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Kankakee Marsh story nominated for Chicago Emmy

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A locally produced documentary has been nominated for a Chicago Emmy Award.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chicago/Midwest Chapter nominated “Everglades of the North: the Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh,” this week for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs Š Historical.

The 2013 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Alhambra Palace in Chicago.

The film debuted on Lakeshore Public Television (WYIN) in November 2012 and has since been aired on 32 PBS stations across the nation.

It has won awards in several film festivals and is currently an “Official Selection” in the American Conservation Film Festival to be held in West Virginia this fall.

Major funding for this program has been provided by: Lake Heritage Parks Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, Legacy Foundation, Dean and Barbara White Foundation, Albert’s Jewelers, Dorene and Jerry Hammes, Newton County Community Foundation, Jasper Foundation, Inc., Waterfowl U.S.A., Izaak Walton League of America, South Shore Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Jimmy F. New Foundation and The Nature Conservancy

A trailer is available at


Everglades of the North available for teachers

The Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League has donated two copies of the “Everglades of the North, the Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh” and a Teacher’s Guide for the film to the Westchester Public Library in Chesterton, Ind.

Produced by For Goodness Sakes Productions LLC in Valparaiso, Ind., the film tells the past and current history of the Kankakee River and the Grand Kankakee Marsh.

Parts of Porter County were covered by the huge wetland before it was drained and the river channelized.

To date the film has been broadcast on 32 different PBS stations in 22 states since being released in November 2012. It was produced in partnership with the Diana Chapter Izaak Walton League in Shelby, Ind., with the financial support of many local foundations, businesses, and individuals.

Copies of the Teachers Guide and DVD are available free to teachers and librarians in NW Indiana and the Kankakee River watershed. They are available at the office of WYIN Lakeshore Public TV in Merrillville upon showing proof of position. For information visit


Posted 10/1/2013