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  • PET-stravaganza yields adoptions, unique gifts

    PET-stravaganza yields adoptions, unique gifts

    When it comes to holidays, pet-lovers usually include their four-legged friends on the gift list. A recent event at Morton High School, PET-stravaganza helped to fulfill those lists — and then some. The Holiday Fair, which included 61vendors, was the fourth annual one sponsored by Animal Rescue...

      • Skaters let Santa go first as Crown Point opens newest Bulldog Park feature

        Skaters let Santa go first as Crown Point opens newest Bulldog Park feature

        Throngs of skaters took to the new ice rink at Crown Point’s Bulldog Park just moments after officials cut the ribbon on the venue. Even more people were in a line that stretched to West Street waiting to enjoy the downtown rink Dec. 22. “I think it’s fantastic,” said Bob Remaly, of Cedar Lake....

          • Decorating church a labor of love and faith for Hebron couple

            Decorating church a labor of love and faith for Hebron couple

            Call it a labor of love -- for their parish and for God. Several dedicated and talented parishioners of St. Helen's Catholic Church in Hebron, under the leadership of Ken and Kathy Veselik, spend hours each December transforming the church's interior into a breathtaking and inspirational religious...

              • Indiana Dunes remain open when government shuts down, official says

                Indiana Dunes remain open when government shuts down, official says

                In the event of a government shutdown, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will remain open and visitors will have full access to the park, its paths and the shoreline, according to a release. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, staffed by employees of Indiana Dunes Tourism, a department of Porter...

                  • Niedner: The capacity for mercy should be the goal for holiday season

                    Niedner: The capacity for mercy should be the goal for holiday season

                    Regardless of one’s social circle, religious affiliation, or lack thereof, few escape this season’s perpetual wishes for “happy holidays” or a “merry Christmas.” Even isolated souls who have no friends and don’t use email so fundraisers can’t find them must avoid retail outlets starting around...

                  • Potempa: Vienna connects with culture concert and culinary Midwest meat dynasty

                    Potempa: Vienna connects with culture concert and culinary Midwest meat dynasty

                    Reader Kathleen Nielsen has a sharp eye for the details in this weekly column. “My aunt, like myself, loves your columns and we often compare notes about what you’re writing about,” said Nielsen, who hails from Valparaiso. “I know in the past, you’ve written about the holiday tradition of the Salute...

                  • Cicco looks to create a vibe at Lambstone Cellars Winery

                    Cicco looks to create a vibe at Lambstone Cellars Winery

                    Both wine and music can set the mood and they are paired for an event in Valparaiso. Angelo Cicco, who plays guitar and sings, performs Jan. 5 at Lambstone Cellars Winery’s Tasting Room in his first gig at what is described as “a family-owned boutique winery specializing in handcrafted, small-batch...

                  • Evicted from Hobart home, potbelly pig thriving at animal rescue

                    Evicted from Hobart home, potbelly pig thriving at animal rescue

                    A recent trip to Erin's Farm, an animal sanctuary in Hobart, found Boo the Vietnamese potbelly pig slimmed down and social, entertaining other animals that came to visit and checking out the humans. This was a marked difference from November of last year, when an overweight and traumatized Boo...

                  • Indiana Dunes Scavenger Hunt helps participants discover area’s ‘hidden’ gems

                    Indiana Dunes Scavenger Hunt helps participants discover area’s ‘hidden’ gems

                    With the amount of territory Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park cover, one may wonder what to see and where to go in these parks. Indiana Dunes Scavenger Hunt offers a self-guided activity to explore the 17 miles of beach, more than 66 miles of trail and 15,000-plus acres...

                  • Steelworkers give away 800 holiday food baskets at Gary’s Genesis Center

                    Steelworkers give away 800 holiday food baskets at Gary’s Genesis Center

                    Hundreds of people left the Gary’s Genesis Convention Center on Friday morning with a free holiday food basket, courtesy of U.S. Steel workers. The giveaway was organized from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to repay the community for its support of steelworkers when USW members weighed a strike earlier this...

                  • Getting crafty for Christmas at Hammond library

                    Getting crafty for Christmas at Hammond library

                    Cathy Staley has a sharp eye for designing — whether it’s for party favors or home decorations. This love of spontaneous creativity brought the Gary resident to a recent Christmas Craft Workshop at the Hammond Public Library. “I consider this (crafting) my hobby, and it serves many purposes,” Staley...

                  • Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting opens Wednesday for funny business

                    Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting opens Wednesday for funny business

                    After four years of planning, investment and design details, Whiting is now the official home of the $18 million Mascot Hall of Fame Museum. “The official name is the Mascot Hall of Fame Interactive Children’s Museum, but we’ve created a destination with an appeal and interest for all ages,” said...

                  • Veterans fret over Trump's military decisions at Gary Steel Yard event

                    Veterans fret over Trump's military decisions at Gary Steel Yard event

                    Northwest Indiana veterans assisted a fellow veteran handing out food and toys Friday, but many said their minds were in Washington where President Donald Trump’s hasty decision Thursday to withdraw from Syria had them alarmed. Robert Farmer, the director of Webb House, a nonprofit that helps build...

                  • Community news

                    M&M to hold annual Christmas Eve dinner in Portage McClain and McClain’s is inviting underprivileged families and children to its sixth annual Christmas Dinner Celebration from 3-6 p.m. on Monday at Best Western Hotel, 6200 Melton Rd. in Portage. The dinner will feature meats, vegetables, various...

                  • Community news

                    Free Christmas Dinner at Merrillville Texas Corral Texas Corral restaurant in Merrillville will host its 3rd Annual Christmas Dinner on Tuesday to provide a free holiday meal to individuals and families in need across Northwest Indiana. General Manager Craig Carnagey, in coordination with the Texas...

                  • Church news

                    Gary Marquette Park United Methodist Church: 215 N. Grand Blvd. — The Christmas Eve Candle Light Service will be from 4-5 p.m. Monday. Saturday Outreach Lunch will be at noon the first Saturday of the month. Senior Yoga will be at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Gardner Center, 540 S. Lake...

                  • Gary transfers property to accountant's church

                    The Gary Redevelopment Commission has approved the transfer of property that once served as the offices of the Gary Urban Enterprise Association to a church whose pastor was an accountant for the group investigated for misusing public funds. The transfer of property in the 500 block of Carolina...

                  • Gary kicks in part of Buffington Harbor consultant's fee

                    A consultant working with the state on developing the economic potential of Buffington Harbor is to receive $200,000, $50,000 of which was approved to be paid by the Gary Redevelopment Commission. The vote came Dec. 19 with the efforts by Krieg DeVault LLP said by commission executive director...

                  • Gary breaks ground on $3.25 million fire station, puts up Steel Yard as collateral

                    Gary breaks ground on $3.25 million fire station, puts up Steel Yard as collateral

                    After years of discussion and debate about a building new Gary Fire Department station in the city’s Glen Park secton, city officials broke ground Friday for the new building. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and other city officials, including Councilwoman LaVetta Sparks-Wade, D-6th, gathered at 4959...

                  • Shop with a Cop in Valparaiso

                    Shop with a Cop in Valparaiso

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