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Chesterton supports county recycling fee increase

CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to support a $5 increase in recycling fees after the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District Board passed the increase last week.

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Students plan to place flowers on veterans' graves

WASHINGTON TWP. | Every year, the senior class of Washington Township High School visits Washington D.C. during the Memorial Day weekend, but this year they plan to make that annual visit more significant for a few families of Porter County and they are looking for help.

September 21, 2014 10:00 pm

Food drive benefits Porter Township Food Pantry

PORTER TOWNSHIP | Christine Wallace admits her “crazy idea” came to her while driving her bus for elementary school children in the Porter Township School Corp., a job she enjoys as much as her other work as director of the Porter Township Food Pantry.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
Hebron man carves statue of the Blessed Mother

Hebron man carves statue of the Blessed Mother

HEBRON | When Robert Bragiel of Hebron attended an event for the Sisters of St. Francis in 2010, he never imagined that visiting with his friend of two decades, Sister Helene, would produce the labor of love he hopes to present one day soon.

September 14, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Luring kids to the hobby of fishing

Luring kids to the hobby of fishing

SOUTH HAVEN | Jim Holman held a rope above the group of children assembled at a picnic shelter at Field of Dreams Park on a chilly Saturday morning, explaining how to tie a knot for a fishing hook or lure.

September 13, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Never Forget

Never Forget

CHESTERTON | Members of the community gathered at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve with first responders, firefighters, police officers, EMS, and active and retired military for the sixth-annual 9/11 Tribute Concert to pay respect to those whose lives were lost that tragic day 13 years ago.

September 11, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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9/11 concert flag

9/11 concert flag

A 600-foot American flag flies over the grounds at Thursday evening's 9/11 Tribute Concert at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve in Chesterton.

September 11, 2014 8:06 pm

Porter prepares for playgrounds

PORTER | Since May, the Porter Parks Department has been fundraising for upgrades at two of their parks — Hawthorne and Porter Cove — and during Tuesday night’s council meeting, Director of Parks Brian Bugajski said it hopes to add to its coffers through upcoming events.

September 09, 2014 10:00 pm

Duneland Schools budget moves forward

CHESTERTON | The Duneland School Board held three public hearings Monday on the 2015 bus replacement fund budget, the capital projects budget, and the overall budget. All were met with no comment either in favor or against.

September 08, 2014 9:00 pm
Marriage proposal halts Popcorn Festival parade

Marriage proposal halts Popcorn Festival parade

VALPARAISO | Jeff Klingseisen, a volunteer at the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, said the weather, crowds and activities all were perfect at tje event Saturday, but one unexpected event stood out — a marriage proposal.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Valparaiso pastor takes helm at new non-profit

Valparaiso pastor takes helm at new non-profit

VALPARAISO | Garner Tullis has served at Bethel Church for 20 years as senior pastor, but he recently left that post to take on a position he said he felt was his calling, working full-time for Our Greater Good, a new non-profit service organization.

September 06, 2014 6:30 pm
Welcoming a new title sponsor

Welcoming a new title sponsor

This year a new kind of popcorn is making its entrance to the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival and is sure to please the palates of popcorn lovers everywhere. ChicagoLand Popcorn is the new title partner of the 36th Annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival hosted by Valparaiso Events. The new Popcorn F…

September 04, 2014 4:48 pm

POPCORN FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 2014

CHICAGOLAND POPCORN TENT

September 04, 2014 4:48 pm
Feast on Food

Feast on Food

Get your taste buds ready for the 36th Annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival and enjoy lunch in the Chicagoland Popcorn Tent, located on Lafayette Street adjacent to Central Park Plaza.

September 04, 2014 4:48 pm Photos

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History of Valparaiso Events – Past, Present and Future

History of Valparaiso Events – Past, Present and Future

Valparaiso Events, the organization that hosts and operates the entire Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, has a long history of bringing family fun to the community. They have grown over the years to add new events and festivals, and they recently renovated their new office to make working with th…

September 04, 2014 4:48 pm Photos

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Behind the Scenes at the Popcorn Festival: It takes a village

Behind the Scenes at the Popcorn Festival: It takes a village

The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival would simply not be possible without the labor and countless hours of hundreds of volunteers and organizations. “There is no way we can do what we do without them. We have a staff of two full-time, two part-time and one summer help. We are grateful for their h…

September 04, 2014 4:48 pm
Mayor Costas: Excitement and economic benefits enhance the Popcorn Festival this year

Mayor Costas: Excitement and economic benefits enhance the Popcorn Festival this year

There is nothing like the smell of popcorn wafting from the kitchen or the office microwave to lure people to the tasty treat. It is irresistible. Similarly, there is nothing like the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival to attract people to not only the live music, parade, activities, and food of th…

September 04, 2014 4:48 pm Photos

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Talking Popcorn with Tina St. Aubin

Talking Popcorn with Tina St. Aubin

As executive director of Valparaiso Events, the organization that hosts the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, Tina St. Aubin has a first-row seat to event operations and she says it is truly a labor of love. “I love showcasing Valparaiso, my hometown. The parade has been a true highlight of the d…

September 04, 2014 4:48 pm
Main Stage Entertainment is Rockin’

Main Stage Entertainment is Rockin’

The 36th annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival really rocks with main stage entertainment that will appeal to a wide variety of ages and musical tastes. Valparaiso Events Executive Director Tina St. Aubin says, “We’re really excited about this year and we always want to do it better than we did…

September 04, 2014 4:48 pm Photos

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Popcorn Festival Parade is bursting with fun

Popcorn Festival Parade is bursting with fun

Winding its way through downtown Valparaiso, the Popcorn Parade is always a hit for families with bands, gymnasts, emergency vehicles, and of course, those floats made of popcorn and corn! Parade Co-Chair Jeffrin Lain says, “It’s such a fun community event. I got involved when it first began…

September 04, 2014 4:48 pm Photos

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Popcorn Parade to become steer stampede

Popcorn Parade to become steer stampede

VALPARAISO | He has been called “Valpo’s most audacious steer” and was once serenaded by Mayor Jon Costas, and he has been a landmark in the community for decades, so it is utterly fitting that Howie will make a celebrity appearance during Saturday’s Popcorn Festival Parade as he mooooves th…

September 04, 2014 3:02 pm Photos

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John Jarka named Chesterton fire chief

CHESTERTON | With members of his family and fellow fire personnel in attendance, Interim Fire Chief John Jarka was appointed official fire chief by the Chesterton Town Council Monday night.

August 25, 2014 10:30 pm
Porter County Museum hosts antique cars

Porter County Museum hosts antique cars

VALPARAISO | When brothers Jim and Don Obermeyer, of Valparaiso, decided to restore their grandfather’s 1908 Model F Buick, they say they knew it would be a lot of work, but they had no idea it would take so long.

August 17, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Cops and Kids program helps ready families for school

Cops and Kids program helps ready families for school

VALPARAISO | Jennifer Harris, of Kouts, placed packages of lined paper into her grocery cart at Walmart on Saturday as her children selected their pencils and colorful folders as part of the Cops and Kids program.

August 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Portage Chamber hears from new superintendent

Portage Chamber hears from new superintendent

PORTAGE | Members of the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce heard from Richard Weigel, Portage Township Schools’ new superintendent who said that it takes an entire community, including the business sector, to help children succeed in education.

August 14, 2014 4:25 pm

Porter officials outline upcoming events

PORTER | During a brief meeting on Tuesday night that saw little business, Porter Town Council members heard updates from department heads and received a check from Metro Recycling.

August 12, 2014 8:30 pm

Learning from Sandy Hook

VALPARAISO | Teachers, administrators, and professionals gathered at Strongbow Inn on Thursday to hear from Lisa Petrovich, a resident of Sandy Hook, Conn. for the past two decades and learn how to provide safe and secure learning environments for the children of Porter County.

July 31, 2014 6:05 pm

Chesterton council awards employee raises

CHESTERTON |  Town Councilman Emerson DeLaney proposed an ordinance Monday  to increase the salaries of town employees, which was met with unanimous approval.

July 28, 2014 9:00 pm
Duneland Chamber hosts community awards

Duneland Chamber hosts community awards

CHESTERTON | Business leaders and community members gathered Wednesday at Sand Creek Country Club for the annual State of the Chamber Community Awards Luncheon to recognize those who have made exceptional contributions to the Duneland area.

July 23, 2014 4:27 pm Photos

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Porter Town Council derails historic rail line study

PORTER | Richard Riley with the South Shore Heritage Foundation, and Bob Harris, owner of historic South Shore railroad equipment, gave a follow-up presentation to the Porter Town Council on Tuesday night to request $4,300 from the town in partial funding for a feasibility study.

July 22, 2014 4:45 pm

Joint commissioner council meeting hears advice on hospital proceeds

VALPARAISO | Porter County Board of Commissioners and the County Council met during a joint session Monday to hear from attorney Brian Burdick to gain insight on how to best deal with the $160 million in proceeds from the sale of Porter Hospital.

July 21, 2014 9:00 pm
Unearthed vault yields historical treasure at Porter County Fair

Unearthed vault yields historical treasure at Porter County Fair

WASHINGTON TWP. | Officials began searching for buried treasure on the Porter County Fairgrounds nine days ago, with little luck.

July 19, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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Chesterton leaders updated on projects

CHESTERTON | Town officials were updated on several public works issues at Monday night's council meeting.

July 14, 2014 8:45 pm

Residents roiled over board's soccer coach move

CHESTERTON | Members of a standing-room-only crowd attending Monday's Duneland School Board meeting, hoping to speak out about the replacement of the varsity girls soccer coach at Chesterton High School, erupted after it adjourned with no time for public comments.

July 14, 2014 8:30 pm
Rain is no damper for Bark in the Park

Rain is no damper for Bark in the Park

CHESTERTON | It may have rained all Saturday morning for the seventh annual Bark in the Park, but don’t tell that to the dogs who came to enjoy the festivities — they seemed not to even notice.

July 12, 2014 5:16 pm Photos

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Valpo School Board meets

VALPARAISO | Attorney David Hollenbeck began Thursday night’s Valparaiso School Board meeting by swearing in Karl Cender as a member after he was reappointed by the Valparaiso City Council at the end of June.

July 10, 2014 5:58 pm

Porter Council: Backyard chicken idea is for the birds

PORTER | Members of the Porter Town Council discussed backyard chickens during Tuesday's meeting after a resident requested to change the ordinance in May.

July 08, 2014 9:00 pm
Family 4th Fest Parade kicks off holiday

Family 4th Fest Parade kicks off holiday

PORTER | Savannah Costello, 11, and Hannah Rushing, 11, both of Porter, stood in the parking lot at Yost Elementary School early Friday in glittering red and blue hats and uniforms bearing Girl Scout badges with troop number 30428 as they readied for the Family Fourth Fest parade in downtown Porter.

July 04, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Portage parade brings out thousands

Portage parade brings out thousands

PORTAGE | Sydney Morris, 7, of Valparaiso, sat on a blanket with her mother, Maria Lance Morris and friends, waiting for the start of the annual Fourth of July parade along Willowcreek in Portage.

July 04, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Chesterton council OKs extending sanitary sewer lines

CHESTERTON | Members of the Chesterton Town Council met in special session Thursday to approve extending sanitary sewer services within four miles outside of its corporate boundaries in all directions, pursuant to Indiana code.

July 04, 2014 12:00 am
Valpo couple celebrating 70 years of wedded bliss

Valpo couple celebrating 70 years of wedded bliss

VALPARAISO | Herb and Mary Ella Barber seem like an old married couple — teasing each other, completing each other’s sentences and smiling when they see each other.

July 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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More time granted for Portage man's defense

More time granted for Portage man's defense

VALPARAISO | A Porter County judge granted a request Tuesday by a Portage man's attorney to delay a trial after additional charges were brought against his client.

June 24, 2014 5:00 pm
Man pleads guilty to role in Portage burglaries

Man pleads guilty to role in Portage burglaries

VALPARAISO | A Portage man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to his role in two burglaries.

June 24, 2014 4:57 pm
Portage woman gets 3 years in prison for fatal hit-and-run

Portage woman gets 3 years in prison for fatal hit-and-run

VALPARAISO | A Portage woman received a sentence of six years — with three of those years to be served on probation — for a hit-and-run that killed a LaPorte man.

June 24, 2014 3:55 pm

Chesterton approves childcare center

CHESTERTON | During Monday night’s meeting, members of the Chesterton Town Council voted unanimously to approve a planned unit development for a childcare center at the southwest corner of C.R. 1100N and 11th Street across the street from Chesterton High School.

June 23, 2014 8:48 pm
A look ahead with Mayor Jon Costas

A look ahead with Mayor Jon Costas

The past year has brought a number of successes for the city of Valparaiso as well as starts to a number of projects that will continue to hold the city in solid well-being for decades to come. This prosperity comes at the hands of hours and hours of planning, from city administrators, busin…

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm
Big Time Fun: Valparaiso's Parks and Recreation

Big Time Fun: Valparaiso's Parks and Recreation

Don’t blink when you look at parks and recreation in the city of Valparaiso, because you might miss all of the great things that are happening—and they’re happening fast! John Seibert, director of parks and recreation says that over the past few years they have seen a number of changes to th…

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm Photos

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Summer arts flourish in Valpo

Summer arts flourish in Valpo

This summer, Valparaiso is the place to be with plenty of arts to take place in, or to just sit back and enjoy. There are a number of venues and spaces around the city that cater to every genre of art—from photography to funk, from decoupage to drama, and from Shakespeare to Shake, Rattle, &…

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm Photos

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The Business of Attraction and Expansion: Economic development in Valparaiso

The Business of Attraction and Expansion: Economic development in Valparaiso

Last September, Pratt Industries announced their plans to build a $260 million, 250,000-square-foot paper recycling plant next to its cardboard box plant. It was only possible through the months and months of work from city officials working with business leaders to find the right parcel of …

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm Photos

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New faces lead Valparaiso into the future

New faces lead Valparaiso into the future

Valparaiso is fortunate to have a wealth of talented individuals at the helm of organizations and businesses in the community, contributing to a solid foundation that will serve all in the region for many decades to come. The city is pleased to welcome two new faces, although one is a welcom…

June 18, 2014 2:27 pm Photos

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