2018 was full of great news stories from all over the area! We took a look at our top articles from 2018 and were amazed by the sheer number of events, activities, and positive moments we were able to share.
Looking back on the year at ValpoLife, it’s truly amazing how many good things are constantly happening in our community. We’ve profiled hundreds of people for Life in the Spotlight articles, snapped photos of ribbon cuttings, festivals, and parades, and generally been around to find the good news happening in the community.
We had a good 2018 and are looking forward to making 2019 even better! Before you put the year totally in the past, take a look back at our best articles from 2018!
Coach Gott, The Guy in the Gray Ford Pickup
Hi, I'm Matt Thomas, and I grew up across the street from the Gotts. My condolences to his grandchildren, Grandma Gott, Mrs. Gott, Kim, Jeff, and Tommie--I know you're Tom now, but to me you'll always be Tommie, and Grandma Gott will always be Grandma Gott, and Mrs. Gott, Mrs. Gott, and Coach Gott will always be Coach.
The Latest Lifer: Kami Tupiak
I grew up in Lake Village, a small town here in Indiana most haven't even heard of, with my two older sisters and younger brother. I've always loved the small town feel, but when I married my husband we moved to a larger town, North Judson. We live peacefully with our evil cat and three year old munchkin, who are the most important people in my life. With all that said, there are still a few more layers to peel back. After getting a degree in Graphic Design, I worked as a manager in the food service for a few years, and worked on photography as well on the side. I'd like to believe I'm well rounded, with so many interests in the mix, it's hard to settle with just one. I'm also that person who will talk to you in line at the grocery store, even if I don't know you (Thanks Mom!).
Vikings Prove They Can Hang with the Best
Conventional thinking throughout most of Indiana is that the best athletes and sports teams are produced within a fairly tight radius around of Indianapolis.
Eulogy for My Father, Dr. E. Ric Frataccia
My name is Ric Frataccia. I live in Fishers, Indiana with my wife, Luba, and our two boys, Aidan (11) and Ryder (6). I am the oldest of Dr. E. Ric Frataccia and Mrs. Kaye Frataccia's two sons.
A Valpo Life In The Spotlight: Greg Gavagan
Those who have stopped by Blackbird Cafe in downtown Valparaiso in the early hours of the morning may have met Greg Gavagan, a 68-year-old retiree who frequently stops by Blackbird with a flag in his hand and a story to share.
Viking Football Fans Should Enjoy This Ride: My Two Cents
History eventually repeats itself, in a way. The problem is, often too much time passes waiting for good stuff to happen again.
A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Bob Kasarda
Kasarda poses above with a rescued pig which now leads a happy life at a farm sanctuary.
Bob Kasarda, a reporter for The Times of Northwest Indiana, has made giving back to the community in one shape or form part of his everday life. Through his work as a Times reporter, a dog behaviorist and social media/publication person at Lakeshore PAWS, and an activist for all, Kasarda has dedicated his career and life to helping those in need.
A Valpo Life In The Spotlight: Nathan Dolan
Following a calling to help others better their health, Nathan Dolan pursued a career in healthcare administration. While that wasn't always his initial career path, he shares that he's learned useful lessons from all parts of his life that he can apply to his job today.
Cancer Survivor Series: Sandra Schaffer
I have everything that anyone could ever need.
The above statement is not one you would expect from a two-time cancer survivor. Nevertheless, this is the positive outlook Sandra Schaffer maintains after having overcome both breast and thyroid cancer. With the support of family and friends, including Jenny Craig-Brown here at Ideas in Motion Media, Schaffer was able to not only beat cancer, but is living a fulfilling and meaningful life in Valparaiso.
A Valpo Life In the Spotlight: Valerie Groth
Valerie Groth has been making a difference in people's lives for most of hers. Originally from Valparaiso, she is currently making her mark in Chicago. Groth believes in making the impossible possible and strives to achieve her dream. Once a therapist and social worker, Groth is now an active coach, speaker and author.