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A Valpo Life In The Spotlight: Lisa Kusbel


Lisa Kusbel is passionate about enhancing Valparaiso through her work as the Director of Development at the Valpo Parks Foundation. This mother of three found her dream job after her adventurous life as a flight attendant ended. When Kusbel hung up her wings, she grew roots with her family in Valparaiso. Nowadays, she inspires others to chase their own dreams, proving that it is never too late to start a new adventure.

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Wheeler Gives Back and Celebrates in December


Lunch with Santa

For the past twenty years, Wheeler has made a point to help the Union Township community during the holiday season. The Lunch with Santa program was adapted by guidance counselor Mike Rosta twenty years ago when he heard the community program would be seeing its last year.

Although Rosta had only volunteered with the program for one year, he took it upon himself to keep the program alive.

At first, the program helped around twenty-five children in Union Township. This year, the program is projected to help over two hundred children and eighty-two families. Lunch with Santa takes place on Saturday 22nd this year. All the families will be able to enjoy a turkey and ham lunch. Santa will then come for the children, and each family will separately visit with Santa to receive their food baskets, clothes,...

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana December 21 - 23, 2018


This weekend is PACKED with amazing activities to do this weekend in Northwest Indiana! From holiday craft shows, scavenger hunts, winter hikes, to Christmas celebration we're here to guide you for a fun-filled weekend.

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Top 10 Featured Stories on ValpoLife in 2018


2018 was full of great news stories from all over the area! We took a look at our top articles from 2018 and were amazed by the sheer number of events, activities, and positive moments we were able to share.

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Lessons in 'Becoming'


I sat in the passenger seat on the Indiana Toll Road headed for Chicago with my fingers anxiously twirling a strand of my curls, when my friend who was driving gently pushed my hands to my lap and encouraged me to not be nervous.

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A Valpo Life In The Spotlight: Sami Hatagan


Everybody is dedicated to something in life, but can you imagine being entirely dedicated to seven group organizations and a variety of hobbies? Sami Hatagan, a senior at Valparaiso High School, is a part of seven group organizations within school and enjoys other hobbies outside of school.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana December 14 - 16, 2018


Pet picture with Santa, holiday craft shows, and planetarium shows are just some of the AMAZING things to do this weekend in northwest Indiana! Find out what amazing family activities are going on near you!

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana December 7 - 9, 2018


'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas' in northwest Indiana! From cookies with Santa, tree light celebrations to a hike in the park, northwest Indiana has TONS of activities this weekend!

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A Valpo Life In The Spotlight: Jeff Degeneffe


Valpo-land native, Jeff Degeneffe, has learned to perfect the balance of work and passion. He, in fact, has almost intermingled the two, as he puts equal energy towards both, never ceasing to impress his main competition: himself.

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#1StudentNWI: Washington Township Update


Trotting on Turkey Day Down Turkey Lane

The alarm sounds. The light is turned on. Grunts can be heard as one hobbles to the bathroom. Cereal is eaten too early in the morning. The car door unlocks as runners pile in and make their way to Valparaiso High School when the weather is brisk and damp and the sun is still down.

It is the morning of Thanksgiving, and over 3,000 participants began to file in a line to check-in, grab their pins and tags, and stretch as 8:00 quickly approaches. 7:45 and the runners, joggers, and walkers began to brave the cold as they line up at the start/finish line. Teeth chattered and cheeks had become rosy with every bone-chilling minute spent outside.

On your marks. Get set. Pop. 3,090 participants began to stampede the streets of Valparaiso as they faced a 5k...

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#1StudentNWI: Boone Grove Prepares for Upcoming Madrigals and Reflects on Field Trips, Star Students, and Resourceful Teachers

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This past month, Boone Grove High Schools journalism class in its inaugural year traveled to CIBC Theater in Chicago to see the musical ​Hamilton: An American Musical.

Thanks to a generous local business donation, the class of over twenty students spent the day in the city wrapping up the “American Revolution and Journalism” unit they had just completed.

Students came in for a normal day of class when they were surprised with the news. Sophomore Catrina DeLeon was one of the lucky students.

“I’ve wanted to see if for two years, and the fact that this opportunity was so easily given to us, I’ll forever be grateful.”, said DeLeon.

She is also active in BGHS theatre and took notice saying, “The play had a mix of everything from romance and comedy and all the...

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