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Area Women Organize for Historic March on Washington


Womens-March-on-Washington-2017The Women's March on Washington, D.C., will send a strong message to the new administration in Washington on its first day in office.

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Survivor Series: Rob Henderson


mcdonalds-lpcl-survivor-seriesThe story of Rob Henderson’s battle with cancer could fill the pages of a book. The ups and downs he experienced in his fight were not bumps in the road, but mountains to be climbed. As with every obstacle that Henderson encounters, though, he met the immense challenge head on and just started climbing.

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Top 10 Overall Stories for ValpoLife in 2016

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2016 is nearing its end and we've been taking a look at all of our best stories from the year with our Top 10 lists for each section of our site. It's been a great year for good news in Valparaiso, and we're excited to see all the positive things 2017 has to offer us!

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Marc Ruiz of Oak Partners: A Financial Advisor Can Keep Your Money in Shape

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Last year a friend of mine referred me to a fitness trainer at the YMCA. I had maintained some semblance of a fitness routine my entire adult life, but was getting frustrated and bored with the things I was doing. I decided to explore the trainer to get some new ideas on how to better stay in shape (and maybe stop hurting myself in the process).

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What is There to Do for Teenagers in Valparaiso, Anyway?

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The subject of "things to do in Valparaiso for teenagers" was an active one this week, and being the positive news place for Valpo, we want to gather all of your suggestions for Things for Teenagers to do in Valparaiso. We encouraged readers to share their positive suggestions only, as with all our content all the time. There are plenty of other places for debates of all kinds.

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Top 10 Featured Stories on ValpoLife in 2016

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We published several hundred featured stories to the ValpoLife.com Features section this year. Stories written by local students and more in Northwest Indiana were fair game for good news.

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Artificial Intelligence Driving the Future: Hold on!

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“We have only bits and pieces of information but what we know for certain is that at some point in the early twenty-first century all of mankind was united in celebration. We marveled at our own magnificence as we gave birth to AI.” – Morpheus, The Matrix 1999

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Is Valparaiso a Closed Community?


IvanBodensteinerIn recent years, under the leadership of Mayor Costas, the City of Valparaiso has taken steps to improve its image and make it a more open community. More specifically, a) in 2008, following a newspaper account (see NWI Times, 09/09/07) of the experience of an African American woman, employed at the VU Law School, and her children, who attended the Valparaiso Community Schools, Mayor Costas established an advisory Human Relations Council (formalized by an Ordinance in 2011); b) in December 2014 the City Council adopted the ValpoNext report, including an initiative (3a) that addresses the need for more “affordable housing” in Valparaiso; and c) in May 2016 the City Council adopted an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, age, religion, veteran status, familial status and disability, as well as sexual orientation and gender...

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Sherry, Cheryl & Tom: Twins & a Spouse from the Same Nursery


Sherry-Cheryl-and-Tom-Twins-and-a-Spouse-from-the-Same-Nursery-01I'm Sherry twin to Cheryl. Cheryl was twin 1, head-first, and I was twin 2, feet first. She did all the work for me to enter the world. Of course 60 years ago they didn't have the medical technology to determine multiple births. My mother delivered us naturally and is 94 years-old. Our parents were surprised when they had twins. My dad said they out grew the house. Also had another surprise when he received a parking ticket. Back in 1956, the normal stay after a delivery was five to seven days.

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Survivor Series – Cancer Survivor in the Region: Becky Neulieb

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Receiving a cancer diagnosis is is one of the hardest things anyone can face. The mindset that a person has can be as valuable as any treatment out there and the mindset that Becky Neulieb has is that of a warrior who is ready for the fight.

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Time is All We Have


Time-is-All-We-HaveWith age, I have sensed a shift in what is important to me. Over time, I’ve noticed that acquiring possessions has lost its luster. The pursuit of wealth has become meaningless. Moving up life’s ladder of success as defined by society no longer holds much appeal. It was a rather gradual shift that played out over several years. Then I was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer this past winter. That day changed everything. Not only was my physical health, even my life in danger, but so was the future I was building for myself and my family. The mental impact of that diagnosis was far more difficult to manage than the physical implications. But as I worked through the mind game that cancer played with me, I emerged on the other side of the struggle with a much clearer view of my life, not only in the present, but the future.

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