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Valpo Sled Club


Some friends of mine and I once decided to start a sled club based out of Valparaiso.  Our club tackled the baddest hills and made the meanest ramps throughout the city.  A few minor injuries sure, but the memories well out weigh any scars.

Sadly though as we grew older and moved on to lives full of university courses and full time jobs, we stopped holding those SledClub meetings (although we still meet up for the warm drinks that always followed).  Along with the memories though, the idea of a neighborhood sled club will stay in my mind.

I encourage everyone interested to begin forming their own sled clubs.  I hope you all have better luck and keeping your sled club alive! Here are some guidelines and tips I found on Read more



Lake Effect...What?


It was during the wee hours on November 18th when Valpo got the first snow of the season.  Of course, it was unexpected. Of course, it dumped on us way more than anyone was prepared for (6-8 inches more), and of course, it was the direct result of those two dreaded words "LAKE EFFECT". 

But why do those words have to be feared and hated so?  Can lake effect ever be used in a positive context, (not by children who long for weather which enables them to build the worlds largest snowman or get an unexpected school-free day) but by the adults who charish and value this amazing resource which plays a hugely hidden role in making our neighborhood what it is today (not to mention what it has been).  It is in the spririt of Lake Effect positivity that I have come up with the following terms.

(A given, not created by yours truly:) Lake Effect Snow:  Snow that covers the region as a result of...

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Reflections of a Valpo Pooch, Pt. 1


After spending the majority of my weekend in Valparaiso with my weimaraner, Hayzel, I've noticed that many individuals around town are dog lovers. But what is there to do in Valpo with your pooch? Let's ask Hayes.

You may be wondering, what are Hayzel's two favorite places in Valparaiso to visit and why?

1) Canine Country Club

Because we love to socialize with other dogs and dog loving people in a safe, encouraging and entertaining...

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Great Entertainment can be Found this May at the Blue Chip


Bret-MichaelsLegendary rocker Bret Michaels brings rock hits and hot ballads to Blue Chip on Saturday, May 23 at 8 pm in his True Grit Tour live from the Stardust Event Center. Tickets, priced from $40 to $75, are available at Ticketmaster.com or at The Gift Box in the Blue Chip Casino pavilion.

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