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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.
When I was young, the question that always came up was, “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?"
Here we are already in September and the calendar is starting to fill up with many activities and events for young and old alike.
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?
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.
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…
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…
Here we are; the last few days in July and already thoughts are turning to back to school.
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.
Here we are almost a week after our wonderful 4th of July festivities.
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…
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 …
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.”
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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 …
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.
Happy New Year Portage!
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.
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.
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.
Only 21 shopping days until Christmas. Time flies when you’re having fun and Thanksgiving falls later in November.
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.
The story starts out with a little girl born more than four years ago to Mike and Mary Martinez.
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…
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 …
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.
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.
Mid October in Portage lends itself to crisp, cool weather, colored leaves and all kinds of activities associated with with the upcoming holidays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sept. 11, 1989, was my due date for Christopher Robert Wilkening, our second son. I had a friend who was pregnant and due Sept. 20 that year; it was her first child. Randy Jr. was five days past his due date, but I was sure this child would come on time because I was so much bigger and more …
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