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A Valpo Life In The Spotlight: Josh Stowers


About ten minutes into our interview, Josh Stowers and I got sidetracked talking about the music we love. What started as a question about which genres are requested the most at the events Stowers works at as a DJ quickly turned into an exploration of new and old music. We agreed that today’s pop songs, while fun and upbeat, do not hold a candle up to the 70’s and 80’s rock we both grew up with and were amazed at how slowly, but surely, the stylings of some of the best get-you-moving-on-your-feet-songs were making a comeback amongst young kids today.

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10 Fun Things to Do in NWI August 3 - August 5, 2018


This is the weekend to rock away those summer days! With great musical options like Rock the Block, Dixie Crush at Founders Square Park, and Babapaloosa; it definitely makes this weekend a good one for music. Course why stop there, there is the delicious Taste of Michigan City, fun Valpo Kiwanis Club Annual Corn Roast Festival, exhilarating 10th Annual Great Lake Grand Prix and more to enjoy! Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for August 3rd - 5th!

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#1StudentNWI: Chesterton Celebrates Summer with Art


What’s Going On: WPL Events

Westchester Public Libraries hosted their annual summer reading program for both kids and adults this year. The theme for the kids up to age 11 was “Ready to Rock!” Kids who were enrolled in the program got a bingo card to fill out during the program which ran from May 25 to July 15.

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#1StudentNWI: Chesterton's Harry Potter Summer, Travel, and More!


Teacher Spotlight:

Charles Smith, a teacher at Chesterton High School, has taught and inspired many students with a love of journalism and the english language. He has led the school’s yearbook (Singing Sands) staff for two years and is planning on taking over the school’s newspaper (Sandscript) after fellow English teacher and newspaper advisor John Hayduk retired.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Lisa Baisden


One of the best parts of living in Valparaiso is the wealth of activities available to everyone. From markets to music and movies downtown to food drives— there’s always something going on to fill the day. Parents and kids alike can send a collective “thank you” to Lisa Baisden’s way, because she has her hand in a lot those activities.

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10 Fun Things to Do in NWI July 27 - July 29, 2018


Going out to enjoy summer could not be more fun this weekend! It can be so hard to choose what to do with great choices like eating pierogis at Pierogi Fest, having family fun time at Opportunities Enterprises Summer Celebration, enjoying softball at the NSA Girls Fast pitch Softball North/Central "B" & "C" World Series, shopping at the Portage Market on the Square or any of the other many options this weekend! Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for July 27th - 29th!

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#1StudentNWI: Words and More at Wheeler



The Bearcat Theater Company has been hard at work all summer. The summer production is Words, a play written by a Wheeler alumni, Lauren Aldaba. Words is directed by Jessica Ball and is not yet formally published, so the group is taking the opportunity to workshop the piece.

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#1StudentNWI: Valparaiso Keeps Busy in Summer


What’s happened?

It’s the middle of summer and already Valpo has been bustling with activity. For students, no school and no homework means there's plenty of freedom! There are so many activities for students to take part in like riding bikes, driving through the country, shopping, grabbing dessert, or seeing a show, and luckily, Valparaiso makes all those options a possibility.

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A Valpo Life In The Spotlight: Maddie Royter


Animals and taking care of animals is one of the biggest passions for Valparaiso resident Maddie Royter. As the acting Office Administrator and Event Coordinator for Lakeshore Paws, Royter makes an impact not only with the animals she works with but also in her surrounding community.

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10 Fun Things to Do in NWI July 20 - July 22, 2018


No time like summer time! So many great choices for this weekend like celebrating with McAfee Animal Hospital for their 75th anniversary, watching a classic Studio Ghibli film - Princess Mononoke, enjoying the action of Hub of Awesome Waterski Show, listening to your hearts content to the great bands at the Festival of the Lakes or any of the other many options this weekend! Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for July 20th - 22th!

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Cheryl Highlan


You know what’s refreshing? Talking with someone who really loves her job, especially if that someone is a teacher. Cheryl Highlan has been teaching for 24 years. A Chesterton native, Highlan’s career started and bloomed in the Valparaiso school system, where it’s still going strong. Highlan currently teaches at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

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