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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Chuck Welter


Most people will agree that local business is at the core of building a successful community, and few communities are more tightly bound than Valparaiso.

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10 Fun things to Do in NWI for January 5th - 7th, 2018


Christmas and New Year’s Eve is now behind us, its time to start looking forward. Most of us are setting resolutions and planning for the years first few month and the rest of us are just waiting for the day our children go back to school. But this weekend there’s still a lot going on in the Region. Take a look!

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Top 10 Overall Stories on ValpoLife from 2017


2017 was full of great news stories from all over the area! We took a look at our top articles from 2017 and were amazed by the sheer number of events, activities, and positive moments we were able to share.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Review Debts, Investments in New Year


As most readers know, in my “day job” at Oak Partners I serve individuals and families by helping them with their financial planning and decision making and by building and managing their investment portfolios taking into account their needs and experience and coupling this knowledge with my own worldview and experience with financial markets and investments.

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#1StudentNWI: PCCTC's Career Cafe and Building Trades Bring Experience to Students


What’s Happening

With the opening of the Porter County Career Center’s new store, run by the Entrepreneurship Sports and Entertainment Marketing class, the class and teacher responsible for the store have found themselves with additional obligations. A certain level of innovation is required to maintain the variety of goods they sell as well as to keep students and staff content with the consumables they provide.

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners, Mind on Money: Time To Review Fallout From GOP Tax Plan


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, otherwise known as the Republican tax plan was approved by Congress and the Senate this week. It always shocking to me just how much political hysteria surrounds any discussion on federal income taxes. Unfortunately, the federal income tax has long ago morphed from a method to simply fund the government’s operations into a mechanism of social engineering.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Ryan Kominakis


Our country’s veterans do so much for their community and country already, but many veterans, after they leave the service, are still driven to improve the lives of their neighbors and fellow Americans. Ryan Kominakis of Valpo is one such veteran. As a member of the VFW, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a Union Representative at US Steel’s Gary Works, Kominakis is a pillar of his community and a paragon when it comes to giving back to his fellow man.

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#1StudentNWI: Valpo Prepares to Unwind Over Winter Break


What’s Happened?

December comes with a whole heap of challenges and changes for students. Classes are winding down, finals are an ever impending monolith of anxiety, and the switch over to the brutality of a Northwest Indiana winter are just a few of the stresses you find weighing down on high schoolers this month. However, there are a whole heap of attempts to make this tumultuous time a little less overbearing. The always entertaining and stunning showcase of Valparaiso student talent," This Is Our Story," takes place this month. Highlighting the incredible abilities and dedication of students from every grade level, TIOS is a Valpo schools winter time staple. Artists, singers, dancers, and musicians grace the stage for two nights every December, showing what their...

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Vic Mercaldo


For emergency responders around the country, the memory of 9-11 in 2001 is still fresh in their minds years after. For Vic Mercaldo of Valparaiso, he remembers the moment he decided to travel to New York City and the sleepless days at Ground Zero that followed.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Crystal Cartwright


Born in Houston, Texas and now a Valparaiso resident, Crystal Cartwright has become a familiar face to the Northwest Indiana community. She moved here when she was young for her father’s work. Fast forward to today, Cartwright is an active member in the community, and has been the Banking Center Manager at First Source Bank in Hebron for the past eight years.

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#1StudentNWI: Wheeler Focuses on Giving Back


Student Highlight

Senior Hayley Johnson has dedicated much of her time toward the school. When she is not doing school work, Johnson can be found in the east wing of the school. She is a member of concert choir, show choir, theatre, and a student director for the middle school production of Lion King Jr.

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