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Two Special Births Mark the Transition to New Michigan City Hospital


Two-Special-Births-Mark-the-Transition-to-New-Michigan-City-Hospital_01 The recent opening of the new Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital also meant the transition from a location where mothers had given birth for more than a century. For many of these years, Brahms Lullaby would play hospital-wide to signal that a new life had entered the world.

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McAfee Animal Hospital January 2019 Special


McAfee-January-2019-SpecialJanuary Special: Wellness Blood Screening is $72!
Even pets that appear happy and healthy can have hidden medical problems that might grow serious, even life-threatening, if left undetected. Early detection will help to ensure that your pet will have a long, healthy and active life! Bloodwork also gives us baseline for future pet care.

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Shedd Aquarium Announces Upcoming Illinois Resident Free Days/Evenings and Closure Dates


Shedd-Aquarium-logoChicago residents will have plenty of chances to swap the cold this January and February to explore the toasty Amazon Rising habitat where red-bellied piranhas live or spend time in the Caribbean Reef with Nickel the sea turtle. That’s because Shedd Aquarium is offering 25 Illinois Resident Free Days during the first two months of the year.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s East Chicago Katherine House Club Receives Resiliency Investment from ArcelorMittal


Boys-and-Girls-Clubs-of-Greater-Northwest-IndianaBoys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana has been selected to receive a grant from ArcelorMittal in the second year of its special community investment initiative, “Building Resilience: Investing in Nonprofit Sustainability.” Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana is part of a cohort of 14 nonprofit organizations in the Calumet region (Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Alabama that were awarded a total of $325,000.

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Shedd Aquarium: 2019 Resolutions


Shedd-Aquarium-2019-ResolutionsRing in the new year with new resolutions that benefit both humans and the planet we live on! Whether it's spending more time outdoors, reaching out to government officials to speak up for our planet’s wildlife or reducing your use of single-use plastic, Shedd Aquarium’s conservation experts are offering a few resolutions you can take on in 2019.

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Girl Scouts Gold Award Project Teaches STEM Basics


Girl-Scouts-Gold-Award-Project-Teaches-STEM-Basics Ambassador Girl Scout Kourtney Collier recently completed the main component of her Gold Award Project with a STEM workshop aimed at giving 4th and 5th grade girls a glimpse into the world of science and math. The girls learned about atoms and non-newtonian substances by making “slime,” learned about phases of mater while making ice cream, and explored kinetic and potential energy working with catapults. Here a few of the comments the girls made at the conclusion of the workshop,

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Pet Therapy Recognition Luncheon Honors a Growing Pack


Pet-Therapy-Recognition-Luncheon-Honors-a-Growing-Pack-2018_01 Wagging tails and the occasional bark punctuated Franciscan Health’s third annual Pet Therapy Recognition Luncheon on Dec. 17 at Franciscan Health Crown Point’s Marian Education Center.

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Top 10 Community Articles on ValpoLife in 2018


We published hundreds of articles on the ValpoLife Community Section this past year. Massive community gatherings, veteran stories, and much more was fair game for sharing! With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

Have a good story to share? It is still as easy as ever to share your story with us! Just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll be on it!

Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are the Top 10 Community articles from ValpoLife in 2018!

 

Valpo Flips the Switch on Christmas Season with Annual Winter Fest...

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana Give 500 Area Children a Christmas to Remember

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To most kids, Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year. All of the smiling faces kids have while opening presents and spending time with their families are moments that are to be cherished and remembered throughout the years. Although Christmas is a magical season, not all families have the privilege of enjoying the holiday with presents and material joy. On Thursday evening, 500 children a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana experienced a Christmas they will always remember.

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Shedd, Northwestern Team Up to Protect Animals Through Expanded Partnership


Shedd-Northwestern-Team-Up-to-Protect-Animals-Through-Expanded-PartnershipFor more than a decade, Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Health team has turned to Northwestern Engineering to develop innovative solutions that further enhance Shedd’s animal welfare practices. But, for the first time this year, the aquarium’s conservation scientists have been proposing projects to the students that advance their ability to conduct research to protect populations of animals in the wild. This expansion to the partnership aides Shedd’s field research in the Great Lakes basin and in the Caribbean region while offering engineering students an opportunity to get their hands wet creating prototype technology for real-life challenges that come while studying animals in nature.

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Valparaiso Community Schools Showcases Student Talent and Community at 40th Annual This Is Our Story Festival of the Arts

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Valparaiso Community Schools presented the 40th annual This Is Our Story Festival of the Arts at Valparaiso High School Monday evening. The program inspired a strong sense of community with the beauty of music, all while sharing the excitement of the holiday season. Students of all ages showcased their artistic abilities with their artwork, instruments, and voices.

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