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Enjoy Autumn and Rummage Sale in Portage

Here we are, the first day of October, just 30 days from the little ghouls and goblins rat-a-tat-tating on our doors for tricks or treats. Autumn most certainly is my favorite season of the year. All the fall color changes, an extra hour of sleep, football, hockey, crisp, cool air and all th…

October 01, 2014 12:00 am

Feeding the hungry in so many ways

I can truly say I am a proud member of the Portage United Methodist Church. I have been a Methodist all my life and love my church family immensely.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am

Where were you that day, Portage?

When I was young, the question that always came up was, “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?" 

September 10, 2014 12:00 am

Remembering in Portage Township this weekend

Here we are already in September and the calendar is starting to fill up with many activities and events for young and old alike.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am

A Labor of Love

Gosh, you can tell school is back in session. The minute the kids are in class every day the temperature seems to go up outside. It’s just been a week but we went from the splendid 70’s to the outrageous high 80’s. Might we even use the pool this week?

August 27, 2014 12:00 am

Portage Exchange Club helping our kids

Some say it takes a village to raise a child, as I quoted Hillary Clinton last week. Most of our Portage organizations and charities do help our young people in some way or another.

August 20, 2014 12:00 am

Boys & Girls Club part of our 'village'

School officially starts for Portage Township Schools for all grades a week from today. “It takes a village to raise a child” is a statement that rings true for most mothers these days, since most American mothers do work outside of the home. I’ve always felt that organizations and clubs sho…

August 13, 2014 12:00 am

Lots to do this Saturday in Portage Township

Anyone who knows me knows that I would be bleed red and white if I could. Some would think it would be because of my Indiana University roots but in reality, it’s because I love this city I reside in. The more I can do to make it better: the better I feel. Whether it be through my organizati…

July 30, 2014 12:00 am

Back to school in Portage Township

Here we are; the last few days in July and already thoughts are turning to back to school.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am

Loving music in the summer in Portage

If you read this column on a regular basis, you should know by now that I am a disco diva but more over; a music junkie. I love all kinds of music and I do much better on a project when I’m listening to music.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am

More in store for Portage this summer

Here we are almost a week after our wonderful 4th of July festivities.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am

Red, white and blue in Portage

Well here we are, only two days away from another Independence Day Celebration in Portage. Every year the Pride in Portage tries to bring Portage the best celebration in the area. Along with the Portage Park Department, the Street Department, the Police Department, the Fire Department, the P…

July 02, 2014 12:00 am

Volunteers in Blue, Our Portage Police Reserves

As we get ready to celebrate this 4th of July, I often wonder how many people realize that the officers in blue that are directing traffic and closing down streets are volunteers. I’m sure many of you believe that they are doing this for a living. Many of those men and women are part of the …

June 25, 2014 12:00 am

Much to look forward to in Portage

This weekend is shaping up nicely for all of us. First, I want to let you know about a fundraiser and Rock & Blues Show to benefit the Porter County Animal Shelter this Saturday at our own American Legion Post 260, 5675 Mulberry. Live entertainment with Quentin Flagg and Bill Downey as T…

June 11, 2014 12:00 am

Portage Township Summer Fest set

A favorite song of mine from the 1960s is "Summer in the City." The song described the sights and sounds of the people and the city in the summer. While the calendar says that summer isn’t official until June 21, come out and experience a hot time in your own backyard.

June 04, 2014 12:00 am

South Haven Fire Fest and Take a Kid Fishing

I take great pride in being a firefighter’s wife. For most of our 29 years together, Randy has either been a volunteer or a career firefighter. Countless men and women dedicate their lives to the protection and preservation of life and property, things that truly mean a lot to us all.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am

Memorial Day in Portage

Memorial Day has always been an important day to me. It gives me a chance to reflect on all the sacrifices men and women have made for the people in our country all through the years. Some wars I agreed with, some I did not but I was always taught that no matter your opinion, soldiers, sailo…

May 21, 2014 12:00 am

Safety, rummage sales and comedy highlight spring in Portage

Anyone who knows Randy and me knows public safety is very important to us. With him being a firefighter-paramedic for most of our married life, seat belts and a myriad of other safety devices are a way of life for our family. He has served as a Portage firefighter for the last 20 years and a…

May 14, 2014 12:00 am

Gabriel’s Horn X-treme Trail Run

Many people go without food and shelter all over this world every day; thank God we have a place where people can let their old worlds die and start a anew.

May 07, 2014 12:00 am

Prayer is a powerful thing in Portage

The National Day of Prayer was designated by the United States Congress as a day when all Americans regardless of their faith are asked to come together and pray in their own way as Americans.

April 30, 2014 12:00 am

When it rains it pours in Portage

You know the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers," depicting the weather for this time of year? Well it also could be said, with all the great things happening in Portage the rest of the week, “When it rains it pours." So many fun things happening this weekend in Portage, it would b…

April 23, 2014 12:00 am

Cleanup event set in Portage Twp.

When our family first moved to Portage some 24 years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom. Randy Jr. and Chris were toddlers and when they were a tad over-zealous in their playtime we would go out to our local video store and rent some free kid’s movies. They loved Dr. Seuss’ books and they loved t…

April 16, 2014 12:00 am

Kiwanis Easter Bunny Breakfast and 2 Egg-citing Hunts

The Portage Kiwanis Club is just full of people that you see at so many other events in our city. This club is committed to helping children; children in families that would otherwise would normally have to just get by or do without. “We’re all about the kids.”

April 09, 2014 12:00 am

Spring has sprung in Portage

Can it actually be spring? The calendar says yes but I’m still concerned that March did not go out a lamb and we still have some lion days ahead.

April 02, 2014 11:00 am

Angels among us right here in Portage

I’ve always believed we have angels here on earth, watching over us to help us through not only the really bad stuff but some of the little things we don’t even give a second thought.

March 26, 2014 12:00 am

Rebuilding Together in Portage Township

I’ve often said that this great city of Portage has always had a wealth of citizens who are always willing to help out their neighbors. All you have to do is pick up a newspaper and you can see the generosity of Portage Township residents for all kinds of projects and fundraisers. Portage Re…

March 19, 2014 12:00 am

Having a ball with the South Haven Firefighters

I still take great pride in being a firefighter’s wife. For the majority of our 30 years together, Randy has either been a volunteer or a career firefighter. Countless men and women dedicate their lives to the protection and preservation of life and property, things that truly mean a lot to us all.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am

Thinking of warm memories with the Indians Cabin Fever

Wow, I can’t believe I’m saying this but I love snow. Yes, I know that sounds crazy considering all that we have had thrust on us this year. They’re saying that we will have record snowfalls here in Northwest Indiana and all over the country.

February 19, 2014 12:00 am

Love is in the air in Portage

Love is truly in the air this week as Friday is Valentine’s Day. Anyone who says St. Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday, they better check their sources. I believe most people that refer to this day as that, are unwilling to celebrate the day of love anyway.

February 12, 2014 12:00 am

Annual ball helps local charities

Let’s face it, Portage: It’s been one crazy winter so far. Snow, below-zero temperatures, lost days of work and school, travel hazards, accidents and a state of emergency are things that have become commonplace in our lives this winter. Hopefully the snow forecast for today is slight because…

February 05, 2014 12:00 am

Warm memories during a cold winter in Portage

Just thinking about memories of my childhood and my kids' childhoods bring a flood of warmth to my heart in response to a couple of things coming up in Portage when it’s so cold outside.

January 29, 2014 12:00 am

Rebuilding lives and pancakes to boot

I’ve often said that this great city of Portage has always had a wealth of residents who are always willing to help out their neighbors. All you have to do is pick up a newspaper and you can see the generosity of Portage Township residents for all kinds of projects and fundraisers. Portage R…

January 22, 2014 12:00 am

God of This City

Since I was young, my parents have always instilled a feeling that we should help others. I keep striving for this every day of my life just because it gives me an unbelievable feeling that I admit makes me feel a bit selfish at times. You see, in helping others, I feel better for it and it …

January 15, 2014 12:00 am

Count your blessings, Portage

Here I am on Monday trying to get rid of the writer’s block that has crept into my head because of concern for all those who out there working in these dangerously low temperatures, my husband being one of them.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am

A new year for Portage

Happy New Year Portage!

January 01, 2014 12:05 am

To All a Good Christmas

Merry Christmas Portage! For many families, this means an empty seat at the table for Christmas dinner today because their loved ones are serving in our armed forces.

December 25, 2013 12:00 am

Christmas gifts, comfort and joy in Portage

I remember when I was a child, Christmas time would send me into some kind of euphoria that I can hardly describe to someone else. I still feel an inner-glow of all the fond memories of the Christmas’ past and the anticipation of the ones we will be making this year with all our family at home.

December 18, 2013 12:00 am

Portage, my home for Christmas

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Yes, I have to admit that when I was young it was all about Santa and presents galore. We were a middle class, union family and I remember as I got older and I realized what it took to create the Christmas that my Mom and Dad thought we deserved each and every year.

December 11, 2013 12:00 am

Christmas and Santa come to Portage

Only 21 shopping days until Christmas. Time flies when you’re having fun and Thanksgiving falls later in November.

December 04, 2013 12:00 am

A Portage Thanksgiving

T’was the day before Thanksgiving and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. The reason it’s so quiet is because they are probably out doing one of two things.

November 27, 2013 12:00 am

Hannah's Hope Vendor and Craft Show is Saturday

The story starts out with a little girl born more than four years ago to Mike and Mary Martinez.

November 20, 2013 12:00 am

Portage Chamber saluting the city and honoring vets

As most of you know, I can’t say enough about this third largest city in Northwest Indiana but this last Saturday the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce singled out some amazing individuals and businesses for the last year. They saluted this wonderful city on the lake and many that contribu…

November 13, 2013 12:00 am

Remembering our vets and helping our kids

Many years ago, there was a point in the 1st World War that a temporary cease-fire was called at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month between Germany and our Allies. Some time after the end of that war the President of our great land, Woodrow Wilson declared this day as Armistice …

November 06, 2013 12:00 am

Halloween and Help for Furry Friends

T’was the night before Halloween and all through the house; oh wait, wrong holiday, or is it? Seems like it, doesn’t it? It’s the day before Halloween and Christmas things have been in stores for almost a month, but I digress.

October 30, 2013 12:00 am

Fall into October in Portage

What a difference a day or two makes in the weather in Northwest Indiana. Had to break out the winter coat today and I was wearing sandals two days ago. But don’t let the chill in the air deter you from some great October events right here in our fair city.

October 23, 2013 12:00 am

Harvest and Halloween in full swing in Portage

Mid October in Portage lends itself to crisp, cool weather, colored leaves and all kinds of activities associated with with the upcoming holidays.

October 16, 2013 12:00 am

A whole lotta events going on in Portage

Here we go Portage! Be prepared for much to do in Portage this weekend and next in our fair city. Starting with “The King” himself.

October 09, 2013 12:00 am

Harvest and alumni are in Portage

Here we are Portage, the first week of October. A time when all the farmers in the Midwest are out in their fields way into the wee hours of the night harvesting that which was sowed in the spring.

October 02, 2013 12:00 am

A new start at life at Gabriel’s Horn

Our world seems very weary these days, and people have a hard time going on, but angels give me comfort that life will get better. Whenever God was working in someone’s life in the Bible, an angel would visit them.

September 25, 2013 12:00 am

Cutting corners in Portage

This economic recovery has been slow but sure, definitely more at a turtle’s pace rather than that of a hare. But we all know that it didn’t take overnight to undermine everything so we can’t repair it any faster.

September 18, 2013 12:00 am
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