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MICHIGAN CITY — In February, Horizon Bank completed its second annual “Making Your Dreams Come True” financial workshops for Early College students at Michigan City High School.

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Krueger Middle School’s Academic Team competed in the Mathcounts competition on Feb. 5 at Valparaiso University. Pictured, from left, are team members James Symons, Jessonie Lindsey-Lawrence, Breanna Cornelison, Aubrey Temple-Lebuis, Amir Duncan and Zameer Duncan. Temple-Lebuis was Krueger’s…

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Lake Hills Elementary School held a fundraiser on Dec. 18 called "Caring Jeans Day." Students donated canned goods or 50 cents to wear jeans to school; they collected 419 nonperishable food items and $274.35! Salvation Army Office Manager Crystal Parker (back row, holding check), came to the…

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Joy Elementary School hosted a Kindergarten "Smart Cookie Night" for students and parents on Dec. 8. Kindergarten teachers Kim Stepp, Nadia Dabagia, and Sara Stafford led families in "make and take" cookie-themed math and literacy games, guiding parents through the directions and objectives …

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Salvation Army Office Manager Crystal Parker and Terrance Fry from Maintenance, from left, stock shelves in the pantry that has fed more than 3,000 persons each month in 2015. The Michigan City Salvation Army Major Building Repairs Fund under Unity Foundation of La Porte County is two-thirds…

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Staff, Food Service Staff, and students and teachers from the A. K. Smith Center Facilities Maintenance class made the rounds to all schools in the MCAS district on Dec. 11 to collect canned goods and nonperishable food items, part of a massive district-wide collection drive that has become …

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Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City employees have been spreading holiday cheer for more than 40 years to less-fortunate area families, including some of their coworkers, by purchasing, wrapping and later distributing to them, gifts. This year, some 41 departments participated in the…

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Coolspring Elementary School Girl Scout Brownie Troop 00443 enjoyed their recent tour of Barker Mansion, all decked out for the holidays, as they learned fascinating details about the Barker family. Pictured are (front row, from left) Harlie Albert, Emma Hollingshead, Amiyah Rampone and Layl…

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In the month of October, Buffalo Wild Wings had a promotional giveback every day for the local chapter of Boys and Girls Club of Michigan City. In that month, Michigan City and La Porte Stores raised $5,000. Presenting a check is Sean Shaia (Regional Manager), Sharon Wright (board member), B…

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Joy Elementary School students donated $164 to the Michiana Humane Society recently, proceeds from their October "jeans day" fundraiser. Pictured (from left) are Joy students Matthew Heath and Sierra Dabney, Lorry Cates of the Humane Society, and Joy Principal Lisa Suter.

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Rachael Hofer, a certified personal trainer with Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness – Chesterton, led stretches during the exercise portion of a Healthy Holidays presentation at Franciscan Alliance’s third-annual, free Little Black Dress program Nov. 18 at Sand Creek Country Club in Cheste…

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Kids from the community enjoyed Hallelujah Night at Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 2725 Wabash St., on Saturday evening. There were carnival games, face-painting, cookie-decorating, a light dinner, plenty of candy and more free family fun at the annual event from 5-8 p.m. Two-year-old Bet…

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Local photographer Rick Pelis submitted this photo of a particularly bright sunset over Government pier in Michigan City.

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Hundreds of local beer lovers packed the La Porte Civic Auditorium on Saturday for the inaugural LaPour Brewfest.

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It's National Down Syndrome Month and, on a recent vacation to Alaska with his parents, Andy Zepik entertained the group at one of the lodges by playing a selection of Christmas songs on the piano. The lodge was decorated for Christmas since it would soon be closing for the season.

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Michigan City High School’s Wolf Pack Marching Band finished its season on a high note, receiving gold ratings at every competition the group participated in this fall.

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Vernon Moore celebrated his 100th birthday this week with a celebration at a Michigan City Fire Department station. Also, he and his son, Dan, visited several of his area doctors to thank them for their great care and provide them with cake.

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The Michigan City Fire Department, Michigan City Police Department and Michigan City Area Schools teamed up this year for the annual Fun-raising Unified Car Wash on Friday, a joint effort to support The United Way of La Porte County.

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Springfield Elementary recently held Grandparents Day. Here's a look at some images from the school as grandparents visited all day with their grandchildren.

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When three Michigan City Area Schools teachers attended a professional development session recently, they realized that they had a very special connection: Holly Applegate (left) is a former student of Kathy Pizarek (right) who is a former student of Anne Pearson (center). All three currentl…

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A monarch butterfly sits on the hand of 10-year-old Olympia Berbesque during a program about butterflies held at International Friendship Gardens on Aug. 23.

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Horizon Bank held training sessions earlier this month for five student tellers who will work at its "Wolves" Bank Branch this school year. Pictured outside the Horizon Bank branch, which is located in the Michigan City High School Cafeteria, are (front row, from left) Jen McGrew (Horizon Ba…

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North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA) received an award in recognition of Outstanding Performance in Indiana Housing Community Development Authority (IHCDA) Community Programs - Energy Assistance and Weatherization at the IHCDA Energy Assistance/Weatherization Conference that…

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Joey Walker Sr., owner of Platinum Designs 2 Barber/Beauty Shop, gives Josiah Burdine a free haircut on Aug. 17. Walker said that this was the seventh year of holding this back-to-school event, in which every child receives a free haircut and free school supplies, including file folders, rul…

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Reverend Lewis and the Heavenly Sounds of Michigan City stand together after singing at Michigan City Gospel Fest at the Washington Park Amphitheater on Aug. 29. Pictured (from left) are Valencia Lewis, J'kob Lewis, Pastor Lester Lewis, Lonnie Lewis, Lester Lewis Jr. and Terry Lewis.

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MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) conducted approximately 400 hours of community service over the summer. Since returning from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp held in Charleston, South C…

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Kids and animals go together with the La Porte County Fair like, well, kids with animals. Here's a sampling of pics from last week's Fair of area kids with some of their favorite animals.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Barker Middle School hosted its final STEM Community Challenge for the school year on Friday, May 8. Students, staff and special guests gathered on the football field to launch water bottle rockets into an overcast sky — the goal being to engineer a craft that would stay airb…

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The Michigan City United States Bowling Conference Women’s Bowling Association recently donated $4,460 to Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City’s The Breast Center to provide mammograms for uninsured and underinsured community residents. Tony Englert, regional executive director of the…

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Two local Girl Scouts gave a speech at the Annual Meeting of the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana at Camp Soni Springs in Three Oaks, Michigan, recently.

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The Michigan City Exchange Club made a donation of $500 to Reins of Life during its April 21 meeting. Accepting the check was Colleen McNamara, an instructor with Reins of Life. Presenting the check were Exchange Club President Ken Kozlowski, on left, and member Ron Ostrega.

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Barker Middle School Students raised more than $1,850 for the American Heart Association on April 2 during the school's annual "Hoops for Heart" event, coordinated by Mr. Parker and Mr. Wallace's Wellness classes.

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Joy Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss's Birthday and "Read Across America Week" with special activities, including some very special guest readers in Mrs. Stepp's class.

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JROTC Cadet Captain Alex Wyman had the honor of introducing Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-First District), who spoke at the Michigan City Rotary Club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19. Wyman is a senior at Michigan City High School and plans to pursue a degree in Aeronautical Engineering Technology with…

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On Jan. 22, Marquette High School students Ryley Ruminski and Alexzander Barr served as Senate pages for Senator Arnold in Indianapolis. This was Ruminski's sixth year in serving as a page for Senator Arnold.  This was Barr's third year in serving as page for Senator Arnold. This year, both …

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Pictured are the winners of the Knights of Columbus NW Indiana Free Throw Championship, held at Portage High School on Feb. 22. Winners advanced to the regional competition with the state finals to be held March 8 in Noblesville. Pictured are (front row, from left) Chloe Churilla of Highland…

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The Michigan City High School Science Olympiad team competed at Indiana University Northwest’s 14th annual Science Olympiad Regional tournament. MCHS competed in 23 events and against 14 other high school teams. Pictured are (front row, from left) Ms. Katie St. Germaine, Claire Werner, Chris…

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Edgewood's ESA (parent group) put on a "Sweetheart Luncheon" for students on Feb. 16. More than 100 family members came to visit the school and have lunch with their students as well as take an online survey.

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Edgewood Elementary School recently held a "Display Your Talent" family night event, at which students showcased unique talents, special projects and inventions.