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Developer Don Weiss, left, and Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas pose for a photo Wednesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lakes of Valparaiso, a 146-acre project that includes luxury apartments, a business park and commercial development.
Phil Schmidt, a Crown Point native who now lives in Florida with his wife, Sue, brought his 1948 Cloverleaf Dairy milk truck to the show Wednesday at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point.
Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church hopes this sign, including the odd starting time, attracts visitors who can't make the regular Sunday service.
One of the new sculptures installed Friday on Cumberland Crossing Drive as part of the Valparaiso Art Walk.
Sculptor Todd Kime, left, helps a workman with Midwest Sculpture Initiative erect the works of another artist as part of the Valparaiso Art Walk display for the coming year. Kime's sculpture "The Parade" also is on display.
Career coach Mark Zimmerman, left, talks with Jeff Ficaro, branch manager for Standard Bank and Trust, of Oak Forest, Ill., during Saturday's veterans career boot camp at the Gary National Guard Armory. Both men provided veterans with advice on ways to improve their chances of getting jobs.
Army National Guardswoman Erika Tapia
Army National Guardsman William Reese
Julie Maddox, Valparaiso University director for Study Abroad Programs, talks about the university's support for fundraising efforts on behalf of Valparaiso, Chile, during a news conference Tuesday. She is flanked by photos of the fire that devastated the Chilean city April 12.
Work crews install a storm sewer on Roosevelt Road last May in the first phase of the five-points roundabout project at Roosevelt, North Calumet Avenue and Vale Park Road in Valparaiso. "Expand and repair local infrastructure, including mass transit" tied for fifth place on the One Region li…
City Projects Manager Don McGinley, right, and other city workers put the finishing touches on one of the equipment stations at Fairgrounds Park.
Exercise stations on the new LifeTrail Advance Wellness System in Fairgrounds Park are installed and ready for the public to use beginning Saturday. There are 150 exercises that can be done at the seven stations.
Connor Mohlke, 3, and his mother, Meredith, of Valparaiso, enjoy some gazpacho before the main course at Don Quijote restaurant in downtown Valparaiso. Don Quijote has been in business for 28 years, and it was one of the first to obtain one of 10 special downtown historical district licenses…
Barney of Mayberry (Scott Epperson) enjoys a deep fried Milky Way bar at the Porter County Fair on Monday.
"Speed" is one of the new rides at the Porter County Fair.
Work crews install a new storm sewer on Roosevelt Road on Tuesday in the first phase of the five-points roundabout project at Roosevelt, North Calumet Avenue and Vale Park Road. The project is expected to be completed by fall.
Storm sewer pipes await installation on Roosevelt Road. More than 80 percent of the cost of the two-lane roundabout is being paid using federal funds.
William Walther watches as a crew places his sculpture "To Hope" on concrete pads along the Valparaiso Art Walk.
Artist James Havens polishes the stainless steel finish on his work "Big Dance," which sits next to the main entrance to the Valparaiso YMCA. It is one of the 15 sculptures on the city's art walk.
Artist Todd Kime works to mount his sculpture "Bounce" along Cumberland Crossing Drive Thursday as part of Valparaiso's art walk.
Ken Thompson, rear, of the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, and workmen position the work "To Hope" by William Walther near the corner of Cumberland Drive and Vale Park Road as part of the Valparaiso art walk's new series of sculptures.
Valparaiso Woman's Club, 102 Washinton St., Valparaiso
It's an ill wind that blows no good, and this week's storm blew in the no-goodest prognosticator of them all: The Amazing Wielando.
The Valparaiso Police Department honored three officers Monday at the Valparaiso City Council meeting for their efforts during a hostage crisis on May 25. From left, Detective Sgt. Jeff Balon, Officer Jerame Simpson and Officer Keith Perez were recognized.
Linda Kolarik and Michael Wooden place a wreath in front of the Vietnam War Memorial on Saturday during Veteran's Day ceremonies at Stoney Run County Park in Leroy.
William Kadar, a World War II veteran and former German prisoner of war, looks at photos with his granddaughter Arleen Haas.
The main entrance to the new St. Mary Medical Center Valparaiso Health Center now under construction at Ind. 49 and Burlington Beach Road.
Mary Beth Witcher, of Valparaiso, looks at a book at the Little Free Library outside her home on Park Avenue across from Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Residents may borrow books at no cost, and they are encouraged to leave books for others to read.
A 100-year-old cottonwood tree, which sits in the middle of Glade Street in Valparaiso, is heaving the street. The owners of the private drive have approached the city about changing traffic within the development.
A huge cottonwood tree is buckling the pavement on Glade Street in Valparaiso.
Former Valparaiso Technical Institute instructor Donald Eugene "Gene" Wiggins
Lori Cravens, left, and Candy Yurcak prepare to film an interview for movie a dealing with areas historical roads.
David Peeler, candidate for Hebron Town Council At-Large
Jeff Grogan, Hebron Town Councilman
Jeff Grogan, candidate for Hebron Town Council
Valparaiso firefighter/paramedic Stephanie Hart is one of the female firefighters who will be featured in a calendar produced by America's Female Firefighters Inc., a national nonprofit organization. The calendar helps raise funds to benefit burn victims.
Residents of Portage and Valparaiso are likely to see new officials in municipal office next year as some candidates already have announced intentions to run.
HEBRON | A pair of shoes and a jacket were the first hint Kimberly Smith had that her father might be the person lying in the middle of Main Street, the apparent victim of an accident early Wednesday morning.
Matt Evans, Valparaiso public works director.
Mike Kras speaks Wednesday at Valparaiso City Hall in a ceremony honoring his son, Matt Kras, who died in May. The city built a garden in memory of Matt Kras, who was the city's stormwater engineer.
From the developed corridors on the Indiana-Illinois border to open space near the LaPorte County line, a person could live his or her whole life on U.S. 30 in the Calumet Region.
The book containing the minutes from meetings dating back to 1857 is showing signs of age as the pages slowly deteriorate from the acid in the paper and are in danger of being lost forever. Phil Wieland | The Times
Valparaiso Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Swihart examines a book with the meeting minutes from 1857 to 1865 when the city was still a town. It is one of seven books of old records she hopes to have preserved. Phil Wieland | The Times
Reactions to last week's column about the Tea Partiers was pretty evenly split between those who thought I was a bonehead and those who thought I was a complete idiot.
The Tea Party rallies in Valpo and Crown Point remind us of the importance of free speech, even if the speech has no basis in reality.
Every year Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, tries to pass a law banning smoking in most public places, and every year, like his comic strip namesake, the legislative Lucys snatch the ball away and laugh when he falls flat on his backside.
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