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Luring kids to the hobby of fishing

Luring kids to the hobby of fishing

Jim Mendez shows his 7-year-old grandson, Izaiah Mendez, how to tie a loop knot at the Kids Beginning Fishing workshop put on by the Portage Township Parks Department at Field of Dreams Park in South Haven on Saturday morning.

September 13, 2014 11:35 am
Law firm replaces money stolen from Boy Scouts

Law firm replaces money stolen from Boy Scouts

Attorney Don Wruck of Dyer hands a check for $3,500 to a member of Boy Scout Troop 920 early Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso. The troop had $3,500 stolen from its corn sale tent at last Saturday's Popcorn Fest.

September 13, 2014 10:59 am
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Students watch as Chef Carrie Griggs of Sullivan University prepares a marsala risotto in the culinary class held at Boone Grove High School.

September 13, 2014 10:43 am
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Chef Carrie Griggs, a chef working with Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky., prepares a marsala risotto for students in the culinary arts program at Boone Grove High School. The culinary arts program is one of several offered to students in Porter County and the School City of Hobart thro…

September 13, 2014 10:44 am
Teachers help students focus on culinary creations

Teachers help students focus on culinary creations

Devon Chapman, 16, a Portage High School sophomore, serves the food he prepared to his culinary program classmates at Boone Grove High School.

September 13, 2014 10:43 am
Teachers help students focus on culinary creations

Teachers help students focus on culinary creations

Kyle Feck, a senior at Boone Grove High school, receives a sample of the risotto that Chef Carrie Griggs prepared for students of the culinary class held at the school.

September 13, 2014 10:44 am
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Valparaiso Parks Foundation Executive Director John Seibert and head of the ValPlayso children's building committee opened a time capsule from 1994 Thursday evening at Butterfield Pavilion in Valparaiso. Children from the current building committee attended the event.

September 11, 2014 7:56 pm
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New Portage Superintendent Richard Weigel has coffee with Portage Towship residents Tuesday evening to discuss school-related issues in the media center of Portage High School.

September 09, 2014 7:56 pm
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New Portage Superintendent Richard Weigel has coffee with Portage Township residents Tuesday evening to discuss school-related issues in the media center of Portage High School.

September 09, 2014 7:57 pm
Park named in honor of veterans' advocate

Park named in honor of veterans' advocate

A park dedication was held Sunday evening in South Haven's Coventry subdivision in honor of the new Jim H. Lynch Park.

September 07, 2014 5:37 pm
Park named in honor of veterans' advocate

Park named in honor of veterans' advocate

Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy, Portage Park Board member Stephanie Lundy, Sue Lynch, wife of Jim H. Lynch, and state Rep. Chuck Mosley were among those who attended the dedication Sunday evening of the Jim H. Lynch Park in South Haven's Coventry subdivision.

September 07, 2014 5:37 pm
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Stilt walker Matt Mullin perches atop the the Orville Reddenbacher statue in Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza during the Popcorn Festival on Saturday.

September 06, 2014 2:42 pm
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Representatives of St. Anthony's Imaging and Diagnostics show off their popcorn pride as they prepare to board their float Saturday for the Valparaiso Popcorn Parade.

September 06, 2014 2:41 pm
Government employees, teachers leaving to avoid retirement losses

Government employees, teachers leaving to avoid retirement losses

Electronics teacher Dave Kenning, left, and Jon Groth, principal and area director of the Porter County Career and Technical Center, left, show Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas the windmill that, with several rooftop solar panels, will power half of the school's hallway lights, a weather station …

August 02, 2014 10:21 am
Local technical centers, courses get students ready for college and careers

Local technical centers, courses get students ready for college and careers

Chris Brosky, 19, a college intern at Urschel Laboratories in Valparaiso, is one of three recipients of the Urschel Next Generation Scholarship. He attended the Porter County Career Center.

July 31, 2014 4:49 pm
Local technical centers, courses get students ready for college and careers

Local technical centers, courses get students ready for college and careers

Cole Ozbolt, 20, a college intern at Urschel Laboratories in Valparaiso, is one of three recipients of the Urschel Next Generation Scholarship. He attended the  Porter County Career Center.

July 31, 2014 4:49 pm
Local technical centers, courses get students ready for college and careers

Local technical centers, courses get students ready for college and careers

Michael Johnson, 18, a college intern at Urschel Laboratories in Valparaiso, is one of three recipients of the Urschel Next Generation Scholarship. He developed his skills at the Porter County Career Center.

July 31, 2014 4:49 pm
Local technical centers, courses get students ready for college and careers

Local technical centers, courses get students ready for college and careers

Michael Johnson, 18, a college intern at Urschel Laboratories in Valparaiso, is one of three recipients of the Urschel Next Generation Scholarship, learning his skills at the Porter County Career Center.

July 31, 2014 4:48 pm
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Micah Bell, fire prevention specialist with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, reads a book about Smokey Bear to the children of the Woodland Park summer camp program in Portage on Wednesday morning.

July 30, 2014 6:30 pm
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Micah Bell, fire prevention specialist with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, reads a book about Smokey Bear to the children of the Woodland Park Summer Camp program in Portage Wednesday morning.

July 30, 2014 6:27 pm
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Smokey Bear hugs fifth-grader Ashlee Tracy and other members of Woodland Park's summer camp program Wednesday morning in Portage. Smokey came with Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore officials and other fire prevention specialists to teach the children about fire safety.

July 30, 2014 6:27 pm
Patience, perseverance par for the course

Patience, perseverance par for the course

Dennis Walters, honorary PGA member and speaker, and his canine assistant, Bucky, visited Creekside Golf course in Valparaiso Sunday afternoon to give an inspirational talk to young members of The First Tee Program. Walters, who cannot walk, relearned golf and has been traveling the country …

July 27, 2014 8:25 pm
Patience, perseverance par for the course

Patience, perseverance par for the course

Rain falls on Dennis Walters, honorary PGA member and speaker, and his canine assistant, Bucky on Sunday at Creekside Golf Course in Valparaiso. Walters, who was injured in an accident 34 years ago which left him unable to walk, was at the golf course to give an inspiration talk to youths.

July 27, 2014 8:25 pm
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Gracepoint Church's lead pastor Ben Lamb welcomes a large crowd to the church's Pack the House Concert Sunday evening at Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza.

June 29, 2014 8:01 pm
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Pete Rivera plays guitar for the Gracepoint Church band at the Pack the House concert held at Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza Sunday evening. The event was held to collect donation for New Creation, the local men's shelter.

June 29, 2014 8:01 pm
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Bill Wellman cuts his birthday cake Saturday.

June 28, 2014 7:18 pm
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Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas presents a key to the city to local legend Bill Wellman at Central Park Plaza during the Test Drive and Taste event Saturday. A tribute was made to Wellman in honor of his 90th birthday.

June 28, 2014 7:17 pm
Master's Dance Academy

Master's Dance Academy

Alyssa Chirch, left, owner of Master's Dance Academy in Valparaiso, helps her young students with their costumes during the dress-up part of their lesson.

June 20, 2014 2:14 pm
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Master's Dance Academy

Morgan Hosek, age 4, waits for instruction during her ballet lesson at Master's Dance academy in Valparaiso.

June 20, 2014 2:14 pm
Foundation honoree receives Sagamore of Wabash award

Foundation honoree receives Sagamore of Wabash award

Carlos Rivero and Elena Jambrina accept outstanding volunteer awards bestowed by the Porter County Community Foundation on Wednesday at Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso.

June 18, 2014 7:50 pm
Shorewood kicks off healthy Memorial Day weekend

Shorewood kicks off healthy Memorial Day weekend

Vanessa Breesevan, a massage therapist working with the Portage YMCA, gives a massage Saturday to a visitor of the Shorewood Forest Health Fair at the Shorewood Forest Clubhouse in Union Township.

May 24, 2014 12:57 pm
Shorewood focuses on health

Shorewood focuses on health

JoAnn Quade, director of food service at Rittenhouse Senior Living, gives food demonstrations Saturday at the Shorewood Forest Health Fair at the Shorewood Forest Clubhouse in Union Township.

May 24, 2014 12:57 pm
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Chefs Michael Paszkief, from left, Jim Galligan and Kyle Fouch of the American Culinary Federation of Northwest Indiana serve tortellini to guests at the Taste of Valparaiso on Thursday at the Porter County Expo Center.

May 22, 2014 7:22 pm
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Tri Kappa's Taste of Valparaiso was held Thursday evening at the Porter County Expo Center. Dozens of local restaurants gave out samples of their cuisine at the ticketed event.

May 22, 2014 7:21 pm
Class of 2014 graduates at Valparaiso University

Class of 2014 graduates at Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University Vice President Mark Schwehn addresses the class of 2014 during the commencement ceremony Saturday.

May 17, 2014 3:51 pm
Class of 2014 graduates at Valparaiso University

Class of 2014 graduates at Valparaiso University

Students stand to be recognized for outstanding achievement during Valparaiso University's undergraduate commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon in the school's Athletics-Recreation Center.

May 17, 2014 3:50 pm
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Principal Jane Scupham, of St. Paul School in Valparaiso, kissed farm animals Monday morning in the student- filled gym. The school had raised enough money to buy a cow, as well as other animals, to give to an impoverished third world family.

May 05, 2014 12:08 pm
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Participants in the Visiting Nurses Association Stroll for Hospice hold hands Sunday afternoon as Porter County VNA President Rick Rhew gives a speech before the walk in Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza.

May 04, 2014 3:06 pm
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Participants in the Visiting Nurses Association's Stroll for Hospice walk signed memorial banners for friends and family at Central Park Plaza Sunday afternoon in Valparaiso.

May 04, 2014 3:06 pm
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Jeff Doebler conducts the Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band's 16th annual Sousa Tribute Concert on Saturday afternoon at the Chapel of the Resurrection. This year's performance was held in honor of the 100th anniversary of Sousa’s fourth and final performance in the city of Valparai…

May 03, 2014 5:15 pm
Racers showered in color

Racers showered in color

Runners take off from the starting line at the Valparaiso University campus in the Color 4 a Cause run that took place Saturday. The race was sponsored by the school's Social Action Leadership Team.

May 03, 2014 12:39 pm
Racers showered in color

Racers showered in color

Runners cross the finsih line at the Valparaiso University campus in the Color 4 a Cause run that took place this Saturday. The race was sponsored by the school's Social Action Leadership Team.

May 03, 2014 12:39 pm
Racers showered in color

Racers showered in color

Runners cross the finsih line at the Valparaiso University in the Color 4 a Cause run that took place Saturday. The race was sponsored by the school's Social Action Leadership Team.

May 03, 2014 12:39 pm
Children, adult volunteers show off new sign

Children, adult volunteers show off new sign

The Valplayso Children's Comittee gathered at Valplayso park in Valparaiso Tuesday evening for the unveiling of the sign for the upcoming park.

April 29, 2014 6:44 pm
Children, adult volunteers show off new sign

Children, adult volunteers show off new sign

The Valplayso Children's Comittee gathered behind the old sign at Valplayso park in Valparaiso on Tuesday evening for the unveiling of the sign that announces the future park.

April 29, 2014 6:43 pm
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Dean Recktenwall strings out cable at a job site Saturday as part of Rebuilding Together Duneland.

April 26, 2014 12:27 pm
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Patty Zosso, from left, Jon Polomchak and Paul Lukach volunteered at one of 12 Rebuilding Together Duneland job sites Saturday.

April 26, 2014 12:27 pm
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The Valparaiso Sunrise Kiwanis held the 25th Annual Porter County Spelling Bee on Wednesday evening at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Steve Cronk was the emcee.

April 23, 2014 7:41 pm
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Molly Carden, a fourth-grader at Bailly Elementary, was one of the contestants at the 25th Annual Porter County Spelling Bee held Wednesday evening at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Valparaiso. The bee was sponsored by the Valparaiso Sunrise Kiwanis.

April 23, 2014 7:41 pm
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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.

April 17, 2014 7:36 pm
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