Top 10 Community Stories on ValpoLife in 2016

By: Brett Fuller Last Updated: December 21, 2016

We published several hundred community articles to the Community section this year. Articles about local schools, parks and more in Northwest Indiana were fair game for good news.

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are your Top 10 Community Articles in Northwest Indiana from 2016!

TowerPark-Samardzija-1Valpo Parks Department and Samardzija Announce Samardzija Field Upgrade for Tower Park
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Valparaiso Parks has made an exciting announcement concerning the future of Valpo's Tower Park baseball field.

liz-scott-01The Northwest Indiana Running Community Remembers Liz Scott
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As many of you know, we recently lost someone and it has had a significant effect on the running community. Liz Scott of Porter, Indiana was struck by a car while she was out running on the country roads of Chesterton.

Washington-Township-High-School-Senior-Ele-Walk-3Washington Township Seniors' Final Footsteps Sets Path for Elementary
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Washington Township High School Seniors took one last lap through their old stomping grounds while showing off their graduation caps and gowns to some elementary students.

Hijab-1Valpo High School's 'Hijab Day' Provides New Perspective, Education, On Different Cultures
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Not being familiar with another culture can often lead to misconceptions; for female students at the high school that wear hijabs, a veil that covers the head and chest, these misconceptions can cause difficulties at school. Seniors Lindsey Walsh and Sarah Kawamleh saw this as a problem and decided to lead a respectful and educational event to help the students of VHS understand Islam and its practices. They created a Facebook event called “Wear a Hijab Day” and the rest went from there.

RuffLuxuryInn1Area K-9’s Delighted By Opening Of Ruff Luxury Inn In Valparaiso
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Valparaiso welcomed its newest dog kennel on Saturday as Ruff Luxury Inn officially opened to the public with a celebration at their location at 55 Morthland Avenue.

Polly-Dennis-Wallace 1A Tribute to the Memory of Dennis Wallace, a Member of the Culver's Family
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Culver’s of Valparaiso lost one if it’s most beloved family members. Dennis Wallace, husband of vivacious Polly Ann Wallace, passed away in late December 2015. You may remember him from the romantic and happy highlight that we did in 2015 called “Culver's Cutest Couple: Polly Ann and Dennis Wallace.”

valpo-parks-party-park-2016-1Valparaiso Parks Foundation Hold Kicks Off Ice Skating Season with Party in the Park Fundraiser
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Fire and ice, two things that usually don’t mix very well, seemed to get along just fine at the annual Valparaiso Parks Foundation's Party in the Park, with ice sculptures and live fire drumming as just part of the evening’s activities to kick off the beginning of ice skating season at the rink.

porter-employee-heart-walk-2016-1Porter Regional Hospital Employees Join American Heart Association to Fight Heart Disease and Strokes at 2016 Heart Walk
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Employees from many departments of Porter Regional Hospital came together to rally with the American Heart Association against heart disease and strokes at the Heart Walk on Saturday. Hundreds of participants gathered at Coffee Creek Watershed to celebrate survivors and raise funds for current heart disease and stroke patients.

this-is-our-story-2016Valparaiso Community Schools Continues Holiday Tradition with 2016 Rendition of "This is Our Story"
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Christmas never arrives quietly in Valpo. Hundreds of children, teens and instruments are heard as part of This is Our Story, an annual festival that celebrates art both with music and in a wide range of media from sculptures to photographs. Kindergarten through high school senior students work together to create an amazing event.

LakeshoreDogWash1Lakeshore PAWS Animal Rescue Hosts 2nd Annual Dog Wash and Open House Fundraiser Event
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Dozens of dogs enjoyed their day in the sun on the grounds of Lakeshore PAWS Animal Rescue’s new site at 4611 Evans Avenue in Valparaiso, Indiana this weekend for a day of fun and pampering. The dogs – many of them PAWS alumni – came in for grooming, doggie baths, brushing, even nail clipping, while their families enjoyed the Puppy Petting Tent, indulged in some ice cream treats courtesy of Culver’s, danced to some tunes spun by a DJ, tried their luck in a raffle and had snacks provided by Lakeshore PAWS Junior Volunteers. There was even a bouncy house, provided by Bounce’N’Around – appropriately themed with the likeness of one of the most-loved canine cartoon heroes of all time, Scooby Doo – for the little dog lovers to play and have fun. Washington Township Fire Department even brought out a fire truck, and let kids take turns sitting behind the wheel.