If you find yourself looking for a project to tackle between Christmas and New Year’s, think about putting together a time capsule to preserve family memories for the next generation.

The Times and the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority introduced the idea of a time capsule during the Indiana bicentennial year and compiled a list of potential contents.

It has drawn the attention of some Region organizations and residents, including Cathi and Rick Lloyd, of St. John.

You may recall the story last Sunday titled, “Sharing memories encapsulate family life,” as the Lloyds shared what they have been gathering for a time capsule that will be opened in 2066.

Included are photos, recipes and much more of special value to the Lloyds. The aim: “We hope in 50 years our grandchildren will remember coming to Grammy’s and Granddad’s house,” Cathi Lloyd said.

Attached to this column at nwi.com/opinion are suggested items to save in a time capsule. Ideas are lists of favorite TV shows, movies, songs and restaurants and meals for each family member; newspaper clippings of the Cubs’ World Series win and the election; advertisements showing today’s prices; labeled photos and more.

Whatever is special to you should be included.

We have bicentennial-labeled stickers that could be used to seal the contents in a container of your choice, which would be stored inside rather than buried outside. The sticker indicates that the time to open the capsule is 2066.

To request one or more of these stickers and let us know your plan, contact librarian Pat Kincaid at patricia.kincaid@nwi.com or (219) 933-3383.

This promises to be a fun and rewarding exercise for your family or organization. Perhaps the time just might be right after Christmas. Think about the importance of preserving memories.

Photo contest

You might say our Best of 2016 NWI Photo contest has been popular.

Nearly 1,300 photos were submitted by readers by last week’s deadline, and they now are part of 14 photo galleries found at nwi.com/digital.

Judges at The Times and SSCVA are going through the entries to select the top 10 from the best inside the Region and best outside the Region categories, and the top five from Indiana bicentennial, Cubs’ victory and local sports categories.

Those finalists will be featured in online voting at the start of the new year. The photos receiving the most votes from a week of voting will be the winners in each category.

Until the announcement that voting begins, enjoy the complete galleries. You’ll marvel at the quality of the submitted photos, whether of Region landmarks and events or vacations out of the country.

Thanks for reading us. Please contact me with any questions about The Times or our many publications.

Bob Heisse is editor of The Times Media Co. He can be reached at (219) 933-3327 or bob.heisse@nwi.com.


Bob is editor of The Times Media Co. He started in Northwest Indiana in April 2014 following stints as executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.