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Top 10 Community Articles on PortageLife in 2018

We published hundreds of articles on the PortageLife Community Section this past year. Massive community gatherings, veteran stories, and much more was fair game for sharing! With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are the Top 10 Community articles from PortageLife in 2018!


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana Give 500 Area Children a Christmas to Remember

To most kids, Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year. All of the smiling faces kids have while opening presents and spending time with their families are moments that are to be cherished and remembered throughout the years. Although Christmas is a magical season, not all families have the privilege of enjoying the holiday with presents and material joy. On Thursday evening, 500 children a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana experienced a Christmas they will always remember.

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VNA Shows Appreciation at Annual Volunteer Breakfast

At the heart of any nonprofit are the volunteers that dedicate their time and energy to be rewarded with no money, but instead, with a sense of purpose and belief in a mission. On Saturday, the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Northwest Indiana showed thanks to their dedicated volunteers at their annual Volunteer Breakfast. These volunteers deserve the appreciation as they allow the VNA to provide compassionate aging, hospice, palliative, and grief support services.

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Portage High School Homecoming Parade Shows City Colors

Hundreds of youths donning Portage's school colors of Red, White, and Black congregated behind Willow Creek Middle School Thursday evening to prepare for the Homecoming Parade. At 5pm, police sirens signaled the beginning of Portage's annual parade. Eager attendees sprinkled down Central Avenue to show their Indian Pride.

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NorthShore Health Centers Hosts Annual Patient Appreciation Health & Fun Fair, Brings Knowledge and Compassion to Northwest Indiana

The NorthShore Health Centers supports its patients in a way that stretches beyond the doctor's office. For the last five years, they have provided a time and a place for the community to join together and educate themselves about the plentiful options that are available regarding their health at the NorthShore Patient Appreciation Health & Fun Fair.

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NorthShore Health Centers Says Happy Birthday, Baby! With Kids' Carnival

NorthShore Health Centers kicked off summer with a day of family fun at their 3rd Annual Happy Birthday Baby! Celebration Thursday morning. The event celebrated new patients who are around one year of age with a carnival and refreshments.

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2018 Portage Relay For Life Celebrates Survivors and Walks for a Cure

Cancer survivors, caregivers, and supporters pitched tents in preparation for the 12-hour Relay for Life of Portage at Willowcreek Middle School on Friday night to help raise funds to support the American Cancer Society.

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Meals on Wheels of NWI: Together, We Deliver

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana takes a different approach to nutrition, one that fully enables patrons to live independently at home. For years, the organization has been committed to making sure everyone receives nourishing meals, but the service comes with even greater benefits.

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The South Haven Boys and Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana Welcomes Dads and Daughters to a Royal Night at the Annual Daddy Daughter Dance

A "Royal Night" it was at the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Northwest Indiana. The first annual Daddy Daughter Dance began with delicious food and pictures that Saturday night as all the little girls dressed up in their prettiest dresses for the big event as they were escorted by their dads. The dance was an exciting way for families to make new memories in a fun and safe environment.

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In Their Own Words: McColly Real Estate Agents Tell All

Katie Wietbrock is a full-time agent with McColly Real Estate, as well as the office manager for McColly Real Estate's DeMotte location. She described McColly as a "one-stop-shop," a full service real estate company that has everything agents need to make both agents' and clients' lives more blissful. Wietbrock cited the large team at the corporate office as one of the many reasons working with McColly rocks.

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Volunteers Attend Hannah's Hope Appreciation Dinner

Hannah's Hope, a non-profit in Portage that provides developmental equipment to kids with special needs, hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Wednesday Night at Woodland Park. Volunteers filled the room and their bellies with a tasty dinner buffet as a token of gratitude.

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