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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
CHICAGOLAND POPCORN TENT
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHESTERTON | Town Councilman Emerson DeLaney proposed an ordinance Monday to increase the salaries of town employees, which was met with unanimous approval.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON TWP. | Officials began searching for buried treasure on the Porter County Fairgrounds nine days ago, with little luck.
CHESTERTON | Town officials were updated on several public works issues at Monday night's council meeting.
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.
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.
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.
PORTER | Members of the Porter Town Council discussed backyard chickens during Tuesday's meeting after a resident requested to change the ordinance in May.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | A Portage man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to his role in two burglaries.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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, &…
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 …
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…
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