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MALDEN | Chris Birky tried hard to rally the group standing before him with glum faces.
VALPARAISO | More than 600 people gathered at the annual Opportunity Enterprises Pack-A-Thon Saturday morning and proved that work can also be a lot of fun.
BOONE GROVE | At its meeting Thursday, the Porter Township school board heard a safety report from staffers Ben Parrish and Kerrie Schludecker and Porter County Sheriff’s detective Matt Boone, the middle school resource officer.
VALPARAISO | Central Park Plaza was transformed into a stage of global proportions Saturday at the sixth annual World Cultural Festival, sponsored by the Valparaiso International Center.
HEBRON | No public comments were aired at the Boone Township School Board’s public hearings on the 2015 budget general fund, the 2015-2026 school bus replacement plan, or the 2015 capital projects fund plan Tuesday evening.
CHESTERTON | The pursuit of happiness is the career goal of the guest speaker at the first program of the 61st season of the Sinai Forum on Sunday afternoon at the Chesterton High School auditorium.
OGDEN DUNES | The history of a Northwest Indiana beach community was on display Sunday at the Hour Glass Museum.
VALPARAISO | Barbecue under the stars was the highlight of BBQ in the Park, a fundraiser to benefit Family House programs.
Volunteers Kathy Cloyd, left, and Family House employee Kelly Casey, serve barbecue to Maddie Boyd at BBQ in the Park Friday evening in Central Park Plaza.
CHESTERTON | Judy and Larry Alders have the best volunteer job around, making people happy by solving their problems.
KOUTS | Expansion and new features characterized the 7th annual Aukiki River Festival on the banks of the Kankakee River Saturday.
KOUTS | A big pig got a little kiss Saturday at the 38th annual Pork Fest in downtown Kouts.
Nadine Allee, a veterinary technician at Southlane Veterinary Hospital, hugs Tyke, the dog she helped bring back to life.
VALPARAISO | A resilient little dog, some good medicine and lots of love has resulted in what some are calling a miracle.
Tyke, dubbed a "miracle dog," basks in the sunshine recently. The small dog was near death when brought to a local veterinarian recently, but was nursed back to health.
HEBRON | Boone Township school board members and teachers showered gratitude on outgoing superintendent George Letz, who presided over his last school board meeting Tuesday evening.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | What do you get when you pump air into Dawn dish detergent mixed with 500 gallons of water?
CHESTERTON | Neighbors and friends enjoyed a relaxing evening of good food and family entertainment Saturday evening at Party in the Park under the shade trees of Thomas Centennial Park.
Samantha Broering, of Road to Life Church, puts face paint on Sarah Postelnik, 8, of Chesterton, Saturday evening at Party in the Park in Chesterton.
BOONE GROVE | No members of the public spoke at the Porter Township school board’s public hearing to extend the superintendent’s contract at its August meeting Thursday.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | A brown bat nibbles mealworms as an opossum snoozes.
Licensed wildlife rehabilitator Stephanie Kadletz feeds meal worms to an injured brown bat at the Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Valparaiso.
VALPARAISO | NBA Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel made some kids' dreams come true as he hosted the 2nd annual Robbie Hummel Basketball Camp at the Valparaiso Family YMCA Saturday.
VALPARAISO | What began in 2007 as a humble yard sale to help local nonprofits has mushroomed into an annual fundraising event.
VALPARAISO | One local woman’s love of photography is benefiting area animal shelters and rescues – and has helped her focus on her passion.
VALPARAISO | It was the end of the road for Sasha, a 4-year-old Great Pyrenees.
VALPARAISO | Kids and their families shook, shimmied and bounced during ValPLAYso Family Fun Night at Central Park Plaza on Saturday evening.
SOUTH HAVEN | It’s time to break out the paper, pens, crayons and rulers.
HEBRON | Nathan Kleefisch, assistant superintendent of the Tri-Creek School Corp., was named superintendent of Boone Township schools during a special School Board meeting Wednesday night.
VALPARAISO | When her first child, Noah, was born in 2010, Natalie Ladra and her husband, Nick, were “euphoric.”
VALPARAISO | Dennis Walters’ life is golf.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP | A Porter County landmark celebrated its 80th birthday Saturday.
VALPARAISO | Mother Nature should be very happy after hearing her praises sung by Porter County Fair officials this week.
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.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Little Kaitlyn Whitaker listened intently as her violin teacher gave her last-minute instructions.
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.
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. *
HEBRON | Two long-time employees' retirements were recognized at the Boone Township school board meeting Tuesday.
VALPARAISO | Two women and their shared passion for working with those in the throes of addiction is helping people in recovery stay that way.
CHESTERTON | Sara Franiak has heard every cliche in the book.
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.
Tracy Traut, right, administrator of Recovery Connection in Valparaiso talks to a client at the group's facility. The organization helps those fighting addition, maintaining recovery and their families.
VALPARAISO | Creating magic is what she’s after.
VALPARAISO | Grammy-nominated musicians will perform at Sunset Hill Farm County Park Sunday afternoon.
VALPARAISO | Central Park Plaza’s Orville Redenbacher statue was engulfed by hundreds of bottles of shampoo, laundry detergent, and deodorant Sunday evening.
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.
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…
Valparaiso | A world class marathon runner was the guest speaker at the Fourth Friday program at the Valparaiso International Center Friday evening.
Benson Cheruiyot, a Kenyan marathon runner, speaks at the Valparaiso International Center's Fourth Friday presentation Friday.
VALPARAISO | Karl Cender has been reappointed to the Valparaiso Community Schools Board of Education by the Valparaiso City Council.
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