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Updated: February 11, 2013 7:23AM



Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s the second week of January, and we’re still not buried in snow, or even having below-normal temperatures.

I honestly miss the snow, because it’s the only thing that makes winter pretty. If 60-degree weather came with the lack of the white stuff, it would be A-OK, but cloudy, cold, damp weather just makes our furnace run more.

But the Porter County Career and Technical Center won’t have to worry about its electric bills being overwhelming. Their unique alternative energy project with rooftop solar panels is generating enough excess electricity to sell back to the Northern Indiana Public Service Co.!

The cost for electricity is about 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. NIPSCO will pay 30 cents for each kilowatt-hour purchased from the center. There may come a time in the near future when the center has no electric bill.

Hooray for Mr. Kenning and Mr. Carmack and their students for completing such a super project that not only generates electricity, but also savings for their center.

We’d be happy to have our home be a “pilot program” for the continuation of the project. Congratulations and continued good luck on all your projects. You are my pet persons of the week.

The PCCTC has another kind of “project” that hopefully will also generate some excitement and uniqueness, and perhaps involve many who like to see history preserved.

With the railroad depot which served the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada (off of Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso) no longer in use, there was talk of destroying this old building which served the station since 1880.

This is a building that, aside from having historic value, is still structurally sound, in almost original condition, and can be put to good use while preserving its history. And the PCCTC area has a perfect place for it, where the depot would not only keep its historic value, but continue to serve with pride.

Valparaiso has received a $2,000 Endangered Places Grant from Indiana Landmark to assess the building and determine if it is feasible to move it to a new location. If you are a history buff, interested in railroads, or just hate to see old buildings destroyed for no reason, you can learn more, or even encourage saving this special depot by joining the efforts to save it.

Contact Taylor Wegizyn, Valparaiso assistant city planner, at 462-1161, or Tiffany Tolbert at Indiana Landmark’s field office at 947-2651, or email ttolbert@indianalandmark.

Now I hope you all have a great day because you deserve it. Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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