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Former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind.
Porter County Career Center teacher Judy Commers picks up trash with her students at neighboring Tower Park in Valparaiso two years ago. Commers is leaving the Valparaiso schools due a change in the interest on her self-funded retirement annuity.
In 2012, Rosemary Gard of Crown Point published her second book titled "Destiny Denied," a fictionalized account of the early 1900s in Croatia.
A City of Valparaiso truck spreads salt along a roadway in this file photo. After last winter's heavy snowfall, area road agencies are already planning for the next snowfall.
Valparaiso University's Chapel of the Resurrection.
Valparaiso native and Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija had a great start to the season ... ERA-wise. He and the Cubs would be better off if they part ways before the trade deadline
Al Piening, of Beverly Shores, is lifted by train personnel Thursday onto a South Shore train at Dune Park with a wheelchair-accessible lift.
U.S. Steel facility in Portage.
Andrew Sweeney of Matteson, Ill., worked at the ArcelorMittal steel mill in Burns Harbor after taking classes at Prairie State College as part of the Steelworkers for the Future program.
Wheeler softball coach Marc Bruner announced his resignation after seven seasons with the team. He is transferring to Portage and will be an assistant girls basketball coach and assistant football coach with the Indians.
At his restaurant Sage, Chef Joe Gaal uses brining as a way to carry on his concept of using local and seasonal ingredients.
Voters cast their ballots at Center Township precincts 26 and 34 inside Valparaiso Fire Station 2, Nov. 6, 2012.
Portage - Fishermen cast their lines into Lake Michigan off the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk pier.
Portage resident Sue Hadan, right, has her blood pressure checked by St. Mary's Medical Center wellness coordinator Tammy Reibly during a previous Senior Health Fair at Woodland Park.
The Iroquois Bio-Energy plant in Rensselaer produces approximately 50 million gallons of ethanol a year.
In this 2009 photo, Iroquois Bio-Energy General Manager Keith Gibson stands next to a large pile of distillers grains at the Rensselaer plant. Distillers grains are a by-product of the ethanol production process.
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education in Gary.
Most beginner gardeners should be successful at growing hybrid tomato plants, some root vegetables and greens. Here, Audrey Carrillo, front, and sister Caroline of Chesterton collect vegetables and fruits from their home garden in Chesterton before taking them to the Valparaiso food pantry.
Greens like lettuce and Swiss chard are fairly easy for beginner gardeners to plant from a seed and grow.
In this September 2012 file photo, BP's Whiting Refinery is seen with the Lake Michigan shoreline in the background. A malfunction Monday afternoon caused an unknown amount of oil to spill into Lake Michigan. The discharge took place in a cove near the refinery's water treatment plant.
Chesterton - Restaurant cook Will Hill breaks ice on the sidewalk outside Peggy Sue's Diner after a blizzard in Chesterton to get ready for customers that will bear the weather.
Valparaiso - Porter Hospital Intermediate Care Unit Director Cathy Pera, left, and Certified Nursing Assistant Kelly Edwards look over nurse scheduling in the Intermediate Care Unit, Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
After playing sparingly his first three years on Broadway, Andrean's Donovan Chandler has stepped up big time as a senior. Heading into today's Class 3A state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium against Indianapolis Brebeuf, Chandler 41 receptions for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Shoppers purchase merchandise at J.C. Penny's inside Southlake Mall in Hobart on Black Friday, November 23, 2012.
Shoppers walk into the Lake County Target store after it opened at 4 a.m. for Black Friday in 2010.
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn throws the ball against Heritage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game. The 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has been compared to Finn…
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn rushes the ball against Heritage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game. The 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has been compared to Finn…
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn runs the ball against Heritage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game, which the 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has been compared to …
Andrean quarterback Tommy Finn celebrates after a fumble recovery against Hertitage Hills in the 2004 Class 3A state championship game. The 59ers won, 21-14, at the RCA Dome. The senior QB passed for 170 yards and one score and rushed for 95 yards and two more scores. Matt DeSomer, who has b…
Keenan SimmonsSchool: Michigan CityGrade: SeniorHeight: 6-7Position: WingNickname: KeenoColleges recruiting me: Committed to Southern Illinois EdwardsvilleMy favorite basketball player, why: Kevin Durant, because he is such a unique player and has made being a positive role model for young p…
Andrean wide receiver Tylor Petkovich, 35, helped lead the 59ers to last year's Class 2A Northern Semistate against Fort Wayne Luers, a 35-21 loss. On Friday against West Lafayette, Petkovich said last season's pain will be a driving force in the 3A semistate.
Andrean wide receiver Tylor Petkovich, 35, has been driven by last year's Class 2A Northern Semistate loss to Fort Wayne Luers. On Friday, he wants to change the picture against West Lafayette in the 3A semistate.
The MonoSol operations plant in Portage. The growing company plans to hire 100 more employees over the next 18 months and to build another manufacturing facility.
Chicago - Munster resident Donna Sopko, a Bears season ticket holder since 1970, tailgates outside of Soldier Field in Chicago Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011.
Andrean's Ramon Guerrero helped lead his 59ers to the semistate last year as an offensive standout. This year his success has changed to the defensive side of the field.
In this August 2012 file photo, beachgoers enjoy the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Portage. An effort is underway attempting to link the Indiana Dunes with the Pullman State Historic Site on the city's South Side to create a Calumet Heritage Area for tourism to the region.
Phil Potempa: “Spending a relaxing weekend at the farm.”
Andrean volleyball coach Julie Wiejak, shown at last year's Plymouth Semistate, resigned from her post Monday and will return to the position Wednesday. No explanation was given for her resignation or return.
Andrean coach Julie Wiejak celebrates a point with her team during last season's Plymouth Semistate semifinal against Fairfield. Wiejak coached at Andrean for three seasons, her teams reaching the semistate both years. She resigned Monday.
Valparaiso's Fall Harvest Festival takes place in downtown Valparaiso on Oct. 25.
United States Senator Dan Coats talks with the Times Editorial Board, Friday, April 20, 2012.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore closed for business Tuesday due to the federal government shutdown. Campers were told to seek alternate accomodations.
Merrillville's Maggie Connelly has improved her focus this season by having fun on the course, thereby eliminating any pressure.
Longshoremen unload pieces of the world's most powerful crawler crane from a ship in summer 2012 at the Port of Indiana in Portage. Legislators are studying whether Northwest Indiana needs a second port.
Andrean's Lauren Stazinski, center, celebrates a point during the 2012 Class 3A Plymouth Semistate semifinal match against Fairfield. The senior played her best at the end of last season and has continued that success into her 2013 campaign.
Hobart quarterback Andrew Barras has carried on the tradition of his older brother, Matt Barras, who graduated in 2009 as a Brickie QB. Hobart is off to a 2-0 start heading into tonight's game against Griffith.
Brad Bumgardner, an Indiana Dunes State Park interpretive naturalist, kneels next to the propeller salvaged from the J.D. Marshall, a wooden sand sucker that shipwrecked just off the shoreline in June 1911.
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