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Top 10 Community Articles on LaPorteCountyLife in 2017


We published hundreds of articles on the LaPorteCountyLife Community Section this past year. Community gatherings, new playgrounds, and so much more were fair game for sharing! With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

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Kabelin Hardware Run by Family Generations Since 1912


Taking it all the way back to 1912, a man by the name of Edward Kabelin first bought an interest in Webber Hardware Company. Ten years later, with his son Russell, he bought the rest of the company and changed the name to Kabelin Hardware Company. Fast forward to today when third and fourth generations of customers come to Kabelin Ace Hardware stores in La Porte, Michigan City, Walkerton, Granger, and South Bend every day.

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NIPSCO and Gary Neighborhood Services Incorporated Take a Stand Against Bullying for Gary’s Middle School Youngsters

rot2With the bullying epidemic now at an all-time high, (NIPSCO) Northern Indiana Public Service Company and (GNS) Gary Neighbor Services Incorporated decided to do something about it. Increasing at ever alarming staggering rates, statistics indicate that bullied middle school youngsters are at a much higher risk for low self-esteem, anxiety, stress, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Intrinsically aware of the proverb, “knowledge is power”, it was no secret that middle school youngsters within the area and other school regions within the proximity needed more access and exposure to Anti-Bully based reads however; a lack of funding within the realms of the school budgeting often prevented such purchases from taking place.

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Michigan City Warming Centers Open for 2017-18 Winter

my-michigan-city-coverWith the recent extreme cold, Mayor Meer would like to remind the citizens of Michigan City that several warming centers will be open.

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La Porte County Family YMCA Announces Retirement and New Position for Cindy Berchem, Executive Director/CEO


The Board of Directors of the La Porte County Family YMCA and its Executive Director/CEO, Cindy Berchem, jointly announced Berchem’s retirement from her current position, effective June 30th, 2018. After this date, she will work with the "Y" as a coordinator on the development of a new LaPorte County Family YMCA facility.

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Purdue Northwest Students Display Expertise at Model United Nations


A team of Purdue University Northwest (PNW) students were honored at the global American Model United Nations (AMUN) International Conference. The students’ outstanding presentations earned them each awards at the conference held Nov. 18-21 in Chicago, Ill.

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PNW Grad Propelled by Volunteering and Activism


As a scholar of sociology, an activist and a volunteer, Kirsten Markusic immersed herself in her local environments to make a positive impact.

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Ambitious Purdue Northwest Grad Proves Dedication Matters


From the U.S. Marines to the Purdue Northwest School of Engineering, Mike Marsden has shown continuous determination and dedication to achieving his goals.

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PNW Grad Runs Toward His Goals


Alex Cordova, a Hobart native, chose Purdue Northwest because it allowed him to achieve his dreams – obtain a world-class education and participate on a cross-country team.

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Baby Bottle Ministry's Generosity will Benefit Children

Baby-Bottle-Ministry-Check-Presentation-2017Sandy Lewis, a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Cedar Lake, recently presented a check for $2,100 to Jamie Donsbach, center-right, manager of the prenatal assistance program at St. Clare Health Clinic in Crown Point.

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Michigan City Area Schools Holiday Food Drive a Hefty Success

Michigan-City-Area-Schools-Holiday-Food-Drive-a-Hefty-Success-2017More than two tons (4,237 pounds) of canned goods and other non-perishable food items were collected by Michigan City Area Schools students and staff as part of the district's annual Holiday Food Drive.

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