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Methodist Hospitals Foundation Donates Supplies to the Northwest Indiana Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Just in time for the New Year

MH-Foundation-Salvation-Army-ARC-Donation-2017Methodist Hospitals Foundation once again donated a one year’s supply of daily living necessities to support the Northwest Indiana Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Gary. The supplies included razors, shaving gel, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, slippers, combs, soap and shampoo – many items we all take for granted.

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Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction, Making Porter County a Cleaner Place to Live


Taking care of the Earth often starts with our own backyard and forming a shared awareness of the problems we face in order to improve the environment around us. Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction has a vision for bettering the environment of Porter County that sees every resident engaging in a more effective waste reduction lifestyle. They are also dedicated to improving the quality of life of residents through their efforts, which includes voluntary recycling services and educational programs. All of these services contribute to a community that is more likely to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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Real Estate Agent and Champion of Animal Adoption Hits 3,000 Homes Sold, 3,000 Dogs Adopted


For those who are dog owners, it’s hard to imagine your home without your pup bounding up to you as you walk in the door, or cuddled up in the living room.

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Horseshoe Casino Finds Meaning, Pride in Bettering the City of Hammond


Horseshoe Casino in Hammond has become a central hub for fun and festivities in Northwest Indiana, allowing guests not only to have a great time playing their games and enjoying the food and atmosphere, but also hosting a plethora of community events and concerts. They have become a true staple of the Region throughout the years and an important part of the Hammond community.

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10 Things to do with the Kids During Winter Break


While winter break and the promise of two full weeks off from school is exciting for kids of all ages, parents may not be as excited. While the family time and extra hours with kiddos are always rewarding, a few days cooped up inside is enough to shorten tempers and get arguments started. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stave off the frustration. Here are 10 fun things you can do with the kiddos during winter break this year!

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Valpo Velvet Celebrates 70 Years of Support at Annual End of Year Ice Cream Party


Valpo Velvet has been soft-serving gourmet ice cream to locals at the corner of Monroe and Lafayette in downtown Valparaiso for 70 years now. To show appreciation for customers and celebrate the end of 2017 for their ongoing support throughout the years, Valpo Velvet threw their annual year end ice cream party this Thursday with our very own ValpoLife.

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NIPSCO and Gary Neighborhood Services Incorporated Take a Stand Against Bullying for Gary’s Middle School Youngsters

rot2With the bullying epidemic now at an all-time high, (NIPSCO) Northern Indiana Public Service Company and (GNS) Gary Neighbor Services Incorporated decided to do something about it. Increasing at ever alarming staggering rates, statistics indicate that bullied middle school youngsters are at a much higher risk for low self-esteem, anxiety, stress, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Intrinsically aware of the proverb, “knowledge is power”, it was no secret that middle school youngsters within the area and other school regions within the proximity needed more access and exposure to Anti-Bully based reads however; a lack of funding within the realms of the school budgeting often prevented such purchases from taking place.

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Calvary Link: 4 Days

Calvary-FollowThere are only 4 days left in 2017! God has done some amazing things in our church this year. I love being part of a church where people commit their time, talents, and resources to changing lives forever. Our staff has been swapping stories lately; stories you have shared with us about the year. You have encouraged one another; blessed people in our community; mentored kids; showed love to homeless men, women in crisis, and families in need; rescued orphans, helped plant churches, and the list could go on. This is what Bill Hybels meant when he said, “The local church is the hope of the world. There’s nothing like the local church when it’s working right.” Thank you!

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Top 10 Community Articles From ValpoLife in 2017


We published hundreds of articles on the ValpoLife Community Section this past year. Massive community gatherings, veteran stories, and much more was fair game for sharing! With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

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Purdue Northwest Students Display Expertise at Model United Nations


A team of Purdue University Northwest (PNW) students were honored at the global American Model United Nations (AMUN) International Conference. The students’ outstanding presentations earned them each awards at the conference held Nov. 18-21 in Chicago, Ill.

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PNW Grad Propelled by Volunteering and Activism


As a scholar of sociology, an activist and a volunteer, Kirsten Markusic immersed herself in her local environments to make a positive impact.

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