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Tower Park Renovation Begins


With the unofficial end of summer and the start of the school year, Valpo Parks has begun the much anticipated renovation of Tower Park this week. It will include the construction of two signature basketball courts previously announced this summer. One court will be Purdue themed, supported by a leadership gift from Brian Cardinal and the Purdue Community Hoops program. A second court will be Valparaiso High School themed supported by leadership gifts from former VHS standouts and their families, Bryce, Scott and Dana Drew, Robbie Hummel, Rob Cavanaugh, and the Friends of Tim Bishop. A third court will be lined for Pickleball and for half court basketball.

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Duneland Chamber Brings the Community Together For a Party in the Park


The Duneland Chamber of Commerce makes it a priority to give back to the community through family-friendly events. They did just this on the evening on Saturday, August 13, for the 11th Annual Party in the Park event. The event was held at Thomas Centennial Park in the center of Downtown Chesterton.

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Rip Currents: When You See the Red Flags, Respect the Red Flags

It was a sunny day in North Carolina when my sister and I went into the water. The sky was pristine; the waves, calm and collected, gently crashed into the sand bar near where my sister and I were, and the wind was just a whisper.

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2016 Naturepalooza a Big Success

Naturepalooza-a-Big-Success-2016The 17th Annual Naturepalooza held last Saturday, June 25 at Rogers Lakewood Park was a major success! “We had more visitors this year than ever. Scores of people, many new to the event, engaged in 20+ free activities and exhibits.” said coordinator Walt Breitinger. Lectures included two timely academic topics regarding native and invasive plants by botanist Dave Hamilla who provided recipes for wild edibles as Dr. Joy Marburger shared her slides of pollen from her research regarding native and hybrid cattails. Lunch included a salad prepared with local invasive plants harvested by Kathy Sipple of 219 Green Connect.

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Volunteers Needed for 2016 Valpo Tri on July 16

NWI-Tri-group-2016Volunteer spots at the 14th Valpo Triathlon on July 16 is available in many areas: finish line, food tent, transition area, bike or run course assistance and registration. On race day, volunteers will get a volunteer shirt, coffee and donuts, as well as access to the food tent after the race. To volunteer online, individuals can go to and click on the “Volunteer” tab.

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What to Do with a Sick Blue Spruce

What-to-Do-with-a-Sick-Blue-Spruce_01A number of area homeowners are scratching their heads over their blue spruce trees. According to Lyndsay Ploehn, Agriculture and Natural Resources Associate for Purdue Extension – Porter County, people are calling to ask why their trees are losing needles or branches are turning brown.

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Skate Again at Central Park in Valpo

Skate-Again-at-Central-Park-in-ValpoSummer Skates roll into Central Park Plaza this Monday as the Valpo Parks and the Valpo Family YMCA bring roller skating to the William E. Urschel Pavilion. "We had a great response with ice skating this winter," said Valpo Parks Director John Seibert. "We wanted to offer a similar experience this summer - with roller skating. We are glad to partner with the YMCA to take the popular Valpo Skates outdoors and bring it downtown."

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Chasing Dreams' Summer Camp Gives Campers with Special Needs a Fun Week Away


As I step foot onto Camp Lawrence, I was welcomed with warm smiles. It was the morning of Thursday, June 8, otherwise known as the beginning of the Chasing Dreams Dream Summer Camp, and one could just sense the excitement in the air. The Dream Summer camp is a camp for kids with special needs from the ages of 5-22.

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Tower Park Renovation Receives a Gift to Renovate the Baseball/Softball Field


Renovation of Tower Park is getting another significant boost with a lead gift from the Samardzija family to renovate the baseball/softball field in the park at Franklin Street and Evans Avenue. The Valparaiso Parks Department and the Valparaiso Parks Foundation gratefully announce this gift as the latest in a series of public private partnerships that will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Valpo Parks Department and Samardzija Announce Samardzija Field Upgrade for Tower Park


Valparaiso Parks has made an exciting announcement concerning the future of Valpo's Tower Park baseball field.

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City of Whiting Welcomes Rivich Antiques & Enterprises to Whiting Lakefront Park

City-of-Whiting-Welcomes-Rivich-Antiques-and-Enterprises-to-Whiting-Lakefront-ParkThe City of Whiting is excited to welcome Rivich Antiques & Enterprises to Whiting Lakefront Park, who will be holding their auction ‘The Vintage Board of Trade’ on Thursday, June 2nd at 6 p.m in the park pavilion. The auction will feature 300 lots of vintage Chicago design pieces including old advertising, jewelry, home decor, mid century furniture, art, and even garden items.

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