Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Run for a mom fighting cancer for third time ]]> Lead story image

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 want to have it over and over again. Lidia Sibakoski, a Portage mom of four children, whose husband died in 2009, was diagnosed with Stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer in 2012 and went through the hardship of chemotherapy and radiation plus a mastectomy. That should be enough burden for anyone. But Lidia has not been … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:12:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Air Force groups hit high notes at Valparaiso ]]> Lead story image

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 Sergeants harmonizing or the concert band filling every corner of the chapel with resounding melodies, it rated an A-plus. Along with the superb musical talent, the concert was a message in inspiring pride and patriotism. Just seeing all the young men and women resplendent in their uniforms, and looking oh, so proud, brought a great … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:39:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Add your piece to the autism-fighting puzzle ]]> Lead story image

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 so prevalent in children? How can we cope? So many questions to this developmental disorder puzzle, autism spectrum, which affects 1 in every 68 children born in our society today. That number jumped from 1 in 88 just two years ago. There are as many diverse conditions of autism as there are pieces in a … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:05:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ It’s finally time to give spring the runaround ]]> Lead story image

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 their season with this April 5 event celebrating its 20th year. (And maybe you’ll be given a volunteer job.) Then, the following week, all you runners can join the Spring Has Sprung 5K Run and one-mile kids run April 12 at Immanuel Lutheran School, 1700 Monticello Park Drive in Valparaiso. If you register by April … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:04:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Think spring by prepping for YMCA’s annual 5K ]]> Lead story image

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. April 5 is the date to circle on your calendar to get those legs going. The race will offer 5k and 10k runs and a 5k walk. All registration will be online only by going to Registration is $22, and includes a runner’s shirt as well as other perks. Teams and families will enjoy … ]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:05:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Purdue glee club taking the stage in Valparaiso ]]> Lead story image

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 wow you with their performance, and you’ll leave humming and skipping along after such a delightful afternoon. It is a very special year for Bryce Shaffer, a Valparaiso High School graduate, who has been a member of the glee club throughout his college career. As a senior, he was given the opportunity to choose a … ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:53:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ King’s message, legacy honored with events at VU ]]> Lead story image

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 if, through that legacy, all of us recognized the inside of each other, instead of the outside covering. King was so intent on putting an end to hate, and his memory lives on because hate is what took his life, yet sadly hate lives on and on and on — on both sides of the … ]]> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:10:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Special Olympics games are worthy of the hoopla ]]> Lead story image

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 Crusaders, and they came away with the championship to earn their way to the state finals. Not to be outdone, the Pacers made it to the final game before bowing out to the Wizards. Nope, these weren’t NCAA or NBA games, but they were just as exciting and loud. They were the games played at … ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:06:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ At least this weather makes for good conversation ]]> Lead story image

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 beautiful, piling it on was an unnecessary pleasure, and coupled with the north winds blowing, it just put itself back on shoveled areas too quickly. But, at the same time, it brought out angels — angels who were so covered up with hats, scarves, gloves and hoods — it was impossible to recognize them; angels … ]]> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:43:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Holidays treats, New Year’s feats ]]> Lead story image

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 love of God for all people with the reminder of the birth of a baby. I was so wrong! The chapel was packed, and listening to and singing out so many Christmas songs is a special blessing to me. Even those of you who might not think the message is “real,” I would think, have … ]]> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 16:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]>

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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 football players, but also great ambassadors for our region with their off-the-field actions. When outstanding athletes are also outstanding students and outstanding examples, it makes the victory even sweeter. Not only their parents and families will always be proud of this team, but everyone involved or connected with Andrean in any way will have it … ]]> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:26:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ CHS team wins Olympiad state championship ]]> Lead story image

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 week had some mighty neat things going on. First of all, did you even know there was a Japanese Olympiad that includes speaking and listening to the language, knowing its culture and history, and kanji (the Chinese characters used by the Japanese language)? Competitors from Chesterton and Valparaiso High schools proved themselves worthy of the … ]]> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:59:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boone Grove boys basketball team makes winning move ]]> Lead story image

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, even including having some of them mention how much they have learned from him — not about basketball, but about life in living with and handling adversity every day. One young man noted, “Jake has made me a better person, and that made me a better player.” So what did these kids do that showed … ]]> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:10:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Recovering addict to speak at Frontline event ]]> Lead story image

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 Frontline’s promise to their neighbors in need. Next Saturday, March 16, there is one opportunity you might not want to miss. It is dinner at the Valparaiso University Harre Union with Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who is aggressively striving to promote activities supporting care and recovery through drug treatment for victims. This extremely vibrant young man, … ]]> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 07:23:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Early snowfall leaves us prepping for winter ]]> Lead story image

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 only hope. If we still had a place to ski close to home, I admittedly would be happily doing a snow dance, but now I join the masses in moaning about the cold and snow, although I still enjoy the beauty of soft falling snow. Thanks to the Ben Franklin Middle School Builders Club, who … ]]> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 07:36:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Church to celebrate Veterans Day at opera house ]]> Lead story image

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 celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, to honor all those who have served, or are serving in, the nation’s armed forces. There is no cost, but a free will offering will be divided between the band and music ministries. Please call 464-4985 on Mondays or Wednesdays for more information. The church will also be … ]]> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:45:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Teens cheer their way to top honors at camp ]]> Lead story image

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 Taylor Colbert and Kaitlin Moore. This honor gives these lovely ladies the opportunity to attend a cheerleading activity in London, and both seniors are invited to participate in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. If you have never watched the amazing stunts cheerleaders perform in competition, you have missed seeing some terrific athletes accomplish … ]]> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:34:14 -0500