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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Ellen DeMartinis

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Ellen DeMartinis, CEO of the nonprofit organization, Opportunity Enterprises, works with nearly 500 employees and countless contributing members of the community to service residents of Northwest Indiana who have disabilities, supporting them as they realize their potential with individualized programs, care, and job placement services. Now, as OE looks back on its 50th anniversary, DeMartinis reflects on her 24 years with the organization; nearly a quarter-century that has seen much growth, not only in herself, but in the company and social attitudes in general towards those with disabilities. This growth has involved countless challenges-turned-successes, thanks to the amazing people DeMartinis works aside every day, as she can attest.

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Tell Me Something Good


Tell-Me-Something-GoodThank you every single one who shared something good with me this Sunday when I asked some friends to "Tell me something good," and for these many years giving us something positive to report on, share and celebrate. There are so many challenges we are all facing that are streaming in front of us every day. Even more of them are happening every day that encourage us all about the generally positive state of mankind. Your words, stories and pictures are like vitamins for the soul. I experience much of what his great in life through you.

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Looking Back On Eight Years Of LIFE


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We launched ValpoLife.com eight years ago as a grand plan you could probably fit on the back of a business card. It was just three employees and I, there above my garage, working. Based on a strong hunch, a desire to do something different in the second half of my life that fed my soul, and a resounding vote of no-confidence across every traditional media executive I suggested it to at the time, we set out with a mission. We were going to be the good news people. A hub of everything positive you could imagine about Valpo, and stick to that dead simple concept in what stories we told; pictures we took; videos we made; people we engaged with; organizations we served; and comment or tweet made online.

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Links of the Week: The Solar Eclipse, Rotten Tomatoes, and What Happens When Silicon Valley Takes Over Journalism?

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So the there will be a total solar eclipse on Sunday, as you may have heard.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Nicole Graves

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Nicole Graves, Foster Coordinator for American Greyhound, has always had a desire to help those in need. Whether it’s teaching our future world leaders, or helping our four-legged friends find a forever home, Graves has enriched the lives of everyone, and everything, she meets.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana August 18 - 20, 2017

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And…. Summer is over. We had a great time, did you? Even though, our school bags are packed, you do not need to put those bathing suits away just yet! Enjoy some more summer events and head out to Hobart for the city’s annual Lakefront Festival! Enjoy some craft beer and delicious wine at the Michigan City and Highland beer fests, and don’t forget to take a bit of some great BBQ at Marram Health Center!

For more of an active weekend, there is a nightly bike ride and an inflatable obstacle course that trust me, you won’t want to miss! Then, relax with the arts. The Lubeznik Center is hosting their eye-opening, beautiful art festival and then you can take a sneak at the Chicago Street Theater’s 63rd season! What an amazing way to end the summer days! Have fun!

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#1StudentNWI: Kouts Forecast, Sunny with a Chance of Success

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Student Council Day of Caring
Kouts Student Council cabinet members have been spending part of their summers preparing and planning for the upcoming school year.

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Time to Rethink U. S. Highway 30


Leigh-MorrisU.S. Highway 30 is a key 155 mile traffic artery that runs between the Illinois and Ohio state lines. For most of its length, it is classified as a limited access highway, which means that at-grade intersections or driveway cuts are not allowed unless a permit is issued. However, through the years many permits have been issued so that today it should probably be considered limited access in name only. Along with the proliferation of access permits issued, there has been growth in the number of traffic signals at intersections—40 of them between I 65 and I 69 alone. All of this has impeded traffic flow and contributed to the number of accidents as vehicles enter and leave the highway.

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#1StudentNWI: The Meaning of Senior Year at Valparaiso High School

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The start of Senior Year is the beginning of the end, leading up to the shore of adulthood. Hopes of freedom and self-discovery push the Senior Class to the shore, and to their graduation.

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Links of the Week: Jennifer Lawrence, Facebook, and Why I am Not Giving Up on Football

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I was *thisclose* to giving up on football this year. Once a DirecTV Red Zone Channel addict, I spent much of last year not watching football at all. There were a few reasons: the Bears were bad. I got rid of cable. I started needing more time on Sundays to do, like housework and stuff. 

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Lida Williams

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Lida Williams is now a grandmother and retired school teacher living in Valparaiso. Originally, born in Detroit Michigan, she was very young she and her family moved to Hamilton, Ohio and later, moved to Northwest Indiana in 1962 where she raised her two children.

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