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In this April 2014 photo, Indiana State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz, right, gets a tour of Munster High School, including the pool area, from Principal Mike Wells, left, and then Munster Schools Superintendent Richard Sopko.
Jim Nabors (center) with Times Columnist Philip Potempa (right) and his mother Peggy (left) in 2000.
A variety of rides will be featured at the Lake County Fair.
A growing local tourist attraction at 10630 Wicker Ave., visitors from across the globe have walked the free path at Shrine of Christ's Passion, which uses life-size bronze statues to depict religious scenes and the death of Jesus Christ through Stations of the Cross.
NIPSCO's tower is often mistaken for a nuclear reactor, but is actually a hyperboloid cooling tower used to process clean coal.
The NIPSCO cooling tower, under construction in 1972, has recently been adapted to remove up to 90 percent of sulfuric oxide emissions.
4-H junior leader Brooke Sauter holds up a brown butter pumpkin spice cake for auction on Saturday during the 2013 Taste of 4-H Food Auction at the Porter County Fair.
Valparaiso resident Sydney Clark holds her champion duck during the poultry portion of the 4-H Celebration Sale at the 2013 Porter County Fair.
Carter Stoner, 9, pushes his champion bronze turkey around the ring to be auctioned during the poultry portion of 4-H Celebration Sale at the 2013 Porter County Fair.
Stetson Herzog leads his grand champion barrow pig around the show floor to be auctioned during the 4-H Celebration Sale at the 2013 Porter County Fair.
Longtime former 4-H member and current volunteer Kara Moon, far left, works as a clerk during an auction at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point as part of her job as Kraft Auction Services Marketing Manager. “The main reason I continue to volunteer is because I want to help give young…
Porter County Fair Queen Britta Ringas reacts to her win during the 2013 Porter County Fair Queen Pageant at the Porter County Fairgrounds.
Some of the produce that is grown with the Portage Community Garden.
Community gardens like this one are a great way to promote healthy living while helping a great cause.
Al Piening, of Beverly Shores, is lifted by train personnel Thursday onto a South Shore train at Dune Park with a wheelchair-accessible lift.
A youngster chooses the perfect strawberry during a past Strawberry Madness Festival at Johnson's Farm Produce and Strawberry Farm in Hobart.
Strawberries ripen on a vine.
Head out to the fields to pick strawberries.
In 2012, 169 of Hammond's College Bound students attended Purdue Calumet. That represents 34 percent of the program’s participants.
Lynwood Police Chief Michael Mears answers questions during a news conference in this September 2012 file photo.
Firefighters, police officers and emergency personnel salute during a procession for Chicago firefighter Corey Ankum after his funeral Dec. 30, 2010, at Apostolic Church of God in Chicago.
Chicago firefighter Corey Ankum's casket is lifted onto a firetruck during a funeral procession Dec. 30, 2010, at Apostolic Church of God in Chicago. Ankum was killed Dec. 22, 2010, during a fire when the roof he was standing on collapsed. Ankum was a 1994 grad of T.F. South in Lansing and l…
T.F. South's Jessica Gomez is helped off the court at Eastern Illinois by assistant coach Sean Coultas during last year's third-place match. Gomez had to default due to injury. She is 31-0 in singles play and the top seed in the state finals. Head coach Bob Tengstrand is at the right.
Voters cast their ballots at Center Township precincts 26 and 34 inside Valparaiso Fire Station 2, Nov. 6, 2012.
Pictured is a Beltaine Scottish Ale from Shoreline Brewery in Michigan City. At a recent preview of Blue Chip's annual Brewfest, Shoreline's Beltaine Scottish Ale was paired with a seared/grilled duck breast among other dishes.
Portage resident Sue Hadan, right, has her blood pressure checked by St. Mary's Medical Center wellness coordinator Tammy Reibly during a previous Senior Health Fair at Woodland Park.
Gene Shayotovich of Merrillville gets a massage from Barbara J. Loeffler at last year's Portage Senior Fair.
The Iroquois Bio-Energy plant in Rensselaer produces approximately 50 million gallons of ethanol a year.
In this 2009 photo, Iroquois Bio-Energy General Manager Keith Gibson stands next to a large pile of distillers grains at the Rensselaer plant. Distillers grains are a by-product of the ethanol production process.
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education in Gary.
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk is the newest addition to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is owned by the National Park Service and managed by the City of Portage.
Adelyn Miller, 4, of Cedar Lake, gets a hug from the Easter Bunny during a past Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in Lowell. Appearances by the Easter Bunny are often on the agenda for various Easter brunches.
Evan Mitchell and Stephanie Ferrini, foreground, are led by their caped crusader Checkers on a Halloween dog walk fundraiser at Perry Ferrini Dog Park. Perry Ferrini, a former councilman and Town Council president, was active in many civic organizations. He died in 2009 at age 52. A final fu…
In this September 2012 file photo, BP's Whiting Refinery is seen with the Lake Michigan shoreline in the background. A malfunction Monday afternoon caused an unknown amount of oil to spill into Lake Michigan. The discharge took place in a cove near the refinery's water treatment plant.
A NIPSCO meter reader makes his way alongside a house to reach an electric meter in Gary. NIPSCO said customers can still apply for help with home heating bills. Indiana's moratorium on utility shutoffs ended last week, so some may be seeking help.
Founder's Square Park has been the home of a farmer's market for several summers
John Cain, South Shore Arts executive director, is pictured next to a photo of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, which was part of a past exhibit titled Celebrity Revealed.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm in Porter takes visitors back to an earlier time in Northwest Indiana.
Bill Smith demonstrates making maple syrup at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm during Maple Sugar Time, one of the park's most popular festivals each spring.
The Babushka Brigade is a staple at Whiting's Pierogi Fest each July. Its one of those quirky things that keeps people coming back.
The parade is a highlight of the annual Popcorn Festival in Valparaiso.
Mr. Pierogi greets fans during the Pierogi Fest's Polka Parade in downtown Whiting.
Bob Riggs, John Hodson and Ray Lawson work to dismantle the Linden log cabin in May at Portage's Countryside Park. The cabin, which had been in Ray Lawson's family for more than 100 years, was bought by the Kankakee Valley Historical Society and will be reassembled in South County.
Bob Riggs, John Hodson and Ray Lawson work to dismantle the Linden log cabin in May at Portage's Countryside Park.
Two shrimp tacos and a beef taco are showcased at Memo's Taco Mex.
Pictured are homemade tamales with avocado salad.
Booths line streets in Valparaiso during Popcorn Festival
In this 2006 file photo, from left, area businessmen Ben Richmond, Jewell Harris Jr., and Darnail Lyles announce they are the new co-owners of the Gary Steelheads basketball team which now joins the USBL.
Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley speaks on Sept. 25, 2013 at the One Region annual luncheon in Merrillville. Daley was taken to the ICU at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, officials said Saturday.
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