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Portage chamber promotion turns into market

Portage chamber promotion turns into market

PORTAGE | Even though Rich Huff’s business is in Oak Park, Ill., he still thought it was important Thursday to showcase his work, the restoration of a 1991 Hurricane pinball machine, at the 11th annual Portage Community and Business Night at Woodland Park.

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Roadside cleanups May 10 still need Porter volunteers

PORTER | Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer said department employees and volunteers will conduct roadway cleanups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10, working on the north side of U.S. 12 and the beach area.

April 22, 2014 8:20 pm

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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Preventing youth dating violence

Preventing youth dating violence

VALPARAISO | Dozens of snapshots of Amanda Bach were displayed on a table — Amanda in her green M&M costume for Halloween, Amanda with a dolphin, Amanda on Santa’s lap — all with family and friends, smiling as a child.

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Porter votes to merge police dispatch with Chesterton

PORTER | The Porter Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to merge police dispatch units with Chesterton.

January 29, 2014 12:55 pm

Chesterton, Porter to merge dispatch units

CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Town Council voted to merge the town’s police dispatch unit with the town of Porter’s at Monday night’s meeting.

January 27, 2014 8:15 pm

NICTD board members hear plans for 2014

PORTER | Board members of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District heard a review of last year’s numbers and highlights, as well as plans for 2014 during Thursday morning’s meeting.

January 23, 2014 2:47 pm
Porter County Career and Tech Center sponsors apprenticeship fair

Porter County Career and Tech Center sponsors apprenticeship fair

VALPARAISO | The snow may have kept away many students from attending the Porter County Career and Technical Center’s 2nd Annual Apprenticeship Fair, but those who were able to attend discovered the opportunities for a career that is suited to their skills and a future.

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Winter Nature Camp offers two days of fun in the dunes

PORTER | Summer camp may be months away, and with the current weather, it may feel even further away, but the Dunes Learning Center is bringing a summer camp experience to kids this February with a mission to learn while having fun.

January 18, 2014 12:00 am
Community initiative aims to reduce substance abuse

Community initiative aims to reduce substance abuse

VALPARAISO | After nine months of speaking to hundreds of people in the community and studying the numbers on drug-related issues, leaders in Porter County heard about three initiatives to help improve those statistics during an update meeting at Valparaiso University on Wednesday night.

January 15, 2014 7:55 pm

Porter snowplows drove into hostile territory

PORTER | Public Works Director Brenda Brueckheimer told Town Council members she and her staff were treated abusively by a number of Porter residents during the recent heavy snows.

January 14, 2014 8:44 pm

Council hears about snowstorm fallout

CHESTERTON | Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg said snow removal from Chesterton streets sometimes damaged mailboxes and, while the town is not liable, it will consider reimbursing homeowners in the name of public relations.

January 13, 2014 9:00 pm
Outdoor perspectives kindled indoors at Dunes open House

Outdoor perspectives kindled indoors at Dunes open House

PORTER | Even though the outdoors was in a state of thaw on Saturday afternoon, families still enjoyed what snow was left to participate in many outdoor, as well as indoor, activities during the second annual Winter Open House at the Dunes Learning Center.

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Duneland School Board opposes eliminating business personal property tax

CHESTERTON | The Duneland School Corp. board unanimously passed a resolution opposing the elimination of business personal property tax during its meeting on Wednesday night.

January 08, 2014 8:34 pm

County Council passes hiring freeze

VALPARAISO | The Porter County Council wasted no time at Tuesday night’s meeting in unanimously passing a hiring freeze on county employees.

January 07, 2014 8:45 pm
Cats stowaway on five-hour highway ride

Cats stowaway on five-hour highway ride

HEBRON | When a region family left Southern Illinois after a holiday visit, they didn't know they had a couple of stowaways on their 285-mile, five-hour trek back home to Hebron.

January 03, 2014 5:30 pm
Opportunity Enterprises grows to add 500th employee

Opportunity Enterprises grows to add 500th employee

VALPARAISO | An increased demand for services, coupled with the closure of the ARC of Northwest Indiana’s group homes has led to an expansion of staff at Opportunity Enterprises.

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Darnell to lead Chesterton council

CHESTERTON | The Town Council met New Year’s Day to elect a new executive leadership and make appointments to various town boards.

January 01, 2014 8:15 pm
Hikers hold New Year's party with get-up-and-go at Dunes State Park

Hikers hold New Year's party with get-up-and-go at Dunes State Park

PORTER | Some 30 hikers at Indiana Dunes State Park hit the snowy trails on New Year’s Day morning as part of a statewide and national initiative, America’s State Parks First Day Hikes.

January 01, 2014 7:45 pm

Workshops named for local murder victim to combat dating violence

VALPARAISO | A series of workshops for teens, parents, school administrators, and community leaders is coming to Porter County to raise awareness of youth dating violence prevention.

January 01, 2014 6:45 pm
New Year brings Chesterton new clerk-treasurer

New Year brings Chesterton new clerk-treasurer

CHESTERTON | A new clerk-treasurer will take office here Wednesday, succeeding Gayle Polakowski, who held the post for the past quarter of a century.

December 30, 2013 5:51 pm

National Park Service abandons plan to build at Porter Beach

PORTER | The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has abandoned plans to build a parking lot and picnic shelter at Porter Beach after receiving public comments that were not in support of the plan, said Bruce Rowe, public information officer for the IDNL.

December 25, 2013 11:00 pm
Dunes hike a family affair

Dunes hike a family affair

PORTER | The mercury may have read 4 degrees, but that didn't stop some two dozen hikers from hitting the trails at the Indiana Dunes State Park on Christmas Eve morning for an annual hike.

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