As more consumers get their COVID-19 vaccinations, excitement grows to get back to normal life.
Summertime is always a popular season to move into a new place, so as the warmer months approach, BBB serving Northern Indiana warns of scams to watch out for. Many renters are in a hurry to complete the move and may not take the time to do important research to ensure their deal is not too …
Over the past year, consumers have been pent up inside their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This may have caused some of the population to experience weight gain and many are looking for ways to shed a few extra pounds.
Anita King was born Anna Keppen in Michigan City on Aug. 14, 1884. She was the seventh of nine children born to Herman and Matilda Jipp Keppen, who had emigrated from Germany in 1872.
COVID-19 has devastated many families and in the wake of grief, many government-funded programs are being created to offer relief to those most affected by the pandemic. Of course, with a new government program comes scammers.
Many studies have shown sleeping on it has benefits. In one study subjects were asked to convert a string of digits into a different string by applying two principles. No one was told about a third secret rule that could provide a shortcut to the answer. One group went to sleep for eight hou…
As summer inches closer and the weather begins warming up, it may be time to make sure your HVAC system is up to date. You don’t want to wait until the height of the summer to decide whether your current system needs upgrading or not.
In 1901, when two journalists from The La Porte Herald went to interview Mrs. Ferdinand Reese in Hudson Township in La Porte County, she was 107 years old! At the door of the two-room cabin, her husband met the reporters with a revolver for fear the guests were robbers! The couple was also a…
As the semester comes to an end, assignments get harder and finals are just around the corner. This is the time of year college and high school students find themselves struggling to finish strong, and they may want to seek outside help.
At the last La Porte County Commission meeting on March 17, Commissioner Joe Haney stated his intent to introduce a Whistleblower Protection Policy at a future meeting.
Survey scams are a frequent con that pops up every so often but in different forms. Currently, this scam is taking the form of a phony text or phone call claiming to be from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, with questions about their COVID-19 vaccine.
The tone of the 2021 budget session of the Indiana General Assembly has been quite different from the last budget session in 2019, when K-12 public education leaders stood with legislators to announce $763 million in new funding for public education.
Multiple Grandparent Scams have been reported to the BBB in the last three months. These scams target well-meaning seniors, tricking them into thinking that their grandchild is experiencing an emergency and in need of money to get to safety.
It’s that time of year again when consumers are looking to spruce up their lawn for spring. Having a beautiful, well-kept lawn can be a hassle, so many homeowners turn to hiring professionals to take care of their landscaping.
Emotions do not start and stop. Emotions are continuous interpretations of our world. In the 1970s Walter Mischel’s studies demonstrated our ability to control our impulses has a huge impact on our entire life. Children who were able to postpone gratification of one marshmallow for the rewar…
Almon B. Strowger was born in Penfield, New York, in 1839. At first, he was a teacher in schools throughout the Midwest, but in 1886, he became a professional undertaker and started a funeral home in Kansas City, Missouri.
BBB Scam Tracker has seen a rise in cons involving scammers who convince unsuspecting job seekers to wrap their car in support of a popular drink or food brand. Though many are struggling to find a job amid the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure not to fall for this scam.
During a natural disaster, everyone looks for a way to help those in need. Donating money is the quickest way to help and provides charities the flexibility to channel resources to impacted areas.
Tax season is officially here, and that means scammers are on the loose. Every year, con artists take advantage of tax filers by stealing Social Security numbers, filing phony tax returns and stealing refunds.
Indiana is on the brink of losing most of what remains of one of its most precious natural and economic resources – one that purifies water, reduces flood damage, provides fish and wildlife habitat and boosts our economy.
Pandemic fatigue is upon us as we start our second year of working and living under the cloud of COVID-19. Many companies that have survived are focused on doing the work. “Focused” may be the wrong term since “lack of focus” is one result of the fatigue.
In an effort to help many Americans left unemployed and uninsured during the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reopened Healthcare.gov for a special enrollment period from Feb. 15 to May 15.
Hazel Lucille Harrison was born May 12, 1883, the only child of Hiram and Olive Jane Harrison. The family lived at 1306 Clay St. in La Porte.
Many people are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and some are so excited to receive the double shots that they’re posting pictures of their vaccination card on social media.
During the winter, staying inside and binge-watching Netflix is always a popular, feel-good activity, but this activity has become more prevalent with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although participation increased in the 2020 General Election in Indiana and across the country, voter turnout is (or should be) a major concern.
The new year might mean that for some, it’s time to declutter. When selling used items, the quickest and most efficient way could be an online forum like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.
Desired change means it is something people want to do. This is Fogg Maxim No. 1: Help people do what they already want to do. Understanding Behavior Design is the first step to achieving any desired change. BJ Fogg, PhD, explains Behavior Design in his book “Tiny Habits” as B=MAP: Behavior …
When starting a fitness journey, many consumers begin with finding a new gym, but 2021 may be different for some. With the COVID-19 pandemic still a concern, many consumers are looking at achieving their fitness goals from home.
Since 2020 has presented many sets of unexpected challenges and hurdles, one shift has been to an ever-increasing digital marketplace with online purchases and payments more common than ever before, and virtual events and virtual pop-up shops becoming the new normal.
It’s that time of season when I worry I might morph into one of Santa’s elves. I really enjoy the Christmas holidays – the time of year for optimism and good will. I bet some of the best times of your life happened during this joyous season.
Companies started throwing out performance rating scales and stopped ranking people from best to worst more than 10 years ago. The first lesson learned is conversations about compensation and conversations about performance improvement are two different conversations. Companies that still co…
Nearly all can agree that it is time to put 2020 in the rear-view mirror. But we can’t close the books on what we must do to make the new year as healthy and prosperous as possible.
As consumers are checking items off their holiday shopping lists, they may be in search of the hottest “must-have” toys of the season. While children’s toys may seem harmless, scammers can use them as an opportunity to trick parents out of big bucks.
Some things just don’t sit well with me. I was shopping at one of the big box stores on Nov. 1, and Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and other holiday tunes were already being played.
We are dealing with a crisis and headed toward a potential catastrophe. This reality has become clear during the last few weeks as our hospitals have reached or exceeded capacity.
To play or not to play winter high school sports and other activity programs – that is the decision being considered by state high school associations, state health and education departments, and state governments.
With holiday shopping moving full steam ahead as we approach Thanksgiving, nearly 60 percent of shoppers say a gift card is at the top of their Christmas wish list, according to the National Retail Federation.