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Holladay Properties Partners with City of Whiting to Build New Illiana Building


Residents of Whiting or those interested in relocating to Whiting will soon have more options to consider for housing, as the construction of the new Illiana Building is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2019. The new five-story commercial and apartment building will be the answer for many looking to put down roots in Whiting, all while boosting the economy and improving Whiting’s sustainability.

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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!

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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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IU Northwest Shines as Region’s University


Made up of brilliant researchers and sought-after experts who instill passion in their students, Indiana University Northwest is known for making learning matter in impactful ways.

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Holiday Cheer for Hebron Students Thanks to Hebron Police Department, Meijer and United Way

Holiday-Cheer-for-Hebron-Students-Thanks-to-Hebron-Police-Department-Meijer-and-United-WayLast week Hebron Police Chief Noel and 6 of his officers did some Christmas shopping with 18 kids from Hebron. The students shopped for themselves and families thanks to Valparaiso Meijer’s generous gift of $2,000.

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$2 Million Gift to Valpo Increases Scholarship Funds

rot1A gift of $2 million to Valparaiso University from the estate of Henry and June Giebel will significantly impact the long-standing Study Abroad relationship between Valpo and Germany. The gift will double the funding of two previously established endowed scholarship funds that, to date, have been awarded to more than 80 students.

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BP America Joins East Chicago Katherine House Boys & Girls Club’s 100 Year Celebration With a Gift for a Great Future

BP-America-Boys-and-Girls-Club-Donations-2018As excitement is building for the 100 Year Celebration of the Katherine House, and the renovation of the East Chicago Katherine House Boys & Girls Club, BP America pledged their commitment in helping Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana build GREAT Futures of East Chicago youth through a $20,000 gift.

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Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation Awarded $20,000 Grant

NIPSCO-MAAC-Foundation-20000-Grant-Donation-2018The Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation was recently awarded a $20,000 grant through the NiSource Foundation – the philanthropic arm of NIPSCO’s parent company – in support of expanding the education and training of first responders. In addition to the monetary grant, NIPSCO donated various meters and utility poles to develop a real life emergency training area on the 4.5-acre Emergency Service Training campus.

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Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana and International Subaru of Merrillville Share the Love at Fill the Trunk Event


With Christmas just around the corner and winter settling in, the International Subaru of Merrillville partnered with Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana to collect donations of warm blankets, hats, gloves, and scarves that will be delivered to Meals on Wheels recipients.

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


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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Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana Spreads Joy of the Season to Fieler Elementary School

For 6 years now, Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana has donated toys to Fieler Elementary School in Merrillville so that children in need can wake up to a joyful Christmas morning complete with presents under the tree. Collecting toys gifted by their fellow employees, customers, and company president, Nathan Carrasquillo and Jay Abeyta delivered their donation to Fieler on Friday morning.

OverheadToyDrive3 Both Carrasquillo and Abeyta said that the toy drive is something they look forward to every year.

“We’re always looking for ways to give back to the community, and we’re fortunate enough as a company to be able to give back,” Carrasquillo said.

Annette Brown-Gilliam, Fieler...

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Candace's Rotary Round-Up: Merrillville

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Candace’s Rotary Round-Up: Merrillville

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem solvers who join together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Over the years, Rotarians have taken on global causes ranging from literacy and peace to water and health.

Many local initiatives are happening right around us! Scholarships for high school students, cleaning up of local parks and gifts of time, talent and treasure to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations are all the foundation of the Club’s motto: “Service Above Self”

I joined the efforts of the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club as a way to give back to the community I grew up in. Today, I bring you the Region’s...

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