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Indiana Beverage Tests the Strength of Hoosiers with National Beer Stein Hoisting Competition


Arm shaking, face scrunched up, teeth gritted. While holding a brew is usually casual faire, Samuel Adam’s Stein Hoisting Competition takes it to another level, and Indiana Beverage is bringing the tradition to bars across Northwest Indiana.

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Andrea Vance named 2018 Distinguished Young Woman


At first, Portage High School junior Andrea Vance didn’t realize she had just been named the Distinguished Young Woman for the class of 2018.

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Independence Day Gives the Region a Reason to Celebrate


Independence Day Weekend in Northwest Indiana gives a great opportunity to get out, enjoy their community and celebrate our nation's birth. Ideas in Motion Media is out and about celebrating right there with you, capturing the best shots of parades, fireworks, kids, parents, and all of the great organizations that are putting on and participating in big celebrations across the region.

From the huge Duneland Chamber of Commerce Fireworks on the Lakefront through Michigan City's BIG Parade, we captured several of Northwest Indiana's community celebrations with photos and some words from those who were there. Click below to see the photos and scroll down to see how the region celebrated 2014 Independence Day!

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Zao Island Adds 13 New Go-Karts Just in Time for Spring 2014!


We've added a ton of new awesome features here at Zao Island to make sure that our customers continue to always have a great entertainment experience. You've seen our recent additions to the arcade, now check out our new Go Karts!

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Blackbird Bio: Meet Emily

EmilyMeet some of the great faces that make up Blackbird Cafe's regulars and longtime employees! This week's feature is Emily!

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Blackbird Bio: Meet Paula Strietelmeier

Paula-StrietelmeierMeet some of the great faces that make up Blackbird Cafe's regulars and longtime employees! This week's feature is Paula Strietelmeier!

Paula is one of our favorite regulars. She owns Sheep's Clothing Knitting Supply Shop in downtown Valpo and has three grown children. Most mornings you can find her sitting by the front window with a piece of quiche or pie, which she claims have helped her shed a few pounds.

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Exciting Changes on the Island

2013-Remodel-1Zao Island is receiving a spruce up! Fun-seekers will notice big changes around the park, with more to come in the future. The most noticeable alteration is found on the mini golf course, which received a paint job this year, along with a power-wash and vacuum. The course now boasts tropical colors, through the new paint and lights installed. “We went through and cleaned a lot up,” stated Ryan Wright, General Manager at Zao Island. “The course looks a lot nicer than before!

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Portage YMCA Kicks Off the No Bummer Summer Day Camp

portage-ymca-summercamp-2013-1For about 30 years, the Portage Township YMCA has taken a large interest in providing their community with an exciting summer day camp program. C.C. Cayetano, School Age Child Care Coordinator (SACC) for the Y, heads all activities and developmental operations for campers along with her dedicated staff.

“As a whole, we saw that children also needed care outside regular school time. They still needed care during the summer months so we brought on summer camp. It’s been taking place in the Portage High School for a couple years and we really enjoy the area they give to us,” Cayetano said.

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Celebrate the Month of Love Around the Region

Heart-StringsThe month that celebrates love is officially here! Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching and many local businesses are offering specials or events to celebrate those warm, fuzzy feelings for your someone special!

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Links of the Week: National Geographic, Manti Te’o, and the Presidential Inauguration

brett-favreI understand this makes me the Brett Favre of weekly link roundups on good news websites, but I’m coming back. I am un-retiring the Links of the Week blog once again.

I wrote about 60 of these in a row, followed by 8 months or so off, un-retired, wrote two more, the re-retired. So that makes this my un-re-retirement? Something like that.

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Top 10 PortageLife Entertainment Articles of 2012

EntertainmentArticleImage PL2012 is coming to a close and as the new year approaches, we are taking a look back at some of the top articles from the PortageLife Entertainment Section!

We’ve had tons of stories covering art shows, musical performances, theatrical productions, tasty cuisine, and so much more. We brought you all of the excitement in the region so you never missed a moment!

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