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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll the latest the on the first confirmed coronavirus case in Indiana, the Town of Griffith plans to exit Calumet Township await the signature of Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Gary firefighter used a city-owned computer to steal $4,000 from a woman’s bank account, Jeanie Lindsey reports on the State Board of Education releasing 2019 state school accountability grades and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Franciscan Health  spokesperson, VP for Medical Affairs Dr. Erik Mikaitis. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

Town of Griffith / Town of Griffith

GRIFFITH - The town of Griffith is still on a quest to break away from Calumet Township.  Griffith tried unsuccessfully so-far to join St. John Township and North Township.  The town filed a bill on Thursday, January 9th, with the Indiana Legislature that would allow it to perform its own township services.

Rick Ryfa, President of the Griffith Town Council, explains where the process is currently.


Today:   Jordan Stanfill, the CEO of Valparaiso-based Housing Opportunities, talks about the agency's work in helping residents stay in their homes and avoid homelessness, as well as what the agency's outreach worker is doing to find homeless living in cars or in woods and direct them into warm places to stay.  Housing Opportunities also offers a homeless shelter and transitional housing, among other services.   Later on, Lisa Daughterty of Lake Area United Way tells us about a new partnership with the town of Griffith to provide assistance to residents who need it, by calling 211.

Griffith votes to secede from township

Sep 26, 2018

GRIFFITH, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a northwestern Indiana town say voters have overwhelmingly approved a referendum calling for the community to secede from a Lake County township in a bid to lower the local tax rate.

Griffith town officials say about 97 percent of the roughly 3,300 residents who cast ballots Tuesday voted for the town to secede from Calumet Township. Final vote totals are expected within 10 days.


Today:    Steve Coxhead of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance joins us to give an update on how passenger rail service is doing across the Region and the state -- a preview of the organization's short-term strategic plan -- and some concerns about the business model that Amtrak's new president is endorsing.  And Griffith Town Council president Rick Ryfa talks about Tuesday's special election in his community that will determine whether residents want to remain in Calumet Township -- or choose a different township.

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Today:  Indiana economist-writer-speaker Morton Marcus joins us from "on the road" in central Indiana to review some of his "Eye on the Pie" columns on Hoosier economics, including ones that include northwest Indiana.

We offer another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  The Welcome Project collects first-person stories and pairs therse with intentional conversation to help forge stronger ties within and across our communities.  Today's conversation is with a former homeless resident who's strengthened her own life.

The Lake County Health Department contacted Griffith town officials recently about the discovery of adult mosquitoes in the town's east side that tested positive for West Nile virus.

Town Council president Rick Ryfa tells Lakeshore Public Radio that Lake County health crews conduct several tests in four or five places in Griffith every year – and they found these mosquitoes on August 31st in the area behind the town's public works barns at Colfax and Main Street -- and tests later that day confirmed that the insects showed "positive" for West Nile.