Rachael N. Birchfield, 35, of Westville, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 unexpectedly at home. She was born August 30,1982 in LaPorte to Bruce and Michelle “Shelley” (Hale) Birchfield. Rachael is survived by her mother Shelley Hacker and stepfather Ron Hacker of Westville, her sister Emily Birchfield of Westville, her paternal grandmother Frances Birchfield of LaPorte, step-grandfather Howard Hacker of Westville, many aunts, uncles and cousins and her beloved pet Cami.
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will host East Chicago native and U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel at two Martin Luther King Jr. programs in January. Curiel’s address will honor Dr. King’s legacy and vision and reflect the programs’ theme, “Together we win with love for humanity.”
How many times have you gone to unlock your car in the winter, only to be left out in the cold freaking out when you realize the lock isn’t turning and now you’re either going to be super late for work or you’re forced to stay home for the day? Or how about when you don’t warm up your car before heading out and you are trying to scrape the ice from your frozen windshield as fast as possible with whatever is in your car at the time?
Christmas arrived early at the Valparaiso Family YMCA! The Valparaiso Family YMCA was selected by Avalon Springs as the non-profit for their “Hope for the Holidays” program.
This past year was a year of many trends, and the drink menu was no exception to the rule. For my money, micro brews have been the biggest hit of 2017 and the last couple years in general. With so many local breweries of renown like Three Floyds, 18th Street Brewery, Devil’s Trumpet, Figure 8, Burn ‘Em Brewing, and more, there is no shortage of great tasting, locally made and unique beers. They have been the beverage of choice for many of my friends and I, and have revived the uniqueness that makes beer so great when you’re looking for something outside the mainstream beer selection.
As we continue to celebrate the new year and look forward to what it brings each and every one of us, whether it's in the form of new opportunities or goals met, it’s important to look back on all that we accomplished in 2017. For staples in the community like Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service, reflecting over the past year offers insight into a successful and customer-service driven 2017.
Oak Partners were lucky enough to receive a list of the children’s wishes this year from the children of the Carmelite Home. This year the Angel Tree from the Carmelite home had 103 children on it. Every single one was accounted for because of the astounding generosity of the Oak Partners team and clients!
Schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties are invited to participate in the sixth annual School Rain Barrel Design Competition. The event will take place at the 2018 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration at the Porter County Expo Center on April 21.
Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction invites non-profit organizations and schools to register for its Reuse Fair, scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in conjunction with the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso.
We finished the year strong together! Thank you for your faithful and generous giving all year. Because of you, our church rescues orphans; cares for families and individuals; supports church plants; provides hope and healing for hurting people; shares the gospel in our community; fights for joy and “does life” together in Life Groups; hosts Bible studies, worship gatherings, and conferences; and makes room for more people to join us in worshipping our good God. In short, we have seen lives change forever because of Jesus. What a legacy for 2017!
Methodist Hospitals Foundation once again donated a one year’s supply of daily living necessities to support the Northwest Indiana Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Gary. The supplies included razors, shaving gel, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, slippers, combs, soap and shampoo – many items we all take for granted.