We published hundreds of articles on the ValpoLife Community Section this past year. Massive community gatherings, veteran stories, and much more was fair game for sharing! With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!
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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are the Top 10 Community articles from ValpoLife in 2018!
Valpo Flips the Switch on Christmas Season with Annual Winter Fest and Tree Lighting
Valparaiso's beloved Central Park Plaza played host this evening to hundreds of happy families--and one very large tree-- for the annual Winter Fest and Tree Lighting event.
Dr. Ric Frataccia, Memories and Messages
During Doc's time as Assistant Superintendent and later Superintendent at Portage Township Schools I had the pleasure to work with him as both a member of the community and later as school attorney. He was an inspirational, once in a generation leader. I have never met a more competent person in education. However, what inspired you most about him was his passion for children and their learning. It drove everything he did--everything. It was why he woke up in the morning. It was his why.
20 Adopted at Porter County's First Ever Adoption Day
To celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month, the Indiana Department of Child Services, the Porter County Juvenile Court, and the Porter County CASA program (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) joined forces to host Adoption Day on Tuesday.
WVLP 103.1 Brings Community and Delicious Food Together at the Annual Hog Roast
Plates were piled high with delicious pulled pork and more at the annual WVLP 103.1 Hog Roast at Butterfield Pavilion at Fairground Park Friday night. With live ambient music, a selection of salads and pasta, grilled chicken, and a perpetually replenished table of home-baked desserts, the WVLP Hog Roast cranked tradition up a notch.
Tower Park Hosts Party in the Park to Introduce New Facility to Community
The Valpo Parks Foundation hosted an all-ages party for the community to show off the new upgrades to Tower Park. Among the most anticipated additions was Samardzija Field which was unveiled a week ago.
Ideas In Motion Media's 4th Annual All About the Girls Inspires Strength in Women Across the Region
This Thursday night, Ideas in Motion Media gathered women from across the Region to hold one of its favorite events of the year, the Fourth Annual All About the Girls! Hosted and organized by Jenny Craig-Brown, the event comes around once a year to inspire and empower women from all walks of life.
Deserving Veteran, Tina Sanders, Settles Into Her New Habitat for Humanity Home
Habitat for Humanity of Porter County has been building homes for community members in need since 1994. Last year, however, they completed their first-ever build for a veteran, Tina Sanders, and her 16-year-old daughter, Katlynn
91 Years in the Community: Happy Birthday, Ed Gottschling!
The Portage Exchange Club celebrated a pillar of the community recently. In honor of his 91st birthday and all that he has contributed to the city of Portage, Mary Jo Bryan, President of PEC, put together a dinner party for friends, family, and current and past city officials to get together in recognition of Portage resident, Ed Gottschling.
Flanagin's Bulk Mail Service Saves $956,660 in Postage for Cherished Customers
As we continue to celebrate the new year and look forward to what it brings each and every one of us, whether it's in the form of new opportunities or goals met, it's important to look back on all that we accomplished in 2017. For staples in the community like Flanagin's Bulk Mail Service, reflecting over the past year offers insight into a successful and customer-service driven 2017.
Oak Partners Makes the Wishes of 103 Children Come True
Oak Partners were lucky enough to receive a list of the children's wishes this year from the children of the Carmelite Home. This year the Angel Tree from the Carmelite home had 103 children on it. Every single one was accounted for because of the astounding generosity of the Oak Partners team and clients!