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10 Fun Things to Do in NWI for April 13 - 15, 2018


What do giant rampaging gorillas, indoor garage sales, art exhibitions, and a woodcarver show have in common? They are all happening in Northwest Indiana this weekend! With some warmer temperatures forecast to finally appear this weekend, it is the perfect opportunity to get out and finally feel some spring sunshine! Check out this week's 10 fun things to do in Northwest Indiana! 

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A Valpo Life In the Spotlight: Valerie Groth


Valerie Groth has been making a difference in people’s lives for most of hers. Originally from Valparaiso, she is currently making her mark in Chicago. Groth believes in making the impossible possible and strives to achieve her dream. Once a therapist and social worker, Groth is now an active coach, speaker and author.

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Newhard Funeral Home Announces the Passing of Thomas Lemmon of Westville at Age 80


Thomas G. Lemmon 80, of Westville, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 at home. He was born February 25, 1938 in Gary, Indiana to Forest George and Lydia (Williams) Lemmon. In 1995 he married his wife Ellen Lemmon who passed away September 12, 2012. Tom is survived by his children: Robert (Kathy) Lemmon of Dawson, Illinois, Charlene (Tom) Govert of Schererville, Indiana, Carolyn Scurlock of Gary; his sisters Mary Kestle of Valparaiso, Ruth Nehemiah of LaPorte, Betty (Jim) Vogel of Texas, and his brother Jim Lemmon of Westville. Six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren also survive him. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John. Tom is a retired welder. He was a member of the Christadelphian Church in LaPorte and was a member of Agape in Action, an organization that sponsors children in Africa to support education and...

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Bartholomew Funeral Home Announces the Passing of Ronald Eugene Podell of Valparaiso at Age 72


Ronald Eugene Podell, 72, of Wanatah, passed away Friday, April 6, 2018 at home. He was born March 16, 1946 in Valparaiso to Roger Raymond and Mary Catherine (Shireman) Podell. Surviving are his wife Ellen (Saylor) Podell, his children Ronald Podell, Jr. of Laramie, Wyoming, Sean Podell of Valparaiso, two sisters Carol Uhlman of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Rita Matanich of Louisville, Kentucky, and his half brother Ted Bolles of Lore City, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his first wife Bonnie and his parents. Ron was retired from McGill Manufacturing in Valparaiso after almost 44 years of service there. He was a member of the American Legion Post #94 S.A.L. in Valparaiso, the Elks B.P.O.E. Lodge 500, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, both in Valparaiso also. Visitation for Ron will be on Tuesday, April 10th from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Bartholomew...

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A Valpo Life In the Spotlight: John Viehl


John Viehl, a Valparaiso resident and officer of Porter County’s Disabled American Veterans Association, loves the great outdoors. A nature boy at heart, he makes himself at home in just about any terrain or climate, be it a particularly sandy beach or a frigid, snow-covered forest. Given his penchant to remain both calm and energized in any extreme, it’s no wonder that Viehl thrives on the challenge of assisting others in need.

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Agenda for a Better Community


Project Neighbors is initiating an effort to start building a consensus around the commitments necessary to build the best possible Valparaiso. This effort has resulted in the first draft of the “Agenda for a Better Community” (ABC). Over the coming weeks and months, discussions will be held with individuals and organizations throughout the community (including those who have been traditionally left out). Actions will be prioritized based on potential for coalitions of committed people. Project Neighbors will be building vehicles, including a dynamic website, for facilitating communication and organizing activity.

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10 Fun Things to Do in NWI for April 6 - 8, 2018


April is here! Which means that the first bits of green will be creeping out to make their springtime appearance and we can finally shed some layers for some fun in the sun, albeit cautiously. This weekend has music from Rock n Roll to Jazz, as well as food, trivia, theater, movies, and fun for everyone! Check out this week's 10 fun things to do in Northwest Indiana! 

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#1StudentNWI: Spring Moves in at Boone Grove


Student Spotlight

Cheyanne Montozzi is a senior at Boone Grove High School who is very involved in her school community. She has served as captain of the dance team and is currently a mentor at her vocational. Through her vocational, Montozzi participated in a Safe Driving PSA contest where she made top three. She then went to Chicago and was present when they announced the PSA winner on live TV. Montozzi took second place.

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#1StudentNWI: Senators Are A Voice


The service that students participate in during the year is truly the heart of the Washington Township student body. One organization in particular, Student Council, has been hard at work throughout the course of the 2017-2018 school year. Student Council at WT works mostly in their school while taking part in endeavors throughout the Washington Township/ Valparaiso Community.

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#1StudentNWI: Spring Performances for Chesterton High School


Teacher Spotlight: Jennifer Jendrzejczyk

For the past six years, english teacher Jennifer Jendrzejczyk has been the sponsor for CHS’ Student Government. In that time, StuGo has changed from a council to a three-tier government with an Executive Board, a Senate, and a House of Representatives.

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A Valpo Life In the Spotlight: Sarah Fink


Sarah Fink goes above and beyond for the Northwest Indiana community. She is the program director for the Porter County CASA Program. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, in which volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe and permanent home. For many children, their CASA volunteer is the one constant adult presence in their life.

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