On Sunday, Children and families dressed up in their best costumes and were entertained by the many activities that Zao Island had to offer at it's Trunk-or-Treat event. With haunted miniature golf, hayrides, a costume contest, and a trunk-or-treat path, there was no better place to spend the evening. No matter what age, Zao Island was the perfect place to bring together families and friends.
Cadette Girl Scout Troop 148 of Valparaiso traveled to Camp Soni Springs in Michigan recently to help out at the Apple Cider Bike Ride. The girls passed out Gatorade, water, and snacks as well as cheered the riders on their journey. When that job was done, they helped adult volunteer Joe Baker refinish the camp stage. Mr. Baker taught beginner painting skills that helped complete the job quicker.
Most years, The Flanagin Fairies have a heartwarming story to tell after appearing at Valparaiso’s Popcorn Festival and this year was no exception.
The Valparaiso Area Girl Scouts were awarded the “Best Little Kernel Award” for their float entry in the Popcorn Festival Parade on Sept. 9th. With the theme “Faces of Girl Scouting,” the float depicted 4 life-sized Girl Scouts decorated in cornmeal, popcorn, other corn products. A Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scout circled round and round as they made their way through the parade route. The traditional Girl Scout trefoil showed the faces of many of our local girls and adults who live in Valparaiso and Washington Twp.
Michael Newhard, who runs Bartholomew Funeral Home here in Valparaiso, is no stranger to the potential tragedies of life, and has been on that side of the fence himself with his sister and, more recently, his father. Still, he finds it important to concentrate on what he can do in those moments of purest heartbreak to make the lives of those who come through his doors a little easier.
The Valpo Parks Popcorn Panic and Lit’l Kernel Puff Race are both highly anticipated events at the Popcorn Festival each year. A fun, local tradition that gets many out of the house, into the community, and moving through the streets, it’s been a long-standing event to which Valparaiso residents look forward. For many, the Lit’l Kernel Puff race is a fun novelty that they get to participate in each year. For others, though, the races have become something even more. The Lit’l Kernel Puff Race was something fun and exciting for Lisa Baisden, Youth Recreation Director for Valpo Parks, as a child, and now she’s directing it and helping others make those same memories.
The team at Boulder Bay Realty recently got together to try and make someone’s day. They decorated rocks with pictures and inspiring messages, taking inspiration from a similar project, and have now placed the rocks all over Valparaiso for people to find and share.
Dogs are (arguably) one of the best things on planet Earth. When my fiancee and I decided it was time to welcome a new dog into our lives and inject some much-needed energy into our senior dog, Spanky’s life, we began looking at local rescues.
The Porter County Animal Shelter today released animal intake and outcome data for the first half of 2017 which indicates a zero growth in the number of animals at the shelter and confirms their continued status as a NO KILL Shelter.