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Lessons in 'Becoming'


I sat in the passenger seat on the Indiana Toll Road headed for Chicago with my fingers anxiously twirling a strand of my curls, when my friend who was driving gently pushed my hands to my lap and encouraged me to not be nervous.

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Amy and Mackenzie Aldrich


While it is well known that parents teach their children invaluable lessons, it is often overlooked how much children can teach their parents. Amy Aldrich of Portage, a mother of three daughters, knows firsthand how parenthood can transform how you look at the world.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana December 14 - 16, 2018


Pet picture with Santa, holiday craft shows, and planetarium shows are just some of the AMAZING things to do this weekend in northwest Indiana! Find out what amazing family activities are going on near you!

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana December 7 - 9, 2018


'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas' in northwest Indiana! From cookies with Santa, tree light celebrations to a hike in the park, northwest Indiana has TONS of activities this weekend!

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Mason Sullivan


At the heart of every community, there are small businesses that promote the local economy, support families of the neighborhood, and create a vibrant and diverse culture. Northwest Indiana is certainly no exception. With a hearty history of small businesses in the Region and no shortages of local shops, Northwest Indiana exemplifies how family-owned businesses can shape a community.

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The Latest Lifer: Kami Tupiak


I grew up in Lake Village, a small town here in Indiana most haven’t even heard of, with my two older sisters and younger brother. I’ve always loved the small town feel, but when I married my husband we moved to a larger town, North Judson. We live peacefully with our evil cat and three year old munchkin, who are the most important people in my life. With all that said, there are still a few more layers to peel back. After getting a degree in Graphic Design, I worked as a manager in the food service for a few years, and worked on photography as well on the side. I’d like to believe I’m well rounded, with so many interests in the mix, it's hard to settle with just one. I’m also that person who will talk to you in line at the grocery store, even if I don’t know you (Thanks Mom!).

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana November 30 - December 2, 2018


The weekend is almost here and there's TONS of fun activities for everyone! From 'A Charlie Brown Christmas" at Chicago Street Theater, an Arctic 5k run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana, to Hammond's Holiday Parade, and much more!

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A Portage Life in The Spotlight: Ken Elwood


When Ken Elwood looks at his hometown of Portage, he sees a community bursting with the same qualities that his mother personified in Elwood’s childhood: toughness, passion, and grit.

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Elizabeth Modesto


With over 23 years at the City Council of Portage, Elizabeth Modesto demonstrates how hard work, unwavering determination, and a love for the community can make all the difference. From childhood, Modesto had a close look at the remarkable effect that dedication and a strong work ethic can have on a family. Alongside her seven sisters and one brother, Modesto grew up watching her parents work hard to raise their nine children and to make a living doing honest, good work.

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10 Fun Things to Do in NWI November 23 - November 25, 2018

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and so much more to look forward to that will get the holiday season started. Time to enjoy that time of year were everything is a bit more magical and heartwarming with events like the great Crown Point Winter Market, classic A Charlie Brown Christmas', exciting Orak Shrine Circus, and the colorful Highland Fall Craft Show. Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for November 23rd - 25th!

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Eulogy for My Father, Dr. E. Ric Frataccia


My name is Ric Frataccia. I live in Fishers, Indiana with my wife, Luba, and our two boys, Aidan (11) and Ryder (6). I am the oldest of Dr. E. Ric Frataccia and Mrs. Kaye Frataccia’s two sons.

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