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Julia’s Slice of Life: Kids and Sports - How Young Is Too Young?

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It was about two years ago when I started getting nervous. My then three-year-old was not enrolled in any sports, which made her a minority among her peers. I would patiently listen to my friends chatter about their toddlers’ aptitude in t-ball, gymnastics, and soccer, but internally I would panic, as only a well-intentioned but never-satisfied mother can. Was I too late? Would my daughter be behind when she did start sports? Is she lazy? Am I lazy?

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Julia’s Slice of Life: Tips and Tricks for Decluttering Your Home

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It’s officially spring now, the time of year when we all begin to think about spring cleaning. Those two words will either make you clap or cringe, but the truth is, home organization has become a trend in recent years. With resources like Pinterest and the wildly popular book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, more and more people are choosing to simplify and rid their spaces of stuff.

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Julia’s Slice of Life: Make St. Patrick's Day a Family Affair

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St. Patrick’s Day is a happy holiday, known for its parades and green rivers and friends cheers-ing with mugs of green beer. While the latter gets much of the attention in our culture, St. Patrick’s Day is also a fun day for families. I talked with some local moms about ways in which they make the Irish holiday a family affair.

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Introducing Julia Perla Huisman’s “Julia’s Slice of Life”

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I never was able to “escape” Northwest Indiana, no matter how hard I tried.

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Can We Make NWI a Healthier Place to Live?


Leigh-Morris There’s so much good about Northwest Indiana that I hesitate to focus on something that’s negative. However, it involves the health of all of us; and it’s been a problem for far too long.

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Leigh Morris: Ivy Tech Helps Northwest Indiana Achieve


Leigh-MorrisNorthwest Indiana has tremendous strengths in higher education with our four-year and graduate colleges and universities, but the four Region Ivy Tech campuses provide unique advantages.

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Contractors and Skilled Tradesmen: Great NWI Economic Development Assets


Leigh-Morris Our capacity to meet the complex infrastructure needs of an employer—or a prospective one—is one of Northwest Indiana’s great assets. We have about 14,500 skilled tradesmen who live and work in NWI and it’s estimated that we have 700 or so commercial, industrial, institutional and public works contractors. Some are large general contractors, and they are often teamed with smaller sub-contractors that specialize in niche markets. In combination, they can deliver whatever is needed, regardless of how complex it might be. Although this capacity can clearly influence the success of our economic development efforts, we may be guilty of not recognizing it and promoting it as one of our great regional assets.

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Top 10 Opportunities for Governor Holcomb to Support Northwest Indiana


Leigh-Morris Governor Eric Holcomb can gain recognition as the Governor who truly partnered with Northwest Indiana to capitalize on the region’s many assets and thereby enabled it to reach its potential. Governor Daniels showed the way by supporting the creation of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA).

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Area Women Organize for Historic March on Washington


Womens-March-on-Washington-2017The Women's March on Washington, D.C., will send a strong message to the new administration in Washington on its first day in office.

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Top 10 Overall Stories for LaPorteCountyLife in 2016

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2016 is nearing its end and we've been taking a look at all of our best stories from the year with our Top 10 lists for each section of our site. It's been a great year for good news in La Porte County, and we're excited to see all the positive things 2017 has to offer us!

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Top 10 Featured Stories on LaPorteCountyLife in 2016

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We published several hundred featured stories to the LaPorteCountyLife.com Features section this year. Stories written by local students and more in Northwest Indiana were fair game for good news.

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