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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 …

Special Olympics games are worthy of the hoopla

What heart-pounding games! The Hoosiers and the Magic were tied — until a shot by Andrew at the buzzer of the first half put the Hoosiers ahead for good. They went on to win by eight points. Then there was the final game for the …

At least this weather makes for good conversation

Brr! Brr! Brr! I didn’t know we were living in the North Pole, but it certainly felt like it this week. I kept looking for igloos. This winter is shaping up to one that will be forgettable. Although the snow coming down looked soft and …

Holidays treats, New Year’s feats

The air was so crisp and cold, it almost took my breath away, and I was sure that the Valparaiso University chapel wouldn’t be as full on Christmas Eve as it usually was for Immanuel Lutheran Church’s beautiful service — a service filled with the …

Andrean’s title is a win for all

Hooray for the Andrean High School football team for their well-fought, well-played game resulting in a state championship! Congratulations to every member of the team, whether they are starters or bench warmers, and to the super coaching staff. These young men are not only excellent …

CHS team wins Olympiad state championship

Does it make you as happy as it does me when you read about all the neat young people in our county? So often the news is not the greatest to read with too many sad and bad things getting the headlines. But this past …

Boone Grove boys basketball team makes winning move

The Boone Grove boys basketball team members are winners in more ways than one. Their prowess on the basketball court certainly showed their work ethic, and helped them capture the sectional crown. Among the cheering fans, one young student was very special to the team, …

Recovering addict to speak at Frontline event

Frontline Foundations staff is committed to providing substance abuse treatment for young people ages 18 to 28 to help them conquer their monsters, and live a long and productive life. But it takes many dollars to accomplish that mission, so fundraisers are a part of …

Early snowfall leaves us prepping for winter

Hey! Who turned on winter so fast? With leaves still hanging on the trees and carpeting the lawn still to be raked, the white covering at least makes the yard look prettier. Maybe by winter starting early, spring will come around in February. We can …

Church to celebrate Veterans Day at opera house

Its name seems to be appropriate — “first.” The First Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso will be first in offering a Veterans Day celebration at the Memorial Opera House. Along with the Hobart High School band, the church’s music ministries will present their sixth annual patriotic …

Teens cheer their way to top honors at camp

Three cheers for the Portage cheerleaders. Well, actually, four cheers, as four members of Portage High School’s varsity cheering squad earned All American Cheering Squad honors at the UCA cheer camp this summer. The super cheerers are freshman Jessica Grochowski, junior Alexis Pena and seniors …

Girl Scout earns gold making shoes for orphans

It is always a special joy to me when I learn about young people doing neat things. I recently told you about Matt Petrovich’s Eagle Scout project for Special Olympics and wanted to share the Girl Scout’s equal, which is the Gold Service project. Chesterton …

With kids back at school, let’s all drive carefully

School days, school days, dear old golden rule days — yep, those big yellow busses are rolling all over the county, taking their precious cargo to see their old and new classmates and friends and learn from the teachers there who want to impart knowledge …