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Camp Quality Illinois turns 20

Camp Quality Illinois turns 20

FRANKFORT, Ill. | Camp Manitoqua looks like your typical summer camp this week. Kids are diving into the pool, playing basketball and doing crafts. And for the most part, it is a typical summer camp. The big difference is the campers are a group of extraordinary kids who have one thing in co…

August 07, 2014 3:20 pm Photos

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Memorial Opera House actors perform at Shakespeare Festival

Memorial Opera House actors perform at Shakespeare Festival

VALPARAISO | Notre Dame's annual Shakespeare Festival took place in July, which included Shakescenes. The Shakescenes performances took place on stage in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center with youth theatre groups throughout Northwest Indiana, including Valparaiso's Memorial Opera House.

July 31, 2014 4:38 pm
Lansing teacher led active life

Lansing teacher led active life

Milt Van Drunen, 63, spent 36 years teaching social studies to 7th and 8th graders at Lansing Christian School where he was well-liked and where his wife also worked as a teacher. He spent his summers working as a roofer. He had retired from his teaching job last year.

July 27, 2014 11:17 pm
Event commemorates life of fallen Marine

Event commemorates life of fallen Marine

LANSING | On July 10, Philip Martini should have been celebrating his 33rd birthday, but his life was cut short by sniper fire while he served in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps.

July 25, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing family holds fundraiser for SADS Foundation in son’s memory

LANSING | The owners of Jack’s Sports Bar in Lansing are hoping to bring some good out of a heartbreaking loss.

July 21, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing man remembered as fisherman, poet

Lansing man remembered as fisherman, poet

Wendell Smith, 96, was born and raised in Chicago where his family owned South Chicago Auto Wreckers. He worked in the family business for several years and after his parents sold the business, he worked as a truck driver and warehouse worker for auto parts businesses in Chicago. In later ye…

July 20, 2014 12:21 am

Local libraries cater to growing Latino population

As the Latino population in the country has increased in recent years, some of Chicago’s south suburbs have seen significant increases in the number of Latino families.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am
Community rallies around Lansing boy injured in bicycle accident

Community rallies around Lansing boy injured in bicycle accident

Last month, 8-year-old Cody Ziemkowski, of Lansing, was taking a bike ride with his father, Kevin. As they passed the skate park on Chicago Avenue, Cody asked to stop and was taking it slow going down a small ramp when he went off the edge of the ramp and fell off his bike. He wasn’t wearing…

July 04, 2014 12:00 am

Visible Music College to offer community classes

LANSING | Visible Music College will be opening for full-time students in August, but the campus has already started offering community classes with a new session of evening classes beginning Monday.

July 04, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing grilling enthusiast to appear on WGN Thursday

Lansing grilling enthusiast to appear on WGN Thursday

LANSING | J.P. Roe, of Lansing, has been grilling and cooking since he was 16.

July 02, 2014 1:13 pm
Griffith man was loving father, good role model

Griffith man was loving father, good role model

Philip Witvliet has many memories of a loving, involved father who put his heart into anything his boys were involved in. “He did a lot of things with us,” said his son. “He went to all my baseball games growing up. He was really involved. Our dad taught us to ride a bike and throw a ball.”

July 01, 2014 12:00 am
Eating your way through Indy with the kids

Eating your way through Indy with the kids

When you head out of town with the family, your thoughts may be on sticking with a familiar and reliable fast food chain, but if a visit to Indianapolis is in your future, there's no need to settle for the same old #4 value meal.

June 18, 2014 1:00 am
WWII vet was 'honest, hardworking'

WWII vet was 'honest, hardworking'

John Dekker, 91, was born and raised in Lansing on a farm at the south end of town, the oldest of seven kids. He remained in Lansing throughout his life and raised his own family there, as well.

June 07, 2014 5:08 pm
From the Windy City to the Indy City: Indianapolis is top spot for family fun, cultural adventures

From the Windy City to the Indy City: Indianapolis is top spot for family fun, cultural adventures

It's road trip season and one of the best family road trips in the Midwest isn't too far from home.

June 05, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Amusing Adventures: Tame and thrilling, old and new rides await visitors at amusement parks

Amusing Adventures: Tame and thrilling, old and new rides await visitors at amusement parks

One of the summer season’s most popular destinations is the amusement park. Visitors travel far and wide to visit parks across the country and we are lucky to have some great amusement parks with thrilling roller coasters, exciting family rides and water parks that we can easily visit on a s…

May 31, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Lansing woman had long career at Dist. 171

Lansing woman had long career at Dist. 171

For 39 years, Viola Jonkman worked as a lunch and playground supervisor in Lansing Sunnybrook School District 171, affectionately known to students and staff as “Sarge.” In her later years, there she was, supervising a second generation as children of past students were enrolled.

May 30, 2014 12:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansing to celebrate 150 years

LANSING | In 1864, the pocket of land south of the city of Chicago reaching over to the Indiana border was transitioning from wilderness to small communities and farms. While forging into the unknown to make a new life for their families, many of the new settlers relied on strongly on their faith.

May 29, 2014 12:00 am
Local historian recalls playing on U-505 as young boy

Local historian recalls playing on U-505 as young boy

On June 4, 1944, the U-505 German submarine was captured off the coast of West Africa in a dangerous mission by the U.S. Navy.

May 23, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Cadets hold fundraiser

Cadets hold fundraiser

LANSING | The Lansing Police Cadets held a fundraiser on April 26 at the Lansing Municipal Airport where families could get a close look at a variety of different emergency and heavy equipment vehicles along with a K-9 demonstration. Proceeds from the event go toward the cadet's participatio…

May 23, 2014 2:40 pm Photos

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Youth group serves elegant dinner

Youth group serves elegant dinner

LANSING | Teens from the youth group of Grace Church in Lansing served up an elegant dinner recently at Illiana Christian High School for hundreds of guests. The refuge dinner was a fundraiser for the group's summer youth trip to Colorado.

May 14, 2014 3:17 pm
Gourmet Bargains: Creative culinary teams offer discount dining

Gourmet Bargains: Creative culinary teams offer discount dining

Dining through a program at one of the area's culinary or hospitality programs means getting the experience of a fine dining, downtown-caliber restaurant without paying the price tag of one.

May 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:34 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:36 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:37 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:33 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:33 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:28 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:29 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:31 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:32 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:23 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:24 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:24 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:25 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:26 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:20 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:20 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:21 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:22 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:18 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:19 pm
Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade 2014

May 12, 2014 1:17 pm
Woman active in community

Woman active in community

A woman who moved throughout the Midwest and East Coast was always active in her communities.

May 10, 2014 11:30 pm
Lansing man was devoted to family, faith

Lansing man was devoted to family, faith

Earl Mullen, 91, was dedicated to everything in his life, according to his daughter, Kathy Mullen of Lansing. “He was a man devoted to everything — his family, his employer and his church,” she said.

May 08, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing centenarian thrived on hard work

Lansing centenarian thrived on hard work

Adele Schultz, nee Mueller, had been the oldest living resident who was born in Lansing before she passed away in March shortly after her 101st birthday. She was born on the Christian Schultz homestead.

May 06, 2014 12:05 am
Purple Heart recipient was devoted father

Purple Heart recipient was devoted father

Joseph Chrzanowski, 91, spent his early years in Chicago before moving to the country and farming in Roselawn, Ind.

May 03, 2014 10:59 pm
Crown Point man was proud WWII veteran

Crown Point man was proud WWII veteran

Stanley Gawlinsksi, 86, was a veteran of World War II who served in the Army Air Force in the Pacific. “That’s one thing he was very proud of,” said his son-in-law, Thomas Szerlak. “He wore his hat all the time and was a proud veteran.”

May 02, 2014 11:29 pm
Ciao Bella owner offers alluring wine dinners

Ciao Bella owner offers alluring wine dinners

If you want to find someone who knows wine, Ciao Bella Ristorante owner Joe Scalzo would be the man.

April 30, 2014 3:00 am Photos

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Horses provide therapy for special needs riders

Horses provide therapy for special needs riders

On a little track in a covered arena in Hobart, individuals with disabilities light up as they escape the restrictions and difficulties of everyday life for an hour a week on the back of a horse in a therapeutic riding program.

April 20, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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T.F. South students help fund veteran dinner

T.F. South students help fund veteran dinner

LANSING | Over a four-day period students from T.F. South High School's History Club collected just over $800 with the intentions of donating the funds to benefit local veterans. "The students collected every day in second period, and the class which raised the most would win breakfast. The …

April 16, 2014 6:08 pm
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