2013-05-19T00:00:00Z STORY OF THE WEEK
May 19, 2013 12:00 am

Laser technology shaves time off bacteria turnaround

HAMMOND | Scientists at a local laboratory say a new piece of technology there can identify bacteria a day earlier than traditional methods. "If it's a blood infection or meningitis, getting that identification as fast as we can can mean the difference between life and death," said Karen Calvert, a microbiologist who works in research and development at PCL Alverno.

The sooner scientists identify what is causing an infection, the sooner a physician can prescribe the appropriate antibiotic to fight it.

VU students distribute eco-friendly take-home boxes

Some local restaurants are offering biodegradable containers for customers to take home leftovers as part of a project by some Valparaiso University students. It's an option at least for the short-term instead of the carry out boxes made from plastic foam that sit in landfills for centuries and pose a potential health risk.

LaPorte County farm family honored for 115 years heritage

When Gerald Werner's great-grandfather settled in the rich farm country of Indiana from his native Germany, he planted the seeds of a heritage that continues to bear fruit. Werner and his LaPorte County farm were recently one of 50 families recognized across the state by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann with the Hoosier Homestead Award.

SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Dance the night away

Dance the night away According to its owner, Madison Street Dance Hall has the best dance floor in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. “There is nowhere else that you can dance without hurting your knees,” said Babe Woodward, who co-owns the business with his wife Judy. “Otherwise, if you dance on a concrete or on a tile floor they are always sticky or hard and somewhere down the road your knees are going to hurt. On our floor, because it is hardwood that sits off the floor about six inches, it is not hard in a slide.”

Survey pinpoints workshop topics, timing

The Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center is looking to improve its program offerings. As part of this review, the NW-ISBDC is seeking input from the community via a short survey. The questions focus on workshop topics, timing and locations.

Strack & Van Til opens Cedar Lake store

After hungering in a food desert for three years, residents of this lakeside community happily converged on the first-of-its-kind Strack & Van Til grocery store Thursday following grand opening ceremonies. Dave Wilkinson, Strack & Van Til president, presided over the ceremony. He said LEED certification will come following a federal inspection.

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