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Evan Schmitt, a 4th-grader at Bailly Elementary in Chesterton, won a 2nd place ribbon for his Gravity Defying Ball Chain project at the school's Festival of Learning.

18 hours ago
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Parents and students gather around a video project created by kindergartener Raghu Nachuri, which was displayed during the Bailly Elementary school's Festival of Learning. Raghu's project was about one of his favorite animals, the tiger.

18 hours ago
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Kathy and R.D. Parpart attended the The Ivy Tech Foundation's Groove to the Sixties fundraising event Friday evening at Aberdeen Manor in Valpraiso. R.D. is team lead for Steel Workers for the Future.

April 11, 2014 7:37 pm
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Director of Resources at Ivy Tech Gena Wilimitis and Ivy Tech Special Assistant to the Chancellor Lisa Wenzel attended the Ivy Tech Foundation's Groove to the Sixties fundraising event at Aberdeen in Valparaiso Friday evening.

April 11, 2014 7:37 pm
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Kristina Thaxton, her daughter, Claira, and other members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church help prepare a dinner Wednesday. The weekly free meal is a Lenten tradition at the church.

April 09, 2014 6:36 pm
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Church members Donna Potchen, left and Judy Anderson help prepare dinner at Holy Cross Lutheran Church Wednesday. The church offers the free meal every week during Lent.

April 09, 2014 6:37 pm
Quilt show adorns walls

Quilt show adorns walls

Karen Dewitt, left, and her sister Helen Dewitt attend a quilt show at the Porter County Expo Center on Saturday. Karen Dewitt was at the show to promote her books "The Bunco Club" and "Quilters of the Bunco Club."

March 29, 2014 4:58 pm
Quilt show adorns walls

Quilt show adorns walls

The String-A-Long Quilters guild is sponsoring a quilt show at the Porter County Expo Center during the weekend. Among those at the show was Di Richards, of Quilts of Valor, a nonprofit organization that donates quilts to veterans.

March 29, 2014 4:57 pm
We're pushing for positive changes in region

We're pushing for positive changes in region

A Boeing 737-400 sits at the Gary/Chicago International Airport during the November celebration of the grand opening of Ivy Tech Community College's Emergency Response Training Lab. The aircraft was donated by the Popovich Family Trust.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Porter County seeks to keep kids out of jail

Porter County seeks to keep kids out of jail

Alison Cox, director of the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center, and Chris Buyer, chief juvenile justice probation officer in Porter County, listen as Anthony McDonald, coordinator for Porter County's Juvenile Detention Center Alternatives Initiative, speaks at a workshop held at the Fam…

March 11, 2014 7:11 pm
Porter County reducing juvenile detentions

Porter County reducing juvenile detentions

Anthony McDonald, the coordinator for Porter County's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, was one of the speakers at a workshop held at the Family and Youth Services Bureau in Valparaiso, Tuesday evening. The evening's topic was Juvenile Justice Alternatives for Youth.

March 11, 2014 7:11 pm
Carry-in raises money, awareness for women's issues

Carry-in raises money, awareness for women's issues

From left, Christine Kamm, Kim Juhlin and Minakshi Ghuman get ready to eat together at the monthly Dining for Women event held at Pines Village Retirement Center in Valparaiso. The group holds a fundraising potluck dinner to benefit various women's issues around the world.

March 10, 2014 5:26 pm
Carry-in raises money, awareness for women's issues

Carry-in raises money, awareness for women's issues

A group of women hold the Dining for Women event at Pines Village Retirement Center in Valparaiso once a month. Members of the group contribute to a potluck and then donate their "dining out' money to the organization.

March 10, 2014 5:26 pm
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Tyler Eggert, an 8th grade student at Kesling Middle School, discusses his project with Valparaiso University physics and astronomy professor Adam Gibson-Even at the Northwestern Indiana Science and Engineering Fair Saturday afternoon at Valparaiso University.

February 22, 2014 1:28 pm
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Jaden Redweik, a 7th grade student at Kesling Middle School, discusses her project with judge Randy Cook at the Northwestern Indiana Science and Engineering Fair Saturday afternoon at Valparaiso University.

February 22, 2014 1:28 pm
Region services help improve relationships, ensure safety

Region services help improve relationships, ensure safety

Malcom Astley, father of Lauren Dunn Astley, who was slain by her ex-boyfriend in 2011, speaks at the Amanda Forum in January at Aberdeen Manor in Valparaiso. The Amanda Forum is offered through The Caring Place and focuses on helping teens recognize warning signs of abuse, pro-social relati…

February 16, 2014 12:00 am
Region services help improve relationships, ensure safety

Region services help improve relationships, ensure safety

Mary Beth Schultz, executive director of The Caring Place, listens as Malcom Astley, father of Lauren Dunn Astley, who was slain by her ex-boyfriend in 2011, speaks at the Amanda Forum at Aberdeen Manor in Valparaiso. The Amanda Forum is offered through The Caring Place. It helps teens recog…

February 16, 2014 12:00 am
10 area students advance to March 8 spelling bee in Wheeler

10 area students advance to March 8 spelling bee in Wheeler

The Lake and Porter County District Spelling Bee was held Saturday at Wheeler High School. From left, are third-place winner Zoe Swayne, an Immanuel Lutheran School eighth-grader; runnerup Sophia Panos, a Forest Ridge Academy eight-grader; and Adam Akan, a Montessori Children's Schoolhouse f…

February 15, 2014 12:23 pm
10 area students advance to March 8 spelling bee in Wheeler

10 area students advance to March 8 spelling bee in Wheeler

Violet Needham, a Chesterton Middle School student, spells a word Saturday during the Lake and Porter County District Spelling Bee held at Wheeler High School.

February 15, 2014 12:23 pm
Preventing youth dating violence

Preventing youth dating violence

Malcom Astley, father of Lauren Dunn Astley who was slain by her ex-boyfriend in 2011, speaks Wednesday at the Amanda Forum at Aberdeen Manor in Valparaiso. The Amanda Forum is offered through The Caring Place and focuses on helping teens recognize warning signs of abuse, pro-social relation…

January 29, 2014 7:15 pm
Preventing youth dating violence

Preventing youth dating violence

Mary Beth Schultz, executive director of The Caring Place, listens Wednesday as Malcom Astley speaks at the Amanda Forum at Aberdeen Manor in Valparaiso.

January 29, 2014 7:15 pm
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Ellie Boyle, Ben Raffin and Sam Yetsko, eighth graders at St. Patrick School in Chesterton, decorated Mrs. Thorstad's classroom door in honor of Catholic School Week.

January 29, 2014 1:28 pm
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Celia Faroh, Maggie Woodruff and Gavin Campbell, fourth graders at St. Patrick School in Chesterton, decorated Mrs. Gmyrek's classroom door in honor of Catholic School Week.

January 29, 2014 1:27 pm
Toying with career ideas

Toying with career ideas

Ciara Bonner, 8, of Valparaiso, was the grand prize winner Saturday at the annual Block Kids Building Competition at the Valparaiso Public Library. The event is hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction to introduce children to the construction industry. Ciara's work will g…

January 25, 2014 1:32 pm
Urban Soles owner now has a pair of shoe stores

Urban Soles owner now has a pair of shoe stores

Linda Weber opened her second Urban Soles location in December in Valparaiso. The other store is located in Michigan City.

January 22, 2014 11:52 pm
Urban Soles owner now has a pair of shoe stores

Urban Soles owner now has a pair of shoe stores

Linda Weber is the owner of Urban Soles, with locations in Valparaiso and Michican City.

January 22, 2014 11:52 pm
MOMS Method

MOMS Method

Orlee Glazer opened M.O.M.S. Method barre studio in Chesterton. The studio focuses on a total body workout using stretching, pilates and classic ballet barre techniques.

January 22, 2014 11:52 pm
MOMS Method Barre Studio

MOMS Method Barre Studio

Orlee Glazer opened M.O.M.S. Method barre studio in Chesterton. The studio focuses on a total body workout using stretching, pilates and classic ballet barre techniques.

January 22, 2014 11:51 pm
Bob Minard

Bob Minard

Bob Minard of Valparaiso, earned his M.B.A. in 2013 and teaches at Purdue North Central in Westville.

January 02, 2014 4:53 pm
Volunteer 'elves' answer Toys for Tots call

Volunteer 'elves' answer Toys for Tots call

Molly Chavis, 3, and her mother Shannon Chavis volunteer with Wanatah's Cub Scout Pack 810 to help distribute thousands of toys for the local Toys for Tots campaign sponsored by the Dunes Leathernecks Marine Corps League. The distribution was Saturday morning at the National Guard Armory in …

December 21, 2013 1:56 pm
Donated jetliner new Ivy Tech emergency responder lab

Donated jetliner new Ivy Tech emergency responder lab

A celebration for the grand opening of Ivy Tech Community College's Emergency Response Training Lab was held Friday evening at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. A Boeing 737-400 was donated as the training lab by the Popovich Family Trust.

November 22, 2013 6:18 pm
Donated jetliner new Ivy Tech emergency responder lab

Donated jetliner new Ivy Tech emergency responder lab

A Boeing 737-400 sits at the Gary/Chicago International Airport during a celebration of the grand opening of Ivy Tech Cummunity College's Emergency Response Training Lab. The aircraft was donated by the Popovich Family Trust.

November 22, 2013 6:17 pm
Cancer fight continues in streets of Valparaiso

Cancer fight continues in streets of Valparaiso

Hundreds of people walk down Washington Street in Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk.

October 20, 2013 5:31 pm
Cancer fight continues in streets of Valparaiso

Cancer fight continues in streets of Valparaiso

The American Cancer Society's Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk took place Sunday afternoon at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso.

October 20, 2013 5:26 pm
Church event sends pumpkins flying through the air

Church event sends pumpkins flying through the air

John Key, science teacher at Victory Christian Academy and Ralph Hoffman, along with students, ready a machine for a launch during Faith Evangelical Free Church's Punkin Launchkin event Saturday afternoon in Valparaiso. A contest was held to see whose pumpkin launching machine could throw a …

October 19, 2013 4:16 pm
Church event sends pumpkins flying through the air

Church event sends pumpkins flying through the air

Faith Evangelical Free Church of Valparaiso sponsored the Punkin Launchkin event Saturday afternoon. A contest was held to see whose pumpkin launching machine could throw a pumpkin the furthest.

October 19, 2013 4:17 pm
Church event sends pumpkins flying through the air

Church event sends pumpkins flying through the air

A pumpkin is prepared for launch during Faith Evangelical Free Church's Punkin Launchkin event Saturday in Valparaiso. A contest was held to see whose pumpkin launching machine could toss a pumpkin farthest.

October 19, 2013 4:16 pm
Turkeypalooza gobbles attention

Turkeypalooza gobbles attention

Turkeypalooza was held Friday in Valpariso's Central Park Plaza to raise funds for the area's 500 Turkeys program. This year, the group hopes to give turkeys to nearly 700 families in need.

October 04, 2013 7:53 pm
Turkeypalooza gobbles attention

Turkeypalooza gobbles attention

Christian Gonzales, 7, of St. John. plays in the games section at the Turkeypalooza held Friday evening at Cerntral Park Plaza in Valparaiso. The event was held to raise funds for the 500 Turkeys program which hopes to raise enough money to purchase nearly 700 turkeys for families in need this year.

October 04, 2013 7:52 pm
Homecoming nomination a dream come true

Homecoming nomination a dream come true

Valparaiso High School 2013 Homecoming Queen nominees, from left, Greer Brown, 17, Kathy Minko, 17, Angela Darrol, 19, Maria Yallourakis, 17, Kelli Keough, 17 and Alexandra Shideler, 17.

September 30, 2013 9:22 am
Civil War encampment tours offered

Civil War encampment tours offered

The 20th Indiana Company B Volunteer Infantry Civil War re-enactment group prepares its camp Saturday at the Covered Bridge Harvest Festival in the Lake County Fairgrounds. Company B, made up of soldiers from the region, was led by Col. John Wheeler, of Crown Point. The festival continues to…

September 28, 2013 4:28 pm
Zombie-fleeing runners

Zombie-fleeing runners

Participants in Saturday's Zombie Bridge Run/Walk at the Lake County Fairgrounds had to push shopping carts uphill as one of the obstacles placed in their way. Runners wore red flags which they were to keep from being stolen during zombie attacks on the run. The event benefitted Special Olympics. 

September 28, 2013 4:27 pm
Zombie-fleeing runners

Zombie-fleeing runners

Participants in Saturday's Zombie Bridge Run/Walk flee Purdue University Calumet student Matt Bjorklund, 22, of Schererville. The Special Olympics fundraiser was held at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point.

September 28, 2013 4:27 pm
Civil War encampment tours offered

Civil War encampment tours offered

The 20th Indiana Company B Volunteer Infantry Civil War re-enactment group is part of today's Covered Bridge Harvest Festival at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Company B was made up of Union soldiers from the region, led by Col. John Wheeler. In addition to the encampment, the festival feature…

September 28, 2013 4:27 pm
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Instructors and staff members of the Valparaiso YMCA were among those who modeled clothing from local shops during a fashion show which was held Thursday evening during the company's annual Community Assistance Campaign fundraiser at the Old Town Banquet Center.

September 26, 2013 9:37 pm
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Rosanna Cavanaugh, left, and Bernadette Folke practice their move for the catwalk Thursday evening before the fashion show portion of the Valparaiso YMCA's Annual Community Assistance Campaign fundraiser at the Old Town Banquet Center.

September 26, 2013 9:36 pm
Alum of Valpo tech school reminisce on 'Marines for electronics'

Alum of Valpo tech school reminisce on 'Marines for electronics'

One Center Street, the only remaining building on the former campus of Valparaiso Technical Institute, is now a budding arts center. But the people who gathered there Saturday for a reunion shared memories of the structure's education incarnation.  A reunion was held for alumni of the Valpar…

August 24, 2013 12:46 pm
Alum of Valpo tech school reminisce on 'Marines for electronics'

Alum of Valpo tech school reminisce on 'Marines for electronics'

Valparaiso Technical Institute alumni Perry Cushman and Gene Wiggins attended a reunion at the school's remaining building Saturday. Cushman came the farthest to attend, having traveled from California. Wiggins a 1947 graduate, went on to become an instructor at the school.

August 24, 2013 12:45 pm
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Michael Berta, Valparaiso Public Schools superintendent, speaks Monday to the Valpo Rotary Club at Strongbow Inn.

August 19, 2013 1:12 pm
Rotary sponsorship of drug tests urged

Rotary sponsorship of drug tests urged

Michael Berta, Valparaiso Community Schools superintendent, speaks Monday afternoon to the Valpo Rotary Club at Strongbow Inn.

August 19, 2013 1:12 pm
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