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Portage Exchange Club helping our kids

Some say it takes a village to raise a child, as I quoted Hillary Clinton last week. Most of our Portage organizations and charities do help o…

August 20, 2014 12:00 am

Boys & Girls Club part of our 'village'

School officially starts for Portage Township Schools for all grades a week from today. “It takes a village to raise a child” is a statement t…

August 13, 2014 12:00 am

American Legion plans picnic in Portage

We all know the old cliché - behind every good man, you’ll find a good woman. I have grown to appreciate this phrase over the years in regards…

August 06, 2014 12:00 am

Lots to do this Saturday in Portage Township

Anyone who knows me knows that I would be bleed red and white if I could. Some would think it would be because of my Indiana University roots …

July 30, 2014 12:00 am

Loving music in the summer in Portage

If you read this column on a regular basis, you should know by now that I am a disco diva but more over; a music junkie. I love all kinds of m…

July 16, 2014 12:00 am

More in store for Portage this summer

Here we are almost a week after our wonderful 4th of July festivities.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am

Red, white and blue in Portage

Well here we are, only two days away from another Independence Day Celebration in Portage. Every year the Pride in Portage tries to bring Port…

July 02, 2014 12:00 am

Volunteers in Blue, Our Portage Police Reserves

As we get ready to celebrate this 4th of July, I often wonder how many people realize that the officers in blue that are directing traffic and…

June 25, 2014 12:00 am

Much to look forward to in Portage

This weekend is shaping up nicely for all of us. First, I want to let you know about a fundraiser and Rock & Blues Show to benefit the Por…

June 11, 2014 12:00 am

Portage Township Summer Fest set

A favorite song of mine from the 1960s is "Summer in the City." The song described the sights and sounds of the people and the city in the sum…

June 04, 2014 12:00 am

The importance of school attendance

Research has shown that students who attend school regularly and on-time are far more successful in school than students who do not. Also, stu…

May 25, 2014 12:00 am

Memorial Day in Portage

Memorial Day has always been an important day to me. It gives me a chance to reflect on all the sacrifices men and women have made for the peo…

May 21, 2014 12:00 am

Safety, rummage sales and comedy highlight spring in Portage

Anyone who knows Randy and me knows public safety is very important to us. With him being a firefighter-paramedic for most of our married life…

May 14, 2014 12:00 am

Gabriel’s Horn X-treme Trail Run

Many people go without food and shelter all over this world every day; thank God we have a place where people can let their old worlds die and…

May 07, 2014 12:00 am

Prayer is a powerful thing in Portage

The National Day of Prayer was designated by the United States Congress as a day when all Americans regardless of their faith are asked to com…

April 30, 2014 12:00 am

Cleanup event set in Portage Twp.

When our family first moved to Portage some 24 years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom. Randy Jr. and Chris were toddlers and when they were a tad…

April 16, 2014 12:00 am

Kiwanis Easter Bunny Breakfast and 2 Egg-citing Hunts

The Portage Kiwanis Club is just full of people that you see at so many other events in our city. This club is committed to helping children; …

April 09, 2014 12:00 am

Spring has sprung in Portage

Can it actually be spring? The calendar says yes but I’m still concerned that March did not go out a lamb and we still have some lion days ahead.

April 02, 2014 11:00 am

Angels among us right here in Portage

I’ve always believed we have angels here on earth, watching over us to help us through not only the really bad stuff but some of the little th…

March 26, 2014 12:00 am

Rebuilding Together in Portage Township

I’ve often said that this great city of Portage has always had a wealth of citizens who are always willing to help out their neighbors. All yo…

March 19, 2014 12:00 am

St. Patrick’s Day brings out many activities in Portage

Well, my Portage friends, March is definitely coming in like a lion. Hopefully that means it will go out like a lamb! While we’re waiting in t…

March 12, 2014 9:28 am

Having a ball with the South Haven Firefighters

I still take great pride in being a firefighter’s wife. For the majority of our 30 years together, Randy has either been a volunteer or a care…

March 05, 2014 12:00 am

'You can make a difference if you try' in Portage Township

When I was 9, my thoughts were about talking to my friends on the phone about the boy in school with cooties and playing with my Barbie dolls.…

February 26, 2014 12:00 am

Thinking of warm memories with the Indians Cabin Fever

Wow, I can’t believe I’m saying this but I love snow. Yes, I know that sounds crazy considering all that we have had thrust on us this year. T…

February 19, 2014 12:00 am

Annual ball helps local charities

Let’s face it, Portage: It’s been one crazy winter so far. Snow, below-zero temperatures, lost days of work and school, travel hazards, accide…

February 05, 2014 12:00 am

Warm memories during a cold winter in Portage

Just thinking about memories of my childhood and my kids' childhoods bring a flood of warmth to my heart in response to a couple of things com…

January 29, 2014 12:00 am

Rebuilding lives and pancakes to boot

I’ve often said that this great city of Portage has always had a wealth of residents who are always willing to help out their neighbors. All y…

January 22, 2014 12:00 am

God of This City

Since I was young, my parents have always instilled a feeling that we should help others. I keep striving for this every day of my life just b…

January 15, 2014 12:00 am

Count your blessings, Portage

Here I am on Monday trying to get rid of the writer’s block that has crept into my head because of concern for all those who out there working…

January 08, 2014 12:00 am

A new year for Portage

Happy New Year Portage!

January 01, 2014 12:05 am

To All a Good Christmas

Merry Christmas Portage! For many families, this means an empty seat at the table for Christmas dinner today because their loved ones are serv…

December 25, 2013 12:00 am

Christmas gifts, comfort and joy in Portage

I remember when I was a child, Christmas time would send me into some kind of euphoria that I can hardly describe to someone else. I still fee…

December 18, 2013 12:00 am

Portage, my home for Christmas

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Yes, I have to admit that when I was young it was all about Santa and presents galore. We were a middle clas…

December 11, 2013 12:00 am

Christmas and Santa come to Portage

Only 21 shopping days until Christmas. Time flies when you’re having fun and Thanksgiving falls later in November.

December 04, 2013 12:00 am

A Portage Thanksgiving

T’was the day before Thanksgiving and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. The reason it’s so quiet is because …

November 27, 2013 12:00 am

Hannah's Hope Vendor and Craft Show is Saturday

The story starts out with a little girl born more than four years ago to Mike and Mary Martinez.

November 20, 2013 12:00 am

Portage Chamber saluting the city and honoring vets

As most of you know, I can’t say enough about this third largest city in Northwest Indiana but this last Saturday the Greater Portage Chamber …

November 13, 2013 12:00 am

Remembering our vets and helping our kids

Many years ago, there was a point in the 1st World War that a temporary cease-fire was called at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th mon…

November 06, 2013 12:00 am

Halloween and Help for Furry Friends

T’was the night before Halloween and all through the house; oh wait, wrong holiday, or is it? Seems like it, doesn’t it? It’s the day before H…

October 30, 2013 12:00 am

Fall into October in Portage

What a difference a day or two makes in the weather in Northwest Indiana. Had to break out the winter coat today and I was wearing sandals two…

October 23, 2013 12:00 am

Harvest and Halloween in full swing in Portage

Mid October in Portage lends itself to crisp, cool weather, colored leaves and all kinds of activities associated with with the upcoming holidays.

October 16, 2013 12:00 am

A whole lotta events going on in Portage

Here we go Portage! Be prepared for much to do in Portage this weekend and next in our fair city. Starting with “The King” himself.

October 09, 2013 12:00 am

Harvest and alumni are in Portage

Here we are Portage, the first week of October. A time when all the farmers in the Midwest are out in their fields way into the wee hours of t…

October 02, 2013 12:00 am

A new start at life at Gabriel’s Horn

Our world seems very weary these days, and people have a hard time going on, but angels give me comfort that life will get better. Whenever Go…

September 25, 2013 12:00 am

Cutting corners in Portage

This economic recovery has been slow but sure, definitely more at a turtle’s pace rather than that of a hare. But we all know that it didn’t t…

September 18, 2013 12:00 am

Never forget those lost on 9/11

Sept. 11, 1989, was my due date for Christopher Robert Wilkening, our second son. I had a friend who was pregnant and due Sept. 20 that year; …

September 11, 2013 12:00 am

Bonner Senior Center, elders have lot to offer

Remember when you were young? You wanted to be older and be able to do more things like drive, vote and drink alcohol. It always seemed to me …

September 04, 2013 12:00 am
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