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Support for moms with 'baby blues'

Support for moms with 'baby blues'

VALPARAISO | When her first child, Noah, was born in 2010, Natalie Ladra and her husband, Nick, were “euphoric.”

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Patience, perseverance par for the course

Patience, perseverance par for the course

VALPARAISO | Dennis Walters’ life is golf.

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Sunset Hill celebrates 80 years

Sunset Hill celebrates 80 years

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A Porter County landmark celebrated its 80th birthday Saturday.

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Mother Nature, planning key to fair's success

Mother Nature, planning key to fair's success

VALPARAISO | Mother Nature should be very happy after hearing her praises sung by Porter County Fair officials this week.

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Rodeo event offers slice of Wild West at Porter Co. Fair

Rodeo event offers slice of Wild West at Porter Co. Fair

Washington Township | On one side of the pen were lanky cowboys in plaid snap shirts, creased blue jeans, well-worn boots, and summer straw Stetsons. On the other, dusty black and brown bulls and bucking horses pushed against each other impatiently.

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Best of the best compete at 4-H Music Project recital

Best of the best compete at 4-H Music Project recital

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Little Kaitlyn Whitaker listened intently as her violin teacher gave her last-minute instructions.

July 20, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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School district's medical plan to increase 8 percent

BOONE GROVE | At the Porter Township school board meeting Thursday evening, Boone Grove Middle School principal Robert Lichtenberger introduced Cora Boender, a new eighth-grade science teacher.

July 19, 2014 9:00 pm

Report: Valplayso volunteers 'making it happen'

VALPARAISO | Organizers hope to sign up 3,000 volunteers to be involved in the renovation of Valplayso, said John Seibert, of the Valparaiso Parks Department, at the Valparaiso City Council meeting Monday evening. *

July 14, 2014 9:15 pm

Hebron school board recognizes retirees

HEBRON | Two long-time employees' retirements were recognized at the Boone Township school board meeting Tuesday.

July 14, 2014 12:00 am
Valpo women form group to help those in addiction recovery

Valpo women form group to help those in addiction recovery

VALPARAISO | Two women and their shared passion for working with those in the throes of addiction is helping people in recovery stay that way.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am

Chesterton woman overcomes traumatic accident to help others

CHESTERTON | Sara Franiak has heard every cliche in the book.

July 06, 2014 10:00 pm
Lightning Bug Music Festival off and rockin'

Lightning Bug Music Festival off and rockin'

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | Hundreds flocked to Sunset Hill Farm County Park on Sunday for an afternoon of eclectic music and local food truck fare and to support kids at summer camp.

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Local 'fairies' help children believe

Local 'fairies' help children believe

VALPARAISO | Creating magic is what she’s after.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Inaugural Lightning Bug Music Festival takes place Sunday

VALPARAISO | Grammy-nominated musicians will perform at Sunset Hill Farm County Park Sunday afternoon.

July 04, 2014 10:00 pm
Packing the house for the homeless

Packing the house for the homeless

VALPARAISO | Central Park Plaza’s Orville Redenbacher statue was engulfed by hundreds of bottles of shampoo, laundry detergent, and deodorant Sunday evening.

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'A man of big ideas'

'A man of big ideas'

VALPARAISO | A Valparaiso legend was honored Saturday evening at Test Drive and Taste, a dining event in Central Park Plaza hosted by Grieger's Motor Sales.

June 28, 2014 11:45 pm Photos

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Valparaiso garden walk

VALPARAISO | Beds of lacy green Japanese tassel ferns, “guacamole” hostas, purple cranesbill geraniums, orange coneflowers, towering ash trees, red leaf Japanese maples, gurgling bird-attracting fountains, graceful patios and bountiful vegetable gardens were displayed Saturday during the 11t…

June 28, 2014 5:40 pm
VIC program features world-class runner

VIC program features world-class runner

Valparaiso | A world class marathon runner was the guest speaker at the Fourth Friday program at the Valparaiso International Center Friday evening.

June 27, 2014 10:00 pm

Cender returned to Valpo school board

VALPARAISO | Karl Cender has been reappointed to the Valparaiso Community Schools Board of Education by the Valparaiso City Council.

June 24, 2014 10:42 am
It's a block party at Porter County Museum

It's a block party at Porter County Museum

VALPARAISO | Staff of the Porter County Museum demonstrated some neighborly hospitality by hosting its second annual block party Sunday afternoon.

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Nordic summer: Chellberg Farm celebrates season with Scandinavian festival

Nordic summer: Chellberg Farm celebrates season with Scandinavian festival

Porter | It looked like family’s summertime reunion under the towering trees at the Chellberg Farm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Saturday afternoon.

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VU's Summer Smart camp makes learning fun

VU's Summer Smart camp makes learning fun

VALPARAISO | Summer is off to a good start when you’re making slime, shooting off rockets, salsa dancing and launching water balloons from a giant slingshot.

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Porter Twp. Food Pantry grateful for support

BOONE GROVE | Christine Wallace of the Porter Township Food Pantry presented information about the pantry to the Porter Township School Board at its meeting Thursday.

June 20, 2014 6:57 pm
Veterans honor 'beautiful flag' in Valparaiso

Veterans honor 'beautiful flag' in Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | Two World War II veterans were the first to honor tattered and torn flags collected by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 988 at the post’s Flag Day ceremony Saturday evening.

June 14, 2014 10:00 pm

Portage F.D. honors 2 with Medal of Valor

Portage | Two Portage firefighters received an honor Saturday that has been awarded only once before in the 15-year awards history of the Portage Fire Department.

June 14, 2014 1:20 pm
4-year-old honored during Safety Fest

4-year-old honored during Safety Fest

PORTER | Porter police officer Tawni Komiscarcik was the first on the scene the night little Haleigh Tucker, 4, saved her mom’s life.

June 13, 2014 5:51 pm Photos

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Valpo School Board honors groups, hears program changes

VALPARAISO | As is traditional at the end-of-school-year meeting, the Valparaiso Community Schools School Board honored several groups for their achievements.

June 13, 2014 12:51 pm

Hebron board OKs school rule changes, lunch price boost

HEBRON | The Metropolitan School District of Boone Township board  approved an increase in the school lunch price and changes to the student handbook at Tuesday night's meeting.

June 11, 2014 6:28 pm

City Council seeks upgrade for pump station

VALPARAISO | At its meeting Monday night, the Valparaiso City Council approved a preliminary bond resolution authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds the upgrade of the wastewater pump station at 1251 Joliet Road and a new well field.

June 09, 2014 8:23 pm
Duty calls for Portage graduate

Duty calls for Portage graduate

PORTAGE | At least one 2014 Portage High School graduate won’t celebrate his graduation with an open house this summer.

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Retiring teacher inspires Wheeler High graduates

Retiring teacher inspires Wheeler High graduates

WHEELER | The focus of high school graduations normally is the senior class, but a speaker stole the show Sunday at the 2014 Wheeler High School commencement.

June 08, 2014 5:50 pm Photos

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Valparaiso crawling with pups

Valparaiso crawling with pups

VALPARAISO | Central Park Plaza was a melting pot of all breeds and breed-mixes of dogs – and their people – who came out Saturday for the Pup Crawl, sponsored by local rescue Lakeshore PAWS.

June 07, 2014 10:00 pm
From panic-stricken to graduates

From panic-stricken to graduates

MORGAN TOWNSHIP | All stood to "Pomp and Circumstance" while 55 graduates of the Morgan Township High School class of 2014 passed through a white garden arch, hugged their parents, and presented them with lilies.

June 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Commencement address? More pep talk

Commencement address? More pep talk

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso High School seniors received the last pep talk of their prep careers from science teacher and varsity football and baseball head coach David Coyle, at the 140th commencement ceremony Friday evening.

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Life-defining moment

Life-defining moment

CHESTERTON | “Define your life,” was the sage guidance offered by commencement speaker and science teacher Dan Paff at the Chesterton High School Class of 2014 commencement ceremonies Thursday evening.

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Sunset Hill has Celebration of Wildlife

Sunset Hill has Celebration of Wildlife

VALPARAISO | Rabbits, snakes and owls – oh, my!

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'Sound-off Saturday' for Valparaiso schools

VALPARAISO | More than 100 parents, teachers, and residents embraced the chance to sound off at a special idea-gathering Valparaiso Community Schools board meeting at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on Saturday morning.

May 31, 2014 6:06 pm

Student group fights poverty with concert

VALPARAISO | Greer Brown was so excited, she could barely stand still.

May 30, 2014 8:15 pm

New app links Valpo residents, downtown

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Parks is using the latest popular technology to tell residents about downtown events.

May 27, 2014 9:30 pm
Fallen soldiers honored in Valpo

Fallen soldiers honored in Valpo

Valparaiso | Fallen soldiers from all wars, including the Revolutionary and Civil wars, were commemorated Monday morning at a Memorial Day ceremony on the lawn of the Porter County Museum.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am
Chesterton man, 92, receives Quilt of Valor

Chesterton man, 92, receives Quilt of Valor

CHESTERON | A 92-year-old World War II veteran and Chesterton resident was honored Sunday for his service.

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Valparaiso celebrates world cultures of Porter County

Valparaiso celebrates world cultures of Porter County

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso International Center wants to prove that Porter County is more culturally diverse than most residents realize.

May 24, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Valpo chows down

Valpo chows down

VALPARAISO | Jeff and Terry Gantzer huddled in a corner to sample Valpo Vienna’s Italian beef sandwich during the annual Taste of Valparaiso on Thursday evening at the Porter County Expo Center.

May 22, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Starting the next chapter: Purdue North Central awards record 502 bachelor's degrees

Starting the next chapter: Purdue North Central awards record 502 bachelor's degrees

VALPARAISO | Mellissa Miles might be the first to admit she’s an overachiever.

May 19, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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VU law students receive diplomas

VU law students receive diplomas

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University law graduate Jennifer Hayes’s message to current law school students: Go strong or go home.

May 18, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Class of 2014 graduates at Valparaiso University

Class of 2014 graduates at Valparaiso University

Valparaiso | Althea Young excitedly greeted the young men and women in brown robes passing through the door of the Valparaiso University Athletics-Recreation Center.

May 17, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Community walks for the dogs

Community walks for the dogs

VALPARAISO | Four furry public relations machines greeted their admiring public at Central Park Plaza.

May 09, 2014 9:04 pm Photos

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Immanuel Lutheran hosts Cinco de Mayo celebration

Immanuel Lutheran hosts Cinco de Mayo celebration

VALPARAISO | The fragrant aroma of warm beans and corn tortillas filled the Immanuel Lutheran School gymnasium during the annual Gloria Dei Cinco de Mayo celebration Sunday.

May 04, 2014 6:57 pm
Valparaiso police expand K-9 unit

Valparaiso police expand K-9 unit

VALPARAISO | The two newest members of the Valparaiso Police Department are trained and hitting the streets -- with all four legs.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Iconic 'March King' Sousa honored at VU

Iconic 'March King' Sousa honored at VU

VALPARAISO | An American icon and frequent turn-of-the-century performer in Valparaiso was honored at Valparaiso University Saturday afternoon.

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