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Beginning September 12, 2022, veterans and veterans with disabilities who present a valid VIC, veteran’s stamp on a driver’s license, or state ID to drivers are permitted free travel on all fixed GPTC bus lines.

Veterans who have registered to travel on our complementary paratransit service Accès219 can also travel for free once registered and approved for the Accès219 service.

GPTC will also participate in the 2022 NWI Homeless Veteran Stand Down, hosted by the VA Homeless Veteran Program. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 7 at the RailCats Stadium in Gary, and GPTC will provide free bus transportation for veterans from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event provides resources, such as food, medical care and housing assistance. , veterans who have experienced hardship or are homeless. Veterans can get information and apply for Access219 and other services; veterans are encouraged to apply.

Acccess219 is a free paratransit service provided by GPTC in Gary and other communities for residents who cannot use the fixed-route bus service due to a disability. Passengers may travel to destinations within ¾ mile of any GPTC transit route. Vehicles include wheelchair lifts and securing devices. Veterans interested in registering to become paratransit users can contact the ADA GPTC Coordinator at 219-884-6100 ext. 106. For all other questions or assistance, call 219-884-6100 ext. 113. For more information on fares, visit

Methodist Hospitals has appointed Susan Marcek as director of women’s and children’s services. Susan joins Methodist from Franciscan Health/Hammond/Dyer, where she most recently served as Manager of Women and Child Services including Labor and Delivery, Newborn Nursery, Postpartum Critical Care and neonatal babies, as well as the pregnancy assistance program.

Susan brings over 35 years of nursing experience to Methodist, with hospital experience including positions at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She has held nursing faculty positions at Northwestern College, Everest College and St. Francis University and is a motivational and educational speaker on women’s health topics such as breast health, breast cancer and complementary and alternative medicine.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Health Administration from St. Francis University in Fort Wayne. She is a member of the Indiana Association of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association, and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Twisted Sugar, a Utah-based dessert shop, will open its first location in northwest Indiana on Friday at 10470 Broadway in Crown Point.

Twisted Sugar offers fresh cookies, monthly specials and a wide variety of beverages. They will be offering weekly “Hump Day” specials every Wednesday. A second Twisted Sugar location will open in Valparaiso in October.

For more information, visit Crown Point’s location Facebook page at or email owner Megan Thompson at [email protected] .

Locally roasted coffee from Maple City Roasters is now available at Humane Indiana’s PAWS gift and resale store in Highland.

PAWS is a resale and gift shop that features a selection of products made locally by small businesses in the Northwest Indiana region. Located at 8149 Kennedy Avenue in Highland, proceeds from PAWS support the Humane Indiana Wildlife Refuge, Clinic and Rehabilitation Center.

Maple City Roasters imports coffees from around the world and roasts the beans locally several times a week to deliver optimal flavor and freshness. Maple City Roaster’s products include a variety of original blends, flavored coffees, decaffeinated coffee, green beans for home roasters, cold brew packs, K-cups, CBD infused coffee, appetite suppressant coffee, tea, monthly delivery service and fundraiser. program.

The City of Crown Point will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new McDonald’s at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the southeast corner of Delaware Parkway and 109th Avenue. This new restaurant is the start of an ongoing development in the Beacon Hill business district, which is expected to see the upcoming construction of a TownePlace Suites and a Texas Roadhouse.

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