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La PORTE — The debut Turn Up the Lights festival of song and celebration on Nov. 11, 2017, generated about $34,000 to benefit La Porte’s Fox Park Amphitheater expansion project.

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WESTVILLE — Wednesday at the Westville Town Hall meeting, Westville Correctional Facility, represented by Warden Mark Sevier, presented Olga Pecanec, the Town Councilperson – Parks Department Liaison, with a donation to the Parks Department in the amount of $5,000.

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La PORTE — Folks are invited to bring their “brown bag” lunch or snack and learn a little about gardening during four sessions presented by La Porte County Master Gardeners.

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La PORTE — La Lumiere School senior Qingyuan (Season) Wu, from Beijing, China, and junior Zhuohao (Chris) Li, from Guangzhou, China, received six and three regional awards, respectively, from the Scholastic Art Awards program for their works of art, which are on display at the South Bend Mus…

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MICHIGAN CITY — Former Barker Middle School teacher and coach Ree Labaj was initiated by PEO Chapter DF sisters at their meeting in November 2017.

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LAS VEGAS — Iona Kraemer Downs, born and raised in Michigan City and currently a resident of Las Vegas since 2017, will celebrate her 100th birthday Feb. 28 with a dinner and an evening ride on the High Roller.

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La PORTE — La Lumiere School sent two teams to the Indiana Science Olympiad regional competition at Goshen College on Saturday, Feb. 10, to compete against 11 teams from seven northern Indiana schools. 

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La PORTE — La Porte Hospital offers free childbirth classes for the community that focus on a variety of topics while blending convenience for moms and parents.

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MICHIGAN CITY — DeShawn “Wolf” Williams always dreamed of owning his own business.

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MICHIGAN CITY – The Nominating Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has elected Clarence Hulse, executive director for the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, to its Board of Directors for a two-year term.

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WHEATFIELD, Ind. — Students from Barker and Krueger Middle Schools and Pine Elementary School competed at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) District Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, Jan. 27.

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Who has time for a hobby these days? According to an article in Psychology Today, just about everyone! What’s more, whether it’s fishing, ham radio operating or some other endeavor, a hobby adds fulfillment to life.

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While students are jumping up and down at the announcement of a snow day, the day off of school leaves parents scrambling to figure out what to do with them. Most grown-ups don’t have the luxury of a snow day. I know that when that cancellation call comes at 5:10 a.m., my jealousy sets in an…

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MICHIGAN CITY – Simon, a global leader in premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, has announced that Starbucks Coffee and Beef Jerky Outlet will join the roster of 100 retailers at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets this spring in Michigan City. 

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MICHIGAN CITY — The public is invited to an afternoon of romance and jazz at Michigan City’s Barker Mansion with local musicians Steve Champagne, Mary E. Rapier and David Lahm on Saturday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. A Victorian Romance will celebrate love in a very unique way, as this year marks the…

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MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Senior Center, 2 On the Lake, will host an Open Mic Jam Session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 27.

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MICHIGAN CITY — For two days only, the Footlight Players will be producing the world premiere of the thriller, “Fan Mail,” written and directed by Michigan City’s own Robert W. Komendera.

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The Michigan City High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Drill Team competed in the Chicagoland Military Drill Meet held on Saturday, Feb. 3, in Arlington Heights, Ilinois.

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MICHIGAN CITY — The folks at Michigan City Pediatric Dentistry, 211 E. 4th St., are dedicated to smiles – in more ways than one.

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MICHIGAN CITY – Horizon Bancorp today announced its unaudited financial results for the three-month and 12-month periods ended Dec. 31, 2017. All share data has been adjusted to reflect Horizon’s three-for-two stock split effective Nov. 14, 2016.

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I finally found a term that describes the situation when an individual leaves the toilet paper roll empty, ignores the cats’ depleted food dish and refuses to discard the box after eating the final cracker. It’s “diffusion of responsibility.” This occurs when one thinks that someone else wil…

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Spoken word poet Kibra VanHorn hadn’t read Ntozake Shange’s 1975 choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf,” when fellow poet Naki Yates suggested she join her at auditions for a local production directed by August Garritano.

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Spoken word poet Kibra VanHorn hadn’t read Ntozake Shange’s 1975 choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf,” when fellow poet Naki Yates suggested she join her at auditions for a local production directed by August Garritano.

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MICHIGAN CITY — On Friday at 5:30 p.m., Heritage Interpreter Jackie Perkins will present "Beyond the War Years," which touches on the post-war history of the Barker Mansion.

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La PORTE – The award-winning La Porte High School Mixed Chorale, directed by Thomas Coe, will be the featured performers at the Feb. 2 First Friday in the Chapel event at La Porte Hospital. The program begins at Noon in the La Porte Hospital Family Chapel, 1007 Lincoln Way. It is free and op…

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MICHIGAN CITY — Art, artifacts and objects created or collected by Matthew Kubik during 40 years of travel to Italy will be on display at studioROMA gallery in the exhibition opening Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 617 Franklin Street, Michigan City.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Barker Middle School is an Indiana Department of Education STEM Certified middle school. Barker’s focus is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Its STEM focus is very important for students’ futures as 80 percent of the nation’s fastest-growing careers require skills fr…