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Bad News / Good News: The Stark Reality of Substance Abuse, Suicide, and the Hands of Hope That are Out There for Those Struggling

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There’s no way to tell this story without starting with the bad news first.

The stark reality is that many of our community’s residents are facing a troubling amount of life threatening matters. Issues like substance abuse and untreated mental health disorders can be deadly. We’re a Good News company, but we want to take this time to address these concerns and to also share the Good News that there are many resources in Northwest Indiana for help. With awareness, education, and a helping hand by any of us connected to someone who is struggling, we together may help keep some of the bad news from happening.

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Northwest Indiana Women Scatter Kindness All Around


During the All About the Girls Part 3 in May, Donna Flanagin of Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service, encouraged the participants to go out in the world and be kind. It didn’t matter what the act was or how small, she said, but she inspired her listeners to go out and Scatter Kindness.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana June 23 - 25, 2017


There are some big, great events coming up this weekend! The premier fundraiser for the Lubeznik Center for the Arts is a great way to experience and learn about diverse and new styles of art while raising money for the center’s programs. In Portage, there is the annual Community Historical Museum Summer Festival and the Rummage Sale and Auction, two more events that are fun for the family and great ways to raise money for their organizations! For more of an active day, gear up for a 25 to 100-mile bike ride or run with your kids during the 5k run at the La Porte County Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day. For a relaxing night, either head to Michigan City for the 57th annual Pageant of Drums concert or enjoy a swim and a movie in Hobart! Throughout Northwest Indiana, organizations manage and host amazing...

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Despina Liaskos


Balancing a career and life can be a challenge to many people, but Despina Liaskos seems to have things well in hand.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana June 16 - 18, 2017


Another weekend of fun, diverse events are to come. With Father’s Day on Sunday, let’s take this weekend to enjoy time with Dad. Take him out for beer and live musical performances at the Crown Point Crossroads Chamber Food and Art fest or to check out the antique cars during the Hartsfield Car Show. For some food, he will appreciate a meal from one of the delicious NWI food trucks coming to Portage for the Food Truck Festival. Bring the whole family, four-legged Fido included, to downtown Valpo to enjoy more festival-like activities at the Pup Crawl. Sunday, slow down and relax at the special Father’s Day service at Central Park hosted by Calvary Church and end the night with the soothing mix of blues and classic rock with the next Portage Township Live Entertainment concert. After a weekend of...

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Chad Dutz


It is like being on a sports team, Valparaiso Fire Chief Chad Dutz said. The men and women who serve the City of Valparaiso on the Fire Department are all part of the same team working together to make the city a safe place to live.

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#1StudentNWI: Reflections of a Graduate at Valparaiso High School


The end of the school year brings in a lot of things; excitement, fear, uncertainty, and most of all, change. For the 2017 graduating class of Valparaiso High School, all of these things are applicable. Their whole lives up to this point have been spent working their way to the end goal of graduating high school.

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#1StudentNWI: Once a Senator, Always a Senator


Washington Township’s Graduation Class are turning their tassels from right to left as they accomplish their biggest milestone to date. The Class of 2017 started their academic careers thirteen years ago and the time has finally come for them to say goodbye to Washington Township and hello to the new opportunities awaiting them.

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#1StudentNWI: Kouts' Pomp with a Splash of Circumstance


Memorial Day Weekend Festivities
The Pleasant Township pool kicked off its 46th season on May 27. Opening day was a bit cloudy and cool for swimmers, but there was plenty of sun the next day. Kids were having a blast swimming, while teenagers were getting a tan when I arrived at the pool. Lifeguards on duty included Nate Anweiler, Grace Birmingham, Serena Birmingham, and Austin Bushore. The lifeguards enjoy the opportunity to get to know the kids on a one-to-one level.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Molly Phelps


Molly Phelps, Head Coach of the Valparaiso Vikettes, has been a part of organizations that foster relationships and a sense of belonging for her entire life. Now she is continuing on that legacy, cultivating lasting relationships and a sense of community for those who need it.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana June 9 - 10, 2017


This weekend includes the mixture of events that makes Northwest Indiana such a unique and fun place to be! From concerts, to art walks, to comedy night at Horseshoe Casino, the weekend’s events will surely excite everyone in one way or another! So, what to do this weekend? Well, embrace your Indiana-ness and head to the Crown Point Corn Roast on Friday and Saturday. Or bring the family to Stone Lake in La Porte to watch some of the fastest boats sprint around the lake for the 5th Annual maple City Grand Prix! Donate to a good cause while drinking some excellent beer at the Brew at the Zoo, or watch your favorite Hoosier Star singers perform once more to raise money for a local charity center. Whatever your hobbies are and wherever your passions lie, the roundup of Northwest Indiana events is why...

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