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Swap meet helps keep this hobby on track

GRIFFITH — Gary Johnson received his first train set for his fifth birthday — a gift he still cherishes today. That early experience set the stage for a hobby that has carried the 66-year-old Merrillville resident through to retirement, and he still is adding to …

These workshops are all about hire learning


GARY — When Sherri Martin went job hunting recently, the interviewer was very direct when she was handed the college student’s resume.

Martin had never applied for a position before and hadn’t done much research on how to sell herself through a resume.

“After we …

Renaissance Faire brings history to Hammond


HAMMOND — Visitors to the Towle Theater on a recent Saturday returned to the Renaissance Age as they entered the doors for A Renaissance Faire.

In addition to scenes from a Romeo and Juliet play, attendees were treated to minstrel musical selections, costumed actors mingling …

Dunbar-Pulaski Academy offers parents food for thought


GARY — About 50 parents feasting during a recent free pancake breakfast went home full of ideas to help their kids succeed.

Dunbar-Pulaski Academic and Career Academy aims to increase parental involvement because Principal Michael Collins said he sees their help as a key to …

Quickly’s Neighbors, April 18


Does this mean no more movie nights with the mayor in Lake Station? That would break my heart.

That is why our founding fathers gave us the Second Amendment — so we can rein in the government. Other countries do not have a constitution like …

Health briefs for April 19



Walk With a Doctor

Porter Regional Hospital is presenting a “Walk with Dr. Alvarez” program.

Leading the pack for a healthy walk will be Dr. Alex Alvarez, who practices family medicine, according to a press release from the hospital.

Each Thursday at 8 a.m. …

Religion briefs for April 19


Liberty Bible Church: 824 N. Calumet Ave. — Fitness classes for women continue through May 9 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost for each class is $2.50 for those who sign …

Get up and go!

MICHIGAN CITY Spring Wildflower Hike: Visitors can join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Heron Rookery on Saturday for a volunteer activity from 9 a.m. to noon and a wildflower hike from  1 to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers can help park staff remove invasive species …

Music mentor still at it 65-plus years later


HAMMOND — It is an understatement to say that music is a large part of Florian Bolsega’s life.

Ever since he was a teenager teaching clarinet to other students, his career path has taken the Munster resident far and wide, and he still offers World …

Gary native eager to portray Jackie Wilson for hometown


GARY — Broadway veteran entertainer Chester Gregory is returning to his hometown for a one-night-only show Friday.

The award-winning performer will celebrate the life of legendary singer Jackie Wilson at the West Side Theatre Guild.

“The Eve of Jackie” portrays Wilson’s successes and struggles during …

Hammond fishing derby creates a reel sense of tradition


HAMMOND — Although a recent Saturday morning started out with the weather a little downcast and windy, by noon the sun was shinning and Lake Michigan was pretty calm as fishermen tried their luck during the 17th annual Fishing Derby at the Hammond Marina.

Sponsored …

IU Northwest students feted for community service, leadership


Four Indiana University Northwest students were honored this month with the Women Helping Women: Honoring Student Volunteer Leadership award by the Women’s Philanthropy Council at Indiana University.

Students Flo Bringas, Deberie Hubbert, Deanna Proimos and Dorthea Robbins received the awards from IU first lady Laurie …

Get up and go!

VALPARAISO Spring Market: The Relay For Life of Greater Valparaiso Spring Market will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, with an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. The event will be at the Butterfield Family Pavilion, Old Fairgrounds Park, at the northeast corner …

Pets get spotlight at ‘baby’ shower


MUNSTER — Although a recent baby shower featured gaily decorated gift bags, a colorful cake and refreshments, the mothers were nowhere in sight.

That’s because the presents were for kittens and puppies housed at the Humane Society of the Calumet Area (HSCA), and the party …

Move to the music at Hobart’s bandshell this summer


Hobart Special Events and the Hobart Parks Department will carry on the tradition of Concerts in the Park this summer in the Revelli Bandshell in Festival Park.

Opening night of the concert series will be June 5, with the Great Lakes Navy Band “Liberty Call” …

Sales of Oprah’s tea to benefit Bowman


GARY — An unexpected gift from Oprah Winfrey has given Thea Bowman Leadership Academy officials and students who are in the Pathways to College program reason to celebrate.

Winfrey recently announced that Pathways to College, an after-school program that aims to help students in struggling …