Society's 10th annual Cocktails at the Grand Cottage fundraiser will be from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Grand Cottage, 11551 Marquette Dr. in New Buffalo. It will feature hors d'oeuvres from Classic Catering, an open bar featuring the Grand Tito cocktail, and one-of-a-kind experiences to be auctioned off – all to benefit the animals of the shelter in Michigan City. For more information, call Patty Keller or Johanna Humbert at 219-872-4499, or email


Most Michigan roadwork to be suspended

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – This Fourth of July holiday, the Michigan Department of Transportation is removing lane restrictions on more than two-thirds of its road and bridge projects statewide to ease traffic delays for holiday travelers. Beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, and continuing until 5 a.m. Monday, July 8, 101 out of 143 projects statewide will have lane restrictions removed.

While motorists will see suspended operations in most MDOT construction zones for the weekend, drivers are advised that equipment and certain traffic configurations may remain in place, like temporary shifts or shoulder closures. In Southwest Michigan, four projects will remain active or have lane restrictions.

•  I-94 in Berrien County has three lanes open in each direction at Glenlord Road. The Glenlord Road bridge is closed and detoured.

• The I-94 Business Loop in Kalamazoo has the eastbound ramp to I-94 closed and detoured. ML Avenue is closed  and detoured as well.

• I-196 in Berrien County has two lanes open with a traffic shift from Exit 1 to Exit 7. M-163 (Hagar Shores Road) is closed over I-196 and detoured.

• US-131 in Three Rivers has one lane open in each direction with traffic shifts.

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