Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Valparaiso Harvest fest draws thousands of children, families to downtown ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO – The ghosts and goblins, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Elsas from “Frozen” were out in full force Friday on Lincolnway for the annual Fall Harvest Festival. And merchants were ready for the 3,000 trick or treaters the event brings out. “It’s just fun to see all the costumes on the children,” said Carol Hannon, a sales associate at Seasons on the Square, as she handed out Kit Kats to a steady stream of costumed kids, adding she’s been with the store for 18 years and always works the day of the festival, “so I get the job of … ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:01:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ River cruise highlights restoration projects ]]> Lead story image

EAST CHICAGO — The Grand Calumet River used to be the poster child for the effects of industrial and urban pollution. But over the past decade, local groups and state and federal government have joined together to clean up and restore stretches of the 13-mile river, which flows through Hammond, East Chicago and Gary. Save the Dunes Executive Director Nicole Barker hosted a tour of some of the projects Friday for representatives from the offices of Rep. Pete Visclosky and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. With decades of discharges from … ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:02:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rose Ride blankets fallen officer’s car in flowers ]]> Lead story image

The Unforgotten Souls Motorcycle Club took part in a “Rose Ride” in memory of Merrillville Police officer Nick Schultz, who was killed in the line of duty a Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Participants lined up late Thursday afernoon at Buddy & Pal’s Place, 1206 E. Summit St. in Crown Point and ended at Merrillville Town Hall where motorcyclists covered Schultz’s squad car with flowers. … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:13:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fallen Merrillville officer begins final trip home ]]> Lead story image

Police officers from Merrillville, Indiana, and Chicago-area municipalities escorted the body of officer Nick Schultz from Christ Medical Center to the Cook County medical examiner’s office on Tuesday. Schultz’s body was transported in a silver hearse and with an escort that included Indiana and Illinois state police, members of the Lake County, Indiana, and Gary police departments and officers from Chicago and Oak Lawn. The route taken by the officers started in front of the parking garage adjacent to the hospital emergency room on south Kostner Avenue in Oak Lawn to Southwest Highway and onto northbound Western Avenue to Chicago. … ]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:33:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ritz remains bullish on grassroots support ]]> Lead story image

Former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh glanced at the tables packed with women at the Patio Restaurant in Merrillville. Then he looked at a smiling Glenda Ritz, calling her a “ray of hope” in the Statehouse. On this partisan occasion — an Indiana Federation of Democratic Women gathering — State Superintendent Ritz shared the secrets of her 2012 upset over presumed GOP-shoo-in Tony Bennett, who ascended to national recognition through his Indiana reforms. Ritz, who also visited three schools Wednesday in Merrillville, regaled her audience Tuesday on her winning strategy to snare the lone state office for Democrats in the 2012 … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:04:07 -0500