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Valpo PD wins Battle of the Badges at Valpo Park's Party in the Park


It was badge versus badge on Saturday evening as Valpo’s Police and Fire Departments took the field for Valpo Park Foundation’s Party in the Park fundraiser and kickball tournament.

Party in the Park is always one of the Valpo Park Foundation’s biggest celebrations. Each bash features a different theme, this year’s being Battle of the Badges. Different teams duked it out in a big kickball tournament throughout the day and snacked on concessions, browsed a beer garden, and enjoyed tunes from a DJ. Later on, Valpo’s Police and Fire Departments battled in the featured match of the night, with each team led by their respective chiefs.

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Crown Point's Bulldog Park welcomes the city for its Grand Opening


Crown Point’s newest jewel was finally completed on Friday when Mayor David Uran cut the ribbon on Bulldog Park, an $11 million facility with splash pads, a massive pavilion, an amphitheater, and two-story community center.

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Girl Scouts present the Colors at Memorial Day Concert


The Girl Scouts of Valparaiso and Washington Township opened and closed the Memorial Day Concert at the Memorial Opera house on Monday, May 27th. A delegation of 12 Girl Scouts ranging from 1st through 10th graders ceremoniously presented the Colors while the audience sang the Star-Spangled Banner and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The program continued with the Valparaiso/Community band directed by Jeff Doebler playing patriotic songs. The Girl Scouts closed the program by retreating the colors after Taps was played.

Pictured in photo are (Left to Right) Daisy Girl Scout Lucy Lutin, Senior Girl Scout Olivia Lozano, Brownie Girl Scout Alexis Rodd, Ambassador Girl Scout Samantha Kazmierczak, Senior Girl Scout Megan McDowell, Junior Girl Scout Emma Creekmore, Senior Girl Scout Katie Garza, and Junior Girl Scout Elizabeth...

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Tennis Lessons at Harrison Park

Tennis TryoutsMay 29, 2019- Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks and Recreation presents Tennis Lessons at Harrison Park. Session 1 will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays (June 18, 20, 25 & 27; July 2, 9, 11, & 16). Session 2 will also be on Tuesdays and Thursdays (July 18, 23, 25 & 30; August 1, 6, 8 & 13).

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Downtown Hammond Plans Urban Makeover With Renowned Designers


Jeff Speck, the nationally acclaimed urban designer and author of the 2012 book “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time,” sees lot of potential in downtown Hammond.

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Zao Island slides into Summer 2019


It’s not summer in Northwest Indiana without a trip to Zao Island. The Valparaiso fun center includes just about every easygoing thrill groups of families and friends could seek. From playing mini-golf and racing go-karts, to challenging buddies in the arcade over pizza, Zao Island is the answer to any sunny or rainy day.

Every summer, Zao Island strives to top its previous year, continually growing their offerings and perfecting their conditions. This year is no exception. Here are just a few new and/or updated features at Zao Island.

Three-Story Super Slide

This gargantuan adventure is ready to be conquered! Three lanes allow friends and families to race each other down this three-story chute. Potato sacks allow for maximum speed and keep bums protected from speed burn.

Giant Connect 4...

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Hobart's Brickie Bowl is coming back to life this Saturday!


We're just days away from the historic Brickie Bowl coming back to life! Festival goers from across the Region will converge on Downtown Hobart for the Hometown Country Jam this Saturday, June 1st.

The all-day festival, organized by Flight Levelz Entertainment, has landed (4) major national touring artist to bring new life back to the Brickie Bowl! The Region’s talent will be highlighted as (1) local artist will open up for the festival.

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Holcomb Announces Members of Restructured NICTD Board

2018GovHolcombGovernor Eric J. Holcomb today announced he has appointed four local leaders to the newly restructured Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District board.

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Gary SouthShore Railcats and McAfee Animal Hospital host annual Bark in the Park


Have you ever started to leave your home and your furry canine friend gives you those sad eyes, begging you not to leave them? Well, today you didn’t have to as you went to leave for the Gary SouthShore Railcats game! Partnering with McAfee Animal Hospital, the ballpark hosted their annual Bark in the Park, where families were encouraged to bring their fur-babies.

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Currie Motors Ford of Valparaiso hosts 2019 Memorial Day Car, Truck & Bike Show


Currie Motors Ford of Valparaiso welcomed the community to their annual Memorial Day Car, Truck, and Bike Show to raise funds for “Folds of Honor”, a non-profit that raises funds for scholarships that benefit families of fallen and disabled service members.

Leo Sfikas, General Manager of Currie Motors Ford of Valparaiso, was behind an enormous grill cooking hamburgers provided by the dealership. He said that Currie Motors Ford happily donates the funds and time to support Folds of Honor. The military charity is close to their hearts, and the people who attend the show make it an amazing event.

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A Pacific white-sided dolphin at Shedd is expecting

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We are delighted to announce that Piquet, one of the Pacific white-sided dolphins at Shedd Aquarium, is pregnant and due to deliver this fall. The 31-year-old dolphin is an experienced mother, having previously given birth to two healthy calves at Shedd – Sagu, born in 2012, and Makoa, born in 2015.

Our veterinary and animal care teams report that Piquet and her developing calf are progressing exactly as they should. They will provide her with any prenatal attention she may require in addition to the excellent care that is standard for all Shedd’s animals.

We are also anticipating the birth of beluga whale Mauyak’s calf in the...

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