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Prize-winning local photographer Bob Wellinski judges entries in the La Porte County Historical Society Museum's Annual Photography Contest last year. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 contest , which has a theme of "La Porte County Doors and Windows." Entries must be unframed, 8x10 photos, in black and white or color, with a subject in La Porte County and at least 50 years old. The photos must have been taken in 2018 or 2019. The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m. on August 3, 2019, at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum at 2405 Indiana Ave. in La Porte. Photographers must fill out an entry form for each photo, and entries will become the property of the museum. Judging will be on August 17 and the photos will remain on display at the museum through the end of September. Photos will be judged on composition, focus, historical significance, creativity, and lighting. For more information, call the Museum at 219-324-6767.

Inaugural 'Soiree' runway event July 13

MICHIGAN CITY – The Downtown District Merchants of Michigan CIty are hosting what they call "the most extravagant, one of a kind party" of the season. “The Soirée, an Evening on the Runway and After Party,” will be July 13 at the new Celebration Pavilion at Friendship Botanical Gardens. Models will showcase elegant fashions, Retro and Avant-garde creations, and wearable art crafted by local merchants. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres from Fiddlehead, plus wine and beer. The runway event will begin at 8 p.m. with pirates, mermaids and outlandish creations sharing the stage with elegant gowns and vintage attire. The “After Party” will begin at 9 p.m. Wilma from “Welcome to the Other Side” will act as host. Tickets are $35 and are available at Hoity-Toity, The Salon at 10th and Pine, and Patina, or online at Eventbrite. A percentage of profits will be given to Stepping Stone Shelter for Women.


Striped bass stocked in Clare Lake

MICHIGAN CITY – Indiana Department of Natural Resources hatchery staff are stocking hybrid striped bass across the state for the benefit of anglers. The fish, known as “wipers,” are a hybrid of white bass and striped bass, produced to grow faster and larger than a typical white bass, yet tolerant of a wider range of conditions than pure striped bass.

The fish – being stocked in nine lakes across the state, including Clare Lake in Long Beach – average 1-1.5 inches when stocked, but can reach 13 inches by their second year. Hybrid striped bass also help control undesirable species such as gizzard shad in some lakes, but are typically not capable of reproduction. A total of 420 fish will be stocked in Clare Lake, while Worster Lake in St. Joseph County will receive 3,270 fish. For more information, visit

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