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Gibson Woods Sees Maintenance to Eliminate Invasive Plants

17 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Few people realize the value of Gibson Woods in Hessville.  The 131 acre property which sits amid railroad and oil properties on Hessville’s northwest corner is as close as any of us will get to viewing the region as it was before development.  The area has remained largely untouched for 4,000 years and is the among the largest tracts of untouched land remaining.  Gibson Woods is perhaps best known worldwide for its diverse variety of plants including some that are endangered.  The park features 3 hiking trails which are popular with bird and plant enthusiasts.

Preservation of the diverse plant life is now cause for modern machinery to visit the premises.  Large scale equipment for the removal of trees can be seen from the park entrance.  Numerous trucks are on hand as well.  This is all due to a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate invasive species and foster the growth of natural habitat.

gibson woods trail

a trail at Gibson Woods in Hammond, IN traverses a natural swale.

gibson woods nature preserve indiana dunes

Construction crews remove invasive trees from Gibson Woods.


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gibson woods


The US Environment Protection Agency features a picture of a yellow moccasin plant from Hammond’s Gibson Woods on its website.


Family Searches for Missing Gary Woman

17 Dec

by Ken Davidson

Paula Palo was last seen on 12-08-13. she was walking/ left Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living 1100 W. 6th Ave Gary, Indiana  and has not been seen since. Paula said she was going to the store and would be back soon yet there was no sign of her.  Paula is 59 years old and was last seen wearing the black coat pictured below.  She was wearing blue jeans and a cross necklace.

If you see Paula or have any information, please call the Gary Police Department at 219.881.1260

Paula Palo Missing from Gary, IN

Paula Palo Missing from Gary, IN

Better Gov't Assoc. Questions Bobby Rush for Campaign Paying Wife, Getting Free Rent

16 Dec

by Ken Davidson

The Illinois Better Government Association has published a scathing article questioning the ethics of the Bobby Rush campaign.  In the report, the Association points out that Rush has paid his wife, Carolyn Rush, just over $400,000 in the past six years.  The payments amount to just over 25% of the amount the campaign has raised.  Additionally, the Association questions whether Rush’s use of an office without paying rent may violate election law.

Even if Rush’s campaign committee doesn’t pay a dime in rent, the 1,506-square-foot space still “has a value to the landlord,” and that has to be reported, said Robert Walker, a former chief counsel and staff director for both the House and Senate ethics committees.

You can read the full report here:  http://www.bettergov.org/rent_rolls/

Robbery in Freddy's steak House parking lot

10 Dec

Reader Submitted

Last night at Freddy’s Steak house a female was sitting in her vehicle at approximately 8:00 p.m. A black male subject wearing a dark stocking cap approached her vehicle and demanded her money, he reached into the vehicle and stole her purse. Victim was not sure if he was armed. A witness believe he saw subject get into a dark Pontiac Grand Am and flee north bound on Kennedy. Everyone please be careful when out and about, pay attention to your surroundings.

Columbia Avenue Bridge

5 Dec

Construction crews have re-opened the Columbia
Avenue bridge for vehicles.The Lake County Board of Commissioners awarded a $1.2 million contract to reconstruct the Columbia Avenue bridge so it is raised higher over the Little Calumet River to give some added clearance during high-water periods. Source states, after 4 months, the bridge is now more effective.

Voice Your Opinion on Illiana Toll Road

4 Dec

From Dan Blankenship, Lowell Resident

ATTENTION Lowell Residents
This is your LAST chance to voice your opinion to the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) concerning the “Illiana” TOLL ROAD!

The FINAL vote on accepting the ILLIANA TOLL ROAD into NIRPC’s 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan takes place on December 12, 2013 at the Sycamore Room at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage, Indiana 46368
9:00 AM

This TOLL ROAD is to be built under a Public/Private Partnership, which means that if not even one vehicle uses this toll road the private investors will still get paid with TAXPAYER money (YOUR MONEY)!

Any Questions?: call 219-776-8857


Buy In Indiana Christmas Tree program

25 Nov

Buying a real tree from an Indiana tree farm is a great way to bring holiday cheer into your home. Not too many Hoosiers roast their chestnuts on an open fire anymore, but plenty are reclaiming the tradition of having an all natural, living, breathing, Christmas tree in their home this holiday season. Unlike artificial trees, which are usually made of petroleum based products and smell the same way a plastic shoe horn smells, a real Christmas tree can fill your home with fresh air and can even be recycled. Even after you cut the tree down and put it in your house, it continues to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen as long as it has a fresh water supply to keep it alive.
 Plus, when you buy a tree from an Indiana tree farm, you are keeping a local farmer in business.  Instead of starting the holiday season waiting in long lines while still recovering from a turkey feast, why not pile the family into the car and head to a nearby tree farm? After picking out your own tree, you can bring it home and let its fragrance fill your home with the fresh scent of winter conifer.
 After all the presents have been opened and the tinsel packed away until next year, your tree can continue on its journey as it’s recycled into mulch. Most communities in the state have a program where residents can drop off a tree, and receive free mulch next spring for use in gardens and landscaping projects.

Do You Tweet?

20 Nov

by Ken Davidson

I was reminded again of the importance of using twitter. Speaking with another reporter, he commented on the great input he gets on twitter. I thought I would take this opportunity to ask everyone that sees this to tweet for us. Share this post on twitter and follow us @nwigazette We report what you give us and we greatly appreciate all the input.

Starwood Capital Acquires Southlake Mall, 6 Other Malls

19 Nov

by Ken Davidson

Starwood Capital Group, a private investment firm, announced that it has acquired a majority interest in 7 malls from Sydney, Australia based Westfield Group.  Local Westfield Southlake Mall was included in this purchase agreement.  Starwood has announced that they will drop the Westfield name from the mall and it will revert to the original name, Southlake Mall.  In a statement, the company indicated the transaction would lead to new investment in the malls:

"We are excited to be acquiring a portfolio of regional malls that are dominant and
well positioned within their respective submarkets, and which feature strong anchor
and inline sales performance," said Jeff Shuster, Vice President at Starwood Capital
Group. "This transaction offers our investors an opportunity to generate attractive
risk-adjusted returns. We plan to invest fresh capital across the portfolio to
improve the assets, attract new tenants and position the malls to continue to best
serve their local communities."

The other malls acquired are:

  • Belden Village Mall in Canton, OH
  • Capital Mall in Olympia, WA
  • Franklin Park Mall in Toledo, OH
  • Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted, OH
  • Parkway Plaza in El Cajon, CA
  • Plaza West Covina in West Covina, CA.

LCAC To Host Soup Cook Off in Hessville

7 Nov

The Lake County Animal Control will host a soup cook off at Moochies Pub in Hessville on November 16, 2013. The event will run from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $5.00 and all proceeds go directly to supporting the shelter. Donations of supplies are sought.

lake county animal control soup cookoff

Lake County Animal Control will host a Soup Cookoff on Saturday November 16 in Hessville.


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