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Regionally Speaking: February 2, 2024

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Today: February recognizes Black History Month an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. We’ll speak to Chuck Hughes, president and CEO of the Gary Chamber of Commerce and self-proclaimed historian of all things Gary about the life and legacy of Richard Gordon Hatcher the first Black mayor of Steel City. But up first, community members in Schereville will have a chance to share their thoughts on a potential extension of the Old Plank Road Trail into Northwest Indiana when planning consultants hold a community open house Thursday, February 8 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the St. John Township Community Center. Lakeshore Public Media host Michael Gallenberger will be joined with Mitch Barloga, active transportation planner with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) to talk about the state of trails in the Region. All of that on this edition of Regionally Speaking.

As co-host and producer of Regionally Speaking, Dee is responsible for connecting with northwest Indiana community newsmakers to share their stories with the Lakeshore Public Radio listening audience. She believes in the power of storytelling to engag, teach and change lives. Prior to working at Lakeshore Public Radio, Dee enjoyed giving her time, talent, and resources to various community organizations. Dee believes in servant leadership. Her favorite quote is "Leadership is service not position." by Tim Fargo.