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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

Never forget those lost on 9/11

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 …

September 11, 2013 12:00 am

Portage Exchange Club Raffle Saturday

With school starting last week I’ve been thinking about the kids in our community and all the things various organizations do to help improve their quality of life.

August 28, 2013 12:00 am

Back to school and resale moves back to Portage

Shhhhhhh, do you hear that? That, my Portage Township friends, is all the parents in the school district breathing a sign a relief as the kids get on that bus, slam that car door or shut that front door as they start their first full day of school. I can hear it just ever so faintly from my …

August 21, 2013 12:00 am

Every dog (and cat) has their day in Portage

I remember I was 5 years old and we finally got my mom to agree to get a puppy. It was a joyous day in the Tucker household and we adopted a little black Cockapoo. We named her Lady and my life was never the same. She was always there when I was sad and happy giving that unconditional love o…

August 14, 2013 12:00 am

Helping kids get back to school in Portage

Here we are, the last day in July and already thoughts are turning to back to school. Portage Township Schools registration is already a wrap and in the books for this school year. Now for me and mine, we just became empty-nesters. No more kiddies to get off to school in the morning. But for…

July 31, 2013 12:00 am

Get your glow on, Portage

The world of running has always mystified me. I’ve never had the stamina nor the body to take off and run long — or even short — distances. In fact, when my boys were younger and I was running to first base for a church softball league, they yelled out, “Mom, you run like a girl!” My answer,…

July 23, 2013 1:15 pm

Greater things to be done

Since I was young, my parents have taught me to follow the Golden Rule; do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I happened to join a church in this community where its members feel the same way, in fact, much more at times.

July 17, 2013 12:00 am

Still more to do this summer in Portage

Here we are almost a week after our wonderful 4th of July festivities. It was perfect weather this year which made for more spectators than I’ve seen in a long time. It almost seems like if it’s going to be super hot in Northwest Indiana, Independence Day always seems to be the hottest. With…

July 10, 2013 12:00 am

Celebrating a Silver Anniversary in Portage

History and the summer go hand in hand in our city just about this time every year.

June 19, 2013 12:00 am

Summer music of all kinds in Portage

If you read this column on a regular basis, you probably know by now that I am a disco diva but moreover, a music junkie. I love all kinds of music and I do much better on a project when I’m listening to music. In fact, while I’m writing right now I’m listening to a CD my son Randy made for …

June 05, 2013 12:00 am

Portage JROTC Awards--largest in history

As I sat here thinking about our long Memorial Day weekend, I started thinking of our early military and how we began in this land of the free and home of the brave.

May 29, 2013 12:00 am

History, heritage and honor on 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 22, 2013 12:00 am

Bike rally planned for kids

When I was young, we just hopped on our bikes and tore out into the street; off on another adventure. But now there are so many other factors to consider when you send your kid out on a bicycle. More cars on the road, drivers being distracted by phones, eating etc. Now, I’m not saying that t…

May 08, 2013 12:00 am

Prayer, Seniors, Gems and Frisbee in Portage

Growing up in the land of the free always reminds me of some freedoms that revolutionaries fought for over 200 years ago. Freedom of religion is one of them. Thursday is the National Day of Prayer which was designated by the United States Congress as a day when all Americans regardless of th…

May 01, 2013 12:00 am

Much going on in Portage Township

If you haven’t noticed in the last couple of years, Portage Township is on the move. Portage Township is the city of Portage, the town of Ogden Dunes and the unincorporated portion known as South Haven.

April 24, 2013 12:00 am

It takes a village in Portage

Over the years, I’ve often quoted Hillary Clinton’s famous book title that made me realize that a child is made of many pieces, just like a puzzle, and without even one piece, that child might go terribly wrong. One organization, one teacher, one principal, one counselor, one bus driver coul…

April 17, 2013 12:00 am

More history and Rock and Roll in Portage

Since I was a young girl in school, my first taste of history wet my appetite for even more as I grew older. Many of my papers for writing and public speaking were sprinkled with American history moments.

April 03, 2013 12:00 am

A young Portage Township girl’s view

When I was a young girl of 8 years, my thoughts this week were of spring break, sleeping in every day, playing Barbie dolls with my friends, and the Easter Bunny. While times have changed and girls that age don’t necessarily play with Barbie dolls anymore; I know one thing, the furthest thin…

March 27, 2013 12:00 am

Plenty to do this weekend in Portage

They say “when it rains, it pours” and that is exactly how I feel about this weekend’s activities. Not a night that I, and I hope many others can say, “there isn’t anything to do.”

March 13, 2013 12:00 am

South Haven Firefighter’s Ball planned

I take great pride in being a firefighter’s wife. For most of our 28 years together, Randy has either been a volunteer or a career firefighter. Countless men and women dedicate there lives to the protection and preservation of life and property, things that truly mean a lot to us all.

March 06, 2013 12:00 am

Mayor’s State of Our City and Charity Ball

Let’s face it Portage, it’s been a real easy winter thus far in reference to cold and snow.

February 27, 2013 12:00 am
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