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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Mike Liesch


Everyone has their own definition of home. For some, it’s simply where they go to sleep at night. For others, it’s where they grew up, where their friends and family are, or where they’ve built their career. For others still, it’s all those things combined as is the case with Northwest Indiana native, Mike Liesch. Born and raised in Portage, and currently living in Valparaiso, he sees the Region itself as his home and is deeply thankful for all it’s given him.

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10 Fun Things to do in NWI on December 15th - 17th, 2017


Baby, it's cold outside. But that doesn't mean that there isn't plenty to do this weekend. As we inch ever closer to Christmas and the visitation of a certain plump elf and his reindeer, there are so many things to do across the Region in between seeing family and friends and Christmas shopping. Have a look!

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Sharon Kinsey


Often, there are children that don’t develop as quickly or don’t process information the same as their peers. Students with learning disabilities aren’t less-capable than other students, but at times different methods might be required to learn. That’s why it’s great that the students of South Haven Elementary School in Valpo have a caring and supportive mentor in Sharon Kinsey, South Haven’s Learning Disabilities Resource Teacher. Kinsey’s role in helping youngsters who may need just a little more help to achieve their best leaves a lasting impact on those she teaches, providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

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#1StudentNWI: Portage Athletics Forge Ahead


Student in the Spotlight:

Jamie Valadez is a very active member in many clubs and sports at PHS. Valadez, a senior, has been cheer captain at PHS for two years and has attended Portage Township Schools her entire life.

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A Portage Life in The Spotlight: Tim Sosby


First responders, while often honored in our country, are not always showcased as the individual human beings that they are. For that reason, this week’s Portage Life in the Spotlight features Tim Sosby, Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Portage’s Fire Department.

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10 Fun Things to do in NWI on December 1st - 3rd, 2017


December is officially here! Christmas is coming up fast, and its time to start shopping for those cute gifts for family and friends. But before all that, there’s still a lot to do in Northwest Indiana. From parades, to concerts to even Santa making his rounds, there is almost too much to do this weekend. Take a look!

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The #1StudentNWI Program Shares Great News From Northwest Indiana High Schools


Throughout Northwest Indiana there are over 40 high schools bursting with good news. From students and teachers to sports and clubs, these schools are shaping the next generation of leaders and deserve to have their stories told.

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Isaiah the Comfort Dog


He may not have a collegiate degree or a counselor’s office, but what he does have- four furry feet, a wagging tail and unconditional love- is enough to make him the best counselor in the world to those in need.

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10 Fun Things to do in NWI on November 24th-26th, 2017


Thanksgiving is this Thursday! Did you get your turkey yet? Thanksgiving is that special time of year when we watch Peanuts reruns on TV as we gorge on turkey, potatoes, greens and pies. When distant family comes to visit and the first fleeting hints of snow start to appear. But after turkey day, what can we do to entertain our guests? Well, how about a few extra fun things to do in the Region this weekend. Have a look!

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: John Schmoeger


The Portage Chamber of Commerce represents a wide variety of the local entrepreneurs in our town. This week’s Life in the Spotlight is not only one of their members, but an ambassador for new business owners following in his wake. John Schmoeger’s prolific resume gives him many perspectives to mentor from.

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10 Fun Things to Do in NWI for November 17th-19th, 2017


It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and now is the time we start looking for deals on turkeys, ham and stuffing, oh my! But surely there’s more than just some extended grocery shopping and recipe research in store for you this weekend? There’s still a lot going on that you can do between a dash of this and a pinch of that.

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