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Speech and Debate team lauded

CHESTERTON | Members of the Chesterton High School Speech and Debate team, led by coach Chris Lowery, appeared before the Duneland School Board on Monday night to thank them for their support.

April 14, 2014 10:00 pm

Chesterton considers bird sanctuary

CHESTERTON | The Porter County Parks Foundation is looking at creating the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Chesterton.

April 14, 2014 9:00 pm
'Grimefighters' help spruce up homes

'Grimefighters' help spruce up homes

VALPARAISO | Teenagers Nathan Sloan and Arthur Goine sat on the curb outside a home in Williamsburg Manor on Saturday afternoon, taking a break from their labor by enjoying a can of Mountain Dew and re-energizing before getting back to work.

April 12, 2014 7:49 pm Photos

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Conduit to Recovery

Conduit to Recovery

CHESTERTON | For many who seek treatment for substance abuse, the challenge isn’t getting clean, it’s staying clean.

April 11, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Chamber to partner with council for Porter fireworks again

PORTER | The Duneland Chamber of Commerce once again will partner with the Town Council to present a Fourth of July fireworks display.

April 08, 2014 8:15 pm
World Premiere: Valparaiso University Jazz Festival debuts two commissioned pieces

World Premiere: Valparaiso University Jazz Festival debuts two commissioned pieces

The Valparaiso University Jazz Festival will feature two pieces commissioned by renowned jazz composers, written solely for the festival and performed for the first time at the festival. These two pieces seek to demonstrate that jazz can be performed by as few as three pieces or as many as 4…

April 03, 2014 4:31 pm Photos

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Valparaiso University Jazz Festival: Origins and evolution of a musical sensation

Valparaiso University Jazz Festival: Origins and evolution of a musical sensation

This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Valparaiso University Jazz Festival which has grown from modest beginnings into a nationally-recognized six-day extravaganza of sound. The festival was the vision of Jeff Brown, instructor of percussion and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Valparaiso…

April 03, 2014 12:30 pm Photos

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Porter Town Council hears of spring park events

PORTER | During Tuesday night’s town council meeting, Park Director Brian Bugajski updated members on a number of upcoming events.

March 25, 2014 9:03 pm

12 longtime Chesterton employees recognized

CHESTERTON | Twelve town employees were recognized with a longevity award at Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

March 24, 2014 8:36 pm
Teachers, students ham it up for new reading program

Teachers, students ham it up for new reading program

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Students at Liberty Elementary School walked through the doors into the gymnasium for an assembly on Friday morning and gasped at what they saw.

March 21, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Vigil held for Chesterton man missing in Colorado

Vigil held for Chesterton man missing in Colorado

CHESTERTON | Members of the community gathered at St. Patrick’s Church in Chesterton on Thursday night to pray for Dr. James McGrogan, 39.

March 20, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Genetically modified food issues debated

Genetically modified food issues debated

VALPARAISO | Students from Valparaiso and Chesterton high schools displayed debating talents Monday at the Porter County Administration Center as they went head to head over genetically modified organisms.

March 17, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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Fiscally responsible growth touted in Lake County

Fiscally responsible growth touted in Lake County

CROWN POINT | Over the past year or two, Lake County has counted a number of successes that benefit residents and business.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Advances in economic development, planning lauded

Advances in economic development, planning lauded

Sure Porter County government has seen its share of challenges lately, some of them pretty large, but there have been enough successes over the past year or two and planning for the future to shed a little sunshine on the efforts of all involved.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Alsip Home & Nursery's Spring Flower and Garden Show rings in the spring

Alsip Home & Nursery's Spring Flower and Garden Show rings in the spring

Alsip Home & Nursery welcomes spring in a big way this season with their Annual Spring Flower and Garden Show on March 22 and 23 at both of their locations—St. John, Ind. and Frankfort, Ill.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Porter County Substance Abuse Council works for a drug-free Porter County

Porter County Substance Abuse Council works for a drug-free Porter County

For the past 25 years, the Porter County Substance Abuse Council has made it their mission to reduce youth and adult substance abuse by assessing for, promoting through, and educating about effective community-based programs. Director Beatrice Owen says they fund grants to services in the co…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

A leader in the battery industry

Batteries Unlimited is a full service battery supplier with two locations in the Chicagoland area. The first location in Addison, Illinois opened in 2003 and the second opened in Griffith, Indiana in September, 2013. Daryle Gates, owner, says that they specialize in batteries of every kind a…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. provides exceptional customer care and savings

Since 1954 Kent Heating and Air Conditioning has been providing for much of Northwest Indiana’s indoor comfort and energy-efficiency needs. Allen Kent is the second generation owner of the family-owned business, founded by parents Jim and Norma Kent. “We are proud to celebrate our 60th year …

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
John's Pizzeria: A way to make dinner easy

John's Pizzeria: A way to make dinner easy

At John’s Pizzeria in Dyer, Owners Maria and Nik Mileusnic say that they are a great go to for a delicious meal. “As a mom and a business owner, let me tell you it is a lot easier to get a fresh hot pizza, with great ingredients and you don’t have to worry about dinner,” says Maria Mileusnic…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hammond Port Authority offers activities and facilities for year-round fun

Hammond Port Authority offers activities and facilities for year-round fun

It is the mission of the Hammond Port Authority to provide maximum public recreational access to Lake Michigan waters, Wolf Lake waters, George Lake waters, Lost Marsh Golf Course, Forsythe Park, Wolf Lake Memorial Park, for all who come by land or by sea, striving towards the highest qualit…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
A proud past and a bright future distinguish the Town of Lowell

A proud past and a bright future distinguish the Town of Lowell

Although Lowell has expanded much since it was first platted in 1852, that growth has been measured with the same rural mindset upon which the town was founded; a mindset that has been the backbone and foundation of Lowell, allowing it to be a friendly town with a proud past and bright future.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Calumet College of St. Joseph provides quality education to the Northwest Indiana region

Calumet College of St. Joseph provides quality education to the Northwest Indiana region

In 1951 the Calumet College of St. Joseph was established in the region with one purpose—to provide access to education. Originally built in East Chicago, Calumet College of St. Joseph moved to Whiting in 1973 to accommodate expansion and during the course of their history they have fulfille…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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NIRPC is advancing the region through collaboration

NIRPC is advancing the region through collaboration

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) serves Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties in Northwest Indiana as a council of local governments that provides a forum for Northwest Indiana’s elected officials to address regional issues relating to transportation, the environment…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Town of Chesterton provides vibrant living and Duneland charm

Town of Chesterton provides vibrant living and Duneland charm

Tucked into the shadow of Indiana Dunes yet a mere 45 minutes away from Chicago, Chesterton combines the hospitality and serenity of small town living with the economic viability and cultural opportunities of a world-class city. It’s not hard to see why Chesterton continues to gain internati…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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A season of Chicagoland premieres at Theatre at the Center

A season of Chicagoland premieres at Theatre at the Center

The Theatre at the Center is proud to offer four Chicagoland premiers this 2014 show season as well as one world premiere. The excitement begins February 20th through March 30th with the Chicagoland premiere of Ring of Fire. From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical a…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Meyers Heating and Cooling maintains customers' equipment and saves money

Meyers Heating and Cooling maintains customers' equipment and saves money

You probably know by now that Meyer’s Heating and Cooling has been bringing Northwest Indiana residents an attention to detail, product knowledge, and salesmanship that is unparalleled in the region since 1951. They are built upon a tradition of quality products and services, and the complet…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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St. John: Open for Business and Planting Family Roots

St. John: Open for Business and Planting Family Roots

Over the last decade, St. John, Indiana has experienced rapid population growth. Located just outside Chicago, it’s become an oasis for urban professionals and their families desiring a small town environment with all the conveniences of a major urban center. People come to St. John and stay…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Donna Brum Dancers: A Tradition of Dance in the Region

Donna Brum Dancers: A Tradition of Dance in the Region

When Donna Brum was just three years old, her mother, Helen Trigg, had a dream for her. “She wanted me to be another Shirley Temple,” says Brum. Part of this dream came from her mother’s own passion in life that she hoped her daughter would share. “As a child, my mother always wanted to danc…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Langer & Langer brings client care back to the community

Langer & Langer brings client care back to the community

Langer & Langer provides legal services for Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, including Medical Malpractice cases for surgical, hospital, and birth-related injuries, Car and Semi-Truck Crashes, Nursing Home cases, and Complex Litigation. Other areas of practice include Family, Criminal…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Lakeshore Public Media connects people, ideas and information in the region

Lakeshore Public Media connects people, ideas and information in the region

Lakeshore Public Media has grown since its inception in the mid-1980s, but the mission has never changed. Today more than ever, Lakeshore Public Media, through television, radio, the web, community outreach and events, is a source for local and national information to connect people and idea…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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House of Pizza's fresh pizza and family atmosphere are a region favorite

House of Pizza's fresh pizza and family atmosphere are a region favorite

When it comes to pizza, House of Pizza in Hammond has made it their family’s business for six decades to serve the freshest and tastiest pizza in the region. Manager Danny Zunica says that House of Pizza began when his grandfather founded the business in the same location they have today. “M…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Higgins Overhead Door brings quick and quality service to customers

Higgins Overhead Door brings quick and quality service to customers

Why should customers use Higgins Overhead Door for their door needs? Here are just a few reasons:

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Welch's Stop and Shop offers open flame grill catering

Welch's Stop and Shop offers open flame grill catering

Since 1953, Welch’s Stop and Shop has offered customers the finest quality meats, prepared dishes, side dishes, groceries, produce, and fresh baked bread. Ed Welch, owner of Welch’s Stop and Shop along with his mother, Jeanette, says that the region has come to depend on the quality of food …

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Porter council discusses budget, purchases

PORTER | Webb Ford in Highland was the lowest bid plus trade-ins for two 2014 Ford utility trucks for the Police Department, Chief Jamie Spanier told the Town Council on Tuesday.

March 12, 2014 5:51 pm

Chesterton amends zoning ordinance

CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Town Council unanimously passed an ordinance to amend portions of its unified comprehensive zoning and subdivision control ordinance which governs signs in town.

March 10, 2014 10:00 pm
Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living

Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living

Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living provides a comprehensive set of behavioral and mental healthcare services to individuals and families in Gary and Northwest Indiana. In doing so, they seek to contribute in a positive way to the community’s q…

March 09, 2014 2:20 pm Photos

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NIPSCO: Powering the Community

NIPSCO: Powering the Community

Community support and involvement has always been at the foundation of NIPSCO’s more than 100-year history. And, as one of the region’s largest employers, NIPSCO focuses on leveraging its resources to provide the type of support that will help make a lasting and sustainable difference for th…

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The Strack & Van Til family of stores is dedicated to the community they serve

The Strack & Van Til family of stores is dedicated to the community they serve

For the past eight decades, the Strack & Van Til family of stores has been bringing fresh foods to Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. It is because of their commitment to quality and an exceptional level of customer care that they thrive year after year. The difference between shopping a…

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Vendors, visitors thinking spring at annual lifestyle show

Vendors, visitors thinking spring at annual lifestyle show

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | People sat in lawn chairs outside on their patio, stood in front of their garage doors, or sat on tractor lawn mowers.

March 07, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Academic Super Bowl challenges students' versatility

Academic Super Bowl challenges students' versatility

WESTVILLE | Students from eight of the nine high schools in Porter County gathered at Purdue University North Central on Wednesday evening for the Porter County Academic Super Bowl Invitational.

March 05, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Valparaiso church offers drive-thru convenience on Ash Wednesday

Valparaiso church offers drive-thru convenience on Ash Wednesday

VALPARAISO | The line down the driveway at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Valparaiso was a testament that many area Christians, though busy with work, toting kids to school and running errands, still are pious and want to celebrate their faith.

March 05, 2014 3:30 pm Video Photos

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Duneland School Board sets summer school sessions

CHESTERTON | Duneland Community Schools will offer two summer school sessions this year. Each will run 15 days and will cost $125.

March 03, 2014 9:00 pm

Porter hears of county bail out on tornado siren maintenance

PORTER | Fire Chief Lewis Craig told members of the Town Council on Tuesday that Porter County Emergency Management Agency director Russell Shirley had notified the town that the county will no longer maintain the town’s tornado sirens, despite an agreement to do so.

February 26, 2014 8:13 am

Chesterton Town Council hears of road maintenance needs

CHESTERTON | Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg reported Monday to the Town Council he will put together a list for paving projects and anticipates “a lot of repairs this year and we will be focusing on crack sealing to prevent water from going in and freezing.”

February 25, 2014 2:15 pm

Porter hears of county bail out on tornado siren maintenance

PORTER | During Tuesday night’s council meeting, Fire Chief Lewis Craig told members that Russell Shirley, Porter County Emergency Management Agency director, notified the town they will no longer be maintaining the town’s tornado sirens, despite an agreement to do so.

February 25, 2014 12:00 am

Community offers ideas for Valpo's future

VALPARAISO | Business leaders, city officials and residents of Valparaiso identified such issues as downtown parking, downtown traffic, transportation, the environment and locally grown food options as priorities that should be addressed in the coming years.

February 24, 2014 8:45 pm
Local resident wins prestigious bird award

Local resident wins prestigious bird award

CHESTERTON | Dr. Kenneth J. Brock, long-time resident of Chesterton, has been awarded the ABA Ludlow Griscom Award recognizing Outstanding Contributions in Regional Ornithology.

February 17, 2014 12:00 am

Grant will aid Porter downtown improvements

PORTER | A NIRPC Livable Communities grant for $32,000 will help the town construct sidewalks, Michael Barry, Porter's director of development, said during Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting.

February 11, 2014 8:49 pm

Chesterton awarded $24K for trail project

CHESTERTON | Chesterton has been awarded a federal Creating Livable Communities grant of $24,000 for planning and design of the Calumet Connection/Dunes Kankakee Trail Project.

February 10, 2014 8:48 pm

Duneland Schools designate snow makeup days

CHESTERTON | School will be in session for two days this month and another in April as makeup days for recent school cancellations due to snow and cold weather, Superintendent David Pruis told the Duneland School Corp. board.

February 03, 2014 8:49 pm
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