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My Great Grandma's 100th Birthday


On Saturday, Feb. 17, lifetime Valparaiso resident Alice Flitter will be surrounded by five generations of family coming together to celebrate a century of life, mere days before her 100th birthday.

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BridgePoint Church: Unexpected Provision

BridgePoint-ChurchThis past Sunday, January 21st, our church treasurer was anxious to meet with the our Leadership Team prior to our worship services. Typically, we might expect this request to be related to a technical or operational decision needing to be made. This Sunday was different. We had no idea the surprise our church was about to experience. There had been an unexpected capital gift made to BridgePoint Church of $100K!!! This was just what was needed to completely finish paying off the mortgage for our building. (which most in town would remember as the old YMCA down town.)

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Holcomb’s 2nd State of the State Emphasizes Workforce, Presents Goals for Progress in 2018

HolcombINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb on Tuesday delivered his 2018 State of the State address to a joint convention of the Indiana General Assembly. While continuing his focus on five key pillars, the governor’s remarks highlighted his commitment to developing a skilled, ready workforce and detailed several milestones he expects the state to meet.

“Our greatest challenge is that too many Hoosiers lack the education and skills for the jobs that are here today and being created tomorrow—nearly all of which require a post-secondary education. It’s a challenge faced by every state and a major concern for every business,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This is the issue of the decade, and we don’t have a day to waste.”

In his address, Gov. Holcomb outlined the following workforce-related goals:
· Help at least 25,000 of the 700,000+ Hoosier adults with some...

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Time for New Approaches to Address Indiana’s Voter Turnout Problems

Leigh-Morris Voter turnout is a concern across the country, but it’s especially concerning in Indiana. It’s been low in Indiana for years, but it hit rock bottom in 2014 when, by many measures, Indiana had the lowest voter turnout of all the states. By the 2016 Presidential elections, there was improvement, but Indiana was still rated as 38th out of the 50 states, with 59.7% of registered voters casting ballots.

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Top 10 Overall Stories on ValpoLife from 2017


2017 was full of great news stories from all over the area! We took a look at our top articles from 2017 and were amazed by the sheer number of events, activities, and positive moments we were able to share.

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How a Valpo Teen and Friends Spontaneously Became Part of ‘Magical’ Proposal at Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza

Central-Park-Proposal-03On Saturday night, November 11th, Isabel Blaney of Valparaiso and three of her friends had a sleepover and decided to go downtown and grab a snack in Valparaiso.

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Links of the Week: The Official Retirement of the Links of the Week Column (Unless Someone Steals It)


Well, it’s the end of an era: This will be the final Links of the Week you’ll ever read on the LIFE sites (... unless someone else takes the reigns. If they do, call them a copycat and know the OG will always look down on them). More importantly, however, it’s my last day working for Ideas in Motion Media (aka the LIFE sites).

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Links of the Week: News Bloopers, Artificial Intelligence, and 4 Ideas to Speed Up Baseball Games


Hooo boy, am I tired. Last night, the Chicago Cubs advanced to the National League Championship Series in a thrilling, 9-8 game that was exhilarating the entire time I watched. I tuned in during the sixth inning, roughly two hours after the game had begun, and more than two hours before the game was going to end.

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Links of the Week: Tom Petty, Screenwriting, and Traveling via Rockets


I am on the search for new podcasts, and I want *you* to suggest a few new options.

I like listening to comedy podcasts, politics (left, right, and center!), sports (mostly NBA), and I like a couple business-minded shows like HBR Ideacast and Freakonomics. Over the past few weeks though, I’ve trimmed down my collection for the first time in years.

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Leigh Morris on Reality vs. Reputation: NWI Environmental Quality

Leigh-Morris If you asked many people—particularly those from other areas of the state—where Indiana’s worst environmental problems exist, they’d probably say it would be in Northwest Indiana. But they just might be dead wrong. The data suggest that Northwest Indiana’s reputation for air and water pollution may be quite different from reality.

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Links of the Week: Chicago Cubs, Consumer Submarines, and Steve Urkel is Back


There was a time when seeing the Chicago Cubs make the playoffs made me jump with joy. After seeing them win the title in 2016, this week's accomplishment just seems a little... dull.

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