Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Dunes naturalist wins Hoosier Hospitality Award ]]> Lead story image

CHESTERTON — Indiana Dunes State Park offered between 800 and 850 programs last year, including those off-site, reaching about 105,000 people. Brad Bumgardner, an interpretive naturalist for the park who provided those numbers, estimates he probably handled about half of those programs. So it might not be much of a surprise that Lorelei Weimer, executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism, nominated Bumgardner for a Hoosier Hospitality Award, an honor he received Aug. 15 from Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann. Bumgardner started working with the state park system in 2001, while he was still a student at Purdue University-West Lafayette, where he … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:03:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ 50th anniversary: Gilbert and Patricia Johnson ]]> Lead story image

Gilbert and Patricia Johnson Jr., of Gary, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 21, according to a release from the family. They were married in 1964 at the Pittsburgh Revival Center in Pittsburgh. They have five children: Gilbert (Theresa) Johnson, of Oak Park, Michigan; Troy Johnson, of Gary; Glynis (Maurice) Kelly, of Gary; Tori (Gabriel) Gonzalez, of Los Banos, California; and Patricia (Robert) Greer, of Hobart. They have eight grandchildren: Keshia Johnson; Joshua, Taylor, Tyleur, Tionna and Torrie Kelly; Briana Martin and Elizabeth Gonzalez. They also have one great-granddaughter, Faith Harris. The Johnsons own Heaven Sent Gourmet Cookies and … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

PORTAGE Children’s Items Yard Sale: The Portage Parks Department will host a yard sale for children’s items only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Woodland Park Preschool, 2100 Willowcreek Road. Booths are $25 on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 762-1675. CROWN POINT Texas Hold’em: The Wildcat Texas Hold’em Tournament is set for Sept. 13 at St. Mary Catholic Community School, 405 E. Joliet St. The event benefits the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. Cash prizes go to the top eight finishers, with first prize an estimated $1,000. The entry fee of $60 includes soft drinks, water, beer, … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:58:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ PNC Sinai Forum season opens Sept. 7 ]]>

NORTHWEST INDIANA PNC Sinai Forum: The Purdue North Central Sinai Forum opens the 61st season at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Chesterton High School auditorium, 2125 S. 11th St., with Jenn Lim, the CEO and chief happiness officer at Delivering Happiness. Lim was instrumental in creating the culture described in the bestselling book “Delivering Happiness.” Lim will share her inspirational, research-based approach to creating meaning and happiness. The remaining four sessions of the season will be at the Stardust Event Center at the Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive, in Michigan City. All sessions begin at 4 p.m., with … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:04:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ A Miller Beach home for the Bard ]]> Lead story image

A bit of the Bard is what some folks in Gary’s Miller Beach think is needed to help bring the lake community back to its former glory. And with three productions under its belt, the Gary Shakespeare Co. is attracting the involvement of people from as far away as Chicago and LaPorte. Corya Kennedy Channing, of Miller Beach, has chaired the theatre company’s board of directors since its founding. The current production of “Twelfth Night” is their third offering, following “Romeo and Juliet” earlier in the summer at the Miller Beach location, and “King Lear” at Indiana University Northwest. One … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:06:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

VALPARAISO Art Gallery Opening: The White Ripple Art Gallery will open Tuesday at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W 100 N. The new collaboration with White Ripple Gallery & Co., of Hammond, will showcase talented artists from the Midwest. The first exhibit is “The Essence of Nature,” by Kathy Los-Rathburn and Madeline Henry. This nature-inspired fall exhibit features paintings of Taltree, fine jewelry and sculptures. The public is invited to the opening exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to visit with the artists and White Ripple Gallery’s owner, Jocelyn Prue. The gallery is inside the Visitors Center Depot. All … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:03:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Religion briefs for Aug. 30 ]]>

CHESTERTON Liberty Bible Church: 824 N. Calumet — Faithful Fitness classes, designed for women of all ages and fitness levels, will be offered from to 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class fee is $2.50 per class for those who sign up for an entire five- to seven-week session. Child care is available by reservation for morning classes for a small fee. Classes begin the week of Sept. 8. Information: Visit Financial Peace University classes will be offered to the community from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 17. … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:05:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ High marks for kids charity with Valpo ties ]]> Lead story image

For every burger eaten at Valparaiso’s Burgerhaus restaurant, a child in Kenya gets to eat for a day. That’s because the eatery “has chosen to make caring for children a part of their business,” according to Michael Bustos, director of media and communications with Kids Alive International. Now both private and business donors to the charity can rest assured their money is being used wisely, thanks to a recent four-star rating by the top charity evaluator in the country. For the 12th year in a row, Kids Alive has been awarded the highest rating possible through Charity Navigator, America’s largest … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:04:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

GARY Book Signing: State Rep. Vernon Smith will sign copies of “The Power of the Tongue: Rise Up and Walk,” starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Glen Theatre, 20 W. Ridge Road. In the book, Smith — also an education professor at Indiana University Northwest — unveils memoirs and excerpts of 39 of his greatest speeches from his career, according to a synopsis of the work on Roosevelt Class of ’65 Bus Trip: The Gary Roosevelt Class of 1965 is hosting a bus trip for the general public to Biloxi, Mississippi, and New Orleans. The seven-day, six-night trip … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:06:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lukoshus: Purdue Cal made mark nationally in 2013-14 ]]> Lead story image

Classes are in session and the campus is a buzz of activity, signaling the start of another new academic year at Purdue University Calumet. But before focusing on what promises to be an enriching year of learning for students pursuing their Purdue degree at Purdue Calumet, here’s one last shout-out for the academic year that was — 2013-14 — and, notably, the numerous recognitions of national distinction Purdue Calumet students, faculty and staff achieved. Here we go ... Student success A team of 31 advertising and marketing students bested a field of challengers from 140 colleges and universities to win … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:34:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Connelly: Meet PNC’s newest faculty members ]]> Lead story image

WESTVILLE — Purdue University North Central welcomes new full-time faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year. They are: College of Science Lindsay Gielda, visiting assistant professor of biology. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate at the University of Michigan. Most recently she served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College. Amy Hammoud, visiting assistant professor of nursing. Hammoud holds associate degrees from Indiana University and Purdue University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix. She has been employed as a registered nurse at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital and … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:07:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

OGDEN DUNES Open House: The Ogden Dunes Stories Project will have an open house this weekend. The project is a series of oral history projects preserving and sharing the stories of Porter County to connect residents past and present to one another. The open house runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday through Monday at the Hour Glass Museum, 8 Lupine Lane. VALPARAISO Fitness Class: The LifeTrail Advanced Wellness System at Fairgrounds Park, Evans and Calumet avenues, is the site of a new exercise class taught by Faithful Road Fitness and endorsed by the Valpo Parks Department. A certified trainer … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:06:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bosak: Food (and some sugary drinks) for thought ]]> Lead story image

In our family, while I was growing up, summer always seemed a grand time for eating out. Our original home on 6th and Kentucky in downtown Gary had no central air conditioning, as was the case for just about every home in the vicinity at the time. So on long summer days when the heat and humidity were almost tangible, it took very little coaxing to get our mom out of the hot kitchen. One of the places we liked to go on Friday nights was a small tavern on Ridge Road in Glen Park, close to my father’s business. … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:32:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

GARY Coffee With the Mayor: This event is slated for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Denny’s, 3150 Grant St. PORTAGE Children’s Items Yard Sale: The Portage Parks Department will host a yard sale — for children’s items only — from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 in front of Woodland Park Preschool, 2100 Willowcreek Road. Booths are available for $25 on a first-come, first-served basis. To rent a booth,  call 762-1675. VALPARAISO Popcorn Fest Races: Registration is underway for Popcorn Panic, the traditional race that marks the beginning of the Popcorn Fest for many. The 5-mile run or … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:06:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Many get moving to Motown music ]]> Lead story image

HIGHLAND — The dance floor at the Wicker Park Social Center recently was reminiscent of a 1960s “sock hop,” complete with live music and dance moves of back in the day, for a “Motown Sounds” event. “We don’t hear this music much anymore. I’m glad to see this,” said Marilyn Woodman, of Hammond, as she lined up with friends to do the stroll, a popular dance from her high school days. “The girls are dancing with the girls again, while the boys watch us. Just like they did at all our dances. Then they joined in.” More than 100 area … ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:05:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

GARY Book Signing: State Rep. Vernon Smith will sign copies of “The Power of the Tongue: Rise Up and Walk,” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Glen Theatre, 20 W. Ridge Road. In the book, Smith — also an education professor ­— unveils memoirs and excerpts of 39 of his greatest speeches from his career, according to a synopsis on CROWN POINT Golf Outing: St. Mary Catholic Community School’s Home and School Association will host a golf outing to support the school at noon Sept. 6 at Youche Country Club, 2301 W. 129th Place. The $100 fee includes golf, … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:04:23 -0500