Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Job seekers get help with the hunt ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — Guillermo Morales is striving to stay positive as he continues to job hunt after a layoff from a Chicago hospital six months ago. Along with 100 others in the job market, the Lowell resident recently attended the 27th annual, Work Smarter to be Job Marketable program at Purdue University Calumet. “I’ve completely hooked up with the Internet and I receive job notifications all the time,” Morales said. “I’ve gone on many interviews, but nothing’s turned up yet.” This is the first time he attended the Work Smarter to be Job Marketable program, which offered valuable insights, perspectives, tips … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:04:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

VALPARAISO Symphony Performance: The public is invited to “Symphony Under the Stars,” a free concert featuring the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Central Park Plaza, 64 Lafayette St. in Valparaiso. Under the direction of Kirk Muspratt, music director and conductor, the concert will have something for everyone. The orchestra’s selections will feature light classical, pops and patriotic music as well as music from Broadway musicals, TV and movies. Navy Pier trip: The Valparaiso Parks Department is taking a trip to Chicago’s Navy Pier and a two-hour lunch cruise: There is shopping and entertainment planned for … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:49:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Magic helps get the pages turning for East Chicago library program ]]> Lead story image

EAST CHICAGO — David Shareef knew his fate at 5 years of age, when he saw Muhammad Ali perform magic tricks at Sister Clara Muhammad School in Chicago. The celebrity boxer was showing a side not many knew about, as he visited the elementary school. Shareef’s kindergarten class was at the show. “I was so impressed, I knew right then that this was something I wanted to do,” the Chicago illusionist said of Ali’s performance. “I went straight to the library to get some magic books. They had everything I needed to learn.” The rest is history, as the professional … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:03:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

NATIONAL  LAKESHORE Junior Wildland Firefighter Program: Participants can meet the fire crew at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and learn about their jobs and equipment. Children then will receive a Junior Wildland Firefighter activity book and patch. The program will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the West Beach Contact Station. For more information, contact the information desk at (219) 395-1882 or visit Rangers Choice Hike: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore also will host a special ranger-led hike starting at 9 a.m. Friday. Meet the ranger at the Visitor Center and then caravan to that week’s featured location … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:04:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cage match highlights hunger-fighting fundraiser ]]> Lead story image

The incongruity is startling: A young woman dressed as Cinderella appearing at a pro wrestling event, perhaps even standing in the ring and announcing each match as it occurs. But Sunday’s Headlock on Hunger fundraiser in Portage will give spectators the opportunity to see just that. Kate-Lynn Edwards, of Hammond, describes herself as a student, business owner and princess for her appearances as Cinderella at numerous children’s events and birthday parties each year. However, she also is a wrestling student and ringside interviewer with Fire Pro Wrestling, of Merrillville, a not-for-profit professional wrestling organization committed to raising money for various … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:04:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kids summer track meets promote good health ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — About 300 high-adrenaline kids competing during a recent summer track and field meet at Valparaiso High School went home feeling like winners. Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Supt. Phil Blasko partnered with Porter County, Highland Parks and Recreation and the Valparaiso Family YMCA to encourage fitness for kids ages 4 to 12. The meets have been taking place on Saturdays and are to continue through summer break and a couple of weeks into the school year. Blasko hopes to have a meet at Highland High School, too. “You see so many kids consumed with electronics,” Blasko said. “But this … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:04:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

PORTER COUNTY Free Festival: July marks the 80th anniversary of Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso. What began as a local family farm has transformed over the years into 238 acres of trails, fields, forest, farmland, facilities and more for folks to explore and find recreational opportunities. To celebrate, Porter County Parks and Recreation will host a free festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 at the park. The festival will host a museum featuring artifacts and photos of the park over the years, along with a video presentation on how the farm has developed … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:55:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Religion briefs for July 19 ]]>

CROWN POINT God’s Appointed Place: 1922 N. Main St. — A food distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19 or until the supply is gone. Canned goods, dry products, grains and a limited supply of fresh items will be available. For more information, contact Mary Robinson at 213-2837. GARY St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church: 2300 Grant St. — The church’s Women of Worship will sponsor a Hat-A-Thon luncheon at noon July 19. The person with the most unique hat will get a special award. The donation is $15 per person. Information: (219) 944-7313. Williams Chapel: … ]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:04:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Connelly: PNC grad finds social work is a fantastic fit ]]> Lead story image

When Purdue University North Central alumna Kayla Pomeroy earned her bachelor’s degree in social work in May, she wanted to be in a profession where she could contribute to society and hoped to work with children and families. “I have a passion for children,” she said. During her senior year at PNC, Pomeroy pursued an internship with Behavior Specialists of Indiana in Valparaiso. PNC social work students are encouraged to take on internships to have hands-on professional experience. Depending on their individual interests, students may work with the elderly, children, families, persons with disabilities, the homeless or those facing financial … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:04:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lukoshus: Purdue Calumet athletes are students first ]]> Lead story image

Amid plenty of discussion about the commitment and responsibility of intercollegiate athletes to their academic obligations, Purdue University Calumet’s student-athletes have achieved marks that speak for themselves. For the fifth time in the last six semesters, Peregrines student-athletes last spring recorded a cumulative grade-point average above 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale). What’s more, nine of Purdue Calumet’s 12 sports teams topped 3.0 cumulatively. Men’s tennis led the way with a 3.59 GPA. Following were women’s cross country (3.36), women’s basketball (3.28), women’s volleyball (3.25), men’s golf (3.22), women’s tennis (3.21), women’s softball (3.10) and men’s soccer (3.07). Individually, 63 percent … ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:53:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ At the ‘Fore!’-front of learning: Camp teaches kids basics of golf ]]> Lead story image

CROWN POINT — Isiah Daggett, 12, first became interested in golf after watching the movie “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” which chronicles the story of a young amateur who wins the U.S. Open. Further curiosity about the game prompted the Hammond youngster to watch the U.S. Open on television, and also tell his parents he would like to take up this hobby. “The movie made the game look like a lot of fun,” Isiah said. “And I also watched a lot of tournaments.” When Isiah’s dad heard about the recent Learn to Golf Youth Camp at Cedar Creek Family Golf … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:05:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

NORTHWEST INDIANA Area’s Largest Golf Outing: The annual Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable Golf Outing, billed as the area’s largest golf outing, is slated for Monday at White Hawk Country Club, 1001 White Hawk Drive, Crown Point. Registration and breakfast begin at 7 a.m., and a shotgun start is slated for 9 a.m. More than 300 business owners and executives are expected to participate. For tickets or sponsorship information, contact Alyssa at (219) 226-0300 or email Tickets also can be bought online by visiting NWIBRT.ORG/GOLF-OUTING/. Tickets for members of NWIBRT are $150, or $600 for a foursome. For nonmembers, the … ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:04:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

VALPARAISO Fire Department Softball Tournament: The South Haven Fire Department is to host its second annual softball tournament to raise money for the creation of an honor guard and for fire prevention programs. Games are Friday through Sunday at Haven Hollow Park, 330 W. 700 W. The community can support the event by making a donation to the South Haven Fire Department. Games begin at 6 p.m. Friday. American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse: The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language club will host an ASL coffeehouse from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Uptown Cafe, 1400 E. Lincolnway. … ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:28:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Underground fun: Camp offers kids archeological dig ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — Many types of camps for youngsters are offered at this time of year. Perhaps one of the more unusual ones is the Discover Nature program at Gibson Woods Nature Center. Sixteen area youngsters participated in a recent session, “Archeology, Can You Dig It?” which involved getting down and dirty in the ground. “I thought we would be more inside the woods,” said Maximillion Austen, 10, of Munster, as he readied his garden shovel for a turn at the mounds of dirt near the center’s entrance. “But I like rocks, minerals and digging, no matter where it is.” Coordinated … ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:03:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

NORTHWEST INDIANA Blues Show: The Mo’ Beat Blues Show will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday at Thomas Centennial Park, Broadway and South Calumet Road, Chesterton; and at 11:30 a.m. July 29 at the Central Park Plaza Market, 90 W. Lafayette St., Valparaiso. Through the Kickstarter project, the show’s Samuel Lozada hopes to create a Mo’ Beat Blues Show DVD to entertain residents of retirement homes and care facilities nationwide. The all-ages show includes blues, jazz, country, Rat Pack, swing and more, according to Lozada. Information about the Chesterton show: Call the Thomas Branch Library at (219) 926-7696. Information on … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:04:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dozens take a natural step toward citizenship ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — Paliborka Nonkovic woke up on the Fourth of July with a sense of good things to happen that day, and it wasn’t just fireworks on her mind. Along with 49 others from various countries, the Croatian native was sworn in as a citizen of the United States by federal court Judge Andrew Rodovich at the Wolf Lake Pavilion. “I’ve been in the United States for 14 years. And I will have better rights as a citizen now,” Nonkovic said. “This is better for me and my family.” Those thoughts were echoed throughout the crowd, as those involved waited … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:03:54 -0500