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    Pierogi Fest is back! Visit Whiting’s downtown on July 26-28 for wacky fun. The event kicks off with a parade on Friday and the fun continues through the weekend. See life-size Polish pastries, enjoy pierogi and other Polish fare, enjoy polka music. Visit pierogifest.net for a complete sched…

      Visit the Indiana Dunes State Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13 to see or compete in the 22nd annual Sand Sculpture Contest. Visit in.gov for a complete list of State Park events. The Indiana Dunes State Park is located at 1600 N. 25 E. in Chesterton. There is a fee to enter the park.

        Summerfest is back! Enjoy fireworks, live entertainment, the boat parade and food and craft vendors July 3-7. The festivities take place at Cedar Lake Town Complex at 7408 Constitution Ave. in Cedar Lake. Admission is free; parking is $5. Visit cedarlakesummerfest.com for a complete list of …

          Listen to some of the best traditional blues artists and enjoy mouth-watering BBQ at the annual Broad Street Blues & BBQ Festival on June 28-30. Performances by Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Momma, Susan Williams Band, Billy Branch and Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials among others. Friday …

          Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's office says he has returned home after being hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia. Press Secretary Erin Murphy previously said 54-year-old Holcomb was diagnosed with pneumonia after going to a doctor on Thursday believing he was ill with the flu. In a statement released Saturday, Murphy says Holcomb is now resting at home.

          Voters with no religious affiliation supported Democratic candidates and abortion rights by staggering percentages in the 2022 midterm elections. The unaffiliated voted for Democratic House candidates nationwide over Republicans by more than a 2-1 margin. They voted against abortion restrictions in Kentucky in Michigan by 4-1 margins. They supported Democrats in other bellwether races by similarly lopsided margins. And the religiously unaffiliated are growing. Twenty-nine percent of U.S. adults identified as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” in a 2021 report by the Pew Research Center. That’s up 10 percentage points in a decade.

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