Joe Harkenrider, center, of Hammond, accompanies his sons, Michael, right, and Aidan, left, at Trunk or Treat on Saturday in The Home Depot parking lot in Hammond. For more photos go to nwi.com/galleries.
Marco Villarreal of Hobart entertains guests with his guitar at the opening of the Gary Jet Center's new $3 million Corporate Flight Center at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. For more photos go to nwi.com/galleries.
Boone Grove's Dylan Paul looks to pass against River Forest in the first half Friday night at Valparaiso High School. For more prep sports photos from Times photographers, visit nwi.com/digital/photos/preps-sports.
Guillermo and Elizabeth Avila, far right, pose for pictures Thursday with their 3-year-old daughter Teresa and Lansing police and firefighters who saved Teresa's life when she choked on a grape July 18. After three months in the hospital, Teresa came home Thursday, and the family presented the first responders with honor plaques at the Lansing Police Dept. For more Daily Region Snapshots go to nwi.com/galleries.
More Cowbell: Valparaiso High School Marching band plays during the first half of the Viking's game against Lake Central on Oct. 13 at Valparaiso. For more Daily Region Snapshots go to nwi.com/galleries.
Children watch balloons float into the sky as they join Sharifa Townsend for the first Northwest Indiana Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis Walk on Aug. 12 in Wicker Park. The walk was in honor of her daughter, Lauren, who died from complications of Crohn's in 2014 at the age of 26. For more photos from Times photographers go to nwi.com/galleries.
Lowell players pose for a photo after capping an undefeated regular season with a win over the Hobart Brickies on Friday night in Hobart. For more prep sports photos from Times photographers, visit nwi.com/digital/photos/preps-sports.
The 15th annual Nazareth Home Gala featured a Wizard of Oz theme on Thursday in the Memorial Park Social Center in Highland's Wicker Park. For more Faces of the Region galleries, visit nwi.com/digital/photos.
The Andrean football team huddles before the start of their game against Lowell on Friday night in Lowell. For more prep sports photos from Times photographers, visit nwi.com/digital/photos/preps-sports.
The TOPPS Discount Department Store burned down Nov. 29, 1961. Firefighters were hampered by a strong west wind that made the freezing temperatures feel even worse. The nearest hydrant was more than 500 feet away on Ridge Road, too. See more photos in today's Throwback Thursday gallery on nwi.com at noon.
The Steel City Superstar Donna McNeal, left, ties a mask for teammate Kyla Pharms, center, as they prepare to compete in the Twirling Unlimited regional competition in April in Prairie Heights. For more Daily Region Snapshots go to nwi.com/galleries.
The City of Portage Parks Department and Cub Scout Pack 487 built and installed fish habitat structures and released fish into a community pond Saturday, Sept. 23 at Countryside Park. A few of the blue gill being released.
Morton players lock arms during the national anthem before Friday night's game against the Hammond Wildcats in Hammond. For more prep sports photos from Times photographers, visit nwi.com/digital/photos/preps-sports.
Bobby Reardanz, of Bourbonnais, throws a punch at Kenny Foster in the Bellator Fighting Championships at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond on March 9, 2012. To see more Daily Region Snapshots, go to nwi.com/galleries.
Sailors stand in formation during their graduation July 1, 2011, from Recruit Training Command at the Naval Station Great Lakes in North Chicago. Along with the graduation, Naval Station Great Lakes celebrated its 100th anniversary. For more photos go to nwi.com/galleries.
Prosectors participate in a rose ceremony honoring current and past donors during Indiana University Northwest's International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at the university in August 2015. To see more Daily Region Snapshots, go to nwi.com/galleries.
Portage's Olivia Wood tees off on Monday during the Duneland Athletic Conference Tournament at the Brassie in Chesterton. For more prep sports photos from Times photographers, visit nwi.com/digital/photos/preps-sports.
Charlotte Meece, of Valparaiso, munches on popcorn while sitting on her father Douglas' shoulders during the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival parade on Saturday. For more photos from the Popcorn Festival go to nwi.com/galleries.
A Lake Central helmet is perched on a fence post before Friday night's game against Crown Point in St. John. For more prep sports photos from Times photographers, visit nwi.com/digital/photos/preps-sports.
Carissa Totleben, of Crown Point, took this photo of slow-moving traffic after she and her family set out Friday from a Disney resort in Orlando, Florida, anxious to beat traffic, get home to Crown Point, and escape the path of Hurricane Irma.
Members of the River Forest Ingots marching band take a break from performing at River Forest's football game against Griffith last Friday night. To see more Daily Region Snapshots, go to nwi.com/galleries.
A box truck carrying 330-gallon totes of corrosive material overturned Wednesday as it was exiting northbound I-65 onto U.S. 30, according to police and fire officials. To see more Daily Region Snapshots, go to nwi.com/galleries.
Dancers perform to the music of the mariachis for Mexico en el Corazon 2017 on Saturday at Memorial Junior High School in Lansing. Organized by Fedejal and NAIMA, the North American Institute of Mexican Advancement, the dancers visit several cities in the surrounding area. For more Daily Region Snapshots go to nwi.com/galleries.
Joellen Fanno, of Dyer, gets an Italian-themed face painting from Dyer resident Olivia Throckmartin on Saturday at the inaugural Festa Italiana at Villa Cesare in Schererville. The event was sponsored by the Italian-American Organization Cesare Battisti Lodge No. 27, a local chapter of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America. To see more Daily Region Snapshots, go to nwi.com/galleries.
"Directors of St. Joseph College Calumet Center acted as school boys again briefly in a series of pantomimes intended to show the progress of remodeling the center's new site at 4721 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago," read the July 31, 1960, story that accompanied these photos in The Hammond Times.
The Calumet Center, now Calumet College of St. Joseph, began operations in September 1951 with 75 students. The remodeled furniture store was expected to nearly triple the number of students — at 380 when this story was published.
See more historic photos of the college on nwi.com today at noon.
Members of the public came out for the dedication ceremony for the new Arts & Sciences building on Friday at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. For more Faces of the Region galleries, visit nwi.com/digital/photos.
The new JC Penney store in downtown Hammond opened on Oct. 26, 1961. The store, which cost an estimated $1 million to build, was built at the corner of Hohman Avenue and Sibley Street. See photos of the store in our Throwback Thursday galley on nwi.com at noon today!
Dan Forster, 65, is still running his shoe repair business in downtown Highland. Owner of The Cobbler Shop, he and his crew repair footwear of all types as well as other items. To see more Daily Region Snapshots, go to nwi.com/galleries.
Two suspects wanted for committing several early morning armed robberies Aug. 18 were seen exiting a gray four-door sedan during one of the robberies. Police are uncertain whether a third suspect seen driving the vehicle was a long-haired male or female.
A boat built by Trinity Lutheran Church races in Hobart's Dam Duck Tape & Cardboard Regatta on Saturday during the Lakefront Festival at Festival Park. To see more photos from Times photographers go to nwi.com/galleries.
The Munster Mustangs huddle during their game against the Lake Central Indians on Friday night in Munster. For more prep sports photos from Times photographers, visit nwi.com/digital/photos/preps-sports.
Visitors to the Lake County Fair may have gotten a brief scare in the form of "Mombo," the gorilla apparently hauling around a captured gentleman. It was, in fact, Tim Balster, of Darien, Illinois. Balster was also the man on stilts seen walking the fair. For more photos from Times photographers go to nwi.com/galleries.
An attorney for the city's housing authority said they are still pursuing all funding sources for the demolition of West Calumet. The state's housing agency in April agreed to contribute $2 million for the security and demolition of complex, though that will not cover all costs.
The city has estimated total demolition of all West Calumet structures will cost about $4.85 million, while a project that leaves roadways, pathways, sidewalks and utilities intact could come in at about $3.9 million, according to city documents. The estimates were prepared by Amereco, Inc., an engineering firm.
“Funding is expected to come from several sources including contributions from ECHA capital funding, HUD funding, and independent grant funding,” the ECHA attorney said.
In mid-March, when about 80 families were still living at West Calumet, the state began offering to replace current families’ contaminated furniture and household items. However, some residents argued the help arrived too little, too late — at that point, hundreds of families were long gone.
Of the 333 families who left, 44 households took advantage of the offer, according to the Indiana Department of Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Family Resources. In all, the division expended about $88,000 — or $2,000 per family, a department spokeswoman said.
Carl Hasselgren, of Hammond, joined more than 100 motorcycle riders as they roared into Crown Point's Safe House Bar and Grill Sunday to participate in the fourth annual St. Jude House Motorcycle Charity ride from Crown Point to Valparaiso to Hebron and back. The annual ride raises money to benefit St. Jude House. For more Daily Region Snapshots go to nwi.com/galleries.
Two-year-old Marek Majerski, of Manteno, Illinois, carries his trophy following the Leadline competition during the Western Youth Horse Show at the Lake County Fair. For more photos from Times photographers click on nwi.com/galleries.
Racers and fans gathered at Whiting's Lakefront Park on Saturday and Sunday for the AquaX Whiting Grand Prix of the Sea powerboat races. For more Faces of the Region galleries, visit nwi.com/digital/photos.
Andrean's Zack Merrill (7) celebrates with a teammate during Friday's scrimmage against Lake Central in St. John. For more prep sports photos from Times photographers, visit nwi.com/digital/photos/preps-sports.
The remnants of a pie are weighed in the pie eating contest Thursday at the Lakeshore Public Media showcase tent at the Lake County Fair in Crown Point. For more Daily Region Snapshots go to nwi.com/galleries.
Senior Day at the Lake County Fair brought out the toughest contenders for the apple peeling contest, but in the end and at the core, the most appealing job and main prize went to three-time champ William Dolick, of Reynolds, Indiana. For more photos from the fair click on nwi.com/galleries.
Portage's Olivia Wood watches her putt Wednesday during the Lake Central girls golf invitational at Palmira Golf Club in St. John. For more prep sports photos from Times photographers, visit nwi.com/digital/photos/preps-sports.
Over 1,000 youth from across the United States gather in the Chapel of the Resurrection Thursday morning for a matins service as part of the 38th Higher Things Youth Conference on VU's campus. Higher Things assists parents, pastors and congregations in cultivating a distinctly Lutheran identity among their youth. For more Daily Region Snapshots go to nwi.com/galleries.
Norm Duke kisses his bowling ball before a roll Thursday during the Professional Bowlers Association's PBA50 South Shore Open finals at Olympia Lanes in Hammond. For more Daily Region Snapshots, go to nwi.com/galleries.
From right, Makenzie Marwitz, Kiara Robinson and Jana McCarthy, members of the Highland High School dance team, stand as official greeters for Pierogi Fest on the corner of Indianapolis Blvd. and 119th Street on Saturday in Whiting. For more Faces of the Region selections from this weekend's Pierogi Fest activities, visit nwi.com/digital/photos.
A customer places a classified advertisement at The Times' former building at 417 Fayette St. in downtown Hammond. See more photos looking back at The Times in today's Throwback Thursday gallery online at nwi.com at noon.
Law enforcement officers attend the RailCats' Blue Line Night on Saturday. The special honorary game against the Sioux City Explorers aimed to raise funds for fallen law enforcement and their families. For more photos go to nwi.com/galleries.
Nine-year-old Miriam Calland, of Valparaiso, ogles Aaron Treble's life-sized R2D2 during a five-day engineering camp at Valparaiso University this past week. For more Daily Region Snapshots, go to nwi.com/galleries.
The 2017 Duneland Chamber of Commerce State of the Chamber meeting and community awards luncheon took place Wednesday at The Spa in Porter. For more Faces of the Region galleries, visit nwitimes.com/digital/photos.
Diana Coronado, left, 8, and her cousin Omeira Salazar, 9, ride the swings Thursday during VictorFest at St. Victor Church in Calumet City. For more photos from Times photographers go to nwi.com/galleries.
From left, homeowner Lois Schilling shows visitors Dolores Ilko, of Lowell, and Kathleen Puchkors, of St. John, her garden. The home was one of nine in the Purdue Lake County Master Gardeners' walk held last Saturday. For more Daily Region Snapshots, got to nwi.com/galleries.
Rolling Stones tribute band Beggars Banquet performs at the Livin' It Up Fest in Valparaiso on Sunday. The music festival raised money for the Porter County Special Olympics. To see more Daily Region Snapshots, go to nwi.com/galleries.
Natalie Brewer, of Griffith, orders food in her "Ghostbusters"-themed station wagon from the drive-thru Thursday at McDonald's in Highland. Natalie's husband Ryan Brewer decorated the wagon and the couple are members of the Windy City Ghostbusters. For more Daily Region Snapshots go to nwi.com/galleries.
First Friday in Michigan City included an art opening at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, a display of artwork at The Southern Shore Art Association and late shopping on Franklin Street at shops like Hoity-Toity and The Closet. For more Faces of the Region galleries, visit nwitimes.com/digital/photos.
Members of the Northern Darkness Garrison of the 501st Legion greet guests Thursday during the Challenger Learning Center's "Re-Imagining the World" Gala at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. For more Daily Region Snapshots go to nwi.com/galleries.
Ricky Singleton, of Momence, Illinois, and Steven Bermacet, of Schererville, compete in the cornhole tournament on Sunday at Cedar Lake Summerfest. For more Daily Region snapshots go to nwi.com/galleries,