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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 …

Air Force groups hit high notes at Valparaiso

There are not enough accolades to describe the U.S. Air Force band, choir and Singing Sergeants’ performances Monday evening at the Valparaiso University Chapel, which was an ideal setting, surrounding everyone there with music, music, music. Whether it was the blending choir voices, the Singing …

Add your piece to the autism-fighting puzzle

I get really frustrated when I’m trying to put together a puzzle and can’t find the piece that fits. That is just exactly how researchers, doctors and parents feel about autism. What is the cause? Will there ever be a cure? Why has it become …

It’s finally time to give spring the runaround

Did you register yet for the Valparaiso Family YMCA’s Ringing in Spring run? Maybe that will help bring spring to our area soon. Give Jodi Jackson a call at (219) 462-4185 if you’d like to volunteer to cheer on the thousands of runners who begin …

Think spring by prepping for YMCA’s annual 5K

It’s got to get warmer sometime, doesn’t it? Surely the cold and snow will be gone by April. The Valpo YMCA is counting on it — it’s their 20th year of hosting the largest springtime run/walk in Northwest Indiana, and probably the earliest, as well. …

Purdue glee club taking the stage in Valparaiso

If you enjoy going to songfests or concerts, please put a circle around Sunday, Feb. 16, and come listen to the wonderful harmony and voices of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club at 2 p.m. in the Valparaiso High School auditorium. These talented young men will …

King’s message, legacy honored with events at VU

I hope all of you took time to reflect on what Dr. Martin Luther King accomplished before his unnecessary death, or even better, attended a ceremony such as Valparaiso University had to honor him and remind us of his legacy. It would be so wonderful …