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#1StudentNWI: Portage Ladies Conquer the Field


“One, two, three strikes you’re out!”: this has been the saying for the past couple of weekends for Hannah Kraynak and Breanna Devine. Devine and Kraynak are incoming juniors at Portage High School where they both play on the softball team.

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Bad News / Good News: The Stark Reality of Substance Abuse, Suicide, and the Hands of Hope That are Out There for Those Struggling

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There’s no way to tell this story without starting with the bad news first.

The stark reality is that many of our community’s residents are facing a troubling amount of life threatening matters. Issues like substance abuse and untreated mental health disorders can be deadly. We’re a Good News company, but we want to take this time to address these concerns and to also share the Good News that there are many resources in Northwest Indiana for help. With awareness, education, and a helping hand by any of us connected to someone who is struggling, we together may help keep some of the bad news from happening.

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Northwest Indiana Women Scatter Kindness All Around


During the All About the Girls Part 3 in May, Donna Flanagin of Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service, encouraged the participants to go out in the world and be kind. It didn’t matter what the act was or how small, she said, but she inspired her listeners to go out and Scatter Kindness.

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Thomas Barnett


After the tragedy of 9/11, Thomas Barnett, a lifelong Porter County resident asked himself, “What am I doing for others?”

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana June 23 - 25, 2017


There are some big, great events coming up this weekend! The premier fundraiser for the Lubeznik Center for the Arts is a great way to experience and learn about diverse and new styles of art while raising money for the center’s programs. In Portage, there is the annual Community Historical Museum Summer Festival and the Rummage Sale and Auction, two more events that are fun for the family and great ways to raise money for their organizations! For more of an active day, gear up for a 25 to 100-mile bike ride or run with your kids during the 5k run at the La Porte County Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day. For a relaxing night, either head to Michigan City for the 57th annual Pageant of Drums concert or enjoy a swim and a movie in Hobart! Throughout Northwest Indiana, organizations manage and host amazing...

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#1StudentNWI: Chesterton, Porter, and the IN Coast


Local businesses are part of what makes Chesterton such a great place to live. Chesterton and Porter are two communities that thrive on small, local businesses. One such business, that is new to the area, is The IN Coast. The IN Coast has been in business for less than a year and is owned by Mrs. Jenny Soffin.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana June 16 - 18, 2017


Another weekend of fun, diverse events are to come. With Father’s Day on Sunday, let’s take this weekend to enjoy time with Dad. Take him out for beer and live musical performances at the Crown Point Crossroads Chamber Food and Art fest or to check out the antique cars during the Hartsfield Car Show. For some food, he will appreciate a meal from one of the delicious NWI food trucks coming to Portage for the Food Truck Festival. Bring the whole family, four-legged Fido included, to downtown Valpo to enjoy more festival-like activities at the Pup Crawl. Sunday, slow down and relax at the special Father’s Day service at Central Park hosted by Calvary Church and end the night with the soothing mix of blues and classic rock with the next Portage Township Live Entertainment concert. After a weekend of...

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Jenifer Krizmanic-Wilson


When we watch special events, like the Olympics, the last thing on our minds is the people behind the stage right? We look for the athletes and the entertainment, whether we know much about the sport or not. Well, Ogden Dunes resident, Jenifer Krazmanic-Wilson was one of those head directors, working hard on making events like a Rolling Stones concert and the Vancouver Winter Olympic games fun, entertaining, and running smoothly for the public.

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Melanie Gorden


Melanie Gorden, Secretary to the Assistant Principals at Portage High School, has lived in Northwest Indiana her entire life. Born and raised in Gary, Gorden now lives in Portage and is building relationships with the wonderful staff of Portage High School and all of the students that make every day different from the last.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana June 9 - 10, 2017


This weekend includes the mixture of events that makes Northwest Indiana such a unique and fun place to be! From concerts, to art walks, to comedy night at Horseshoe Casino, the weekend’s events will surely excite everyone in one way or another! So, what to do this weekend? Well, embrace your Indiana-ness and head to the Crown Point Corn Roast on Friday and Saturday. Or bring the family to Stone Lake in La Porte to watch some of the fastest boats sprint around the lake for the 5th Annual maple City Grand Prix! Donate to a good cause while drinking some excellent beer at the Brew at the Zoo, or watch your favorite Hoosier Star singers perform once more to raise money for a local charity center. Whatever your hobbies are and wherever your passions lie, the roundup of Northwest Indiana events is why...

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana June 2 - 4, 2017

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How do you celebrate summer in Northwest Indiana? With some tunes of course! Enjoy a weekend of concert hopping, from the Zao Island’s live summer concert kick off performances, to the huge and always fun 7th annual Jammin’ With Save the Dunes! The Lubeznik Center are showcasing the annual LOK Young Artists Expo for their First Friday event and the Portage Township Live Entertainment have a fun-loving singing pair to enjoy. Once again, there is something for all ages and walks of life, whether your hobby is biking or fishing! Clap your hands folks, it is summer time in the Region! 

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