CROWN POINT | A group of talented volunteers embarked on another Memory Bear Day Workshop at Geisen Funeral Home last fall to create keepsake bears for family members who have lost loved ones.
What kind of a state is Indiana? What sorts of goals should we have? How can we best use available resources? Are we satisfied with where we are or do we need to reach in other directions? Answers, of course, can differ.
A wise man told me many years ago that when I passed a certain age, I would attend more funerals and wakes than baptisms and weddings. As I get older, I remember that old saw but forget who that wise man was. It may be just a figment of my overactive imagination.
Kimberly Clemons, of Merrillville, zips up a coat on her son, Tyrell, 6, during Saturday's 10th annual Coats for Kids and Families at Merrillville Intermediate School.
Volunteer Mickey Prowse, right, helps Jacob Wooten, 4, try on a coat Saturday at the 10th annual Coats for Kids and Families giveaway at Merrillville Intermediate School. Low-income families were able to take home coats, hats and gloves at the event.
Aurora Barajas, of Hobart, measures a coat on her son, Eric, during the 10th annual Coats for Kids and Families at Merrillville Intermediate School. The program will give away 1,500 coats.
Families look for coats during the 10th annual Coats for Kids and Families at Merrillville Intermediate School.
Rosie Dvojacki, of Merrillville, helps her newphew Jacob Wooten, 4, try on a coat during the 10th annual Coats for Kids and Families at Merrillville Intermediate School.
People look for coats during the 10th annual Coats for Kids and Families at Merrillville Intermediate School.
INDIANAPOLIS | Republican Mike Pence bypassed the opportunity to inject social issues in the race for Indiana governor Tuesday, announcing instead a "strong families" plan that recycles many policies of current Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.
ST. JOHN | More than 200 men from St. John the Evangelist Church will come forward at the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday to commit themselves to a set of 10 resolutions as part of the Courageous Resolution program to provide spiritual leadership in their families.
Pat Cervantes, left, Healthy Families program home visitor, helps 2-year-old David Shumate with a learning activity alongs with his mother, Jacqui, at the Youth Services Bureau in Valparaiso.
Pat Cervantes, left, Healthy Families program home visitor, helps 2-year-old David Shumate with a learning activity along with his mother, Jacqui, at the Youth Services Bureau in Valparaiso.
Pat Cervantes, left, Healthy Families program home visitor, claps for 2-year-old David Shumate during a learning activity with his mother, Jacqui, at the Youth Services Bureau in Valparaiso.
Until a few weeks ago, I had a ready answer to the question: “What is the easiest job in the world?”
INDIANAPOLIS | A record number of foster children were placed with permanent adoptive families in Indiana last year, the state reported this week.
As a matter of good fun, if nothing else, I have encouraged people over the years to dig into their family histories. One way that you can make this particularly interesting is to focus on the work component.
In my five-plus years of writing this column, one has never appeared in print on my birthday, until today.
I have been fortunate enough to help out with different charitable groups that offer assistance to those in need. Some of these include serving meals and packing groceries for families at organized community collection sites and donating clothing and school supplies for school children. And,…
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