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Woycik: This weekend’s concerts beneficial in more ways than one

If you love listening to beautiful music, the Porter County Community Foundation’s “Sparking the Arts” gift to all is a free concert Thursday at the Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso. At 7 p.m., the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra will play something for everyone, from pop …

ValPLAYso set to move on to next generation

The end is in sight. As of Saturday, ValPLAYso will be a thing of the past. But don’t be sad, because come October, a new playground will appear that will be even better than the one to be dismantled. There won’t be bulldozers tearing up …

Golf outing planned for burn victims

Even little burns from grease spattering have me whining. They always hurt right away, and the pain doesn’t go away quickly either. I have always had a fear of being severely burned, so every year when James Tudor initiates the Hoosier Burn Camp Golf Outing, …

There’s no couching it: Spirit of giving is alive and well

Wouldn’t you love to get a phone call and have the person at the other end say, “I have a check for you for $900. When would you like to pick it up?” That’s just what happened to me last Friday when Matt, a manager …

A moving experience: Train station gets new home

Down by the station, early in the morning ... the whole station was being moved! It was amazing and almost unbelievable to see how the brains of the operation knew exactly what to do to keep the Grand Trunk Railroad station in one piece to …

Everyone wins at this golf game

Every year when James Tudor initiates the Hoosier Burn Camp Golf Outing, I want to give him a hug. This year is the 10th annual outing he has initiated to help support children who have been severely burned in horrific fires, and give them the …

Carrol Vertrees was one of a kind

I wasn’t in town when Carrol Vertrees left this Earth for Heaven, and just recently learned that he had died. I missed seeing his delightful columns in the Post-Tribune, and now I know why. It will be a very long time before another journalist with …

These travelers are beautiful sights themselves

There have been some hurry-up-and-wait moments, some walks that seem like a mile to the buses, and melting in the sweltering sun. But it is the greatest trip. Our Special Olympics team arrived Saturday in New Jersey for the nationals, along with those from 49 …

Special Olympians move on to national stage

Ready, set, go! That’s what 19 athletes and coaches from Porter County will be doing Saturday as they pack up and leave for the National Special Olympics at Princeton University in New Jersey. It’s been practice, practice, practice, along with training camps and lots of …

Valuable volunteers all worthy of recognition

There is no doubt that if it were not for volunteers, many — probably most — places or agencies who serve others would not be able to offer the programs and assistance that they do. Think of those needing help: the disabled, nursing home residents, …

Student concert helps chip away at poverty

I’ve got an acronym in mind today — ASAP. This time, it’s not for “as soon as possible” nor “always say a prayer.” (Although that’s a good one.) It is for Alliance of Students Against Poverty. This small group of committed students formed several years …

Prom for Special Olympians hits all the highest notes

What a phenomenal evening of entertainment — not just for the young ladies decked out in their gorgeous dresses, or the handsome young men who were almost unrecognizable all spiffed up, but for all of us who were there to serve dinner and nonalcoholic drinks …

A special day, a special woman, and dunes to climb

It was the type of day that seemed to be heaven-sent. Last Saturday, the track, pool, softball field and fieldhouse at Valparaiso High School were filled with determined athletes, and cheering coaches and parents excited about their athletes’ performances. The Area 1 Special Olympics Spring …

Clean up your world, out of this world and World War II

Put a big circle around May 17 on your calendar, please, so you remember to take all your “junk” that’s been collecting in your garage, yard and even your house all winter to the Porter County Expo Center at 215 E. Division Road (just off …

A salute to some special stellar students

When 10 percent of a graduating high school class earns academic rings for their outstanding achievements, it tells a lot about the school, and even more about the students. Fifty-one members of Chesterton High School’s 2014 class have earned that honor. It is no easy …

A simple stroll can help hospice patients

I guarantee you will never see me running a marathon or even a 5K race. I’d rather just be cheering. But a stroll? Now that’s something almost all of us could be part of, and that is just what the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter …

Run for a mom fighting cancer for third time

Some things in life we like to have happen over and over again. But cancer?? If you talk to anyone who has ever been diagnosed and treated for any kind of cancer, 100 percent of them would say, “Once is enough,” and not one would …