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GARY — Since Corina King was laid off from her medical job a few months ago, finances have been tight. Getting her four children ready for school this year has been a real challenge, but the Gary resident found some relief at the recent Back-to-School …

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VALPARAISO AREA Haunted Railroad and Fall Fest: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W. 100 N., will host its Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival from Wednesday through Oct. 31. The family-friendly event features a haunted railway garden of ghost conductors, skeleton passengers, spiders and haunted houses. …

‘Staircase’ is next stage step at Munster High

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MUNSTER — The season’s first stage production by the Munster High School Theatre group will feature the popular Bel Kaufman drama “Up the Down Staircase.”

Produced by Larry and Carol Lynn Brechner, the full-length, student-directed play will feature Munster High School seniors Laurel Demokovich and …

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VALPARAISO Teachers Retirement Workshop: Blue Sky Financial Partners will host a Teachers Retirement Workshop at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson St. Topics will include IRA mistakes and more. A second workshop in the two-part series is set …

PUC’s College of Nursing   gains elite national honor

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The Purdue University Calumet nursing reputation continues to grow in impressive ways. The university’s College of Nursing received one of nursing education’s elite recognitions when it was named a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing. The Purdue Calumet College is among six …

St. John Bosco Church fest a late salute to summer

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HAMMOND — During one of the last festivals of the summer in Northwest Indiana, hundreds of people recently packed the St. John Bosco Church grounds.

Ethnic food, music, bingo games and a bake sale were highlights of the day.

Children also got in on the …

Connelly: Social work field is where PUNC student is ‘meant to be’

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Purdue University North Central student Courtney Felker looks forward to graduating in December. She is ready to establish herself in her career and anticipates enrolling in graduate school in another year or so.

“I graduate in December, and after that, the sky’s the limit,” she …

Religion briefs for Sept. 27

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God’s Appointed Place: 1922 N. Main St.— A food distribution for those in need will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the food supply is gone on Sept. 27. Canned goods, dry products, grains and limited fresh items will …

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HAMMOND College Fair: Representatives from 100-plus colleges and universities will be at a free college fair, hosted by Purdue University Calumet, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the rec center gym, three blocks east of Indianapolis Boulevard and just south of 173rd Street. High …

New Portage supt. brings wide-ranging perspective

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New Portage Township Schools Supt. Richard Weigel has a passion for education. His vision for the schools matches the district’s: that it “will be recognized as a ‘Best in Its Class’ school corporation within the region, the state and the nation.”

“We already have great …

A grand garden gets its due

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VALPARAISO — The Porter County Master Gardeners had a little surprise for Victoria Conover on a recent Wednesday.

They presented her with their first-ever garden appreciation certificate.

“She does have a beautiful yard,” said Janet Magnuson, the group’s philanthropy chair and past president.

Conover, 88, …

New Portage High principal eager to help make impact

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PORTAGE — Jen Sass, the new principal at Portage High School, sees building trust and relationships as key to helping kids succeed.

“My biggest challenge is learning how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and seeing what’s best for the kids and the …

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PORTER COUNTY Feline Frenzy Adoption: Porter County Animal Shelter has brought back The Feline Frenzy, its reduced-fee cat adoption program, after an absence of more than a year. It runs through Oct. 5. Adoption fees for cats (over 6 months old) will be discounted by …

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MERRILLVILLE Evening of Elegance: The Beta Rho Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc. will hold its 33rd annual Evening of Elegance, “Divas Down the Runway,” on Oct. 2 in the Celebrity Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, 800 E. 81st Ave. Fashions are …

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MICHIGAN CITY Walk Aids Homeless: The 10th annual Homeward Bound 5K Walk is set for Saturday in Washington Park. It benefits nine agencies that provide affordable housing, shelter and services. There will be live music, clowns, chalk art, food and beverages and more. Registration is …

Delaney reunion dance set for Sept. 27

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GARY — Isie (Kincaid) Goodman’s childhood was spent in the Delaney housing projects during the 1950s and 1960s, a time when, as she recalled, no one knew they were poor.

“We thought the Delaney apartments were condominiums,” she said with a laugh. “We had fun, …