POST-TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT February 1, 2011 12:28PM
Updated: February 2, 2011 10:06AM
With what the weather experts and anyone else with a TV, radio or Internet service will tell you is the possible snow of a lifetime bearing down on the area, the list of activities and events and government meetings that are being canceled has been growing all day.
As notices come in, we’ll get them posted so you won’t waste time, gas and risk your life trying to go somewhere later.
But now, lets be honest, every person born after 1967 wants this storm to completely paralyze the area just so all those people born before 1967 can shut up about the “Storm of ‘67.” Right?
OK, now on the important stuff. What’s closed, canceled or posted for your safety? And when it comes to Wednesday and maybe even Thursday, a good bet will be to call first.
Valparaiso schools: Due to weather forecasts indicating blizzard conditions beginning earlier than anticipated, the Valparaiso Community Schools will dismiss 90 minutes earlier than normal today on the following schedule: High School-12:55 p.m.; Middle School-1:20 p.m.; Elementary-1:45 p.m. All afternoon activities will also be canceled including afternoon kindergarten and JumpStart.
Library programs: The coming blizzard has forced the cancellation of a meeting scheduled by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for 6 p.m. today at the Valparaiso Public Library.
The meeting, to discuss treatment to reduce the population of the invasive, tree-eating gypsy moth, has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the library, 103 Jefferson St., Valparaiso.
Also, the meeting scheduled for Wednesday at the Lacrosse Public Library has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the library.
Meetings are scheduled for next week in Lake County, too.
Check out www.in.gov/dnr/entomolo/4531.htm for more on the gypsy moth, and to download maps showing where the pest’s population is growing.
Parking: The Highland Police have sent out a press release reminding residents that the snow route parking ban is in effect.
School sports: If you were intending to attend a school sporting event tonight or Wednesday, call first. The odds of it happening are as remote as an 80-degree day.
Indiana University Northwest: IUN has announced the following class cancellations and Gary and Portage campus closures:
· Any classes at the Gary and Portage campuses beginning at 2:30 p.m. or later today (Tuesday, February 1) are canceled.
· The Gary and Portage campuses will close at 2:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, February 1).
· The Gary and Portage campuses will remain closed tomorrow (Wednesday, February 2).
Please note, all campus activities and extracurricular events are also canceled during the times that the campus is closed.
IU Northwest classes held at the Academic Learning Center in Crown Point are subject to the decision of Purdue University Calumet. Please check with Purdue University Calumet regarding class cancellations and campus closures.
Currently, the Gary and Portage campuses are slated to re-open and resume classes on Thursday, February 3. However, IU Northwest will continue to monitor the weather system and conditions in the region and may choose to extend campus closures and class cancellations beyond Wednesday, February 2.
IU Northwest strongly urges all students, faculty and staff to closely monitor status announcements regarding campus closures and class cancellations. Additional updates can be found on the IU Northwest homepage, through IU Notify, and by Chicago and Northwest Indiana media.