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League of Women Voters seeks members

VALPARAISO | The League of Women Voters of Porter County is rebooting with a kick-off meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday Oct. 6 at the Valparaiso University Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources Board Room.

September 15, 2014 5:56 pm
First queen presides over county fair

First queen presides over county fair

LAPORTE | Melissa Smoker will reign over the LaPorte County Fair after being selected as the first queen at the state’s oldest county fair.

July 07, 2014 5:06 pm
LCA celebrates art at home for its annual fund-raiser

LCA celebrates art at home for its annual fund-raiser

MICHIGAN CITY | The annual ArtBash fund-raiser will have a home backdrop for the first time: taking place at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Saturday July 12 at the center, 101 W. Second St.

July 03, 2014 5:05 pm
New cubs in spotlight at BBQ at Zoo

New cubs in spotlight at BBQ at Zoo

MICHIGAN CITY | BBQ at the Zoo is one of Washington Park Zoo's largest annual fundraisers featuring food, the magic of Matt Kalita, up-close meet-and-greets with some animals and a silent auction.

July 01, 2014 5:03 pm

Jaycees celebrate Fourth holiday with annual parade, fireworks

LAPORTE | The LaPorte Jaycee’s 68th annual Fourth of July parade steps off at 10 a.m. Friday July 4 celebrating heroes with this year’s theme: “Our Heroes: We can because they do.”

July 01, 2014 4:30 pm
Michigan City photographer captures Most Artistic preservation photo

Michigan City photographer captures Most Artistic preservation photo

MICHIGAN CITY | It was a cool day in July last year when Laura A. Niemiec set out to capture the iconic Michigan City Lighthouse.

May 13, 2014 5:10 pm
Queen to preside over LaPorte County Fair

Queen to preside over LaPorte County Fair

LAPORTE | A royal addition is premiering at the 2014 LaPorte County Fair.

April 25, 2014 5:30 pm
Conference delves into teens, stress

Conference delves into teens, stress

VALPARAISO | A Positive Approach to Teen Health will spotlight stress’s impact on teens as well as how adults can help them cope at its 10th annual seminar, “American Teens in Crisis: Teens Under Stress.”

April 10, 2014 11:31 am
Essay snapped up by national magazine

Essay snapped up by national magazine

VALPARAISO | Karen Gay’s look back at her love for “Bessie” has put her in the national spotlight.

March 19, 2014 6:28 pm

Prom dresses sought for Saturday swap

WANATAH | Marianne Juscik-Minier’s conversation last year with her sister on the price of attending prom sparked the idea for launching a Prom Dress Swap.

March 19, 2014 6:32 pm
Disposal program collects thousands of drugs since launching

Disposal program collects thousands of drugs since launching

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Police Department continues to be a drop-off point for unwanted and expired prescription drugs and in 2013, more than 1,580 pounds were collected.

February 18, 2014 3:51 pm
Coffee with Cop opportunity to connect with officers

Coffee with Cop opportunity to connect with officers

LAPORTE | The LaPorte Police Department is connecting with community members at its latest Coffee with a Cop from 7 to 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 20 at B&J’s American Café, 607 Lincolnway.

February 17, 2014 3:26 pm

Super hero, princess bash benefits animal shelter

VALPARAISO | Kids Power Porter County is spinning out a crowning fund-raiser for the Porter County Animal Shelter.

February 13, 2014 4:13 pm
Pee Wee Prom celebrates connections, creates memories

Pee Wee Prom celebrates connections, creates memories

PORTAGE | Couples will dance along the yellow brick road at the Portage Township YMCA’s Pee Wee Prom from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday March 7 at the YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road.

February 13, 2014 12:25 pm
Festival celebrates winter season

Festival celebrates winter season

LAPORTE | WinterFest features a mix of events and activities from a fun run and ice sculpture creations to carriage rides and a Chicago Blackhawks street hockey clinic.

January 22, 2014 2:25 pm Photos

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Mayor hosting Winter Glow Ball to support organizations

Mayor hosting Winter Glow Ball to support organizations

MICHIGAN CITY | Mayor Ron Meer is hosting his first mayor’s ball, the 2014 Winter Glow Ball, from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8 at the Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa Stardust Event Center.

January 16, 2014 5:32 pm
Santa comes to town with annual parade

Santa comes to town with annual parade

LAPORTE | Santa is coming to town for his annual parade in downtown LaPorte!

November 19, 2013 5:35 pm
Trick-or-treat hours set; glow sticks offered

Trick-or-treat hours set; glow sticks offered

PORTAGE | The Downtown Business District, along Central Avenue, will be open for trick-or-treating from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday Oct. 31. Businesses that are participating will have a sign in their window/door.

October 29, 2013 4:36 pm
Halloween fun for little ghosts, goblins

Halloween fun for little ghosts, goblins

CHESTERTON | We hope you have a safe and frightfully fun Halloween! Trick-or-treat hours in Chesterton are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 31.

October 29, 2013 2:48 pm
Halloween happenings fill weekend calendar

Halloween happenings fill weekend calendar

It’s the weekend before Halloween and there are tons of events going on around Porter County! Did we miss something? Share on one of our community Facebook pages: www.facebook.com/valpocommunity, www.facebook.com/dunelandcommunity or www.facebook.com/portagecommunity!

October 22, 2013 12:37 pm
Psi Iota Xi fund-raiser keeps foam flowing

Psi Iota Xi fund-raiser keeps foam flowing

VALPARAISO | Foam was flying Saturday afternoon for the first annual Field of Foam Fun Fair at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.

August 19, 2013 3:30 pm
Volunteer spirit shines during Day of Caring

Volunteer spirit shines during Day of Caring

VALPARAISO | Community members will be come together Aug. 23 for the United Way’s annual Day of Caring.

August 14, 2013 5:19 pm

Festival feeds love of bacon

PORTAGE | Michael Signorelli Jr. believes bacon brings people together as sort of a “universal language.”

July 31, 2013 3:31 pm
Getting folks grooving drives local musician

Getting folks grooving drives local musician

CHESTERTON | Emotion and experience - along with a little toe tapping - fuel Gerry Hundt’s passion for playing music.

July 30, 2013 3:55 pm
Pictures bring family tree to life

Pictures bring family tree to life

PORTER | Arlene Foster is enriching her families’ history one picture at a time.

July 29, 2013 4:17 pm
Children take a spin on the Merry-Go-Round at the Porter County Fair

Children take a spin on the Merry-Go-Round at the Porter County Fair

VALPARAISO | From the Hunter Hayes concert and the Monster Truck Show to 4-H events and the Good Time Cloggers hitting the stage, we have captured lots of great moments at this year’s Porter County Fair.

July 24, 2013 8:16 pm
Visit Pioneerland at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds

Visit Pioneerland at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds

LAPORTE | The quiet concentration permeated the quilter’s cabin. The ladies were working diligently on the beautiful quilts – an image straight out of the past.

July 17, 2013 7:25 pm
LaPorte County Fair runs through Sunday

LaPorte County Fair runs through Sunday

LAPORTE | Indiana's oldest county fair features all the sights, sounds and flavors that make a fair great! We got in the action from pie judging and the Willie Nelson concert to lemon shake-ups and face painting.

July 11, 2013 11:21 am Photos

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Enjoying the natural beauty of the region

Enjoying the natural beauty of the region

CHESTERTON | With 28 state parks around Indiana, we are lucky to have the beauty of the Dunes right in our corner of the state!

July 09, 2013 7:21 pm
Market offers all things summer

Market offers all things summer

CHESTERTON | From cupcakes to pretzels and flowers to honey, there are so many treats and treasures to discover at Chesterton’s European Market.

July 08, 2013 3:44 pm
Community members love what they do

Community members love what they do

Our communities are vibrant and unique because of all of the great individuals who do what they do!

June 27, 2013 2:41 pm Photos

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Community members shine doing what they love

Community members shine doing what they love

Our communities are vibrant and unique because of all of the great individuals who do what they do!

May 31, 2013 7:23 pm Photos

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Maple City Grand Prix Action happening this weekend

Maple City Grand Prix Action happening this weekend

LAPORTE | At Soldiers Memorial Park, we got in on the action of the Formula Light testing early Friday afternoon. The weekend continues with racing, food, concerts, and downtown events. Visit www.maplecitygrandprix.com for schedule of events.

May 31, 2013 3:04 pm
Crawpuppies rock region stages

Crawpuppies rock region stages

VALPARAISO | Region rock band the Crawpuppies has been hitting the stage since 1995, mixing original tunes with covers of pop rock bands and entertaining audiences throughout Northwest Indiana.

May 22, 2013 10:39 am
Food swappers celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Food swappers celebrate Cinco de Mayo

CHESTERTON | NWI Food Swap members celebrated Cinco de Mayo in style with their second food swap event at the Chesterton Public Library.

May 07, 2013 12:45 pm
DeLaney McGinley continuing achievements at Lewis University

DeLaney McGinley continuing achievements at Lewis University

DECATUR, ILL. | Lewis University’s DeLaney McGinley, of Valparaiso, is marking a personal best and top effort for all female throwers at Lewis this year. She recently won the hammer throw (44.85m/147'2") to lead the Flyer women’s track and field team at the Millikin University Big Blue Track…

May 02, 2013 7:17 pm Photos

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Bark for Life supports American Cancer Society

Bark for Life supports American Cancer Society

VALPARAISO | The Canine Country Club is hosting a Bark for Life and Dachshund Derby event on Saturday June 1 to help support the American Cancer Society.

May 02, 2013 7:11 pm
Kids Power dog tour supports animal shelter

Kids Power dog tour supports animal shelter

VALPARAISO | Kids Power is bringing the dog days of summer to spring.

May 01, 2013 10:02 pm
Promise connects best friends after diagnosis

Promise connects best friends after diagnosis

CHESTERTON | Best friends Diane Santiago and Denise Francis have a lifetime of shared experiences built on a friendship that began in high school.

April 18, 2013 3:45 pm
Mayor seeks support, votes for symphony’s “Magic Baton” competition

Mayor seeks support, votes for symphony’s “Magic Baton” competition

LAPORTE | Mayor Blair Milo is vying for an opportunity to conduct the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra.

April 16, 2013 5:28 pm
Day of beauty fund-raiser honors Bach, raises awareness

Day of beauty fund-raiser honors Bach, raises awareness

VALPARAISO | Anna McDonald hopes a day of beauty will not only honor the memory of Amanda Bach but also will bring awareness to dating violence and relationship abuse.

April 04, 2013 8:08 pm Photos

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Feeding time at Sunset Hill Farm County Park

Feeding time at Sunset Hill Farm County Park

VALPARAISO | Mr. T and Lucy had special servers on a recent morning.

April 03, 2013 10:16 pm
Comfort Keepers to recognize most vital seniors

Comfort Keepers to recognize most vital seniors

PORTAGE | Comfort Keepers of Portage is accepting nominations for its Most Vital Senior Award.

March 27, 2013 4:57 pm
A celebration of science at Cooks Corners Elementary School

A celebration of science at Cooks Corners Elementary School

VALPARAISO | Cooks Corners Elementary School hosted its first science fair in conjunction with its laboratory-themed book fair Friday.

March 19, 2013 8:58 pm
ASL Club brings together culture, language

ASL Club brings together culture, language

VALPARAISO | Blending cultures and languages, Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club continues to connect community members through its events.

March 19, 2013 8:35 pm
Club members swim to triumphant season

Club members swim to triumphant season

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Swim Club members are celebrating a season of success.

March 08, 2013 7:41 pm Photos

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Seniors’ talent on display at art fair

Seniors’ talent on display at art fair

PORTAGE | Seniors are showcasing their artistic talents again this year during the 13th annual Senior Art Fair at the Portage Public Library.

February 18, 2013 10:26 am Photos

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Ruth Foster

Ruth Foster

February 14, 2013 12:24 pm
Author brings 14th Century England to life in mystery series

Author brings 14th Century England to life in mystery series

VALPARAISO | It was while living in England that Ruth Foster’s author aspirations first began to take root.

February 14, 2013 12:20 pm
Kids group supports animal shelter

Kids group supports animal shelter

VALPARAISO | Porter County kids are learning the power of a united effort as they embrace the meaning of community spirit.

January 18, 2013 4:30 pm
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